Take a Loved One to the Doctor Day

Yolanda Womack says an incident two years ago lead to the discovery of a family health problem.

Yolanda says, "Nobody ever paid any attention to it until that problem was in depth, so that's encouraging me to get out and get tested and see what's really going on."

Yolanda got that opportunity Tuesday at the "take a loved one to the doctor" event. Families were encouraged to bring a loved one who, for any of a number of reasons, do not see a doctor on a regular basis.

Miaisha Mitchell, director of the Diabetes and You program, says, "Finances, first of all; it's not a major thing on their list of things to do; health insurance, access or lack thereof. Some people don't know and don't have the resources or access to a doctor on a regular basis so they don't come."

During the “take a loved one to the doctor" day event, local residents were able to get free health screenings, which health officials say is key to early detection and prevention.

Dr. Doris Ballard-Ferguson of the FAMU School of Nursing says, "The more that we can screen people, we can get them to early treatment, rather than late and perhaps decrease some of the disparities that we see in health."

Screenings included blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, bone density, vision, cancers, memory, and many others. This is Tallahassee's fifth year participating in the national event.