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Annual Health Fair Set For Saturday, Oct. 27

on October 13, 2012 - 8:43am

Los Alamos Fire Department EMS members at last year's Los Alamos Heart Council Health Fair. Courtesy photo

LAHC News:

The Los Alamos Heart Council Health Fair is set for 8 am to noon Saturday, Oct. 27 in the Los Alamos High School gymnasium.

Admission is free. This Health Fair has been occurring annually at various venues for 27 years.

The Health Fair began in Fuller Lodge and now fills the gym with  more than 60 booths representing vendors from Los Alamos, Espanola and Northern New Mexico, Santa Fe and Albuquerque.

There is something for everyone. Attractions include free flu shots for adults 18 and older, low cost blood work (~$500 value for about $50), free bike helmets while they last for children if accompanied by a parent, several free health screenings and lots of information, resources and educational exhibits.

Flu shots are provided by the Los Alamos Medical Center (LAMC.) The LAMC recruits certified nurses and phlebotomists to administer the blood draw and flu shots.

This year Premier Hearing will provide free HEARING screenings in the Blue Cross/Blue Shield Care Van which will be located in the parking lot in front of the gym.

Dr. Sussman will again offer ASTHMA screenings (ACAAI), and the Lion’s Club will provide GLAUCOMA screenings by Eye Associates of New Mexico.

Other free screenings include Blood Glucose, Blood Pressure, Body Fat Analysis, Dental and Oxygen Saturation.

This is an opportunity for everyone who lives or works in Los Alamos to find out more about the health resources available in our extended Northern New Mexico Community. Vendors from Los Alamos County include the Cooperative Extension Service, Public Library, Fire Department, Office of Emergency Management, and the Police Department. Several major departments and physician offices located at Los Alamos Medical Center will participate.

They include MANNM (Medical Associates of Northern New Mexico); LAMCC (Los Alamos Medical Care Clinic); and LAMC Rehabilitation Department, Laboratory and OB services.

Other local medical providers include Alpine Dental, B-Fit Chiropractic, Los Alamos Urgent Care and Family Health, Sage Integrated Health, Los Alamos Family Eye Care, the Endoscopy Center, and Southwestern Ear, Nose and Throat.

Courtesy LAHC

In addition, many local non-profits and other service organizations will participate. These include the United Way of Northern New Mexico and their Community Partner agencies: the Los Alamos Heart Council, The Family YMCA, the Los Alamos Council on Cancer, Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service, Family Strengths Network,the First Born Program, and the Family Council. Other non-profits are the Community Health Council and the Los Alamos JJAB (Juvenile Justice Advisory Board).

State entities include the NM Aging and Long Term Services Department and the NM Commission for Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

 Retirees and Seniors may find information from several sources including the Los Alamos Retirement Community, LARSO (Los Alamos Retirement and Senior Organization), RPEA/LRG (Lab Retirement Associations), Sandia Hearing Aids, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, United Health Care, Home Instead Senior Care, Kingston Residence of Santa Fe, and Comfort Keepers.

The Blood Work booth will offer a comprehensive Blood Profile [be sure to fast] ($25 for Cholesterol, Triglycerides, HDL, etc.); PSA ($5 for Prostate Screening, subsidized by the LA Council on Cancer); and the TSH (Thyroid Screening), Hemoglobin A1C (for diabetics only), and the Hs-CRP (High-Sensitivity C-reactive Protein) are all offered at $12.50 each.

Several providers from Espanola and Northern New Mexico will also participate: Ambercare Hospice, Espanola Advanced Center for Healing, GRD Health Center, and Khalsa Acupuncture. Come and check out all the booths!

Los Alamos County Library personnel at their resource booth during last year's Los Alamos Heart Council Health Fair. Courtesy photo

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