The county’s annual 9Health Fair is this Saturday, April 12. The fair begins at 7 a.m. and goes until noon. It will be held at the Custer County School at 709 Main Street in Westcliffe.
“It is a one-stop shop where people can receive free and low cost blood work and screenings,” said Public Health Director Gail Stoltzfus. “This gives people a way to ‘own’ their own health.”
The free screenings include blood pressure, height/weight/body mass index, vision, hearing and lung function.
Also free, though scheduled by appointment, are pap smears, breast exams and testicular exams. These will be done at the clinic during the fair.
Low cost screenings include blood chemistry analysis for $30, blood cell count for $25, colon cancer screening kit for $20, and a hemoglobin A lc blood screen for $25.
For best results, it is recommended for patients to fast for 12 hours before a test and to drink plenty of water. It is insisted that patients still take their medications, though.
“The fair has become a big social event for the community,” Stoltzfus said. “There are a lot of health educational materials available and medical personnel who will be on hand to answer questions.”
To schedule a free screening or to find out more information, contact the Public Health office at 719-783-3369.
Members of the American Legion Family, of post 170,will be serving breakfast during the fair from 7 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Breakfast will be served in the Agricultural Building west of the Custer County School across from the parking lot.
This year’s menu includes breakfast burritos with eggs, bacon, sausage, hash browns and green chili; and biscuits and sausage gravy. Meals include coffee and/or orange juice. A basic breakfast will be $5 to $8 with a la carte items $2 each.
This annual fundraiser of the American Legion Family helps support veteran’s programs throughout the county.
For more information about the breakfast, contact Joy Lowe at 783-4095 or Larry Weber at 783-9468.
– J.E. Ward