FREE HEALTH SCREENINGS for everyone interested is coming soon, thanks to Cushing Lions Club.  The club is bringing their MOBILE HEALTH SCREENING UNIT to the Cushing Festival in the Park, October 10th, according to Tom Cummings, President of the Cushing Lions Club.

The Oklahoma Lions Mobile Health Screening Unit (MHSU) is a tractor-trailer unit owned and operated by the Oklahoma Lions Service Foundation (OLSF). Purchased in 1998 for $178,000, the MHSU travels throughout the state.  Staffed with Central Tech technicians and local Lions Club members it offers free screenings for visual acuity, hearing, glaucoma, blood pressure, blood sugar (diabetes) and bone density.

In a unique partnership,the Lions Clubs of Oklahoma provide the volunteer labor while operational costs are paid by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oklahoma.  Freightliner’s Oklahoma City and Tulsa dealerships provide storage for the unit and free service and maintenance on the tractor.

The unit is in operation approximately 100 days per year and screens between 5,000 and 6,000 persons annually.  Of those screened, 66% fail one or more of the six screenings.  This is not surprising when you consider that behavioral risk factors such as nicotine addiction and obesity in Oklahoma exceed the national average.

On a positive note, a year-long survey revealed that 60% of those who fail one or more of the screenings sought medical attention within 30 days.

HOW DO YOU SIGN UP? Cummings encourages those interested to sign up at the Festival at the Health Screening Unit.  It will be located in the SE section of the park, across from the tennis courts. Cushing Lions Club Members in their yellow vests will be happy to help those who want health screenings.