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Mobile health team stops by Sayville library

A bus run by St. Francis Hospital's Community

A bus run by St. Francis Hospital's Community Outreach Program was stationed outside the Sayville Public Library offering free cardiovascular health screenings. (Oct. 11, 2011) Photo Credit: Erin Geismar

Newsday's Erin Geismar is in Sayville all week for our Town Focus series on the community.

I’m a sucker for anything free, and today, that just so happened to be good for my health.

My second day in Sayville started out with a trip to the Sayville Public Library this morning to check out a bus offering free cardiovascular health screenings in the parking lot.

The bus, run by St. Francis Hospital’s Community Outreach Program, was equipped for nurses inside to take rapid blood tests that reveal a person’s cholesterol and blood sugar, and nurses were also taking blood pressure.

It’s a free service offered to the public through the hospital and the Sayville Public Library arranges to have the bus there a couple times a year, a librarian told me.

I had also wanted to chat with Library Director Alice Lepore, but she wasn’t immediately available. So I figured it couldn’t hurt to be conscientious about my heart health.

I popped into the bus, and one finger prick and a few minutes later found out I had a clean bill of health.

When I was there around noon, the nurse helping me said about 10 people had stopped in since the bus arrived at 11 and it would be there until 2 p.m.

In the words of the woman climbing out of the bus as I was getting in: “What a great thing to have!”

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