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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.”

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“My wife and I have been going to [the] 9Health Fair for many years in several different towns in Colorado, so it plays a big part in our lives. In April of 2003, we went again to have our annual blood screening but this time mine came back a little different. My PSA number came in a little high with a suggestion to make an appointment with my doctor. With further evaluation I was diagnosed with prostate cancer. I had no previous symptoms. I was given several options but at my age of 51, surgery was the best for me. As you can see 9Health Fair saved my life. My family and I are so grateful for the services available to all of our communities. 9Health Fair is great and I am looking forward to many more 9fairs.”

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    9Health Topic of the Month 
    November 2014

Tis the Season of Gratitude
 

The holidays are right around the corner and it's the time of year to give thanks for all the many blessings we have in our lives. The colonists gave thanks at Thanksgiving time for their survival and the food on their table. Today, we give thanks for the same reasons, but we have also learned there are many health benefits to being grateful and giving thanks. And the health benefits to extending gratitude all year long, not just around the holidays, are astonishing. 
 
What are those benefits to giving gratitude? Researchers say we would be rewarded with better health overall. The connection between gratitude and health actually goes back a long ways. Throughout history, philosophers and religious leaders have said gratitude is essential to health and well-being.
 
Five Reasons Why Gratitude is Good for Your Health:
  1. Being thankful reduces depression: Choosing to think optimistically and reframing events/situations in a positive way has been shown to reduce depression.
  2. Gratitude can help you feel at peace: Being grateful is proven to lower anxiety. When your focus is on being thankful, you spend less time focused on the things that make you worry.
  3. Thankfulness can help you sleep better: When you feel thankful, you are more relaxed and therefore sleep better. Also, by getting enough sleep allows you to have more positive, thankful energy.
  4. Heart health comes from being thankful: Grateful people take better care of themselves, according to recent research. With regular exercise and healthy eating, your heart stays stronger.
  5. Gratitude helps happiness and happiness helps memory: Being grateful improves their overall sense of well-being and quality of life. Gratitude helps us to be thankful and remember the positive things about our past and present, thus keeping our memory sharper, healthy and stronger.

Get a more in-depth look at how gratitude can improve your health.

Then check out these ways to cultivate gratitude: 

 

Showing your gratitude by volunteering this holiday season!

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Bring friends and family through November 8th and give the Gift of Health
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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