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Dates and times for this year's Lions Club and Delta County Memorial Hospital's annual health fair events have been announced.

Early Blood Draws

Early blood draws will take place Feb. 17, 18, 19 and 20.

Paonia -- Wednesday, Feb. 17, Delta-Montrose Technical College, 6:30 to 9:30 a.m.

Cedaredge -- Thursday Feb. 18, at the Cedaredge Civic Center, 6:30 to 9:30 a.m.

Delta -- Friday and Saturday, Feb. 19 and 20, DCMH oncology classrooms, 6:30 to 10 a.m.

Health Fairs

Paonia -- Wednesday, March 16, Delta-Montrose Technical College, 6:30 to 10 a.m.

Delta -- Thursday, March 17, Bill Heddles Recreation Center, 6:30 to 11 a.m.

Cedaredge -- Friday, March 18, Cedaredge Civic Center, 6:30 to 10 a.m.

Call-in appointments are scheduled Feb. 3, 4, 5 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily by calling 888-592-6255. People can set up appointments for the early blood draws or the health fairs in all three locations.

Online registration began Monday, Jan. 11, and runs through Feb. 12 for the blood draws. Register for the health fairs Feb. 22 through March 11. Register on the hospital's website, deltahospitalorg.

Onsite registration the day of the event is also an option, with some walk-ins allowed after those with appointments have been seen. Expect waiting time.

Changes for 2016

There are no price increases this year for health screens. Blood draws are the same price as last year. All health screens offered in 2015 will be the same for this year as well.

Starting in 2016 individual health screen results will be mailed out by Quest and may take up to three weeks to be received. (In previous years DCMH mailed out results within approximately two weeks). If a participant needs health screen results sooner than within a three-week timeframe, health fair participants may request their health screen results from Patti Kalahar, Paula Carter or Jessica Good in the marketing/education department at Delta County Memorial Hospital.

Early blood draw and health fair participants need to fast for 12 hours, drink lots of water (it makes it easier to draw the blood), and take their daily medications. One cup of black coffee without sugar or cream is allowed. Cash or checks only; no insurance accepted. Medicare or Medicaid will not pay for the blood draws at health fairs. If you want to do a blood draw with some of these health screens, then your family doctor will need to write an order for them, and you will need to get them done directly at the DCMH laboratory, or another medical facility.

List of Health Screens Offered in 2016

Healthscreen , $40 -- 32 metabolic functions, lipid panel with direct LDL, TSH, liver, kidney, muscle, bone, uric acid, iron panel with ferritin.

CBC (Complete Blood Count), $20 -- screening presents a general picture of overall blood health and checks for infection, anemia and early signs of leukemia.

PSA (men over age 40), $30.

Hemoglobin A1C, $35 -- Provides an average blood glucose level over four months and is non-fasting screening. Recommended for anyone with a family history of diabetes.

Vitamin D, $40 -- concise measurement of D2 level for vitamin and nutritional absorption, D3 for conversion of sunshine absorption, and total amount of D to define sufficient, insufficient or deficient level.

Cardio CRP (C-Reactive Protein), $40 -- elevated levels of C-reactive protein can indicate vascular inflammation. Inflammation may cause cholesterol deposits to break off and clog an artery.

Gluten Sensitivity (Celiac/Spru Test), $45 -- s simple screening test for gluten sensitivity that measures antibodies to an enzyme (tissue tanasglutaminease) which is a normal enzyme found in the digestive system.

Vitamin B12 Levels and Folate Levels, $40 -- essential for production of red blood cells, the function of nerve cells, and is required for DNA replication. Lack of these can cause anemia, fatigue, depression and poor memory.

Testosterone, Total Male, $45 -- a hormone produced in males that regulates the retension of protein in the body and supports muscle mass, bone strength and sexual characteristics. Low T can cause hair loss, weight gain and decreased libido.

Testosterone, Total Female, $45 -- A hormone produced in females (and males) that contributes to lean muscle mass, bone density and maintaining libido. Low T can cause brittle hair, decreased bone and muscle strength and diminished libido.

Insure Fit Colon Screening Kit, $35 -- specific to the hemoglobin and does not react with non-human hemoglobin, vitamins, drugs, or peroxidase from food sources. No specific diet required and brush stool for easy sampling.

For additional questions or if you are having difficulty with online registration, please contact the Delta County Memorial Hospital education/marketing department. Contacts are Patti Kalahar, manager, 874-2291, pkalahar@deltahospital.org; Paula Carter, education coordinator, 874-2298, pcarter@deltahospital.org; or Jessica Good, printing/publications, 874-6411, jgood@deltahospital.org.

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