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February 21, 2018 06:16 PM

Free Biometric Screenings At Hy-Vee

In honor of American Heart Month, Hy-Vee is offering free biometric screenings.

The screenings could help you identify potential risk factors for chronic diseases or conditions. 

All it takes is a tiny finger prick to provide you with a lot of information. 

Your blood sample is then used to determine your cholesterol levels, triglycerides and glucose levels. 

"Once the results are printed we show you what your levels are compared to what the normal range is. If you're high in any of the levels we talk about ways to reduce that," Heronimus said. 

The screening lasts for about 20 minutes, with all of your results available during the appointment. 

Your results can give you a good idea if your at risk of developing a serious health condition, such as heart disease, a heart attack, or diabetes.

"We definitely don't want that happening. So we can teach them how to increase your omega 3's, eat more fatty fish, add more nuts in your diet," Heronimus said.  

Using a body mass monitor, you'll also find out your BMI and body fat percentage.

This test can tell you whether you're obese or underweight.

After the test, the dietitian can come up with a specific meal plan to get you on track to a healthier lifestyle. 

"A lot of people are at that stage where they can still prevent things. So, even changing a diet on maybe reducing the amount of carbs you have at each meal or adding some more fish in your diet is a great way," Heronimus said. 

Your results will be stored in Hy-Vee's system but are confidential.

Screenings start Thursday at Hy-Vee on east 10th Street, from 8 to 11 am. 

Dietitians recommend fasting for at least 10 hours before hand.

 To see a full list of how to prepare, click here.

To see a list of locations offering the screenings, click here.

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