Free health screenings available courtesy of ARCH

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF)—The Advancing Rural Community Health Program (ARCH) at Francis Marion University is sponsoring a string of free health screenings at various locations for the general public.

Each screening will consist of height, weight, BMI (body mass index), total cholesterol, blood sugar, and blood pressure. A hemoglobin A1C test, which measures diabetic control over the last three months, will be available for those with or at risk for diabetes. Blood work will be done via finger prick, and test results will be available immediately.

The first screening location will be on Friday, Feb. 15 at Mt. Olive Church at 512 Henry McGill Jr. St. in Marion.  Wise Chapel, 1748 Wise Chapel Ct., in Marion will host the second screening the following Friday, Feb. 22.

The public has several dates in March to take advantage of this offer:

  • Friday, March 1 – Shiloh United Methodist Church, 3903 U.S. 76, Marion.
  • Friday, March 8 – New Hopewell Baptist Church, 3500 New Hopewell Rd., Darlington.
  • Friday, March 15 – Center for the Child, 524 Francis Marion Rd., Florence.

All screenings will be held from 1 to 5 p.m.

There will be nutrition counseling offered free of charge for anyone wanting information on controlling high cholesterol, blood pressure, or diabetes, as well as help with weight loss.

Information on smoking cessation and referrals to the S.C. Tobacco Quitline will also be provided.

ARCH is not requiring appointments for the screenings, and there is no need to fast beforehand.

For more information on these screenings or FMU's ARCH program, contact Paul DeMarco, MD at (843) 661-1845 or email