Heartland attracts thousands

STEUBENVILLE – Area residents turned out in droves Thursday for Trinity Health System’s Heartland 2013 event at the Fort Steuben Mall.

“Over a thousand have gone through already today,” Trinity spokesman Keith Murdock said. “And we still have what, six hours left? This is the biggest turnout we’ve ever had to this point in the day.”

Now in its 20th year, the daylong health initiative is billed as the largest heart risk appraisal under one roof, screening participants for more than 30 conditions, including thyroid function, kidney function and cholesterol, with a single blood draw and for a nominal $35 fee.

An HBA1c screening, which can alert to the development of a future diabetic condition, also was available for an additional $15.

Murdock said they typically process around 1,500 people, “and we’re looking to do more than that today.”

“Plus there’s a lot of free screenings, and we give out a lot of information,” he added.

Co-sponsors included the Prime Time Office on Aging, the Herald-Star, The Weirton Daily Times, WTOV-TV, Lamer Advertising and WCDK-FM.

Murdock said Heartland is a chance for area residents to find out about potential health concerns before they escalate.

“We’re just really glad this many people have been out so far,” Murdock said. “It makes it worthwhile when so many people come up and thank you for doing this for them.”

Over the years, more than 26,000 area residents have participated in the event.