Health Fair 2002 Offers Free Tests, Screenings, Medical Information

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Although Community Health Fair 2002 won't roll out its annual array of free medical screenings, tests and checkups until Saturday, Nov. 2., those who want to take advantage of them are advised to register as soon as possible starting today.

"Once the slots are filled, that's it, so early registration is very important," said Judy Baker, marketing director of the Mogollon Health Alliance. "The blood tests, particularly, fill up very fast."

Co-sponsored by the MHA, the Payson Lion's Club, RTA Hospice, Payson Regional Medical Center, and the Kiwanis Club of Zane Grey Country, the Community Health Fair "touches a part of the community that would otherwise not be touched," Baker said.

"It's set up for people who don't have the time, money or energy to get to their own physician," she said. "They can show up at the Community Health Fair and get the tests they need for pretty much nothing."

The event also offers plenty of free but invaluable medical information, added Missy Spencer, assistant CEO for PRMC.

"The fair serves as a venue for vendors of information from not-for-profit organizations to display their literature and answer questions," Spencer said.

The difference between this year's event and those past will be a new focus on children's health and safety.

The Payson Police Department will offer a "Bicycle Safety Rodeo," in which young people and their parents will learn about bike safety, and instruction of the proper installation and use of car seats.

To be held Saturday, Nov. 2, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Payson High School old gymnasium, this year's Community Health Fair will offer:

Free hearing tests, vision screening, blood pressure screening, breast exam screening, dental/oral cancer screening, bone density screening, podiatry/diabetes screening, spinal exam, skin cancer/dermatology screening, oxygen saturation screening, and lower extremity circulation screening.

Learning opportunities regarding advance directives, organ donation, Vial of Life, community resources, holistic healing, rehabilitation services, massage therapy, hospice and palliative care, Medical Closet, PATH, emergency medical services, and many other medical providers and services.

Blood tests: CMP+, cholesterol, glucose, PSA (men only). Women $10, men $15. Requires a 12-hour fast restricted to water and medication only prior to testing.

Free Medication "Brown Bag." Bring in your medications and visit with a pharmacist to learn about drug interactions. Bring in expired medications for proper disposal.

To register for specific tests and screenings on or after Oct. 1, or for more information, call the Mogollon Health Alliance at 472-2588.

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