Heartland 2013 heads to mall Feb. 14

STEUBENVILLE – Trinity Health System along with the Prime Time Office on Aging will present the Heartland 2013 health event from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Feb. 14 at the Fort Steuben Mall’s center court.

The event, in its 20th year and also sponsored by the Herald-Star, The Weirton Daily Times, WTOV-TV, Lamer Advertising and WCDK-FM, is billed as “the largest heart risk appraisal under one roof,” according to Keith Murdock, director of community relations and development for Trinity.

“We will once again hold the event at the Fort Steuben Mall. Last year’s attendance was tremendous, and we hope everyone attends again this year,” Murdock said.

This year will include a blood draw that tests participants for more than 30 screenings, including cholesterol, thyroid function, kidney functions and more, said Murdock.

“Our screenings have been a popular part of Heartland for 15 years, and we again expect another large crowd to take advantage of the screenings,” Murdock said, adding the cost of the blood screening is $35.

HBA1c screening, which can alert to the development of a future diabetic condition, also will be available as well and will cost $15, Murdock said.

“That screening monitors the glucose control of diabetics over time,” he added. “There will be displays available for all the (Trinity) departments. Physicians also will be represented during the event.”

Health care professionals from Trinity will be available to discuss services and provide free blood pressure readings and glucose screenings, said Murdock. More than 26,000 area residents have participated in the event through the years, and Murdock said approximately 1,500 visitors are expected for this year.