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Seven months after her father passed away from a heart attack, Mickie went to a 9Health Fair. Her blood screening results indicated that her cholesterol levels were high. She went to her doctor who referred her to a cardiologist. An angiogram showed a partial blockage in her artery. Since then, she has made important changes in her life – she is on medication, receives regular checkups and goes to 9Health Fair every year - except last year to attend her son’s wedding! She believes 9Health Fair helped save her life and prevented her from suffering a heart attack like her father.

Mickie O.
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"My mom and I went to the 2006 9Health Fair at Aims Community College in Greeley, CO. I hadn't been feeling well so my sister-in-law urged me to go.We went on a Sunday, and that Tuesday I got a call from a nurse who informed me that my thyroid level was less than .01 and that I needed to contact my doctor. I did so right away and had further tests run. I was diagnosed with hyperthyroid and through additional tests, learned that I was suffering from Graves’s disease. Had I not gone to the 9Health Fair, I believe I still would have been seeking help. I am feeling so much better and on the way to recovery. Thank you 9Health Fair staff and volunteers!!!"

Terri Thomas, Loveland CO
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People 18 and older, from all walks of life, income levels and racial-ethnic backgrounds, can participate in 9Health Fair. 9Health Fair results and information on how to read lab results are delivered directly to participants. Participants are encouraged to share their results with their healthcare provider for further treatment and diagnosis. All levels that are outside the reference range should be reported to your health care provider for further evaluation. Please note that screening availability varies at each site location. Not all sites offer the same screenings. Certain screenings require a pre-screening to determine eligibility.

Which screenings are right for you?

Basic Screenings - Available at all 9Health Fairs

Blood Chemistry Screening (Blood Draw) This screening provides baseline information on cholesterol, blood glucose, liver, kidneys, thyroid, and more. These screenings can help you and your doctor monitor your health and prevent health issues from becoming emergencies. Information from this screening can also be used to complete your employers' Health Risk Assessments (HRA). Based on the most current research findings, the 9Health Fair Medical Advisory Committee has determined that fasting is not required (optional) for blood screenings. People with diabetes should not fast. Check with your medical provider for specific recommendations. You are encouraged to drink plenty of water and continue to take prescription medications. (Cost: $35.00)

Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) (Men Only Blood Draw) The US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has recently recommended against routine screening of men with the PSA test.  Please speak to your healthcare provider if you have questions. PSA is a blood screening that measures a protein that is only produced by the male prostate gland. Elevations of PSA may occur in men with non-cancerous prostate diseases or prostate cancer. A normal PSA level does not entirely exclude the possibility of prostate cancer. A prostate/testicular screening is strongly encouraged in conjunction with PSA screening. (Cost: $30.00)

Hemoglobin A1c (Blood Draw) A1C is a blood screening that measures your average blood sugar control for the past 2 to 3 months. The results give you a good idea of whether or not you are at risk for diabetes. For people with diabetes it indicates how well your diabetes treatment plan is working. (Cost: $30.00)

Blood Count Screening (Blood Draw) This screening gives you a general picture of your overall health by checking your white blood cells, hematocrit, hemoglobin levels, and blood-clotting abilities. Your body's ability to fight infection, anemia, liver disease and certain cancers can be discovered with this screening. (Cost: $20.00)

Vitamin D 25-Hydroxy Screening (Blood Draw) This screening is used to provide you with a baseline level of Vitamin D.  If you already take Vitamin D you should have a blood level drawn to monitor your level. Vitamin D deficiency is now recognized as a worldwide problem. Your body requires Vitamin D to absorb calcium and plays an important role in protecting your bone health. Many studies also suggest an association between low Vitamin D levels and an increased risk of certain types of cancers, nerve disease, immune disease and heart disease. Results will be included on the same report with your other blood draw results. (Cost: $45.00)

Colon Cancer Screening Kit This take-home/mail-in kit checks for human blood in the stool. Also, learn about preventing colorectal cancer, one of the most preventable cancers, and current recommendations for further screening, including who/when should get a colonoscopy. Please click here for more information about colorectal cancer provided by the Colorectal Cancer Taskforce. (Cost: $25.00)

Blood Pressure Screening Blood pressure is the force in the arteries when the heart beats (systolic pressure) and when the heart is at rest (diastolic pressure). Blood pressure can fluctuate with exercise, injury, illness, and emotional reactions. Your blood pressure should not exceed 119/79. Pulse Screening is primarily measured on the participant's wrist. The pulse corresponds to each beat of the heart. The normal number of pulse beats per minute in the average adult varies from 60 to 80, with fluctuations occurring with exercise, injury, illness and emotional reactions. (FREE)

