Grand County: 9Health Fair set for April |

Grand County: 9Health Fair set for April

Tom Sifers (left), a volunteer at Granby's 9Health Fair, measures Travis Fuqua's height, weight and body mass index at the 9Health Fair in Granby, Saturday, April 21, 2007. (photo by Jeanette McQuade)

If you care about your health, then plan on attending the 27th Annual 9Health Fairs being held in Grand County this spring.

What makes the annual 9Health Fairs such popular events is their affordability.

Several free and low-cost health screenings and tests are offered. If you had to pay for them during a visit to a physician, many of these tests would cost several hundred dollars.

For the public’s convenience, the 9Health Fairs in Grand County will be coming to three different communities on different dates. If you can’t attend the one nearest to your home on a particular date, you are always welcome to attend another one.

This year’s first local 9Health Fair is scheduled for Saturday, April 5, 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 22nd consecutive year.

Granby will be the site of the county’s second 9Health Fair. It will take place at Granby Elementary School from 7 a.m to 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 12.

The third and final 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 Elmentary School from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 19.

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 $3 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 child care 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 by March 1.

– Carl Marsh, Granby 9Health Fair Site Coordinator at (970) 887-3523.

– John Erwin, Fraser 9Health Fair Site Coordinator at (970) 726-4603.

The goals of the 9Health Fair are to promote health awareness and encourage participants to assume responsibility for their own health; to encourage participants to establish and maintain a personal wellness program; to assist participants in understanding the relationship between positive lifestyles and their overall health; to provide health screenings and information about potential health problems.

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

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