Health fair season arriving in Eagle County
VAIL CO, Colorado
Ready? 84 – 49 – 124 …no it’s not football season but it is our local health fair season. In my last article I talked about cholesterol numbers, particularly the HDL. In addition to the HDL there are a lot of other important health numbers. Do you know your numbers such as blood sugar, total cholesterol, LDL (or bad) cholesterol, triglycerides and blood pressure? You can find out those numbers and several more when you attend one of our local health fairs. Have your blood drawn, blood pressure checked and get your skin evaluated for cancer (remember we live in the No. 2 skin cancer state). Women can receive a breast exam from a medical provider. These are just as few of the screenings that will be available.
While we all should be thankful that such excellent screening is available, it is important to remember that a blood test isn’t everything. It is simply a start. Regardless of the PSA test, men over 50 should have a DRE or digital rectal exam. Mammograms and colonoscopy are other important cancer screening tests. Nothing replaces a careful, complete physical exam from your physician where you can have your health concerns and questions addressed. Remember, treatment and other laboratory guidelines are constantly changing. That necessitates having a dialogue with your doctor to review treatment, discuss monitoring steps or getting more advanced diagnostic studies.
Remember the health risks we need to pay attention to are often the ones we don’t feel until there is already a problem! Visit one of our health fairs and find out about your health. Talk to your doctor if anything seems off, or if you have any questions or concerns.
The 9Health Fair is sponsoring screenings at the Eagle Valley Middle School (747 E Third St Eagle) on April 16 from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. In conjunction with the Lions Club, the Colorado National Guard and countless volunteers they will offer the following:
Blood chemistry screening (Blood Draw)
Blood count screening (Blood Draw)
Blood pressure screening
Body in balance
Colon cancer screening kit
Height/Weight/Body Mass Index (BMI) Screening
Oral health screening
Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) (men only blood draw)
Vitamin D screening
Further information about the 9Health Fair can be found at http://9healthfair.org/.
Valley View Hospital will hold three community health fairs this spring, bringing blood tests, medical screening and education to various locations. Valley View will also host an early blood predraw so you can get your blood results back before the health fair. Then you are able to ask questions about your results at the Heart Health Fair Doctor’s information booth. Valley View’s schedule of events is as follows:
Pre-draw (for blood test only):
Glenwood Springs Community Center on Wednesday from 6:30 to 10 a.m.
Health Fairs (blood tests, medical screenings and informational booths):
Coal Ridge High School (Silt/New Castle), April 9 from 7 to 11 a.m.
Roaring Fork High School (Carbondale), April 16 from 7 to 11 a.m.
GMA (Glenwood Medical Associates adjacent to Valley View Hospital) April 30 from 7 to 11 a.m.
Health information and testing is available to anyone 18 years of age or older.
For more information visit http://www.vvh.org/pages/p-lab-blood-results.php or call 970-384-6651.
Dr. Drew Werner is a medical staff leader at Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs, a family physician at TotalHealth Care and the Eagle County Health Officer. He lives in Eagle with his family. E-mail comments about this column to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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