TWIN FALLS • The Times-News and St. Luke’s Magic Valley Medical Center are hosting a health fair on Oct. 27 at the College of Southern Idaho Health Sciences and Human Services Building on North College Road. The health fair will be open from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

The fair is free to get into and will offer many free or reduced price services.

North Canyon Medical Center, St. Luke’s Jerome, St. Luke’s Elks Rehab and CSI’s Office on Aging are also sponsors and providing screenings.

The Mountain States Tumor Institute is providing free skin cancer screenings at the fair.

Carol Springer, MSTI’s administrative secretary, said local dermatologists will be on-hand to do free, quick screenings.

“If you have a spot you’re concerned about, come in,” she said.

Based on what the dermatologists see they’ll recommend a follow-up, she said.

The skin cancer screening area will also have a GlowVista skin analyzer machine to help people visualize any sun-damage on their face, she said.

Springer said the screenings are free for all ages and the dermatologists see about 100 people every year.

Other screenings include carotid artery screenings for people aged 60 and older, gait and balance screenings, vision, hearing, pulmonary, blood pressure and glucose tests and oral cancer screenings.

Some lab work will also be available at reduced costs as well as flu shots, adult pneumonia vaccines, adult tetanus vaccines and the adult diphtheria and pertussis vaccine.

Four speakers will give presentations at the fair, said St. Luke’s spokeswoman Laura Stewart.

Dr. Mark Crandall with St. Luke’s clinical cardiology will give a seminar called “Taking Your Health to Heart.”

“He’s really going to focus on diet, exercise and some of the more preventative aspects,” Stewart said.

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There will also be a speaker focusing on liver health. Dr. Brian Berk with St. Luke’s clinic gastroenterology is giving a seminar titled, “Happy, Healthy Liver.”

“Dr. Berk is an expert in cirrhosis of the liver.” Stewart said. “He’s very knowledgeable about liver health and he can educate the community about steps to take in order to keep your liver healthy.”

Shawna Wasko, of CSI’s Office on Aging and the Idaho Alzheimer’s Planning group is giving a talk on how to reduce the risk on Alzheimer’s disease.

Stewart said this talk will be informative for the senior community and also those who have family members with Alzheimer’s.

How to navigate holiday eating without your health suffering is the subject of another talk titled “The B.L.T.s (Bites, Licks & Tastes) of Healthy Holiday Eating.”

Dr. David Hall, a clinical nutritionist will give the seminar.

“It’s all about snacking healthy,” Stewart said. “You don’t have to totally to say no to everything; it’s a matter of quantity and not overindulging.”


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