CPMC to Host Annual Health Fair on February 8, 2014

February 5, 2014

 Colorado Plains Medical Center, in conjunction with other area health and wellness providers, will host a health fair Saturday, February 8, from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Fort Morgan High School Commons area.
     Several free and low cost screenings will be available to participants at the event including:  blood glucose levels, blood pressure checks, pulse ox, flexibility and strength, height and weight, hearing screenings, spirometry, balance, bone density, oral screenings, vision screenings, hearing screenings, and skin checks.
     "This year's health fair theme is Take Positive Steps.  The best protection against illness and disease is early detection.  This is a great opportunity for health fair participants to take positive steps toward a healthier lifestyle as well as to take advantage of several types of affordable screenings, including blood work for a comprehensive metabolic profile and prostatic specific antigen (PSA) for prostate coancer," notes Sandy Schneider-Engle, Director of Community Relations and Marketing for CPMC.
"This is our 12th year of sponsoring a community-wide health fair and each year it grows," adds Schneider-Engle.
     The event also will have several health and wellness information booths available including massage demonstrations, ask a pharmacist/ask a doctor, women's health and mammogram information, diabetes, nutrition (determining body mass index), cancer, injury prevention, home care & long-term care options, establishing health savings accounts, health insurance options, and fitness information to name a few of the approximately 40 booth displays and exhibits.
     To help alleviate wait times for blood draws, CPMC is offering the opportunity for individuals to have blood drawn before the health fair.  Health fair participants can come to CPMC the week of the health fair between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m., Monday through Friday (February 3-7), to have their blood drawn.  No appointment is necessary.  Early blood draw participants will be able to receive their results at the health fair and visit with a physician with questions they might have pertaining to the screening results.  The early blood draws will be held in the entrance lobby of the hospital.
     Blood draws will also be offered at the health fair on Saturday.
     Cost for the comprehensive metabolic profile and lipid panel is $25 and includes:  cholesterol, triglycerides, HDL, LDL, coronary risk ratio, calcium, alkaline, phosphatase, glucose, ALT, AST, bilirubin, BUN, creatinine, albumin, sodium, potassium, and chloride.  Thyroid (TSH) is an additional $10.
Prostatic Specific Antigen (PSA) is also available for an additional $20.  It is recommended for men over the age of 50 or a man who is 40 with a family history of prostate cancer.
     For the most accurate results, twelve hour fasting before the blood draw is required, except for diabetics.  Water is permissible and encouraged.
     The event is open to the public, and there is no admission fee.  Additionally, the first 400 health fair attendees will receive a free tote bag.
     Health fair participants and sponsors include Colorado Plains Medical Center, Morgan County CSU Extension Service, Colorado Plains Physician Practices, University of Colorado Health, FMS Bank, Northeast Colorado Broadcasting/B106 radio, Colorado Access, Media Logic/KFTM Radio, Advanced Medical Imaging Consultants, Hospice of Northern Colorado, Hertneky Vision Source, Fort Morgan Times, Platte Valley Hearing Center, Jean Schoemaker, DDS, Morgan County Ambulance Service, Northeast Colorado Health Department, Centennial Mental Health, Alzheimer's Association, Aspen Rehab at Valley View Villa, Morgan Community College, Hospice of the Plains, Rural Solutions, Morgan County Family Center, NE Colorado Area Agency on Aging, Eben Ezer Lutheran Care, SARA, and the Colorado State Patrol.
     "With health care costs on the rise, it is imperative that people take better care of themselves and become aware of healthy resources and self-care practices.  Many employers are no longer offering health insurance as an employee benefit or are reducing the level of coverage.  Preventive medicine is the cornerstone of a health care system that focuses on preventing an illness from occurring rather than treating it after the fact. We can all play a role in this move to preventive medicine that ultimately can lead to decreased morbidity and mortality for everyone.  Attending a health fair is an excellent way to accomplish this," notes Schneider-Engle.
     For further information, please contact Schneider-Engle at 542-3346.  Brochures with health fair details are available at Colorado Plains Medical Center, several Fort Morgan physician offices, and other local establishments.  Additonally, the brochure can be downloaded from CPMC's website: www.coloradoplainsmedicalcenter.com by choosing the community health fair button located under "community".