If you’re due for an annual checkup but are concerned about the cost, you might want to take advantage of a free preventive health exam offered at Northern Lake YMCA, 2000 Western Ave., Waukegan.
“Knowing your risks and taking steps to prevent the development of a chronic illness is perhaps the most important thing that you can do for your long-term health,” said Scott Morcott, M.D., chief medical officer of PathFinder Health, a national preventive health provider. “The Y and preventive health and wellness have everything in common.”
Lake County Family YMCA facilities are offering on-site preventive health physical exams and Medicare annual wellness visits to the community at large. These exams are available at no cost to those with Medicare or commercial insurance. There is no co-pay or deductible. Medicare participants need to have been in Medicare at least one year and have not had an annual wellness visit within the last 12 months.
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.
“We encourage everyone to obtain their own, personal physician but recognize that, in today’s fast-paced healthcare industry, some offices are simply not able to offer comprehensive preventive health services or the Medicare annual wellness visit,” Morcott said.
All health information and results are kept strictly confidential between you and your healthcare provider. Exams will be done at the Northern Lake Y on Wednesday, April 11, and Saturday, April 14, from 7 to 10:30 a.m. both days. The dates at Central Lake YMCA in Vernon Hills are Thursday, April 12, and Wednesday, April 18, also from 7 to 10:30 a.m. both days. 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, Northern Lake YMCA in Waukegan and Early Head Start in Waukegan. To learn more, visit www.ymcalakecounty.org