Health Fair planned for Saturday

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The annual 9Health Fair returns to Craig Saturday -- an event organizers say has drawn roughly 600 residents in years past for low-cost or free medical services.

The health screening, made possible Saturday with help of up to 70 volunteers, is scheduled between 8 a.m. and noon at Sunset Elementary School.

And organizers stress not waiting too late in the day to show up if people want blood drawn: 11:30 a.m. at the latest to still be processed before blood is shipped off for testing.

"We don't want people showing up five minutes till noon," said Alice Rigney, cochairman of the health fair.

Blood chemistry analysis will be offered for $30, while another $25 buys prostate specific antigen and blood count screening costs $15.

Craig will be among just four 9Heath Fair sites statewide offering the latter services, Rigney said.

"When people get results back, they're encouraged to talk to physicians about any results which are not normal," she said.

Rigney said abnormal blood test results will be clearly noted.

Numerous free services will also be offered: from height, weight and vision checks, to breast exams, a diabetes station staffed by two experts, in addition to information and professionals focused on nutrition and cancer awareness.

Participants Saturday must be at least 18 years old, Rigney said. Those planning to have blood drawn should not eat 12 hours prior and should drink water. Diabetics should not fast.

Residents should also continue to take prescribed medications as directed.

Paul Shockley can be reached at 824-7031 or at pshockley@craigdailypress.com.

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