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"My husband and I attended the 9Health Fair in April of 2004 at the Susan M Duncan YMCA in Arvada. We had gone through most of the stations and were on our way out when we saw the line for skin screenings. It was shorter than usual so we decided to stop and get checked. Thank GOD we did. I was checked by the doctor who noticed a dark freckle on my left arm and a spot on my face; she recommended that both areas be checked by my doctor. I had the freckle on my arm removed and sent off to the lab. It was melanoma! It was .3mm deep so it was caught early. I will have to manage this for the rest of my life but now that I am educated, it will help me through any future incidents. While my doctor had a watch on this freckle, it was the 9Healthfair that recommended further inspection and treatment and may have saved my life. I will always be thankful to the 9Health Fair.”

Cindy G.
9Health Fair participant since 2004

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"I’m proud to be part of the foundation that brought 9Health Fair to Colorado communities. It gives me a great sense of purpose, particularly in the rural communities. I’m the lucky one. I get back far more than I give."

Karen Zink, Durango CO
9Health Fair volunteer since 1980

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9Health Topic of the Month for August 2014:

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Are you new to climbing a fourteener?  Colorado has 54 of the nation’s 89 total 14,000 foot summits waiting to be hiked for health, passion, or both.  A lively hike can decrease contributing factors of heart disease, such as hypertension, high cholesterol or diabetes, and even stave off osteoporosis and arthritis.  The average adult will burn a whopping 450 calories per hour hiking, helping you to strengthen your heart, lungs, bones, and muscles.  After a summer of hiking, come to a 9Health Fair this fall and check your numbers for yourself.

As a result of breathing in 30% less oxygen than you would in Denver, you might notice your heart and lungs working faster to keep up with demand.  Your mind too will quickly respond to the natural environment.  Studies collected by Texas A&M Agriculture show nature can wake the mind and senses and help you improve your memory and attention span by twenty percent. 
There is incredible beauty to be experienced in the hundreds of miles of trails leading to the mountain summits, but attention to preparation will keep you safe as well as having fun! 

  • Lightning is a real summer threat:  Check the weather report, come down before noon, and leave the umbrella at home.  If you are caught in a storm, avoid single trees and get under thicker cover.  If you hear thunder, lightning is close enough to strike you.
  • Dress in layers:  Summertime sees more cases of hypothermia in Colorado than winter due to unprepared hikers exposed to harsh elements.  Dress in layers, avoid cotton as it keeps moisture next to your skin, and don’t forget a rain coat, mittens, and a warm hat for higher elevations.
  • Stay on the trails and do not be fooled by “shortcuts”:  Off-trail routes may lead to unexpected elevation gains or drop-offs.
  • Acute mountain (“altitude”) sickness: If you experience nausea, dizziness, or headache turn back immediately.  There is 30% less oxygen at 14,000 feet (compared to Denver) but the exact causes are still largely unknown.  Symptoms can develop in a few short hours of being above 8,000 feet.  
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Don't forget, the Gift of Health is a great way to show how much you care. This gift card is redeemable for a Blood Chemistry Screening - our most popular. You can purchase your Gift of Health here for just $35. In addition to the Blood Chemistry Screening, there are a number of other low and no-cost areas to have your health checked at a 9Health Fair.  


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