Health screens van to visit Harrisburg

Health screens van to visit Harrisburg

A mobile unit will visit Harrisburg on Monday to offer free health screenings for Poinsett County residents.

The Delta Care-a-Van, run by the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine at Arkansas State University, will be at the Harrisburg library from 4:30-7 p.m.

Blood pressure, blood sugar and life satisfaction screenings are available, and no insurance is required.

3 D.C. lawmakers back abortion bill

Three of four members of the Arkansas congressional delegation have co-sponsored a bill aiming to block federal funding for Planned Parenthood for a year unless the group certifies that it won't perform or fund abortions.

U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford last week backed HR369, called the "Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2019." U.S. Reps. Bruce Westerman and French Hill also are listed among 125 co-sponsors.

The bill has been referred to a committee.

Planned Parenthood Federation of America is a nonprofit health provider that offers a variety of services across its clinics, including screenings for some cancers, tests for sexually-transmitted infections, prenatal care and abortions.

State grades low in tobacco curbs

Arkansas received failing grades in three of five categories assessed in an annual American Lung Association survey of tobacco-control policies, showing "mixed progress" on such initiatives, according to a report released last week.

About $11 million in state funding is being spent on tobacco prevention and cessation in Arkansas, the report said -- about 36% of the amount that the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends.

The state earned an F in the funding category, as well as in categories that deal with tobacco taxes and access to services that help people stop smoking.

There are some barriers to coverage for smoking-cessation services for Arkansans covered by Medicaid and who are insured through state employee health plans, the report said.

The state performed better on smoke-free air and "Tobacco 21" measures, earning C's in both.

The American Lung Association recommended that Arkansas increase tobacco taxes, strengthen the Arkansas Clean Indoor Air Act and ban flavored tobacco products (including e-cigarettes) to improve its ratings.

Metro on 02/02/2020

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