Hy-Vee dietitians to provide free biometric screenings in February

For the second 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 150 Hy-Vee stores. Appointments will be taken on a first-come, first-serve basis while supplies last.

A biometric screening is a combination of measurements and readings of 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 also will 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.

Hy-Vee is partnering with Quaker Oats to help make these screenings possible. Avocados from Mexico also is a supporting sponsor of the event. Each person who receives a screening will be given a heart health giveaway bag that includes samples, coupons and educational materials.