Ask a Medical Question/Get a Referral this station provides you with the opportunity to speak one-on-one with a health professional and ask questions about any health issue concerning you or your family. During this session the health professional may review your overall health fair results, make recommendations for further evaluation, set realistic goals with the individual, and provide referrals and resources for more information and/or education. (FREE)

Height/Weight/Body Mass Index (BMI) Screening this screening provides you with your Body Mass Index (BMI), using your height, weight and waist measurement to identify your risk for heart disease, stroke and diabetes. BMI is considered reliable for assessing obesity. It does not take into account a person's fat-to-muscle ratio (muscle takes up space but weighs more than fat). Therefore, it is not a reliable measure for athletes or highly physically active participants. (FREE)

Optional Screenings - Availability Varies by Location 

Ask a Pharmacist discuss over-the-counter and/or prescribed medications, medication and/or vitamin interactions, vaccinations, osteoporosis & heart problems, medication safety, pharmacy services, smoking cessation and more with a pharmacist. (FREE)

Body Fat Skinfold Screening Find out your body fat levels with this screening by having your skin, muscle and fat thickness measured. Maintaining good body fat and muscle levels increases your overall strength and metabolism and reduces your risk of injury. (FREE)

Body in Balance Screening This screening checks your body position and posture, your flexibility, strength and balance to help you prevent injuries to your neck, back, knee, ankle, foot and other areas. (FREE)

Bone Health Screening (bone density) this screening is performed by performing an ultrasound of the heel. Women and men with osteoporosis can break bones in the hip, spine, and wrist. There are no symptoms of osteoporosis until a fracture occurs. Postmenopausal, petite, thin and women are at greater risk for osteoporosis.  An onsite prescreening questionnaire to qualify for this screening is required. (FREE)

Breast Screening This screening provides a thorough examination of the breast, chest and armpit performed by a healthcare professional to identify any changes in shape or size of the breast or the presence of skin dimpling. The health professional also teaches you the proper technique for a systematic breast self-exam. THIS IS NOT A MAMMOGRAM. (FREE)

Diabetes Risk Assessment Education Participants will complete a short Diabetes Risk Test to identify personal risk factors. The participant will receive a copy of the Diabetes Risk Test to the medical professional providing recommendations and education. The medical professional will collect additional information as needed from the participant on risk factors for Type 2 Diabetes. The educator will explain the risk level to participant and provide appropriate recommendations.  Individualized diabetic education can be provided at this station or at “Ask a Medical Question/ Get a Referral” station.  (FREE)

Foot Screening This screening identifies foot problems such as corns, calluses, bunions, blisters, skin conditions, plantar warts and nerve and vascular issues. People with diabetes are vulnerable to nerve and vascular damage that can result in poor circulation and poor healing of foot sores and ulcers. Taking good care of your feet is very important in your overall health and wellness. (FREE)

Hand Screening This screening assesses hands for tenderness, limited range of motion, bumps, structural abnormalities, skin, fingernails, sensation, muscle weakness and circulation. (FREE)

Hearing Screening This screening consists of a visual examination of your ears and measures your ability to hear high, medium and low range sounds. PLEASE NOTE: THOSE WITH HEARING AIDS DO NOT QUALIFY FOR THIS SCREENING. (FREE)

Health Topic Presentation This service provides an opportunity for community experts to speak and answer questions about a wide variety of diseases and other health-related topics. Generally these educational sessions will last approximately 30 minutes with an additional 15 - 20 minute period where you will be able to ask the speaker questions about the presented topic. (FREE)

Cardiac Risk Assessment In less than 3 minutes, the Cardiac Risk Assessment via internet evaluates your current chance of having a heart attack in the next 10 years, and provides recommendations to improve your heart health. If educators are not available at the site, computers with internet access may be available for individual assessment. Online assessment is also available by going to www.hearthealthysolutions.org. (FREE)

Adult Immunizations Provided by 9Health Fair Approved Partners A variety of immunizations/vaccines (for example, flu, Tetanus, TDaP, pneumonia, Hepatitis A & B, shingles, etc.) can be provided by organizations such as county health departments. These providers may charge for any vaccines given. (Cost varies by provider and immunization)

