Get a cheaper checkup in Eagle Saturday |

Get a cheaper checkup in Eagle Saturday

Vail Daily staff reportnewsroom@vaildaily.comVail, CO Colorado
Kristin Anderson/Vail Daily file photoGypsum resident Kellen Myers, 6, tries to read a bottom line of the eye chart while Eagle Lions Club member Tom Verderber, left, administers his vision exam at last year's 9Health Fair in Eagle.T

EAGLE -The annual 9Health Fair will come to Eagle this Saturday.The Eagle Lions Club will host the event, held from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Eagle Valley Middle School. The fair includes free and low-cost health screenings and booths where people can learn more about their health.Anyone age 18 and older can participate in the health fair. In addition to offering free and low-cost health screenings for heart disease, diabetes, colon cancer, cervical cancer, prostate cancer, mental health and more, 9Health Fair also offers: • Blood work, Pap smear and colon cancer screening results, with information on how to read your results, mailed directly to your home for you to share with your doctor. Results delivered within four weeks of your visit. • Calls from volunteer doctors and nurses within 72 hours of your 9Health Fair to people if a critical health issue is discovered • Free interpretation and translation • Free “Talk With A Health Professional” • Free health education from hundreds of local organizations • Free blood work vouchers • No social security number or personal identification required “With jobs and healthier lifestyles weighing heavily on most people’s minds today, it has never been more important for people to really start understanding and owning their health,” said Jim Goddard, president and CEO of 9Health Fair. “This year, we want people who regularly participate in 9Health Fair to bring their loved ones so that they can start taking action to live a long, high quality life.” Each year, 19,000 volunteers serve more than 90,000 people from communities around the state. More than half of those volunteers are doctors, nurses and other medically trained individuals and the fair needs phlebotomists, registered nurses, physicians assistants, medical doctors, emergency medical technicians and other credentialed medical professionals to help administer a variety of health screenings and draw blood. Retired medical professionals and students enrolled in a medical program can also volunteer at any health fair site, with instructor supervision, and additional phlebotomy training and refresher courses are available through the health fair. Spanish speaking volunteers to help with on-site interpretation and translation are also needed. In addition, to ensure proper hydration for a smooth blood draw and to continue its focus on “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle,” this year, participants should plan to bring water to the fair. All health fair locations include a $30 blood chemistry screening, which gives participants information about blood sugar (glucose), cholesterol, triglycerides, liver, kidney, bone and muscle function and may show warning signs of diabetes, heart disease and other concerns. The $25 prostate specific antigen (PSA) screening for men, checks for prostate gland issues and cancer. The $15 blood count screening checks blood heath. The $20 colon cancer screening take-home kit checks for colon cancer. Participants must fast for at least 10 hours prior to the blood draw. Credit cards will not be accepted at the Eagle heath fair.For more information, visit or call 1-800-332-3078.

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