30th annual 9Health Fair coming to Eagle | VailDaily.com

30th annual 9Health Fair coming to Eagle

Vail Daily Staff Report
Eagle, CO Colorado

EAGLE, Colorado ” The 30th annual 9Health Fair will take place at Eagle Valley Middle School in Eagle, Colorado in April.

Two Saturdays are scheduled for the event ” the pre-fair blood draw will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. this Saturday. The larger fair will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on April 25.

“In today’s tough economic times, it has never been more important for people to really take control of their health and prevent unnecessary health emergencies,” said Jim Goddard, president and CEO of 9Health Fair.

Low-cost screenings available on Saturday and on April 25 include a $30 blood draw, which checks total cholesterol levels, triglycerides, blood sugar levels, thyroid, liver and kidney functions; a $25 prostatic specific antigen (PSA) screening for men, which checks for prostate gland issues and cancer; a $15 blood cell count screening, which checks how well the body is fighting infection; and a $20 colon cancer screening kit.

The larger health fair on April 25 will include a variety of free screenings such as blood pressure, breast exams, finger stick blood sugar test, hearing check, foot check, skin cancer check, tooth and oral health check and more. Additionally, educators from a variety of health-related organizations will be available to answer questions about health issues such as diet, exercise and cardiovascular risk.

Jill Hunsaker, Eagle County’s public health manager, says many people have undiagnosed medical conditions.

“Fifty-five percent of Eagle County residents reportedly have a chronic disease,” said Hunsaker. “Conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes and elevated cholesterol are all manageable conditions if caught early.”

Blood screening participants must be at least 18 years old; participants should fast for 12 hours .Diabetics should not fast and can still be screened. A limited number of vouchers are available for people without health insurance. For more information, contact Eagle County Public Health at 970-748-3280.

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