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Health fairs offer a spring tune-up

Carrie ClickPost Independent Staff

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – It’s April, time for spring cleaning, venturing out in the garden, and getting a head-to-toe physical check-up at a local health fair. In Colorado, the daddy of all health fairs is the 9Health Fair. According to Anne Cosby, executive director of 9Health Fair, the 9Health Fair has grown to more than 150 sites over the past 24 years. In 2002, 80,000 people were screened for vision, blood pressure and other health indicators. Of those, more than 7,000 people discovered they had health issues they previously weren’t aware of, and 1,300 found they had serious medical problems that required immediate attention. This year, 9Health Fairs will take place in Carbondale, Rifle and Eagle (see box for dates, times and locations).In Glenwood Springs, Valley View Hospital is conducting its own health fair, though it’s not part of the 9Health Fair organization. Hospital officials decided to launch a separate health fair so it could offer more locally-based promotions and information. “No. 1, we wanted to keep everything local,” said Nicole Dacuma, spokeswoman for Valley View Hospital. “9Health Fair sets a lot of rules, like limiting brochures and promotional material from local health care providers. We want to use the fair to really provide information to the public about the kinds of services Valley View offers, as well as other regional providers. “No. 2, our lab results generally have a quicker turnaround time than 9Health Fair,” Dacuma said. “Some of 9Health Fair’s lab tests have to go to a Denver lab. Also, even though the health fair isn’t much of a money maker, we wanted to be able to collect the revenue instead of having 9Health Fair receive those funds.”Valley View Hospital’s Community Health Fair also differs from 9Health Fair in its scheduling.”We’re dividing blood work from screenings so we can keep waiting lines to a minimum,” said Dacuma. Blood chemistry analysis, including tests for cholesterol, cardiac risk, blood sugar, kidney and liver function, runs about $30 and is scheduled from 7-10 a.m. for this Saturday, April 5, at the Health Management Resource Building, 1905 Blake Ave., Glenwood Springs. All blood work requires fasting for 12 hours before being tested, except for those with diabetes.The Pre-Draw Fair this Saturday will be followed up with the Valley View Hospital Community Health Fair on Saturday, April 12, at the Valley View Medical Office Building, 1830 Blake Ave., Glenwood Springs. People may choose to take these free tests: blood pressure, hearing, height, weight, body mass, foot screening, posture, flexibility, varicose veins, hernia, skin, depression/anxiety, glaucoma and skinfold measurement. Blood tests will also be available at the Community Health Fair, though organizers encourage people to have their blood drawn this Saturday to avoid waiting in line.Dacuma said Valley View will offer an “Ask A Doc” question-and-answer booth so people can ask basic advice about ailments or medical conditions discovered at the fair. A Spanish-speaking doctor will be available. The local Lions Club will be collecting eyeglasses for their “Glasses for Masses,” at the fair. People can donate old eyewear that will be recycled to those in need. And, Glenwood Medical Associates will conduct a coat drive where unwanted coats in good condition can be donated. Contact Carrie Click: 945-8515, ext.

Valley View Hospital’s Pre-Draw Fair, Saturday, April 5, 7-10 a.m., Health Management Resources, 1905 Blake Ave., Suite 105, Glenwood Springs. Requires fasting 12 hours before screening (except diabetics) -Valley View Hospital’s Community Health Fair, Saturday, April 12, 7 a.m. to noon, Valley View Medical Office Building, 1830 Blake Ave., Glenwood Springs -9Health Fair, Saturday, April 5, 7 a.m. to noon, Roaring Fork High School, 180 Snowmass Drive, Carbondale-9Health Fair, Saturday, April 5, 7 a.m. to noon, Esma Lewis Elementary, 753 Railroad Ave., Rifle-9Health Fair, Saturday, April 12, 7 a.m. to noon, Eagle Valley Middle School, 747 E. 3rd St., Eagle For information on the 9Health Fair, call 800-332-3078 or visit; for information on the Valley View Hospital’s Pre-Draw Fair and Community Health Fair, call 945-6535, ext. 5574, or visit

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