9Health Fair coming to the county soon
FARMER’S KORNER – It could save your life.According to testimonials, 9Health Fair has done just that for people who’ve attended for the low-cost and free health screenings.”You can’t put a price on that,” said Constance Jones, executive director of the Summit Chamber of Commerce, whose group is helping to organize the event at Summit High School.9Health Fair will be held from 7 a.m. to noon on Saturday. Some of what will be offered includes a 31 component blood chemistry analysis, prostate blood screening, colon cancer screening kit and vision, hearing and dental screenings. Also, mental health professionals will be there, along with a podiatrist and Community Care Clinic representatives. Last year about 1,000 people attended. This year they are expecting up to 1,500.Local dentist Dr. Curtis Slack, who is chairing the fair that is sponsored by Summit Rotary Club, said, “It’s just a great opportunity for people to come talk to health care professionals and get some direction on their well being.”Those who are attending for the blood screenings need to fast for at least 12 hours before the event, health officials said. Slack added that a line for the blood screening starts before 7 a.m., but often times dies down a bit about 10 a.m.At the health fair in Summit County, breast exams or pap smears will not be offered, but information about them will be available, Slack said.The independent non-profit organization, 9Health Fair, holds a series of fairs throughout the state promoting health awareness. It has impacted more than 1.7 million lives since it started in 1980, according to a press release.The release goes on to say that last year, Terri Thomas, of Loveland, was one of those people. She hadn’t been feeling well and her sister encouraged her to go to 9Health Fair.A couple days later, the results from the blood test she took there came back and a nurse called and told her that her thyroid level was low and she needed to see a doctor.”I did so right away and had further tests run,” Thomas said. “I was diagnosed with hyperthyroid and through additional tests, learned I was suffering from Graves’ disease. … I knew something was wrong, but has no previous diagnosis, even though I had seen a physician several times describing my symptoms.”And she is just one of the success stories, thanks to the about 19,000 volunteers throughout Colorado that make 9Health Fair possible.In Summit County, Saturday is the first day of spring break, so those putting on 9Health Fair are still “eagerly recruiting volunteers,” said Dr. Don Parsons, Dillon councilman who is helping organize the event.Both medical and non-medical volunteers are needed, and in particular Parsons said they need people trained in phlebotomy, drawing blood.About the blood screening, Jones said, “It’s quite comprehensive and the cost is so much less. …We’re expecting this to be the biggest and best (9Health Fair) ever.”9Heath Fair at a glanceWhen: Saturday, April 14, 7 a.m. to noonWhere: Summit High School South EntranceWhat: Free health screening/information• Blood pressure, weight, vision, hearing and body mass index• 31 component blood chemistry analysis – $30• Prostate blood screening – $25• Colon cancer screening kit – $5• Mental health screenings/information• Stress/life balance screening• Foot screening• Oral health screening• Health officials will be available for questions(Those having blood screenings should not eat for 12 hours before arriving.)Want to volunteer: Contact Bonnie Osborn, (970) 668-1101. Medical and non-medical volunteers are needed to draw blood, provide screenings, manage registration and more.For additional information: Visit http://www.9healthfair.org* Items on the list of what’s offered without a price next to it are free. For the low-cost screenings, cash or checks are accepted.
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