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Health Fair is Saturday at DHS

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Want a free massage? How about low-cost tetanus shot?

Perhaps you want to avail yourself of an inexpensive blood test.

Then head to Douglas High School March 14 for the Health Fair sponsored by the Soroptimist International of Carson Valley and the Douglas County School District.

Forty-five booths will offer information and services on a wide range of health topics, says Soroptimist member Wendy Erven-Smalley.

Most are free, she said, but some services come at a minimal cost.

For instance, St. Mary’s Medical Center (based in Reno) will offer tetanus shots for $16 and pneumonia shots for $20.

There are some pre-test requirements. The blood panel screening requires a 12-hour fast, with no food or liquids other than a small amount of water in the morning before the blood is drawn.

The body fat test has several requirements as well. High Desert Fitness will sponsor this test. Anyone wishing to obtain the pre-test requirements should call 782-4466.

Among other services to be found at the fair are blood pressure checks; hearing tests; skin cancer screening; information on sports programs for kids and adults; fingerprinting for children, TEDDY early childhood developmental screening; information on swimming, aerobic and martial arts programs; information on dental, vision and prescription discount cards; and details of various weight-loss programs.

Support groups will have information on such subjects as Alzheimer’s disease, macular degeneration, Parkinson’s disease, cancer and asthma.

The Teens with a Future program is assisting in the setup of the Health Fair, which will be held in the Douglas High School gym from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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