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Story last updated at 3:48 PM on Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Rotary Health Fair

Low cost blood tests and health screenings will be offered at the 28th annual Rotary Health Fair on Saturday, Nov. 12 from 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Homer High School. "Take a Day to Be Well It's Your Life" is the theme of the fair, sponsored by Homer Kachemak Bay Rotary Club in cooperation with South Peninsula Hospital.

Many health screenings and services will be offered at the fair, including blood pressure tests, vision tests, hearing tests, balance tests and more.

Comprehensive blood analysis is available through the fair for only $35. Setting an appointment for your blood draw at the fair is encouraged and offered at www.sphosp.org and at the following location and time:

Chapman School Bazaar, Anchor Point: Saturday, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

No food or drink, only water, should be consumed 10-12 hours prior to the test. In all cases prescription medication should be taken and diabetics should not fast. Additional PSA, TSH, CRP, Vitamin D and blood type tests are available for additional costs.

Blood tests also are being offered at the hospital lab, with the results available for pickup at the fair. Appointments are offered through Nov. 11. Make an appointment online at www.sphosp.org, and then register at the hospital's new main entrance when you arrive. Payment must be made by cash or check at time of the test, and checks can be made to Rotary.

New at this year's fair is Nolan the Colon, a 28-foot inflatable colon to walk through and learn how to prevent and detect colon cancer. In addition, the ability to consult with a medical professional will be available to help interpret the results of the blood tests. A limited supply of free flu shots will be available, sponsored by Rotary, SPH Foundation and SVT Health Clinic.

A blood drive will take place in conjunction with the fair. Appointments to donate blood can be made by calling 235-0338. Free child care is offered, and the Lions Club will be collecting used eye glasses. There will be numerous door prize drawings offered by exhibitors, and the grand prize giveaway is a $250 energy certificate.

Health-related demonstrations will take place in the gymnasium, including the following:

9:20 a.m., Jesse Smith, Kenpo karate; 9:40 a.m., hoop fitness by Kammi Matson; 10 a.m., Diabola exercise toy by Findley Abbott; 10:20 a.m., Zumba with Maria Santa Lucia; 10:40 a.m., Karate for all ages by Homer Shotokan Karate Club and Martie Khron; 11 a.m. Latin dance therapy by Jeanette Argonnes and class; 11:20 a.m.,tumbling fun by Jeanne Parker; noon, Qi Gong with Pauli Iida.

For more information and details on the Health Fair, visit the South Peninsula Hospital website at www.sphosp.org or call the Health Fair Hotline at 399-4039.