Long Beach Health Department Hosted Phat Tuesday Returns March 12

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Phat Tuesday with Long Beach Health DeptThe Long Beach Health Department is holding another day of Public Health Access and Treatment Screenings (PHAT), also known as “PHAT Tuesday” on Tuesday, March 12, 2013 from 9 am to noon and from 1 pm to 4 pm at the main Health Department facility at 2525 Grand Avenue, Long Beach.

The PHAT Tuesday screenings will be free of charge to local residents, or billable if the participant has insurance coverage. The first PHAT Tuesday event, held in February, successfully screened more than 160 residents for diabetes, cholesterol, body mass index (BMI), mental wellness, HIV/STD and immunizations, as well as Medi-Cal eligibility.

As needed, the Health Department referred patients to local medical providers for further medical follow-up. The Health Department also identified a core group of clients with pre-diabetic and borderline hypertension status and provided them with coaching and referred them to programs for physical activity and improving their nutritional choices.

“These screenings are important to build on our Health Department’s Community Health Assessment, and assist our local medical providers and hospitals in linking people to care and treatment earlier rather than later through the emergency room and other more expensive and last resort sources of health care access,” said Dr. Mitchell Kushner, City Health Officer.

For more information about PHAT Tuesday, please call 562.570.4014 or log onto www.longbeach.gov/health.

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