Medical Minute: Trinity Health Booth

MINOT, N.D. - A farmer's work is never done. Even when the harvest is over, farmers are still working to plan for the next year, leaving little time for them to take care of themselves.

Blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose levels, these are all important parts of a person's health and Trinity is offering these basic checkups at this year's KMOT Ag Expo in as little as 15 minutes.

Dione Bohl, a Registered Sonographer said, "We are here today to kind of make the merge between our busy time of year in agriculture and taking care of ourselves as we get ready for the next season that is coming forward."

"Basically screen for health,” said Tom Mickelson, Phlebotomy supervisor. “It checks for your cholesterol glucose and your HDL. Farmers these days are really busy; they can't get a chance to get in here. So this sometimes, they come in and they will do basically their annual checkup here."

Mickelson says when farmers do maintenance on their machines in the winter, they should spend some time caring for themselves.

"It's really fast. In fact what you can do is come here give me a little sample of your blood, you can walk around look at some of the exhibits come back and I'll have it all written on a form for you. This is probably the cheapest way to get health care," said Mickelson.

After the Expo is over, farmers can continue their checkups with a special test for your blood vessels.

"Actually target specific areas that might be the hot point for our vascular health carotid artery, abdominal aorta,” said Bohl. “We can check for aneurysms, blockages in the arteries. We can check out your EKG. And we doing it all in a very limited amount of time and in a very cost effective manner for your health care budget."

The blood pressure test is free of charge, and the cholesterol and glucose tests are $15 total.

The Trinity booth is located in Heritage Hall.