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Wellness bus to continue statewide tour, make stop at Utah Capitol

By Jamie Lampros - Special to the Standard-Examiner | Feb 15, 2023

Rick Bowmer, Associated Press

Fog shrouds the Utah State Capitol before lawmakers kicked off the 2023 legislative session Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023, in Salt Lake City. Utah's 45-day legislative session is the shortest in the United States.

SALT LAKE CITY -- Caregivers from University of Utah Health will be at the Utah State Capitol Thursday morning to provide free health and dental screenings to the public.

The four health buses will be on site from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. to offer dental screenings and exams, cancer screenings, wellness screenings and mental health support.

"We are bringing our buses to the Capitol during the legislative session so our lawmakers can come out and take a look," said Kylene Metzger, media relations manager for U of U Health. "The public is welcome to stop in for free health exams and to take a tour of the buses. We don't ask for a driver's license or insurance for most screenings."

Screenings include blood pressure checks, blood work for glucose and cholesterol, mammograms and skin cancer and oral health screenings, among other offerings. While mammograms aren't free, women can apply for vouchers through the Utah Department of Health and Human Resources.

"Our buses travel everywhere throughout Utah," Metzger said. "We also travel to rural and underserved communities and offer these free services."

The state-of-the-art mammography clinic and other cancer screenings as well as education on prevention and ways to reduce your risk of cancer is offered by the Huntsman Cancer Institute. The Huntsman Wellness Clinic will be on hand to offer free face-to-face help for people experiencing a mental health crisis. While MCOT primarily travels in Salt Lake County, Metzger said U of U Health works with other mental health services across the state to make sure everyone gets the help they need in time of crisis.

The U of U Wellness Bus will offer general health screenings and address diabetes and other chronic conditions. A registered dietician will also be on hand to provide nutritional counseling.

"We welcome anyone to come up and check it out and if you see one of our buses in your community, stop by and get a free health screening," Metzger said.


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