9Health Fair provides important screenings at low cost in Summit County Saturday | SummitDaily.com

9Health Fair provides important screenings at low cost in Summit County Saturday

Summit Daily/Eric Drummond

Now in its 25th year in Summit County, the 9Health Fair will take place this Saturday at Summit High School. Attendees will have access to numerous medical screenings and tests, and health professionals will be on hand to answer questions and perform basic exams. The fair is sponsored locally by the Rotary Club of Summit County and St. Anthony Summit Medical Center, and has been an annual event throughout Colorado for about 35 years. Volunteer Dr. Don Parsons said the core of the event is a $30, 30-panel blood test. Panel evaluations include: thyroid function, diabetes, kidney function, lipids, cholesterol and electrolyte levels. “(The tests) are important, and they’re cheap,” Parsons said. Other available tests include a $15 complete blood cell count screening, prostate cancer screening test, a take-home colon cancer screening kit, and a vitamin D screening test. Parsons said the blood screenings are the only charged services. Free testing consists of vision and hearing, dental screening, body mass index, blood pressure, cardiac risk, and respiratory function. Additionally, professionals will be on site to answer questions and perform basic examinations. Medical specialists include: physical therapists, chiropractors, naturopaths, pharmacists and a dermatologist. Parsons said representatives from Colorado West Mental Health, the Alzheimer’s Association, Lupus Foundation and the Family & Intercultural Resource Center – to inform people about inexpensive insurance for children – will also attend. Parsons said those getting blood drawn should not eat for 12 hours before the event, and drink plenty of water. Diabetics or people on prescription medicine should follow their usual routine. The Summit County Sheriff’s Office and St. Anthony’s are also running a drug take-back program at the fair. Attendees are encouraged to bring expired or unused prescription medicines – including controlled substances – to the event for proper disposal. “Otherwise, those drugs get in the water or landfill and can contaminate local water supplies,” Parsons said. A $2 breakfast – consisting of granola, hard-boiled eggs, yogurt, coffee and tea, fruit, and muffins – will be provided by Arapahoe Cafe. Linda Lichtendahl, executive assistant Summit Medical Center Health Foundation, said numerous staff members will be working the event. “The hospital is honored to work with the Rotary for the 9Health Fair because it’s a part of our mission,” she said. Parsons said the fair usually draws about 1,000 people.”We are prepared for any number who show up, and encourage people to come,” he said. The event takes place this Saturday, April 2, from 7 a.m. to noon at Summit High School. Screenings are first-come, first-serve, and participants must be at least 18-years-old. Payment is only accepted by cash or check.Parsons said he would be happy to answer any additional questions. His number is (970) 406-1341.For more information about the fair, call (303) 698 -3799 or (800) 332-3078, or go to http://www.9HealthFair.org.

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