Each year, North Dakota Living and the Big Iron Farm Show join forces to provide health information and preventive screenings in a convenient location at the Big Iron Farm Show so farmers and ranchers can learn more about their own health.

Health screening services will be available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day of the show at the Health and Safety Center located in the Horticulture Building on the Red River Valley Fairgrounds in West Fargo.

North Dakota Living commits to health

North Dakota Living takes great pride in partnering with the Big Iron Farm Show to sponsor the yearly health screenings.

“We encourage visitors to the Big Iron Farm Show to take the time for these health screenings, which are so important. These simple screenings are an inexpensive way to catch any health risks and steer someone toward a more comprehensive visit with a physician,” says Clark Van Horn, advertising manager and organizer of the annual health screening event for North Dakota Living.

North Dakota Living, the Touchstone Energy® Cooperatives and the North Dakota Association of Rural Electric Cooperatives will also have an informational booth at the Big Iron Farm Show at the Hartl Ag Building at AL7-AL9A.

Donate blood

United Blood Services of the Dakotas will be collecting blood donations from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11; 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept 12; and 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13. There is no charge to donate blood and be a part of these life-saving efforts.

“We need people to roll up their sleeves on a volunteer basis each and every day to help provide enough blood for the patients in 70 hospitals in our region. In order to do that, we actually need 250 volunteers every day,” says Rob Miller, donor recruitment manager with United Blood Services.

Those donating blood can complete the self-interview online the same day they donate. Simply answer the questions online and bring the forms to the show to make the donation process even faster. Visit www.unitedbloodservices.org, and click on “donor health history,” then “FAST TRACK Health History.”

“People have to answer those questions the same day they plan on donating,” he reminds donors.

Taking time to donate blood will help save the lives of others.

“Blood donors are needed each and every day,” Miller says.

Know your numbers

Want to prevent heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes? Have you been screened for Hepatitis C?

The North Dakota State University School of Pharmacy is offering cholesterol, blood sugar, hemoglobin A1c, hepatitis C and blood pressure screenings during the Big Iron Farm Show. Fourth-year pharmacy students precepted by pharmacists will perform the screenings. Most screenings take less than 10 minutes and no fasting is necessary!

Cholesterol screenings are $20. Cholesterol screenings include LDL and triglyceride levels in addition to total cholesterol and HDL. This provides participants with a comprehensive picture of their heart health. Blood sugar screenings are $5, hemoglobin A1c screenings are $15, and blood pressure screenings are free.

Hepatitis C screenings will be offered for $25. Hepatitis C is a liver infection caused by the Hepatitis C virus (HCV). It is the most common blood borne infection in the United States. People born between 1945 and 1965 are at a higher risk to having been exposed to HCV through nonsterile injections and blood transfusions. All baby boomers should be tested at least once for HCV. Many people infected with the Hepatitis C virus do not have any symptoms and are unaware they are infected with the virus. If untreated, Hepatitis C can lead to serious liver damage and premature death.

“Health screenings are important to everyone. Screenings are a great way to assess a person’s risk for preventable diseases such as heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes,” says Jeanne Frenzel, associate professor and pharmacist. “Participants receive immediate results and a complete consultation regarding their results. Health screenings can detect diseases and conditions early when they are easier to treat. We can help monitor current disease treatments, validate at-home screenings, and even share screening results with the participant’s primary health provider.”

Hold onto your hearing

The Minnesota State University Moorhead speech-language-hearing department, in partnership with the FM Sertoma Club, will be conducting free hearing screenings in a portable audio booth.

“Getting your hearing screened is important, especially for farmers who are exposed to noisy equipment on a regular basis,” says Vicki Riedinger, clinical director. “Getting a hearing screening annually will help you know if you’re doing enough to protect your hearing. If you don’t pass the hearing screening, it is recommended that you go in for an evaluation.”

Stop by for a free hearing screening and get a free set of earplugs.

Learn about rehab

The N.D. Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) Rural Services are available to farmers, ranchers and people living in the rural community who are experiencing difficulties doing their job because of a permanent injury, illness or impairment. During the health screenings, free information will be available on services that may be provided through DVR.

Practice stroke prevention

Essentia Health’s partnership with the Big Iron Farm Show is an excellent opportunity for participants to receive valuable information about the warning signs of stroke and how to reduce the risk of stroke.

Essentia Health Fargo recently achieved Comprehensive Stroke Center designation, the first hospital in North Dakota to receive this! This means the center is dedicated to providing the community with the best stroke education, prevention and treatment. Stroke is a leading cause of death and disability in North Dakota and more than 80 percent of strokes are preventable!

Stop by to learn about what you can do to reduce your risk for stroke.

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