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Save more than just money with free health screenings

"Every three days, sudden cardiac death takes the life of a young U.S. athlete, such as a girl playing soccer, a boy at basketball practice or a high school football player. "  These words from Dr. Anthony Rossi, Medical Director of the Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at Miami Children's rocked me to the core, especially with my son being involved in motocross, which is an extremely physically demanding sport.  

I keep seeing the Miami Children's Hospital ads offering free EKG screenings for student athletes. It's like I'm being told, "take Adam for these tests."  And I'm feeling the need to make others aware of this service, too.  So when I was deciding what money saving tips to write about this month, all signs pointed to sharing information about free health screenings that may do more than just save money … they may save a life.

FREE EKGs from Miami Children's Hospital

To help identify young athletes that might be at risk of sudden cardiac death due to hidden heart anomalies, Miami Children's Hospital offers free EKG screenings to middle and high school athletes.  Screenings are done at several MCH locations throughout South Florida.  For more information and to schedule an appointment for your student athlete, contact The Heart Program at Miami Chidren's Hospital (305) 662-8301.

CVS Free Health Screenings

During the month of May, select CVS stores in the Miami area are offering free health screenings for families as part of their Project Health initiative.  Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday, from 2 PM until 6 PM, medical professionals at CVS will perform the following tests:  blood pressure, body mass index (BMI), glucose, cholesterol, and bone density.  Along with the screenings, they are also offering a free allergy assessment and tips on how to stop smoking.  And if that's not enough, once you've completed the screenings, you'll walk away with a $5 CVS coupon and a tote bag!  Find a location near you at the CVS Project Health Initiative website.

Free Skin Cancer Screening

Living in Florida, we cannot ignore the damaging effects of the sun, particularly skin cancer.  The American Academy of Dermatology is designating the first Monday in May (May 6) as Melanoma Monday in an effort to raise awareness of melanoma and other skin cancers.  Several dermatologists in the South Florida area are offering free screenings on various dates in May.  To find a free skin cancer screening in your area, click here.

Nothing is more precious or more priceless than our health.  Spending a few hours to protect your life and the lives of your loved ones through preventative screenings will save you more than just money. 

Mary Pat Pankoke, a Parkland mother of 2, teaches Coupon Classes in the South Florida area

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