Staying healthy in the High Country |

Staying healthy in the High Country

KIMBERLY NICOLETTIsummit daily news
Summit Daily/Brad Odekirk Silverthrone community service officer Tanya Beyer runs laps around Rainbow Park to the tune of five miles.

FARMER’S KORNER – Last year at the 9Health Fair, about 10 Summit County residents discovered they had high cholesterol from blood screenings.Saturday, the 9 Health Fair comes to town again to provide free prostate, 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.

People who want blood tests should fast for 12 hours before the test; water is OK, and even recommended. Most people show up between 7-9:30 a.m. to get their blood test, so coordinator Jason Luchtefeld suggests coming between 10 a.m. and noon to avoid longer lines. Last year, they drew 750 people’s blood, he said.This year’s health fair offers a few new screenings. Those who don’t want a blood screening can have their glucose levels checked by a finger prick. A urologist will do prostate screenings in a private room, and licensed mental health professionals will conduct bilingual depression and anxiety screenings in a private room. “This is the first time free depression and anxiety screenings will be offered here,” said licensed psychologist Barbara Leffler. “This is a goal many of us have been working toward in our community.”

Depression and anxiety disorders are the two most common mental illnesses, each affecting 19 million American adults annually, Leffler said.”Unfortunately, most people with anxiety and depression do not seek treatment,” she said. “By making screenings available and free to the public, (our) goal is to begin to overcome the stigma attached to mental health and show people that these disorders are quite common and very treatable.”Other booths offer body mass index analysis by Vail Summit Orthopedics, blood pressure screenings, educational booths from the Rotary and Summit Prevention Alliance, and eye exams and an ask the physician booth by Dr. James Bachman, who also specializes in workman’s compensation claims.

The health fair takes place from 7 a.m. to noon at the Summit High School. Participants should park in the student parking lot near the side of the building, because the main entrance will be closed.Kimberly Nicoletti can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 245, or at

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