Prevention. Health promotion. Wellness. Community. Taking responsibility for your own health. These words capture the reasons why Yampa Valley Medical Center is holding its annual Community Health Fair on Saturday. This event offers low-cost blood tests, flu shots and free health screenings. Participants can get answers from a variety of health education booths staffed by YVMC employees, local health care providers and community volunteers.
The health fair takes place from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the YVMC campus and the adjoining Medical Office Building, where health care providers will conduct free health screenings. Volunteers and maps will be on hand to direct participants to their areas of interest. Health screening opportunities include:
■ Low-cost blood tests
■ Blood chemistry: 18 component test that includes a cholesterol panel, glucose, thyroid, iron, liver function and kidney function ($35)
■ Complete blood count: hemoglobin, red blood cell, white blood cell ($15)
■ Prostate Specific Antigen for men ($30)
■ Hemoglobin A1C for people managing diabetes ($25)
■ Flu shots and immunizations including pneumonia, tetanus ($14 to $85)
■ Hearing check (free)
■ Vision check (free)
■ Skin check (free)
■ Dental screening (free)
■ Lung function test (free)
■ Body in balance screening (free)
■ Blood pressure
■ Height and weight
An abundance of health educators and free materials will be available on a variety of topics, including allergy, asthma, autism, blood clot risk, breast health, diabetes, emergency preparedness, hands-only CPR, joint replacement, living wills, mental health, nutrition, sleep, Spare the Air, tobacco and pediatric therapies.
New this year will be the LiveWell Colorado Weigh and Win kiosk, which offers cash and prize incentives for people who lose weight or maintain a healthy weight on a quarterly basis. Based primarily in Denver, the mobile kiosk that visited Steamboat in July returns in October and again in January. Go to www.weighandwin.com for more information.
At the event, YVMC is launching a free smartphone app called iTriage, which allows users to check symptoms, determine appropriate medical treatment and locate medical providers. Although this app does not replace our Ask-A-Nurse phone service, it does provide medical guidance from the convenience of a cellphone.
“As a partner in the health of our community, we’re happy to host the Community Health Fair,” said Karen McRight, YVMC’s senior director of marketing and business development. “This annual event gives area residents the opportunity to receive a range of important preventive services for free or at a reduced cost.”
For your convenience, you can preregister and prepay for the low-cost blood tests online through Tuesday at www.yvmc.org/healthfair. Remember to fast for 12 hours prior to a blood draw. Drink plenty of water but avoid eating until after the blood draw. There will be free refreshments to fuel you up before you hit the free screenings. The hospital’s Culinary Services team will have specialty coffee drinks and low-cost hot breakfast items available.
Lisa A. Bankard directs the wellness program at Yampa Valley Medical Center. She can be reached at email@example.com.