Craig Police Chief Walt Vanatta, right, a 9Health Fair volunteer, gives attendee Margaret Chipman, of Yampa, a vision test during the 2006 fair at Sunset Elementary School. This year's event is scheduled for 8 a.m. to noon April 19 at Sunset Elementary School, 800 W. Seventh St.

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Craig Police Chief Walt Vanatta, right, a 9Health Fair volunteer, gives attendee Margaret Chipman, of Yampa, a vision test during the 2006 fair at Sunset Elementary School. This year's event is scheduled for 8 a.m. to noon April 19 at Sunset Elementary School, 800 W. Seventh St.

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9Health Fair to offer blood screenings, information from area health care providers

If you go

What: 9Health Fair

When: 8 a.m. to noon April 19

Where: Sunset Elementary School, 800 W. Seventh St.

Cost: $30 for blood screening, $15 for blood count; registration is free.

• Preregistration and blood screenings will be available for area senior citizens at 8 a.m. April 10 at Sunset Meadows II.

• For more information, call 824-5259 or visit www.9healthfair.o...>

— Screenings for eyes, ears and blood.

They're some of the services Craig residents can find at the 9Health Fair this month, said Tammie Thompson-Booker, Craig Noon Lions Club president.

The club is organizing the event scheduled for 8 a.m. to noon April 19 at Sunset Elementary School.

Channel 9 News, of KUSA-TV, hosts the event annually to "reach as many people as possible by offering free and low-cost health awareness and educational screenings," the event's Web site reported.

About 540 Craig area residents attend the health fair each year, Thompson-Booker said.

This year could be the same.

Staff from The Memorial Hospital will conduct 31-component blood screenings and blood counts, she said, which measure the number of white and red blood cells in a patient's blood.

The screenings cost $30, and the blood counts cost $15.

"For people who may not have health insurance, it may be a great thing," Thompson-Booker said.

The fair also will provide body mass index ratings, hearing tests and glucose screenings she said.

Area groups and volunteers also are scheduled to provide other screenings and health information at the fair. The Craig Rotary Club is slated to offer eye screenings at the event.

"There's all sorts of information given out" at the fair, Thompson-Booker said.

Registration for the fair is free and is available at the time of the event.

On April 10, a senior citizen blood draw, preregistration and blood screenings will be available at 8 a.m. at Sunset Meadows II, 595 Ledford St. Screenings cost $30.

For more information, call 824-5259 or visit www.9healthfair.org.

Bridget Manley can be reached at 875-1795 or bmanley@craigdailypress.com

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