Fremont County Residents Encouraged to Attend the KOAA5 Southern Colorado Health Fair in Canon City

(CANON CITY, COLO.) St. Thomas More Hospital (STMH) is proud to announce that the KOAA5 Southern Colorado Health Fair in Canon City will be held on Saturday, April 25, 2015 from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. Noon at the Evangelical Free Church located at 3000 E. Main St. Approximately 800-900 citizens in Fremont County and surrounding communities attend this event each year. This is the large community health fair previously known as 9Health Fair.

Low cost health screenings offered at this KOAA5 Health Fair include: blood chemistry screening $35.00, blood count $20.00, prostate specific antigen (PSA) test for men only $30.00, colon cancer home screening kit $25, Vitamin D $45.00, Hemoglobin A1C $30.00. The blood chemistry panel gives you information on your blood sugar (glucose), cholesterol, thyroid, triglycerides, liver, kidney, bone and muscle function and may show warning signs of diabetes, heart disease and other concerns. The PSA test, which checks for prostate gland issues and cancer, is appropriate for men over age 40 and can be included to the blood chemistry panel.

KOAA5 Health Fair features online registration prior to the event. People who wish to register online may do so by visiting www.9HealthFair.org. Registering online will allow you to bypass the registration and cashier lines the day of the fair because you will pay for your desired screenings by credit card online before the fair. Those who register online will receive test results (blood work, PSA, colon cancer home screening kit) and instructions on how to read the results electronically to your secure account within two weeks. Those who register the day of the fair will receive results by mail within four weeks. Those who register online still have to wait in the blood draw line, but the process is streamlined.

New this year is free child care that will be available to participants while they partake in the health screenings and education booths. This is available through support from the E-Free Church childrens ministry.
 

Participants should follow these tips when participating in the health fair:

  • drink plenty of water while fasting
  • do not eat 12 hours before having blood drawn
  • diabetics should not fast
  • continue taking prescribed medications
  • must be 18 years of age or older to participate

The following screenings are free and provided on a first come, first serve basis: ask a medical question/get a referral, ask a pharmacist, blood pressure, skin screening, foot screening, hand screening, height/weight/body mass index (BMI), diabetes risk assessment, lung function, pulse oximetry, memory screening, oral health, nutrition, sleep apnea, stress management, vision and eye health, bone health, body in balance, breast screening, prostate/testicular screening and a cardiac risk assessment.

Free pap smear tests for women 21 years of age or older are available. Please call 719-285-2049 to schedule an appointment. Test results will be mailed to you within four weeks.

KOAA5 Health Fair also offers an interactive education center that features information booths on various health topics such as alternative healing, mental health services, advanced directives, hospice, diabetes management, cancer education and resources, Womens Wellness Connection, domestic violence/sexual assault education and more. 9Health Fair also accepts used eyeglasses to share with those in need.

For more information on the KOAA5 Health Fair, visit www.9healthfair.org, call 1-800-332-3078 or contact Emma Glancy, Site Coordinator at STMH, at 719-285-2630 or emmaglancy@centura.org.

About St. Thomas More Hospital
St. Thomas More Hospital, a not-for-profit acute care facility, is the cornerstone of health care services for Fremont County and surrounding communities. Hospital services include 24-hour emergency and trauma services with physicians who are board certified in emergency medicine, Centura Health Urgent Care Canon City, long-term care at Progressive Care Center, inpatient acute care, Intensive Care Unit, The Birth Center, diagnostic imaging, surgical services, rehabilitation services, sleep disorder center, wound care and more. The St. Thomas More Physician Group features The Medical Home/Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pediatric Health Services, Obstetrics/Gynecology, General Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery and the Ear, Nose, Throat & Allergy Clinic. St. Thomas More was rated five stars for total knee replacement 2012-2015, and hip fracture treatment 2007-2015 by HealthGrades. St. Thomas More Hospital is supported by Centura Health, the regions leading health care network. For more information, visit St Anthony Summit Medical Center's homepage.

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