Annual health fair offers screenings Saturday |

Annual health fair offers screenings Saturday

SUMMIT COUNTY ” On Saturday, the 9Health Fair comes to town again to provide free or low-cost health screenings for individuals.

Coordinated locally by the Summit County Rotary Club, the annual event includes free body mass index, depression and oral screens, as well as a thorough blood screening for $30.

The blood chemistry panel shows thyroid, heart, kidney, liver, muscle and bone functions, electrolyte and glucose levels, gout problems and iron function. Quest Diagnostics mails results within six weeks, along with a reference guide and a separate report of tests falling outside of normal range.

Additionally, men who want a prostate screening test (PSA) can have that included in the blood draw for $25.

People who want blood tests should fast for 12 hours before the test; water is OK and even recommended. Many people show up between 7-9:30 a.m. to get their blood test, so coordinator Curtis Stack suggests coming between 10 a.m. and noon to avoid longer lines. Last year, they drew 750 people’s blood, he said.

For those who don’t want a full blood screening, they can have their glucose levels checked by a finger prick.

Again this year, licensed mental health professionals will conduct bilingual depression and anxiety screenings in a private room.

The health fair takes place from 7 a.m. to noon on Saturday at Summit High School. Participants should park in the student parking lot near the side of the building, because the main entrance will be closed.

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