At the Grant County Health Fair on Saturday, in addition to the comprehensive blood screenings, Grant Memorial Hospital will have several other programs, services, displays and staff available for individuals to visit between 7 a.m. and 10 a.m. at Petersburg Elementary School.
The GMH Home Health and Hospice programs will each have information available about their services. Included will be the opportunity to sign up for the hospice volunteer program.
Radiology staff members will conduct osteoporosis screenings for a small fee. There will be a display and sign-up cards for those interested in the CORE organ donation program.
SIGNING UP — Grant Memorial Hospital volunteers and staff members Jennifer and Dottie Arnold, Donna Rumer and Gail Shockey work the blood screening registration table of a previous Grant County Health Fair.
The Petersburg Women's Wellness Center will be offering free body fat analysis and have information about the personalized exercise programs offered at both the Women's Wellness Center and Hardy County Health and Wellness Center in Moorefield.
Comprehensive blood screening will be offered from 7 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and will include three different profiles for three different prices. Profile I includes 26 different lab tests. Profile II has 33 different lab tests and includes a thyroid profile. Profile III has 36 different tests and includes the PSA for men.
The PSA is not an absolute diagnostic test for prostate cancer. This test is to be used in combination with a well performed digital rectal examination by a health care provider for the detection of prostate disease or problems. People getting a blood screening should not eat or drink anything eight hours prior to testing. No pre-registration is necessary for blood screenings.
Women, Infant and Children, Potomac Highlands Guild and the Grant County Commission on Aging and Family Services will be attending the health fair this year and will be offering current information about their programs, projects and services.
During the morning's activities the Grant Community Education Outreach Service clubs will have, for a free-will offering, breakfast foods available. In addition to all the free or low cost screening services, exhibitor's drawings, free gifts and educational materials, door prizes will be awarded every 15 minutes during the health fair. People must be present to win.
"Exhibitors are still welcome to attend," said Martha Garton, West Virginia University Extension Service agent. "We do however need them to call my office to reserve a table or let us know if they need an electrical hook-up. If electricity is needed, we recommend that they bring their own extension cords and plugs."
To reserve a table or for additional information, call the Grant County Extension Service office at call 304-257-4688.