Help us celebrate public health throughout the month of April at the Macon County Health Department!
The health department is here to protect, promote and improve the health and quality of life in Macon County. We offer a wide variety of services for all of Macon County to help your family thrive.
We will have special events throughout the month to celebrate public health:
- April 6, 2023: Winter wellness walk and the smoothie bike
- Join us for the finale of the Family Winter Wellness Challenge (and open for everyone) for a 0.5 mile walk around the park. We will be walking at 8 am and 3 pm.
- We will have the smoothie bike and ingredients ready to be mixed all day. You get to pedal the bike and use your power to blend your smoothie. Delicious and satisfying!
- April 13, 2023: cholesterol and blood sugar screenings ($20)
- Cholesterol and blood sugar is a simple fingerstick that can help give you insight into your overall health. This test will tell you total cholesterol, HDL, LDL, and triglyceride levels. This can be great information if you’ve never had these values checked or haven’t in a while to check in to see how you are doing.
- It is recommended to be fasting (only water and black coffee) before this test for the best results
- April 20, 2023: Car seat checks and child ID kits
- Our certified car seat technicians will be available from 10 am – 3 pm to check to make sure your car seat is installed correctly and your child is in the safest car seat for them.
- Child ID kits are a FBI-approved kit that collects recent photo, fingerprints, height/weight, and a DNA sample from your child. Parents save this information in a safe place if there was ever a scenario where their child ran away or was missing and you would need it (the Health Department will not save anything, just help collect the sample). Learn more about the National Child ID Kit program
4. April 27, 2023: Community Volunteer Corps
- Come learn about our community volunteer corps and how they help our county in emergencies and other events.
Low-cost blood draws
For the month of April in celebration of public health, we are offering low-cost blood tests to measure with your health. You are not required to bring a doctor’s order for these labs.
Available Monday through Thursday from 7:45 – 5:00
Walk-in at any time is welcome but we prefer an appointment in order to better serve you. Call for an appointment at 660-395-4711.
Test panel – a $105 value for $50 – includes:
- CMP (complete metabolic panel) – this test provides information on the body’s fluid balance, levels of electrolytes like sodium and potassium, and how your kidneys and liver are working.
- CBC (complete blood count) – this test looks at your overall health and finds a wide range of conditions including anemia, infection, and leukemia.
- TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) – this test measures a hormone that is produced by the thyroid gland that controls how your body uses energy. Abnormal TSH levels may be a sign of a thyroid problem.
- A1C (hemoglobin A 1 C) – this test measures your average blood sugar level for the past 3 months.
- Vitamin D – this test measures the amount of Vitamin D in your body. Vitamin D helps control calcium and phosphate levels.
- Lipid Panel (prefer you to fast before the blood draw) – this test is used to monitor and screen for cardiovascular disease and includes 3 measurements of cholesterol levels and a measurement of triglycerides (fat in your blood from the foods you eat that could raise your risk of heart disease or stroke).
Prostate test – a $30 value for $15
- PSA (prostate specific antigen) – This antigen is a protein produced by normal as well as malignant cells of the prostate gland. This test measures the level of this protein. This level is often elevated in men with prostate cancer but can also be elevated with enlargement of the prostate gland, inflammation of prostate and other non-cancerous conditions.
Test results will be received by Macon County Health Department and sent to your primary care physician for follow-up as needed. For anyone who does not have a primary care physician, and any results appear out of normal range, health department nurses will assist you to find a physician of your choice for follow-up health care.