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Health resources will be available to the UT community at HealthBeat 2017, a free health fair for all students, faculty, and staff.

UT’s College of Nursing is joining forces with the Student Health Center and UT Medical Center for the event, which will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 5, in the Panhellenic Building.

A variety of screenings and tests will be offered. Health care organizations and university departments will share resources at the event, including information about nutrition and weight management, diabetes, heart health and stroke risk.

MEDIC Regional Blood Center will hold a blood drive from 9 to 3 p.m. in Room 204. For convenience, use the second floor entrance on 16th Street.

Free screenings will include:

  • Carotid artery screening for stroke prevention
  • Blood pressure checks
  • Bone density screening
  • Body mass index screening
  • Blood typing

Insurance is not required for any of the screenings or tests. Small fees will apply only to screenings that require lab work:

  • A1C—Measures blood glucose average for the past three months. Cost is $20.
  • Prostate-specific antigen screening – Measures the amount of PSA released into the blood by the prostate gland. Cost is $20.
  • Thyroid-stimulating hormone – Measures thyroid levels in the body and can help diagnose thyroid disease. Cost is $20.
  • Comprehensive metabolic panel – Measures protein, potassium, sodium, glucose, blood urea nitrogen, alanine transaminase, aspartate aminotransferase, and albumin, among several other components. Cost is $20.
  • C-reactive protein – Measures inflammation of the heart and can help assess your risk for heart disease. Cost is $20.
  • Lipid panel – Measures total cholesterol, HDL, LDL, triglycerides, and glucose. Fasting except water and black coffee is required for eight to ten hours before the test, and drinking plenty of fluids the day before is advised. Diabetics should consult with their physician before fasting. Current medication should be taken as prescribed. Cost is $20.
  • Complete blood count – Measures red and white blood cell count. Cost is $15.
  • Vitamin D screening – Measures the level of vitamin D in the body. For accurate results, do not take supplements for forty-eight hours before the screening. Cost is $25.

Credit cards, cash, and checks are accepted. Checks can be made payable to UTMC. Results will be mailed to the participant within ten business days.

Knox County Health Department and the College of Nursing will offer the HPV vaccine from 10 to 12:30 PM. Please bring documentation of previous injections.

Other groups involved include the UT Police Department, the Center for Health Education and Wellness, and Rec Sports/Fitness and the Knox County Office on Aging.


Dr. Mary Sue Hodges (865-974-7596,

Tyra Haag (865-974-5460,