America's favorite TV doctor is in Portland today, courtesy of KATU and OHSU. Dr. Oz is providing hundreds of our viewers free health screenings to help uncover problems that often go overlooked.
Dr. Oz and a team of health care providers will be at OHSU's Center for Health and Healing from 8am to 4pm. More than 500 viewers who registered for the event will get the chance to learn about common ailments that could be making them sick. Each will all get a free, 15-minute physical and walk away with a better knowledge of how they can improve their health. Five lucky viewers also won a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Oz himself.
The health screenings will test for everything from blood pressure and cholesterol, to glucose levels, waist circumference and body mass index. Those tests can confirm more obvious health problems like obesity, but they can also uncover other issues like diabetes and heart disease.
KATU spoke with Dr. Oz last week ahead of today’s big event.
"I love doing free screenings because not only do we get to help a few hundred people, but they get report cards from their information that we get to share with all the leaders of the community," Dr. Oz said. He also noted the screenings are a health education opportunity not just for the people getting them, but for the community as a whole.
At the end of the day, Dr. Oz and his team will compile the information collected during the screenings and give Portland an overall health grade.
"There's so many great things about health in Portland. Clean water, clean weather. But on the other hand, we're not all doing the right things in terms of physical activity and our diet. So we'll learn a lot about the health of the city," he said.
Dr. Oz will tell us how our health in Portland compares with other cities across the country, and ways we can improve it.
Don’t miss our live coverage of Dr. Oz’s Portland 15-Minute Physicals starting on KATU News First at Four.
Also check out these health reports from KATU anchor Brian Wood: