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Published on January 21, 2013

Dr. Brosseau of Altru's Diabetes Center to Offer Health Screenings at State Capitol

Grand Forks, ND – Dr. James Brosseau, medical director of Altru’s Diabetes Center, will offer health screenings to state legislators on January 22 and 23, 2013. This is Dr. Brosseau’s fourth year providing the health assessment for state officials.

“I got interested in doing this about 10 years ago, when I volunteered to be Doctor of the Day during the state legislative session,” explained Dr. Brosseau. “Doctors from around the state were on call for legislators who became ill during sessions. There were very few calls, so I thought it would be a good idea to start screening people for high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol. It has become more popular each year.”

This year, Dr. Brosseau and Altru medical staff expect to screen 140 officials for blood cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar and Body Mass Index (BMI). Participants will receive a MyBioCheck® health report card. “My BioCheck® is a biometric application which provides real-time feedback in the form of a report card using letter grades,” explained Heidi Panos, supervisor of the Sanny and Jerry Ryan Center for Prevention and Genetics. “The report card can then be used to discuss ways to promote positive change and healthier living.” Additional health education materials will be provided as needed.

After the initial grant from Dakota Medical Foundation, Altru Health Foundation has been the sole sponsor of this program in 2011 and 2013. 

About Altru Health System

Altru Health System is a community-owned, integrated system with an acute care hospital, a rehabilitation hospital, more than a dozen clinics in Grand Forks and the region, a large home care network, and a congregate living facility. It employs nearly 200 physicians and 3,800 staff and has an annual net operating revenue of more than $400 million.