9Health Fair coming to Grand County April 18-26
Below 100. Under 200. One hundred twenty over 80. Do you know what these numbers mean? You should. They are ideal levels for glucose, cholesterol and bloodpressure. In a recent WebMD article by doctors at the Columbia Center for Heart Disease Prevention, learning about those three key health numbers can help prevent heart disease, diabetes and even save a person’s life. Anyone 18 and older across Colorado, Wyoming, and Nebraska can find out over 20 key health numbers this year by attending one of more than 170 volunteer-run 9Health Fair locations.
“In today’s tough economic times, it has never been more important for people to really take control of their health and prevent unnecessary health emergencies,” said Jim Goddard, President and CEO of 9Health Fair. “9Health Fair offers over 20 free and low-cost critical health screenings, and with over 170 locations for people choose from this year, there is no better time than now to get those key health numbers.” Approved by 9Health Fair’s Medical Advisory Committee, free health-related information from hundreds of local medical organizations is available for people to access at 9Health Fair, as well.
Low-cost screenings available at all 9Health Fair sites include:
– $30 Blood Chemistry screening; provides participants with a baseline check on their cholesterol, blood glucose, liver, kidneys, thyroid and more
– $15 Blood Count screening; identifies a person’s ability to fight infection, risk for anemia and blood-clotting abilities by checking white and red blood cells, hematocrit and hemoglobin levels
– $25 Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) screening; identifies a man’s risk for prostate cancer (suggested for men over 50 or with a family history of prostate cancer).
– $20 Colon Cancer Screening Kit; this is a NEW Take-home where you mail-in the test sample – the kit checks for human blood in the stool which may suggest the possibility of colon cancer. Volunteer 9Health Fair nurses and doctors will call participants with abnormal results.
Use the “Find a Fair” link on the http://9HealthFair.org Web site for detailed information on the screenings that will be offered at the site you plan to attend. Please Note that not all of the screenings are offered at each site. Examples of some of the free screenings include:
Oral cancer, Finger-Stick Glucose, Osteoporosis (Fraser Only)
Talk with a Health Professional, Skin, Breast, Prostate/Testicular, Foot, Blood Pressure and Hearing.
Participants with serious health issues are notified by volunteer nurses and doctors within 72 hours of their 9Health Fair visit and encouraged to seek immediate medical attention. Follow up resources are available for those with little or no health insurance.
People can also volunteer in a variety of medical and non-medical capacities at a 9Health Fair. Phlebotomists, Registered Nurses (RNs), Physicians Assistants (PAs), Medical Doctors (MDs), Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) and other credentialed medical professionals are needed. Retired medical professionals and students enrolled in a medical program can also volunteer at any 9Health Fair site, with instructor supervision. Additional training and refresher courses are available through 9Health Fair. Go to the 9HealthFair web site and click on the “Volunteer” web site to volunteer – http://9healthfair.org
“Helping people prevent health emergencies through screenings and education is what 9Health Fair is all about,” said Goddard. “Each year, more than 19,000 people donate their time and expertise to help 90,000 9Health Fair participants get their health checked and learn the latest tips on how to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Volunteering at 9Health Fair is a great way to be a part of something really special.”
9Health Fair will continue testing its new online registration functionality, which allows people to complete their registration form and pay for their 9Health Fair screenings from work or home, at eight locations. And Two of those locations are right here in Grand County – The Fraser and Granby 9HealthFair sites are a part of the expanded online registration pilot. There are several key advantages here – you won’t have to wait in line to go though the paper registration process, will get your results much faster (in as little as two weeks), and you can pay ahead of time with a credit card.
About 9Health Fair
9Health Fair is Colorado’s largest non-profit, volunteer-driven health fair program that promotes health awareness and encourages individuals to assume responsibility for their own health. Created by a National Institutes of Health project and 9NEWS, 9Health Fair’s free and low cost health screenings and education program have earned unique endorsements from the Colorado Medical Society, the Colorado Nurses Association and the Colorado Hospital Association. Since 1980, 9Health Fair has impacted 1.7 million lives.
Major sponsors for the 2009 9Health Fair include 9NEWS, Quest Diagnostics, King Soopers/City Market, Abbott and GE Healthcare. Special thanks to The Colorado National Guard for its continued 9Health Fair support through delivering supplies to volunteers and sites around the state. Note that Safeway is no longer a participant in the 9HealthFair sponsor program.
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