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EAGLE – The annual 9Health Fair isn’t until April 22, but the blood tests start April 1. Volunteers will do an early round of testing that day in an effort to cut down on crowds at the main fair, said Joy Ortiz, a Lion’s Club member who is organizing the fair. “There has been so much demand for this service that offering it on two dates cuts down on the wait time for participants,” Ortiz said. The tests checks kidney and liver function and screens for thyroid disease, diabetes potential heart problems and other health conditions. A 12-hour fast provides the best results, but participants should continue to take medications and drink plenty of water while fasting. Diabetics should not fast. Test results will be mailed to participants within 6 weeks.The early blood test and the fair are both from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Eagle Valley Middle School on 747 East Third Street in Eagle. Participants must be at least 18 years old. For more information, call Joy Ortiz at 524-1122 or 471-1911.

EAGLE COUNTY – Dr. Steven Viola will lead a workshop called “Misdiagnosis and Dual Diagnosis of Gifted Students and Attention Deficit-Hyperactive Disorder” at the Eagle County ambulance building in Edwards on March 15 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.The workshop, sponsored by the Gifted Education Team of Eagle County and Colorado Mountain College, is designed for parents and teachers. Viola will discuss what it means when bright and creative students are diagnosed with attention-deficit disorders. There are also students who talents are sometimes masked by such conditions. Viola has been a school psychologist and professor and has worked with thousands of children.To pre-register for the workshop or get more information, call 569-2900. Cost is $35

Eagle County Commissioner Arn Menconi was recognized recently for his work on early-child issues by the state’s Early Childhood and School Readiness Commission. Menconi is vice-chairman of the Colorado Counties, Inc. Health & Human Services Committee. As chairman of the committee’s early-childhood task force, Menconi has, among other activities, lobbied for funding for early-childhood programs and worked to publicize the programs around the state. Vail, Colorado


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