In the summer of 2021, the Hungarian Healthcare Management Association (HMA) launched a series of health screening and education programs called EGÉSZSÉGPART (aka ’HEALTH-SHORE’). The programs aimed to screen local residents and holidaymakers near Lake Balaton and encourage them to adopt a healthier lifestyle.

For the third time in 2023, EGÉSZSÉGPART visited busy Balaton beaches ‒ Balatonboglár, Balatonalmádi, and Gyenesdias ‒ on three summer weekends as a kind of health “traveling camp.”

The series of programs was made possible with the professional support of the Semmelweis University Health Services Management Training Centre, the National Hospital Directorate General, and the National Centre for Public Health and Pharmacy, as well as the contribution of local governments and representatives.

A lot of free screening programs were available during the EGÉSZSÉGPART weekends:

  • General health check-ups (blood glucose, triglyceride, cholesterol, blood pressure, and pulse) and prostate screening for men (PSA screening)
  • ECG tests
  • Dermatological screening
  • Digital oral screening
  • Lifestyle risk assessment and lifestyle advice
  • Functional movement screening
  • Body composition screening

Screening participants also received lifestyle and dietary advice following a lifestyle risk assessment. After the digital oral screening, the oral hygiene session taught visitors how to brush their teeth correctly and the importance of oral care. They also had the opportunity to take part in basic CPR training. At the Teddy Bear Hospital, children could learn a lot of helpful information in a playful way.

The doctors from the Department of Dermatology, Venereology and Dermatooncology of Semmelweis University ensured the high professional standard of dermatological screening. The staff of the Semmelweis University Dental and Oral Surgery Training Institute conducted the digital oral screening, and the residents of the Semmelweis University Institute of Public Health provided lifestyle advice. Members of the Budapest Medical Students’ Association and the Hungarian Dental Students’ Association, as well as students of the Hungarian University of Physical Education and Sports Sciences, were also actively involved in the event.

740 people were screened during the three weekends. The specialists found malignant lesions in several cases and referred the patients to their local institutions.

The public gave positive feedback, so the series will continue in the coming years. EGÉSZSÉGPART teaches young and old alike through free “door-to-door” screenings and promoting healthy lifestyles to prevent many diseases. In doing so, we can contribute to a change in attitudes that will result in a healthier Hungary, to the delight of us all!

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