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Hy-Vee offers free biometric screenings

Sandra Levy
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Hy-Vee is looking out for its customers' heart health. For the third year, Hy-Vee will provide free biometric screenings throughout its eight-state region during Heart Health Month in February.

Hy-Vee dietitians working out of Hy-Vee Healthy You Mobiles will offer the free biometric screenings to customers at 91 Hy-Vee stores. Appointments will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last.

A biometric screening is a combination of measurements and readings about certain health factors that may help in identifying potential risk factors for chronic diseases or conditions, like heart disease, hypertension or diabetes. The dietitians will collect a blood sample from a finger prick that will be used to determine cholesterol levels, triglycerides and glucose levels. They will also take resting blood pressure, measurements of height, weight and waist, and will calculate body mass index.

The entire screening process typically takes 15 to 20 minutes and all results will be reviewed and received during the screening.

The following organizations helped make the screenings possible: Amazing Grass, I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter, Oikos and Pazazz Apples. Each person who receives a screening will be given a Heart Health giveaway bag that includes samples, coupons and educational materials.