Free health checks for South East residents

18 September 2017

Free health checks will be offered to the public this week by the South East Regional Community Health Service (SERCHS) as part of the annual ‘Pit Stop’ initiative.

Country Health SA Regional Director South East, Jayne Downs, said the Pit Stop health initiative, now in its twelfth year, is based on comparing different sections of the body to the mechanical workings of a car.

“The challenge at the Pit Stop is to see if your body engine is fine tuned,” Ms Downs said.

“Regular preventative maintenance is promoted and encouraged to ensure your body machine is firing on all cylinders.”

Pit Stop checks will be held on Thursday, 21 September at the Mount Gambier Central shopping centre, from 10am to 3pm, and no appointment is required.

While the Pit Stop sessions are light-hearted, SERCHS registered nurse Lisa Maywald said they provide potentially life-saving health checks.

“Registered nurses, a podiatrist, dietician, social worker and continence nurse will be on hand to provide checks and advice,” Ms Maywald said.

“Free cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar level checks will be provided as well as information displays on various health topics including men’s and women’s health, continence, quitting smoking, mental health, foot care, healthy eating and how to minimise alcohol consumption.

“Nursing students from University of South Australia will also be practising their skills under the direct supervision of registered nurses as part of a long standing collaboration between the university and the SERCHS Local Health Network.”

Pit Stop “stations” include:

  • Chassis: check your waist measurement and receive information on the dangers of abdominal obesity, healthy diet and exercise
  • Oil pressure: blood pressure, blood sugar level and cholesterol checks
  • Exhaust: quit smoking to reduce exhaust emissions
  • Fuel additives: excess alcohol consumption can throw a spanner in the works
  • Shock absorbers: information about mental health, stress and coping mechanisms
  • Spark plugs: information about men’s and women’s health and continence
  • Extractors: bowel cancer awareness and prevention.

For further information about the Pit Stop program, contact SERCHS on 8721 1460.

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