The Adams County Regional Medical Center held the 11th annual Health Fair on Saturday, April 5 from 8 a.m. to noon. The fair was open to everyone to register same day at a cost of $30; though, individuals could pre-register for $25.
The Heal Fair provides comprehensive blood screening which includes 17 tests, screening for kidney, liver, lipid and thyroid function. Participants were encouraged to fast 12 hours prior to having their blood drawn. Hemoglobin A1C (HgbA1C ) for diabetic patients and PSA or Prostate Specific Antigen for male participants was offered for $10 if pre-registered and $15 if the individual registers same day.
The blood screening normally has a cost of $312 with the PSA costing $100 and the HgbA1C is valued at $62. The savings the Health Fair represents makes it a very popular event. At the first Health Fair in 2004, 350 people attended. This Health Fair saw between 310 and 320 people.
“We have never had below 300 participants in any year,” said Becky Hawkins, Community Relations Coordinator for Adams County Regional Medical Center.
In addition to the blood screening, all participants received free blood pressure screening. Osteoporosis screening was also available to those attending the health fair. This screening test is performed by use of a Dexa Scan, which evaluates the bone density of the heel to measure bone loss. Early detection of slight bone loss is important as bone loss can be reversed or stopped by diet, exercise or medication. Free mammograms vouchers were available to qualifying participants.
Vendors from area health related organizations and businesses participated in the annual health fair, providing information about what services are avilable to the community. ACRMC will host the annual Health Fair next year in April.