Annual health fair returns to Rifle |

Annual health fair returns to Rifle

Staff Report
Colorado Mesa University student Kathy Unger, left, prepares to draw blood from Mesa resident Becky Strong at the 9Health Fair hosted by Grand River Health Saturday, April 12, 2015.
File photo / Ryan Hoffman |

Grand River Health will once again host the 9Health Fair in Rifle this April.

The fair offers low cost blood tests and free screenings, including blood pressure, breast, skin, lung function and more, according to a press release There also will be a limited number of free mammograms and DEXA (bone density) scans.

Pap smears will not be offered, but women will be able to enroll in programs that can assist them in getting many important women’s health screenings. Grand River Health partners with 9Health Fair, a statewide organization, to offer the health fair to the community.

Last year, approximately 850 people attended the health fair, which the hospital started hosting in 1997. The turnout was consistent with the previous year, but fair officials at the time said continued improvements aimed at reducing wait times appeared to be paying dividends.

This year’s fair will be held on Saturday, April 9, from 7 to 11 a.m. at Grand River Health in Rifle.

Pre-registration will be offered online, where people can also find prices, screenings and other fair-related information. Visit and click on the 9Health Fair icon or

Per officials at 9Health Fair, participants do not need to fast before getting blood tests to ensure the most accurate results.

Community health fairs such as 9Health Fair are an affordable way to get blood work and screenings done, according to the release. Regular screenings, blood work and check ups are essential to good health and can flag potential medical issues.

For more information on the 9Health Fair at Grand River, call 970-625-6433. Additional information about Grand River Health’s facilities, services and staff can be found at

And for more information about the 9Health Fair organization and a more detailed list of blood tests, visit or call 1-800-332-3078.

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