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3/28/2013 New screenings available at upcoming Health Fair

Once again, volunteers are gearing up for the annual 9Health Fair taking place Saturday, April 6, from 7 a.m. to noon at the Custer County School. As usual, the health fair allows adults an opportunity to receive a number of health tests at little or no cost.

A new blood test, a gluten sensitivity screening, is being offered to determine an allergy to gluten. Other blood tests are offered, too. Blood tests must be paid for, with the cost varying according to the test.

Additionally, folks getting blood work should fast at least 12 hours prior to the test, drink plenty of water and continue to take all proscribed medications. Diabetics should not fast.

Also being offered are free pap smears, breast exams and prostate/testicular exams. Participants will need to call the local public health agency at 783-3369 to schedule an appointment for those tests.

Other free screenings include height, weight, body mass index, blood pressure and many more. A number of health related exhibits will be on site too.

Furthermore, the Upper Arkansas Area on Aging is offering a limited number of vouchers to receive the basic blood draw at no cost. Eligible folks must be a least 60 years old, with priority given to those who are low income and frail. Call 877/610-3341.

 9Health Fair participants can register for the health fair ahead of time, which allows folks to pay via a Visa or Master Card. It also eliminates the need to go through the registration and cashier lines on the day of the health fair.

Go online to www.9healthfair.org and then click on “register online” or “find a fair.” Online registration is also available through the Custer County government webpage at www.custercountygov.com. Just follow the prompts under 9Health Fair.

Call the Custer County Public Health Agency at 783-3369 for more information about the upcoming local health fair.