Grand County home to three 9Health Fairs this year |

Grand County home to three 9Health Fairs this year

Carl Marsh
Special to the Sky-Hi Daily News

The 29th annual 9Health Fair is coming to Colorado in April. Last year, more than 87,000 people participated in the 9Health Fairs statewide, thanks to over 19,000 volunteers. If you attend your community’s health fair this year, you can access more than 20 free and low-cost health screenings and education all under one roof. You can take advantage of free screenings for vision, blood pressure, oral health, foot health, mental health, hearing, height, weight, skin cancer, breast cancer, a finger stick glucose test, body fat/skin fold, body in balance, and free health education from local organizations.

For about the cost of a copay, you can access a 31-component blood chemistry screening, including a full lipid panel. For men, it is only $25 more for a Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) test, and new this year is an additional $15 blood count screening. The blood count is one of the most commonly ordered blood screenings and is used to present a general picture of a person’s overall health white blood cell count, hemoglobin concentration, hematocrit, and platelet count.

Knowing your numbers from your results can improve your relationship with your doctor. When you get your screening results, share them with your primary care provider so that together, you can monitor and manage your health.

The first 9Health Fair is in Kremmling on Saturday, April 5, from 8 a.m. to noon at West Grand High School. Contact the Kremmling Memorial Hospital for details.

The next 9Health Fair is in Granby on Saturday, April 12, from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Granby Elementary School. Contact Carl Marsh at 887-3523 for details.

The last 9Health Fair is in Fraser on Saturday, April 19, from 7:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. at the Fraser Valley Elementary School. Contact John Erwin at 726-4603 for details.

Those planning to participate need to be aware that 12 hours of fasting is necessary to ensure the most accurate glucose, cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Drink lots of water while you are fasting, black coffee or tea is OK, take all prescribed medications, but diabetics should not fast.

If possible, visit the fair around 9 or 10 a.m. to avoid the early morning crowds. Anyone 18 and over may participate, and bring a friend, coworker, relative or neighbor with you. Remember, PREVENTION is the best way for all of us to stay ahead of rising health care costs.

The 9HeaIth Fair is always looking for volunteers ” both medical and non-medical, at least 18 years old ” to make sure the community receives all of the screenings available to them. Because of spring break, the Granby fair is looking for more volunteers this year. Call Carl Marsh at 887-3523 if you can volunteer in any way.

See you at the Fair.

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