Free blood pressure, glucose testing offered

Staff reports
Ascension Parish Chief of Staff Kim Braud gets her blood pressure checked by Marisela Ortiz of the Ascension Parish Health Unit on Nov. 20 during the free blood pressure and glucose screening at the Health Unit. The next screening session will take place Friday, Dec. 18.

The Ascension Parish Health Unit will offer free blood pressure and blood glucose testing Friday, Dec. 18.

Testing takes place at the Ascension Parish Health Unit is located at 1024 S.E. Ascension Complex Blvd. in Gonzales, just off Worthy Road across from Ascension Courthouse East from 8-10 a.m. on the third Friday of each month.

Patients will be seen on a first-come, first-served basis and must be residents of Ascension Parish.

A second testing date each month may be added at this location if needed.

The program is part of the state's Behavioral Health Integration Program and is a joint venture of the Ascension Parish Government and Capital Area Human Services.

In addition to this new program, the Health Unit provides low-cost immunizations, family planning assistance, WIC program assistance and a host of social services.

For more information, call 225-644-4582.