Fit and Strong Together Community Coalition to Offer Free Wellness Testing

Corning, N.Y. - The Fit and Strong Together Community Coalition (FAST) in Corning, N.Y., invites area residents to participate in one of five free wellness testing opportunities to be offered in the month of April as part of the “Know Your Health Numbers” initiative.

“The FAST committee is committed to helping our community to enjoy a fit and active life,” said Shirley P. Magaña, President of Guthrie Corning Hospital and Co-Chair of FAST. “Knowing your key health numbers and planning to improve them, if necessary, is the best way to start moving toward good health and a more enjoyable life.”

FAST will offer free blood pressure, body mass index (BMI), body fat percentage and total cholesterol checks, free of charge, on a first-come-first-served basis, with no advance registration required. For the most accurate total cholesterol test results, a 5-hour fast is recommended. A drop of blood will be drawn for the total cholesterol test. The public may choose to participate in any or all of these tests and results will be available immediately.

The community is invited to visit one of the following Know Your Health Numbers testing locations:

  • Thursday, April 17, 4-7 p.m.; The Salvation Army located at 32 Denison Parkway East in Corning, N.Y.
  • Wednesday, April 23, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Corning Community College, Commons Building in the Triangle Lounge located at One Academic Drive in Corning, N.Y.
  • Friday, April 25, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Wegmans Corning located at 24 S. Bridge St. in Corning, N.Y.
  • Saturday, April 26, 9-11:30 a.m.; Corning Community YMCA Gymnasium during the Health Kids Day event located at 127 Centerway in Corning, N.Y.
  • Saturday, April 26, 12-4 p.m.; Wegmans Corning located at 24 S. Bridge St. in Corning, N.Y.

Know Your Health Numbers is sponsored in part by United Healthcare, Guthrie and United Way of the Southern Tier.

Created in early 2009, Fit and Strong Together (FAST) is a coalition of community organizations and individuals focused on improving childhood fitness and reducing childhood obesity and, among others, includes representatives from the Corning-Painted Post School District, Corning Incorporated Foundation, Community Foundation of Elmira-Corning and the Finger Lakes, Guthrie, Excellus BlueCross/BlueShield, Steuben Rural Health Network and Steuben County Public Health Department.

Guthrie is a non-profit integrated health system located in north central Pennsylvania and Upstate New York, serving patients from an 11-county service area. Guthrie is comprised of a research institute, home care/hospice, hospitals in Sayre, Pa., Corning, N.Y., and Troy, Pa., as well as a multi-specialty group practice of more than 260 physicians and 130 mid-level providers in a regional office network encompassing sub-specialty and primary care sites in 23 communities throughout Pennsylvania and New York. Guthrie offers a wide range of services and programs designed to enhance the health and well-being of those it serves.