Local high school hosts health fair this weekend

LAWRENCEVILLE - The Collins Hill High School PTSA is offering its first Health Fair this Saturday.

The fair, which is open to the community, will offer preventive health care tests and help people achieve a healthy lifestyle, said Dawna Baker, chairwoman of the Health Fair.

The idea for the Health Fair began after the PTSA noticed an increase in the publicity about students and athletes dying from heart-related incidents, Baker said. The school also suffered a loss of a ninth-grader at the beginning of the school year. Terrell Wilson, who had never been diagnosed with any health problems, died suddenly because of an aortic dissection.

Participants will have access to free services, such as a vision screening, blood sugar test, cholesterol screening and stress test. The only cost is for the Heart Screen for Teens, which will be offered for $58, which Baker said is "a fraction of the normal cost of $900 to $1,300."

The fair begins at 9 a.m. Saturday at Collins Hill High School, and most tests will be offered until 1 p.m.

Because more than 90 students have signed up, the Heart Screen will be offered until 4 p.m., Baker said. The Heart Screen is an eight-minute exam that will allow physicians to detect hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and any obstructions in blood flow out of the heart.

A blood drive will also take place until 2 p.m.

SideBar: If You Go

- What: PTSA Health Fair

- When: Services will be offered from

9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, with two exceptions: The blood drive will end at 2 p.m., and the heart screen test will end at 4 p.m.

- Where: Commons area, Collins Hill High School, 50 Taylor Road, Suwanee

For more information: Visit http://collinshill.com/PTSA/index_ptsa.htm

or e-mail the Dawna Baker at dbaker@sgalaw.com.