Free health screenings

PORTLAND, Ore. (June 7, 2010) — How’s your hearing? Your blood pressure?

Get free health screenings and even sun block at the 2010 Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival, presented by First Tech Credit Union. Visit the Good Neighbor Pharmacy Health Pavilion while at the festival.

Health screenings will be available from 3 to 7 p.m., Friday, July 2, and noon to 7 p.m., Saturday through Monday, at the Lion’s Club Mobile Testing Unit and the Caring Ambassadors Program booth, both located at the Good Neighbor Pharmacy Health Pavilion, near the FedEx Workshop Stage.

The Lions Club Mobile Testing Unit will offer health screenings for glaucoma, hearing, blood pressure, blood glucose (a test for diabetes)

Staffed by Lion’s Club volunteers, Pacific University’s third-year pharmacy students and Good Neighbor Pharmacy’s pharmacists, The Lions Club Mobile Testing Unit is air-conditioned and provides a clean, private and quiet environment for health screenings. Staff will recommend health and preventive measures based on test results and will also conduct interviews on heartburn and heartburn treatment. A pharmacist diabetes educator will be available for consultation to discuss diabetes care and treatment.

“As a home-grown Oregon company, FamilyCare Health Plans is excited and eager to participate in the Health Pavilion at the 2010 Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival,” says Jim Miller of FamilyCare Health Plans.

In addition, the Caring Ambassadors Program will offer free screenings for hepatitis C. Hepatitis C affects four to five million Americans and can go undetected for many years, resulting in severe liver disease and liver cancer.  Early detection and treatment are essential to recovery.

Participants must sign a release form to receive health screenings.

About Oregon Food Bank: Oregon Food Bank is a nonprofit, charitable organization. It is the hub of a the Oregon Food Bank Network, a statewide network of 20 regional food banks and 935 hunger-relief agencies serving Oregon and Clark County, Wash.

About festival sponsors: The Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival is presented by First Tech Credit Union.

Major sponsors include: FedEx Corporation, iQ Credit Union, Good Neighbor Pharmacy, The Oregonian, KINK.fm and KIA Motors.

Supporting sponsors include: Miller Brewing Co., Deschutes Brewery, Beringer Wine, Snapple, Pepsi, Earth2O Water, Frito Lay Snacks, Dave’s Killer Bread, Yoshida Sauce, Mission Foods, Dreyer’s Ice Cream, Sabra, Larabar, Cascadian Farms, Millstone Coffee, Shakers Vodka, The Boeing Co., Wahl Trimmers, Regal Cinemas, Portland General Electric, FamilyCare Health Plans, Schwindt & Co., NW Natural, KBOO, Blues Revue, OregonLive.com, EcoShuttle, University Place Hotel, Hotel Fifty and Marriott Hotel, SmartPark, Cascade Zydeco, Cascade Blues Association and Delta Music Experience.