The Huntsman World Senior Games is guided by three principals: Peace, Health and Friendship. Without health the other two are hard to accomplish. Therefore, it makes sense that the Huntsman World Senior Games places so much emphasis on its annual health screening for athletes and works hard to provide a variety of tests to help athletes keep track of their overall wellness goals.
Dr. Gary Meason, Utah Valley University, Dr. Ron Hagar, Brigham Young University, and Dr. Michelle McDermott, Dixie State University are the co-directors of the Huntsman World Senior Games Health Screenings. They will lead a team of almost 300 volunteers consisting of college professors and students from Brigham Young University, Utah Valley University, Southern Utah University and Dixie State University. Professionals from St. George Regional Medical Center and the Southwest Utah Public Health Department also assist with the Health Screenings.
Athletes and official fans have six days of screenings reserved exclusively for them: Wednesday, October 6 thru Friday, October 8 and Tuesday, October 12 thru Thursday, October 14. An additional day of screenings, Saturday, October 9, is open to athletes and the general public.
To take advantage of these screenings credentials must be presented and then a passport will be distributed where the results of the various screenings can be recorded. Patrons are then free to participate in the screenings of their choice. It may be best to schedule an appointment for popular screenings like carotid artery ultrasound.
“We are constantly looking at which of all the tests available would be of the greatest value to participants,” said Dr. Meason. “We want to provide tests that will give meaningful and useful information to our athletes and help them better manage their health.”
In addition to the screenings, athletes have the opportunity to get a flu shot for a nominal fee, which may be billed to insurance. This service is provided by the Southern Utah Public Health Department.
The Huntsman World Senior Games hopes participants take full advantage of these free health screenings and find them beneficial! Remember, these screenings are not designed to take the place of regular visits to a primary care physician.
Health Screenings Schedule
Wednesday, Oct. 6; 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday, Oct. 7; 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday, Oct. 8; 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday, Oct. 9; 10:00 am - 2:00 pm (open to public)
Tuesday, Oct. 12; 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday, Oct. 13; 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday, Oct. 14; 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sampling of Screenings (Subject to change without notice)
Aerobic fitness - Provided by BYU/UVU/SUU/DSU
Balance Bertec - Provided by BYU/UVU/SUU/DSU
Blood Pressure - Provided by BYU/UVU/SUU/DSU
Blood Glucose - Provided by BYU/UVU/SUU/DSU
Body Composition - Provided by BYU/UVU/SUU/DSU
Cognitive Wellness - Provided by Memory Matters, Stapley Pharmacy, BYU/UVU/SUU/DSU
Carotid Artery screening - Provided by BYU
Functional testing - Provided by BYU/UVU/SUU/DSU
Flu immunizations - Provided by Washington County Health UVU/DSU/SUU
Grip strength - Provided by BYU/UVU/SUU/DSU
Hearing screening - Provided by Precision Hearing Clinics
Oral cancer screenings - Provided by DSU Dental Hygiene
Retinal screening - Provided by Southwest Vision
Visual Screening - Provided by Friends for Sight BYU/UVU/SUU/DSU
Vertical jump Provided by BYU/UVU/SUU/DSU