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Dates and times for this year's health fairs have been announced. The events are sponsored annually by Delta County Memorial Hospital and area Lions clubs.

Early Blood Draws

Paonia -- Wednesday, Feb. 7, Paonia Campus of Technical College of the Rockies, 6:30 to 9:30 a.m.

Cedaredge -- Thursday, Feb. 8, Cedaredge Civic Center, 6:30 to 9:30 a.m.

Delta -- Friday and Saturday, Feb. 9 and 10, at the DCMH oncology classrooms, 6:30 to 10 a.m.

2018 Health Fairs

Paonia -- Tuesday, March 13, Paonia Campus of Technical College of the Rockies, 6:30 to 10 a.m.

Delta -- Thursday, March 15, Bill Heddles Recreation Center, 6:30 to 11 a.m.

Cedaredge -- Friday, March 16, Cedaredge Civic Center, 6:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Call-in appointments are scheduled for Jan. 19 and 20 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 888-592-6255. People can set up appointments for early blood draws or the health fairs at all three locations.

Online registration for early blood draws begins Jan. 4 through the hospital's website, deltahospital.org. Online registration for health fairs starts Jan. 4 as well and remains open through March 12. A Social Security number is optional for online registration.

Some walk-ins can be accommodated the days of the events, but may require waiting for those who have appointments.

No Price Changes

There are no price increases this year for health screens. All health screens offered in 2017 will be the same for this year as well.

In 2018 individual results will be mailed by Quest and may take up to three weeks to be received. (In previous years DCMH mailed out results within approximately two weeks.) Participants who need results quicker may sign up for results through Quest's website.

Early blood draw and health fair participants need to fast for 12 hours, drink lots of water (to make it easier to draw the blood), take daily meds and may have one cup of black coffee without sugar or cream.

Please bring cash or checks; credit cards and insurance are not accepted. Medicare or Medicaid will not pay for the blood draws at health fairs. If you want blood drawn, your family doctor will have to write an order for them to be done at the DCMH laboratory or at another medical facility.

Health Screen
Costs, Explanations

Health screen profile, $42 -- 32 metabolic functions, lipid panel with direct LDL, TSH, liver, kidney, muscle, bone, uric acid, iron panel with ferritin.

CBC (complete blood count), $21 -- Screening presents a general picture of overall blood health and checks for infection, anemia and early signs of leukemia.

PSA (for men over age 40), $31.

Hemoglobin A1C, $36 -- Provides an average blood glucose level over four months and is a non-fasting screening. Recommended for anyone with a family history of diabetes.

Vitamin D (sunshine vitamin), D2, D3 and total, $41 -- 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/tpru test), $45 -- A 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 and folate levels, $41 -- 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 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 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, $39 -- 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 on-line registration please contact Patti Kalahar, 874-2291, pkalahar@deltahospital.org; Paula Carter, 874-2298, pcarter@deltahospital.org or Jessica Good, 874-6411, jgood@deltahospital.org.

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