Health opportunities abound Saturday

Written by Jessica Cejnar, The Triplicate June 07, 2013 11:07 am

Cheryl Simonson, left, and Patti Vernelson at the event last year.
Cheryl Simonson, left, and Patti Vernelson at the event last year. Del Norte Triplicate / Michele Postal
Residents will be able to get low-cost laboratory tests done, learn about nutrition and obesity prevention and spend time with a doctor while browsing for fruits and vegetables Saturday.

The Del Norte Community Health Fair will feature fasting glucose tests and comprehensive metabolic panels, or chem panels, for $5, said Melody Cannon, public health program manager for the county. Men will be able to undergo prostate cancer screening at the Health Fair for $10, she said.

“There are a variety of laboratory tests we can offer through Sutter Coast Hospital,” Cannon said. “(The prices) are very reasonable and results come back very quickly.”

The fair’s theme this year is “Be Active, Be Healthy and Be Prepared.” The event from 8 a.m. to noon will be held alongside the Farmers Market at the Del Norte County Fairgrounds, and will feature 40 vendors, including Rural Human Services’ mobile kitchen, Cannon said. Other booths will be run by the Tsunami Sirens roller derby team, Building Healthy Communities and Cindy Henderson from the Office of Emergency Services.

The fair is sponsored by the Del Norte County Health Care District and presented by the Del Norte County Department of Health and Human Services, Cannon said.

Following the fair, residents will be able to spend time with Dr. Mark Davis of the Humboldt-Del Norte Medical Society and other doctors at the fair’s “Walk with a Doc” event. The walk will be about 3 miles long and residents will be able to ask the doctors general questions about health care, Cannon said.

Those wanting to submit questions before the walk can send an e-mail to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it  

Residents who are interested in having lab tests done should have fasted for the prior 12 hours, Cannon said. Lab tests are available on a walk-in basis, or residents can call Vanessa at the Public Health Branch at 464-3191, extension 272, to make an appointment.

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