The Journey of a Precious Gift

For the first time, the San Diego Blood Bank will offer free health screenings. You don’t even have to give blood.

Checkups on cholesterol, blood sugar, body mass index and blood pressure will be available without charge from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17, at the San Diego Donor Center, 3636 Gateway Center Ave.

No appointment is necessary. Professionals from Sharp HealthCare will conduct the screenings, expected to last about 15 minutes. Results will be immediately available.

Blood bank officials said it’s their first time to combine health screenings with blood donation at its San Diego Donor Center.

For information, visit or call 1-800-827-4277.