Health fair March 16-17

The 2012 Grand Valley Health Fair will take place from 7 a.m. to noon March 16 and 17 at Central High School, 550 Warrior Way.

Numerous health screenings will be available at the fair, including a limited amount of blood draws. Walk-ins are welcome.

Free screenings will include chiropractic spinal screenings, foot screenings, adult hearing screenings, vision screenings, pulse oximetry screenings, lung function screenings, nutrition screenings, and bone health/osteoporosis screenings.

Additional booths will allow people to ask pharmacists or health professionals questions, get vital signs such as blood pressure checked, and receive a diabetes risk assessment and education.

Attendees can get low-cost blood-chemistry screenings at the fair by walking in or scheduling a screening in advance to take place at the fair by calling 211 or 1-888-217-1215, or by visiting mesahealth.org. Anyone who plans to get a blood-chemistry screening should fast for 12 hours before the fair and continue to drink water and take prescription drugs. Diabetics should not perform the fast.

Blood-chemistry screenings are $30. Vitamin D blood screenings cost $40, Hemoglobin A1C tests are $25, blood-count screenings are $15, prostate cancer tests are $25 and colorectal kits are $20.

People who received an early blood draw in February can bring their results to the fair and speak to a health professional about the results. Anyone with early-blood-draw paperwork can skip the registration process.

Local chapters of the Lions Club at the fair will collect prescription eyeglasses that are no longer being used. The glasses will be redistributed throughout the world.

For more information about the health fair, visit mesahealth.org or call 211.


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