The Sequoyah Memorial Hospital Women’s Health Fair is set for 8 a.m. to noon on Friday at the hospital here in Sallisaw.

“It’s important,” Holly Bormann, SMH director of public relations, said. “Some women depend on these preventative screenings, especially those who don’t have health insurance.”

SMH looks at the Women’s Health Fair as a service to the community.

“We feel a responsibility to provide as much health care as possible,” Bormann said.

Bormann said a crowd of 200 women is expected. Since the health fair began five years ago, the program has served more than 800 women.

There will be screenings for blood pressure, height, weight, body mass index and bone density.

Blood will be drawn for cholesterol, blood glucose and thyroid testing.

No physical examinations will be administered. SMH Chief of Staff Dr. William Wood will review all the results.

According to the Archives of Internal Medicine, a thyroid problems can affect a woman’s ability to conceive and cause trouble during pregnancy and post-delivery.

The same journal reports undiagnosed thyroid disease can cause elevated cholesterol levels, an increased risk of clogged arteries and heart disease and ovarian cancer.

Women with a family history of thyroid problems are advised to have it checked out, Bormann said.

The Sequoyah County Health Department, Sequoyah Wellness Partnership and Kibois Area Community Action will be among the participating vendors.

Free T-shirts will be given to the first 25 women that arrive. Door prizes will be given away through the event.

The grand prize is a $200 Chamber Check redeemable at any Sallisaw business that participates in the Chamber Check program.

Indian Capital Technology Center students will help in all aspects of the health fair ranging from readings to drawing blood and handling registrations.

Muffins, fruit and juice will be provided.

For information on this health fair, call (918) 774-1100 or visit the website: www.sequoyahmemorialhospital.com.