9Health Fair " Mark your calendar to participate this April
February 2, 2009
April in Grand County will offer up free and affordable health services at one of the handful of health fairs as part of the 28th Annual 9Health Fairs. And this year boasts a new “mini health fair” in Fraser ” all great opportunities to take important steps to wellness.
“The idea [behind a health fair] is to encourage people to interact with their health care community and health care providers,” said Eric Murray, director of public relations at Kremmling Memorial Hospital.
For locals, what makes the annual 9Health Fairs such popular events are the many free and low-cost services offered, including tests that cost hundreds of dollars at a regular physician. And Murray added that the events are a chance for many in the community, especially those who are uninsured, to talk with medical professionals.
Education is an important piece of the events, Murray said. Visitors to the health fairs will have a better chance at early detection of a host of health issues and can learn about wellness programs, positive health choices and can develop relationships with doctors and health care professionals so they know where to go in the event of health problems.
The 9Health Fairs will be coming to three different communities in Grand County in coming months and, in addition, there will be a new “mini-fair” scheduled in March. All are welcome at any of the venues.
This year’s first local 9Health Fair is scheduled for Saturday, April 4, from 8 a.m. to noon at West Grand High School in Kremmling. The Kremmling Memorial Hospital is sponsoring the town’s fair for the 23rd consecutive year.
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The second fair is scheduled at the Granby Elementary School (202 W. Topaz Ave.) from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 18. The Granby event is a Rotary project.
The third 9Health Fair to be held in Grand County this spring will be held in Fraser.
The event, sponsored by the Fraser Valley Lions Club, will take place at Fraser Valley Elementary School from 7:30 to 11:45 a.m. Saturday, April 25.
All of the 9Health Fairs offer free optional screenings for blood pressure, vision, hearing, oral cancer, stress analysis, podiatry (foot health) and body in balance. The events will also offer free fingerstick glucose screenings, and cardio-risk assessment aimed at determining a person’s heart attack risk over the next 10 years.
Participants in the fairs have the option of taking the 31-component blood chemistry screening for only $30. Those wanting this test need to fast (not eat) for 12 hours prior to taking the test. Diabetics are encouraged not to fast because their blood sugar levels may get dangerously low.
For men only, there is an optional prostatic specific antigen (PSA) test for $25. For men and women, colorectal take-home kits are offered for $20 each.
Vaccinations and a variety of other tests and screenings may be offered. Inquire at this year’s fairs.
Cash or personal checks are accepted for those screenings requiring a fee.
All participants in the 9Health Fairs must be 18 years old or older. Children can accompany their parents but cannot go into the blood-draw areas. Free childcare is being offered at all of the county’s fairs.
The local 9Health Fairs are always looking for volunteers ” both medical and non-medical, at least 18 years old ” to help with the events. Contact the following site coordinators:
– Sherri Solawetz, Kremmling 9Health Fair Site Coordinator at (970) 724-3146 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org by March 1.
– Dorothy Penny, Granby 9Health Fair Site Coordinator at email@example.com
– John Erwin, Fraser 9Health Fair Site Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org
The 9Health Fair is the largest nonprofit health fair program in Colorado. It offers free and low-cost health awareness and educational screenings across the state. For more information, go to http://www.9healthfair.org.
Yet another health fair opportunity in Grand County is the new “mini health fair” scheduled for the Fraser Medical Clinic (in the Fraser Marketplace next to Safeway) on March 21, from 7 a.m. to noon.
The smaller fair is not associated with the 9Health Fairs and has fewer services, but there will be low-cost screening preventative lab work (12 hour fasting recommended unless diabetic) as well as free vision screening sponsored by Winter Park Optical, free oral screening and fluoride varnishes for pregnant women and children age 6 months to 3 years, free immunization screening provided by Grand County Public Health, as well as opportunities to talk with physician from the Fraser Medical Clinic.