Health screenings at no charge or low-cost offered at 9Health Fairs
Grand County – The Granby 9Health Fair takes place April 28 at Granby Elementary School. The Kremmling fair is set for May 12 at the K-8 school in Kremmling. All the spring 9Health Fairs in Grand County occur on Saturdays from 7:30-11:30 a.m.
The Walden 9Health Fair takes place 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 21 at North Park High School.
The Fraser 9Health Fair, which used to take place in mid-April, is now set to take place Oct. 6, with an emphasis on family health.
The health care screenings and tests provided at the 9Health Fairs are priced far below the regular costs for these tests, which include a comprehensive blood chemistry analysis for $30, blood count test for $15, prostate specific antigen screening for $25 and a colon cancer-screening test for $20. The hemoglobin A1c test (blood sugar measurement) is also being offered for $25. Free screenings include height, weight and body mass analysis, among many others.
Health fair participants can pre-register on-line by going to http://www.9healthfair.org and click the on-line registration link. While day-of-event registration is still offered at the fairs, the on-line registration does offer some benefits: it allows for pre-payment, streamlines registration on the day of the event, and patients get quicker access on-line to test results and long-term availability and comparisons of test results over time.
The Granby 9Health Fair is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Granby with generous assistance from Grand County EMS. The Kremmling and Walden 9Health Fairs are sponsored by Middle Park Medical Center. These fairs have added breast cancer, prostate and osteoporosis screening as well as one-on-one physician conversations.
Aside from the blood tests, screenings and other free screenings, the 9Health Fairs feature educational exhibits manned by representatives from Grand County Emergency Medical Services, the American Cancer Society, The Grand County Rural Health Network and others.
Because the 9Health Fairs are popular, volunteers are always needed and appreciated. People with or without a health care background are encouraged to help out.
Aside from the screenings and tests mentioned above, the 9Health Fairs also offer: vision tests, blood pressure checks, one-on-one visits with a health professional, an ‘ask-a-pharmacist’ site, skin cancer consultation, body-fat skin fold analysis, body in balance tests, eye health screening, breast cancer screening, finger stick glucose screening, foot screening, hearing screening, a heart health corner, a lung function screening, mental health screening and many other tests or screenings. Not all the screenings are available at all the sites.
Participants are reminded that for many of the blood tests a period of fasting is required ahead of time, so people should plan on fasting for at least 12 hours prior to arriving at the health fair. Diabetics should not fast. Participants are also reminded that these health fairs are popular, which means they should plan on arriving early for the most efficient treatment.
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