Area health fairs scheduled

VALLEY — Several health fairs are planned this month throughout the San Luis Valley including:


Alamosa County Public Health Department will offer an expanded 9Health Fair in a new location. This year’s fair will be at the Colorado Army National Guard Readiness Center, 1877 Old Sanford Road in Alamosa, from 7-11 a.m. Friday, April 20.

Screenings will include: height/weight, blood pressure, blood draws, skin screening, vision and hearing screening. Participants are encouraged to review their screenings at the “talk to a medical professional” table. There will also be valuable information about nutrition, stress reduction, safe disposal of medications, home safety and how to volunteer for Citizen’s Corp and Medical Reserve Corp.

Blood draws offered and costs are:

Blood chemistry - $35

Blood cell count - $25

Vitamin D - $50

Vitamin B12 - $20

Hemoglobin A1C - $35

PSA for men - $40

Testosterone for men - $40

Testosterone for women - $45

It is not necessary to fast for any of the blood tests and participants are encouraged to drink plenty of water beforehand. A colon cancer screening take home kit is also available for $25.

Participants may register and pay for blood tests and/or the colon cancer screening kit online at Registration is also available at the fair and payment can be cash, check, Visa or MasterCard. There will be a “Kids Korner” where children may play while their parents are visiting the fair. For safety reasons, no one under age 18 can be in areas where blood tests are taking place.

For more information or to volunteer, please call Alamosa County Public Health, 589-6639.


San Luis Valley Health will host a health fair on April 28 from 7-11 a.m. at the Centauri Middle School, 17891 US-285, La Jara. The fair will feature free on-site screenings for participants 18 and older including: Blood Pressure, Height Weight BMI, as well as several new screenings.

Costs for blood work and other screenings include:

$30 Blood Chemistry

$15 Complete Blood Count

$40 Vitamin D

$25 HgA1c (Hemoglobin A1C)

$15 Blood Type- NEW THIS YEAR

$25 PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) MEN ONLY

$20 Colon Cancer Screening Kit

Mini Doc-Talks on the half hour include these topics:


  Physical Therapy

  Know Your Numbers


  Podiatry (Foot & Ankle)

  Skin Care

For more information including dates for pre-draws (a new offering this year), and

Doc-Talk Topics, please visit:


The 2018 Mineral County Health Fair will be held on Saturday, April 28 from 7-11 a.m. Participants can get a comprehensive check-up consisting of many free and low cost screenings. It’s very convenient and a great way to compare results from year to year.

This year the fair will be held at a new location, the new Creede school at 450 Corsair Drive, Creede. Through Wednesday, April 25, preregister at https://registration.; use “S-78291” as the password and click the box that says “BLOOD DRAW.”

For information or registration assistance, call Western Health Screening at 888-592-6255 or Mineral County Public Health at 658-2416.

The Mineral Public Health Council organizes the health fair every year and will be partnering again this year with Western Health Screening. If you’re interested in volunteering to help with the health fair, call Mineral County Public Health. 


The Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center Health Fair is Saturday, April 21, from 7 – 11 a.m., at the hospital’s main campus, 1000 Rush Dr., Salida. Anyone 18 and older may participate in the fair’s free and low-cost health screenings. Twelve free screenings are available at the health fair including blood pressure, body in balance, body composition, cardiopulmonary, chiropractic, diabetes risk, height/weight (BMI), mental well-being, nutrition, oral health, skin and vision. The HRRMC Health Fair offers seven basic low-cost screenings including blood chemistry ($35), B12/folate panel ($35), PSA ($30), hemoglobin Alc ($30), blood count ($20), vitamin D ($45) and testosterone ($45).

To preregister for the low-cost screenings, go to and click on the “HRRMC Health Fair” button on the home page. Preregistration is not required, but will save participants the time required to register on the day of the fair.

To ensure accurate results for the blood chemistry test, a 12-hour fast (no food) is recommended prior to the blood draw. Fasting is not necessary for the other low-cost screening tests. Diabetics should not fast. All participants should drink water and take their regular medication.

Contact Jon Fritz at (719) 530-2057 or visit                                                                    


The 9 Health Fair will be held at Mountain Valley School in Saguache on April 21 from 7:30 -11:30 a.m. Fasting for tests offered at the fair is not required. The fair will feature new booths for health assessment. Contact Ron Gilbertson at 719-221-9574.



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