GRAND COUNTY — Free and low-cost health screenings will be offered at the 9Health Fairs taking place in Granby and Kremmling in late April and mid-May.
The Fraser 9Health Fair is set to take place in the fall.
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.
These fairs have added breast cancer, prostate and osteoporosis screening as well as one-on-one physician conversations.
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.
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, vitamin D test for $40 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 online by going to http://9healthfair.org and going to the online registration link. While day-of-event registration is still offered at the fairs, the online registration does offer some benefits. It allows for pre-payment, streamlined registration on the day of the event, quicker access online to test results and long-term availability and comparisons of test results over time.
This year’s Granby 9Health Fair is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Granby with generous assistance from Grand County EMS.
New for this year’s health fair is a 20 percent discount on blood work for anyone who volunteers to help at the health fair. Currently the fair needs greeters, traffic control, on-site registration and, for health care professionals, help with blood draws. To take advantage of this offer go to the 9Health Fair web site at http://9healthfair.org and go to the volunteer tab or call Audrey Jenkins at Grand County EMS at 970-887-2732.
The Kremmling fair is sponsored by Middle Park Medical Center.
The fair will include a number of valuable health assessments, including blood tests, cancer screenings, nutrition screenings and many others. Some screenings are free and some are offered at a reduced cost.
Volunteers who donate their time will receive a 20 percent discount on all blood work and colorectal kits. Volunteers need to register first as a volunteer and then as a participant by visiting www.9HealthFair.org/FindAFair.
For more information, call Leslie Jones at 724-3176 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.