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Monday, February 17, 2014
9HEALTH FAIR CELEBRATES 35 YEARS OF HEALTH SCREENINGS
Over 135 Locations Hosted Throughout Colorado
Denver, CO — This spring, 9Health Fair celebrates its 35th year of providing low and no-cost
health screenings to communities throughout Colorado. Over 135 communities are gearing up to
host a 9Health Fair, which offer more than 25 free and seven low-cost health screenings. Anyone
18 and older is encouraged to attend and take advantage of these tools that can help keep their
health in check. To find a location near you, visit http://www.9HealthFair.org.
The 9Health Fair spring season is scheduled to accommodate as many communities and
participants as possible. First fairs are hosted as early as March 16, but the season officially
kicks off April 11 with the 9Health Fair Express at Pepsi Center presented by Quest Diagnostics
– this “express” fair offers participants an opportunity to get their blood work and blood pressure
done in as little as 15 minutes! The spring season winds down with the “last chance” fair on June
1 at the Fillmore Auditorium.
New this year is the 9Health Fair Yoga Open, a Healthy Active Lifestyle Celebration at
the Convention Center on May 4. This unique fair offers all of the same great screenings as
other 9Health Fair sites, along with yoga classes for all skill levels, healthy living exhibits, and
other community resources for those who are interested in an active lifestyle.
“For years, our participants have associated the spring months with a reminder that it’s
that time of year again – time to visit their local 9Health Fair and collect their personal health
information,” Jim Goddard, 9Health Fair President and CEO explains. “And while many
Coloradans are experiencing changes in their healthcare policies this year, 9Health Fair is proud
to offer the same low-cost screenings and high-quality health information that participants are
used to seeing year after year. We’re excited to continue that tradition for our 35th
In addition to offering free and low-cost health screenings that address today’s most
critical health issues, including heart disease, diabetes, colon cancer, cervical cancer, prostate
cancer, mental health and more, 9Health Fair also offers.
Screening results, with information on how to read your results, mailed directly to your
home for you to share with your doctor. Results are delivered within two to four weeks
of your 9Health Fair visit.
Calls from volunteer doctors and nurses within 72 hours of your 9Health Fair to people if
a critical health issue is discovered
Free interpretation and translation services
Free “Ask A Medical Question / Get A Referral” services
Free health education from hundreds of local organizations
Free blood work vouchers available for your community’s underserved
No social security number or personal identification required
All 9Health Fair locations include a $30 Blood Chemistry Screening which gives you
information on your blood sugar (glucose), cholesterol, triglycerides, liver, kidney, bone and
muscle function and may show warning signs of diabetes, heart disease and other concerns.
Other low-cost screenings include a $25 Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) screening for men,
which checks for prostate gland issues and cancer, a $15 Blood Count screening, which checks
the health of your blood, a $40 Vitamin D screening, which measures your baseline Vitamin D
level, a $25 Hemoglobin A1C screening that gives you an average blood sugar level over the
past 2 to 3 months, and a $20 Colon Cancer Screening Take Home Kit, which checks for colon
cancer. Free screenings such as Blood Pressure, Breast Exams, Prostate/Testicular, Ask a
Medical Question, Ask a Pharmacist, Osteoporosis, Oral, Hearing, Foot, Skin and more are
offered at specific locations, as well.
In preparation to have your blood drawn at a 9Health Fair, be sure to drink plenty of
water, do not eat in the 12 hours before your visit (unless you are diabetic), and continue taking
prescribed medication. “Drinking plenty of water the night before and morning of your 9Health
Fair is really the best way to prevent any issues during your blood draw experience,” Goddard
Each year, 16,000 9Health Fair volunteers serve more than 75,000 people from
communities around the state. Because many of our volunteer positions require medically
trained individuals, 9Health Fair needs Phlebotomists, Registered Nurses (RNs), Physicians
Assistants (PAs), Medical Doctors (MDs), Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) and other
credentialed medical professionals to help administer a variety of health screenings and draw
blood. Retired medical professionals and students enrolled in a medical program can also
volunteer at any 9Health Fair site, with instructor supervision. Non-medical volunteers are
needed to provide a number of things such as registration assistance and cashier services, while
Spanish speaking volunteers are also necessary for on-site interpretation and translation.
For more 9Health Fair information, please visit http://www.9healthfair.org or call 1-800-332-
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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 has 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. As an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, 9Health Fair is proud of its financial management performance, keeping its administration and fundraising expense under 17 percent of its total budget, well under the industry average of 20-25 percent.
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