The tailgate parties, race excitement, food, friends and fun are typically enough of a reason to go see a NASCAR race sometime in your life. This is especially true when you get to participate in the excitement over a holiday weekend at a night race event. But more than just the fun of the experience, at the Emory Healthcare 500, taking place Labor Day weekend at the Atlanta Motor Speedway, participants will be able to take a lot more away with them than just a great experience. Below we’ve outlined the top 5 things Emory Healthcare will add to make the typical race experience that much better at the Emory Healthcare 500:
1. Free Blood Pressure Screenings:
Approximately 30% of the United States population has high blood pressure. Although common, it doesn’t make the ramifications of high blood pressure any less shocking. Heart and kidney failure, heart attack and stroke are just a few of the problems high blood pressure can lead to. For those of you attending the Emory Healthcare 500, Emory Healthcare nurses will be on-site to provide free blood pressure screenings and advice and tips on how to improve it.
2. Smoking Cessation Help & Information:
Within just twenty minutes of your last cigarette your blood pressure begins to drop. Within 12 hours of your last cigarette your body’s carbon monoxide levels return to normal. After 24 hours, your chance of heart attack is reduced. Two weeks to three months after quitting, your lung function will improve by about 30% and after a full year, your risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a smoker. All of these are reasons to quit for your own health. If that’s not enough, quitting to spend more time with your family and friends makes it a worthwhile cause. Our nurses will provide you with helpful information to help guide you on the path today.
3. Free Head/Neck Cancer Screenings:
Have you ever been to a large sporting event where you could receive expert screenings for cancer? At the Emory Healthcare 500 you can! Specialists from the Atlanta Head & Neck Cancer Coalition will be at the race to provide attendees with free head and neck cancer screenings.
4. BMI Screenings:
It’s no secret that obesity is on the rise. It’s also a well known fact that obesity leads to all kinds of serious health problems ranging from diabetes to heart failure. Emory Healthcare nurses will be at the Emory Healthcare 500 to provide free Body Mass Index (BMI) screenings and provide you with information about proper nutrition and healthy habits to improve your BMI if needed.
5. General Wellness and Health Information:
Our Emory Healthcare team is made up of experts in hundreds of health care fields. At the Emory Healthcare 500 you will get a free opportunity to speak with them and get your health questions answered. Have a question about whether you need a particular immunization or how you can help fight cancer? Our nurses, physicians and volunteers are the ones to ask.
We hope that aside from the fun and festivities of any NASCAR race, these five additions to the Emory Healthcare 500 lineup will make it that much more worthy of your attendance. We look forward to seeing our patient, physician and Georgia community on Labor Day weekend!