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Article updated: 7/27/2012 9:09 PM

Lake Co. YMCA hosts preventive physical, Medicare exams

Dr. Scott Morcott and other physicians at PathFinder Health will offer on-site preventive health physical exams and Medicare annual wellness visits at the Lake County Family YMCAs in Vernon Hills and Waukegan in August.

Dr. Scott Morcott and other physicians at PathFinder Health will offer on-site preventive health physical exams and Medicare annual wellness visits at the Lake County Family YMCAs in Vernon Hills and Waukegan in August.

 

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By Barrie Fromme/Lake County Family YMCA

PathFinder Health, a national preventive health provider, is offering on-site preventive health physical exams and Medicare annual wellness visits to the community at both Lake County Family YMCA branches in August.

These exams are available at no cost to those with Medicare or commercial insurance. There is no co-pay or deductible. Medicare recipients need to have been in Medicare at least one year and have not had an annual wellness visit within the last 12 months.

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Both exams are ideal for people who are interested in learning more about their personal health risks and have questions about their wellness that they would like to discuss with a doctor. Participants receive a personal report that outlines their current health and risk status and formulates a personal prevention plan. The exams also are ideal for people who don't have a doctor or haven't seen one in years.

"Preventable chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke, obesity and cancer are the most important health problems that Americans face today," said Scott Morcott, M.D., chief medical officer of PathFinder Health. "Most of us do not realize the impact that healthy lifestyles, including regular physical activity, healthy nutrition, stress and weight management, have on reducing risks for chronic disease and even in the treatment of these diseases once they occur. Despite this news, only about one of every five adults takes the time to obtain a preventive health physical exam and review his or her risks every year while more than 75 percent of us will die as a result of complications from chronic disease."

All health information and results are kept strictly confidential between you and your healthcare provider. Exams will be done on Tuesday, Aug. 7, and Thursday, Aug. 23, at Northern Lake YMCA, 2000 Western Ave., Waukegan, and on Wednesday, Aug. 8, and Tuesday, Aug. 21, at Central Lake YMCA, 700 Lakeview Parkway, Vernon Hills

from 7 to 9:30 a.m. each day. To schedule an appointment, visit http://tiny.cc/pathfinderappt.

The Lake County Family YMCA is a cause-driven nonprofit that strengthens the community through programs and services that foster youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Chartered in 1912 as a 501(c)3 nonprofit, our association is comprised of the Central Lake YMCA in Vernon Hills and Northern Lake YMCA in Waukegan. To learn more, visit www.ymcalakecounty.org

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