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VVH Health Fair series kicks off Saturday in Carbondale

GARFIELD COUNTY, Colorado ” Valley View Hospital’s Health Fair series begins this weekend, with the first of three community health fairs, from 7-11 a.m. Saturday at Roaring Fork High School, 2270 Highway 133, in Carbondale.

Two additional spring health fairs take place on April 25 at Glenwood Medical Associates, and May 2 at Coal Ridge High School in Peach Valley, also from 7-11 a.m.

The health fairs include a number of informational booths and offer various health tests for free to anyone 18 years of age or older.

An optional blood chemistry analysis and other tests are provided at a cost. The blood analysis will include tests for cholesterol, cardiac risk, blood sugar, and kidney and liver function. Blood chemistry testing requires fasting 12 hours before screening; however, diabetics should not fast.

The fees for the various tests are as follows:

Blood Chemistry Analysis ” $35

Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) ” $25

Blood Count ” $10

Colorectal Kit ” $5

The VVH Health Fairs typically draw upwards of 500 or 600 people.

New this year will be an information booth by the nonprofit organization Return Home, which will be collecting used medical supplies and providing information on its services to redistribute the items to those who need them.

Smaller items ” such as wheelchairs, walkers and crutches ” that can fit in a standard vehicle will be accepted on site. Collection of larger items should be pre-arranged by calling organizer Daniel Ferry in advance at 876-0318.

“It would be nice for people to let us know if they do have larger items, so we can have backup vehicles and personnel in place,” Ferry said.

“We really have an urgent need for wheelchairs,” he added. “This will be the first time for us, so we’ll know through this first experience on Saturday what to expect.”

For more information on the VVH Health Fairs, visit http://www.vvh.org or call 384-6651.

Contact John Stroud: 384-9160


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