Take Charge of your health \r\n\r\nPocahontas Memorial Hospital\u2019s Health Fairs for 2016 will soon begin. \r\nThese Health Fairs have been an important part of the community\u2019s healthcare for more than 25 years. As a result of the Fairs, dozens of critical health conditions have been diagnosed such as anemia and low blood cell counts, thyroid issues, leukemia, diabetes, high lipids, bleeding disorders and prostate cancers.\r\nThe Executive I screening covers practically every organ in the body and includes testing for cardiac, liver, cholesterol, hematology, thyroid function and electrolytes. This screening would typically cost more than $450, but PMH feels this is an incredibly important service to provide for the community and is proud to offer it for only $25. \r\nPMH has only had to raise the price for the fairs one time in the last 20 years. \r\nIf men would like to include a PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen), the total cost is $30. Other tests are also available including an A1C for an additional $14 and a bone density test for an additional $10. These tests are also being offered at discounted rates. \r\nResults from the blood screenings are mailed to your home in about a week and, upon request, will also be provided to your regular healthcare provider. \r\n\u201cThis is a great way for people to take the initiative for their own health,\u201d said Terry Wagner, Chief Operating Officer at PMH and a director for the Health Fair.\r\nThe Annual Health Fair at Pocahontas Memorial Hospital will be held Friday, May 13. \r\nPublic Health Fairs will be held throughout the county beginning April 27. A full schedule will be printed in this newspaper in April, but is available now on our website at www. pmhwv.org.