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Lincoln Police Officers get screened for heart problems

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By: Rachael Witter
rwitter@klkntv.com

A police officer's job can be stressful. Stress can lead to heart problems later in life. After the death of John Clarke, a member of the Lincoln Police Department due to a heart attack earlier this year. Current officers had the chance to get screened for heart conditions. Bryan Health brought a mobile screening unit right down to the police station.
"I tend to think that because police officers do a lot of shift work and things just by the mere fact of their job of stress they may not wind up taking out the time to make sure that they're eating healthy and exercising properly." said Police Chief Jim Peschong.

Police officers had the option of getting screened four different ways. Bryan Health says they have screened nearly 30 officers. "They've been very motivated and very interested in being healthy and taking care of themselves." said Bobbi Clinch of Bryan Health.

The screenings were offered at a discounted rate. Bryan brings this mobile unit all over the state to make preventative health care available to everyone.
"Anything that we can do on the preventive side to wind up helping staff have a little bit better of an idea about their overall fitness or medical conditions, I think that's a good thing." said Peschong.

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