This year the 9Health Fair in Fraser is taking more of a "family" approach.
The first Family 9Health Fair in the Colorado Mountains will take place on Saturday, Oct. 6, from 7:30-11:30 a.m. at the Fraser Valley Elementary School.
In past years, the 9Health Fair has taken place in the spring months and focused on adults. This year, Fraser decided to hold their fair in the fall. One reason for this was to help the volunteers, who not only volunteer their time in Fraser, but at the Granby and Kremmling fairs as well.
"There are three fairs in Grand County, and what we were seeing was a kind of burn-out," said John Erwin, director of the Fraser Family 9Health Fair. "These are all volunteers, they don't get paid. Three in one month is a bit much, [so] we decided to move the fair to the fall to eliminate that conflict."
One of the benefits of moving to the fall is the inclusion of the "family" aspect. Now participants are encouraged to bring their children along. Children 5 years and older will be able receive screening tests, and child-care will be provided for younger children.
Also new this year are three educational seminars. Dr. Mark McCaulley from Steamboat will host a colon cancer education seminar, which will last between 15 and 20 minutes, and repeat throughout the fair.
Dr. Patrick Barry of Fraser will conduct a men's health seminar with a drop-in format.
"Gentlemen can walk in and join the ongoing conversation and ask questions," said Erwin. "It will be private, the conversation will be confined to what's going on in the room."
Additionally, Kate Klockau, who works as a pharmacist at the Fraser Safeway, will host a seminar with a question-and-answer format regarding vaccinations, drugs, medications, and the like. Parents who have questions about which vaccinations they should give their children, and any safety concerns that go along with them, should direct their questions to Klockau. This open forum will start around 8 a.m. and last for the duration of the fair.
Flu shots will be provided on-site by the County Public Health Service. Those who are on Medicare can get the shot for free, provided they bring their Medicare card (or a clear photo copy) which specifies their name and Medicare number.
Tests and screening will be available for adults, and include a PSA test (for men only) at $25, a blood count test for $15, a blood chemistry test for $30 (which offers 30 different results based on one test) and an A1C test (for diabetics or those prone to high blood sugar) for $25. Seniors may also take a Vitamin D test.
For those who are unsure which test would be best for them, advisers will be on hand at the fair to explain the different options.
"We encourage people to come," said Erwin. "We want to see how well it's received by the community, and then we'll make a judgment call as to whether we keep the fall format or stay with the spring."
Participants can register and pay for tests at the event itself or ahead of time online at www.9HealthFair.org. Online registration must be complete by noon Friday Oct. 5, and does not ensure priority access at the event.