Tripler hosts health fair at USARPAC Commanders Conference

| June 18, 2010 | 0 Comments

Jan Clark
Tripler Army Medical Center Public Affairs

HONOLULU — Coming out to show their support, members of Tripler Army Medical Center provided a health fair for attendees at the U.S. Army-Pacific Commander’s Conference held at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, here, June 11

While Nutrition Care personnel provided participants with their body mass index and discussed good eating habits, Hope Cooper-Oliver, patient educator, spoke about diabetes.

“I explained that reading labels carefully is very important,” Cooper-Oliver said. “The amount of sugar in products needs to be identified. I also explained how to prevent Type II diabetes.”

Public Health Nursing staff provided blood pressure checks and something new: mini-pulmonary function tests.

“By blowing into the spirometer, we can check just how old your lungs are,” said Capt. Joycelyn Constantino, officer in charge, Army Public Health Nursing, TAMC. 

“By virtue of your past habits, whether or not you have asthma, and your environment, we are able to get a good idea of just how healthy your lungs are,” Constantino said.

Staff Sgt. Raymond Manalo, noncommissioned officer in charge, Point-of-Care Department, spent the morning discussing the department’s benefits.  

“This fairly new department, monitored by the Department of Pathology, is geared toward bringing diagnostic testing to or near patient care,” Manalo said. “The devices used to accomplish this are not only used here at Tripler but in field units in Iraq and Afghanistan. 

He continued: “By bringing the test to the patient, we increase the likelihood that results are received in a timelier manner. Tests available at Tripler include, but are not limited to, urine chemistry, monitoring of blood levels in diabetics and strep infections.”

The Physical Therapy Department provided a video about the advanced tactical athlete conditioning train-the-trainer program. 

Designed to provide unit leaders the tools to increase tactical fitness and decrease injury rates in order to optimize Soldiers’ readiness, the program is offered to units on-island.

“At our running form booth, we explained current research and evidence regarding proper running form and the risks and benefits of various types of footwear,” said Capt. John Mason, staff physical therapist.

Additionally, the Tricare booth provided medical and dental information for active duty, family members, pre-retirees and the “Age 26 Law” for children. 

This law will require insurers to allow dependent children to stay on their parents’ policies until age 26. 

However, final regulatory decisions on specific requirements have not yet been determined.  For further information, visit the Tricare website at www.tricare.mil.

Information about behavioral health options for active duty service members and family members was also available.

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