Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island to Offer Wellness Screenings at the McAuley House in Providence


PROVIDENCE, RI (June 29, 2012) – Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island (BCBSRI) is holding an event in July that includes blood pressure, body composition and sun safety screenings.  The wellness event will be held on Friday, July 13, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the McAuley House, 622 Elmwood Avenue, Providence.  All members of the public are invited to attend.

During the event, participants can be screened for hypertension (high blood pressure), which is one of the most common chronic conditions in adults.  Since uncontrolled high blood pressure can result in serious health problems such as heart attack or stroke, it is important to have it checked regularly. Participants will learn how to easily check their blood pressure levels and how to keep their blood pressure under control.

Participants can also receive a 10-minute body composition screening, which will provide the person’s percentage of body fat, lean body weight and total body water.  A certified health educator will explain the results and offer suggestions on how to improve or maintain the score.  Please wear clothing that allows access to your bare upper arm.

During the sun safety screening, DermaViewTM technology will be used to analyze sun damage on attendees’ faces, allowing them to see the effects of cumulative sun exposure since early childhood.  Participants will also receive tips on proper use of sunscreen and other ways to avoid burns and long-term skin damage.  Please note: Bare skin is best for the screening.  If you use facial moisturizer or other make-up that contains SPF, please remove it before coming to the screening.

Registration is not required for this BCBSRI wellness event.

Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island is the state’s leading health insurer and covers more than 600,000 members.  The company is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.  For more information, visit and follow us on Twitter @BCBSRI.

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