Rx for spring colds, allergies is health fair

9Health Fair offers advice, tests, check-ups

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Feeling a little under the weather? Eyes not responding like they used to? Want to check your general health? Mark your calendar for the 22nd annual 9Health Fair.

The health fair, sponsored by the Craig Lions Club, will be from 8 a.m. to noon April 21 at the Sunset Elementary School. The event will provide an opportunity for participants to receive several different medical screenings.

The event offers a free health screening, an Ask Your Pharmacist booth and a mental health booth operated by the Colorado Western Regional Mental Health Center. Information, advice and answers will be available at these booths. The Fair will offer many procedures, including glaucoma tests, vision and hearing check-ups, blood chemistry work-ups, oral exams, breast exams, blood pressure tests and diabetes education.

"This event couldn't happen without the concentrated effort of local service clubs and individuals. We have 100 volunteers, many of them professionals, helping make this health fair happen," said Alice Rigney, 9Health Fair coordinator. "This is the largest health fair in the county, and The Memorial Hospital plays a big part by donating supplies, time and equipment."

9Health Fair volunteer and Lions Club member Buddy Grinstead has been volunteering at the Fair the past several years, but "this is the first year I've participated at this level of involvement." Grinstead is training to take over as event coordinator.

Grinstead emphasized that there will be a difference between this year's Fair and past Fairs: The entrance.

"This year, we will have everyone coming in the south entrance, which is just around the corner from the front door," Grinstead said. The entrance will be to the left of where the entrance traditionally was, and there will be plenty of signage to that effect, assured Grinstead.

Early registration is available for seniors and those who need assistance to register. It will be held April 19 at Sunset Meadows, 633 Ledford St. There will also be an early blood draw from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. April 19 for seniors 65 and older and the disabled at Sunset Meadows.

At the 9Health Fair, a blood panel will cost $30, and a PSA exam will cost $25. Participants must be 18 years old or older. Those who plan to have their blood drawn are asked to not eat 12 hours before having it done (except diabetics), but do drink water and continue to take any prescribed medications.

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