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Screenings and education centers available at 9Health Fair

Saturday, April 2, is the date!

Be at Pagosa Springs High School between 7 a.m. and noon to take advantage of the best deal you can get for your health’s sake at this year’s 9Health Fair.

Low-cost and no-cost screenings and education centers are available due to the contributions of over 200 local volunteers and donors with your good health in mind. Organizations that support the 9Health Fair include service groups such as the Rotarians and Colorado Mounted Rangers, and businesses such as Bank of Colorado, City Market, McDonald’s, Higher Grounds, Pagosa Baking Company and Alpine Inn.

The blood chemistry analysis is one measure of your overall health; it is a multi-component analysis and is available for $30. Blood cell count screening is $15. Men over age 40 can also have a Prostate Specific Antigen test done for an additional $25. A take-home colon cancer screening test kit is available for $20. New this year is a Vitamin D screening for $40.

Here are some special instructions for the blood chemistry analysis:

• You must fast for 12 hours with these exceptions: Drinking water is highly encouraged and tea or coffee is permissible if taken without sweetener or cream. Those on prescribed medication should take their scheduled medicines as usual. Diabetics should not fast. If you enjoy late snacks, eat your last meal or snack a little later than usual and arrive later in the morning to avoid the early rush.

• If you are planning on having blood work done, please wear a short sleeved shirt or shirt/blouse with loose fitting sleeves.

Some of the available screenings and education centers include:

Blood pressure: High blood pressure is called the “silent killer,” for it has no symptoms until serious medical problems arise, such as a stroke, heart attack or blindness. If you have not had yours measured lately, do it at the Health Fair, even if you do not plan to have your blood drawn.

Breast examination: Visit this station to learn proper self-examination techniques. Self-examination has been proven to be the best procedure for early detection of this deadly disease.

Oral health: Have a dental hygienist examine your mouth and provide you with information on oral health. This is a must.

Stress management: Fill out a provided questionnaire; meet with a counselor to review the form; receive ideas, suggestions around areas you want to modify.

Note: Screenings should not be considered a substitute for an ongoing health care relationship with a primary care provider. No diagnoses are allowed at any 9Health Fair.

Veterans’ services: Special information for special people.

Sisson Library: A valuable community resource; learn what is available to you in the library and on the Internet.

For more information call LaQuita Johnson, site coordinator, at 264-0661.

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