Lung Function Screening This screening will determine if you have breathing issues such as asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and pulmonary fibrosis. The goal of this screening is to measure the amount (volume) and/or speed (flow) of air that can be inhaled and exhaled. (FREE)

Memory Screening The purpose of this screening is to test short-term memory related to Alzheimer's Disease using a memory impairment screening tool. Education about dementia will be provided. (FREE)

Metabolic Syndrome Screening This screening provides you with an overview of risk factors for Metabolic Syndrome. It is important to be aware of these risks because people with this condition have a significantly increased long-term risk of developing cardiovascular disease (heart attack, heart failure and stroke). Furthermore, people who have Metabolic Syndrome but haven't been diagnosed with diabetes, have a very high risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes within the next 5-10 years. (FREE)

Nutrition Screening This screening provides an opportunity to speak with a dietitian and receive valuable information and resources on how to make healthy lifestyle changes. Poor nutrition or an unhealthy diet may lead to obesity, heart disease, diabetes or other nutrition-related diseases. Answer a short nutritional questionnaire to find out if your health may be at risk from an unhealthy diet. (FREE)

Oral Health Screening This screening identifies tooth and gum disease and oral cancer by examining the inside of the mouth for sores and lesions. Education regarding the importance of periodic oral exams and risk factors for oral diseases is provided. (FREE)

Pap Smear Screening This screening sometimes called a cervical smear, looks at cervical cells and can help find abnormal cells before cancer develops. A doctor or nurse scrapes cells from your cervix and then sends them to a laboratory for evaluation. A report providing your results will be mailed to you within six weeks. (FREE)

Prostate/Testicular Screening This screening checks for prostate and testicular cancer. The doctor will examine your prostate and testicles for any enlargement, lumps, swelling, shrinking and other abnormalities that can lead to prostate or testicular cancer. Men are taught to perform testicular self-examination as well as screen for testicular cancer. (FREE)

Pulse Oximetry Screening This is a simple, non-invasive screening that measures the percent of oxygen in the blood. This number is obtained by placing an instrument on the finger which checks the percent of hemoglobin that is saturated with oxygen. This instrument can detect low blood oxygen before symptoms occur which can lead to lung and heart problems. (FREE)

Skin Screening This screening provides a check for skin cancer and other skin problems. The screener may look at your scalp, face, neck, arms, hands, upper chest, back and legs. (FREE)

Sleep Apnea Screening This screening consists of a series of questions that will help you determine if you need further evaluation for a very serious health issue. Sleep apnea affects one out of five people and is defined as a condition that causes an individual to experience pauses in breathing for 10 seconds or more while sleeping. Recent studies have identified sleep apnea as a risk factor for high blood pressure, irregular heartbeat, diabetes, heart attack or stroke. (FREE)

Spinal Screening The purpose of this screening is to identify any problems with your spinal alignment and educate you about the importance of proper spinal alignment for a healthy body. (FREE)

Stress Management Screening This screening evaluates your mental wellness by asking you questions about how you cope with life's stressors. Mental health professionals are available to speak with you, as well. (FREE)

Total Wellness Zone AVAILABLE AT LIMITED SITES. The Total Wellness Zone consists of interactive demonstrations and education in the area of wellness, including alternative and complementary methods. (FREE)

Vision & Eye Health Screening This screening checks how well you see at near and far distances by reading letters on a basic eye charts. If you already wear glasses or contacts you should wear them during this screening. A prescription for eyeglasses and or contacts is not included. An eye health history, questionnaire and consulting with an eye health professional are also included in this screening. (FREE)

Hepatitis C (Blood Draw) AVAILABLE AT LIMITED SITES. The Hepatitis C virus attacks the liver, causing inflammation. Inflammation leads to the formation of scar tissue, which slowly progresses to liver disease. Over 3 MILLION Americans are chronically infected with HCV. Half of infected people aren’t aware they’re infected! Baby boomers (born 1946 –1964) account for two out of every three cases of chronic HCV infection in the United States. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that every Baby Boomer be screened once for Hepatitis C. For more information about Hepatitis C go to www.hepc-connection.org. (FREE)

Rheumatoid Arthritis (Blood Draw) AVAILABLE AT LIMITED SITES. Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is a form of arthritis that occurs when the body’s immune system attacks the joints. RA affects nearly 1% of people in the U.S.A. and can lead to significant joint destruction and disability. Many researchers are currently working on understanding what causes RA so that it can be prevented. Symptoms of RA include pain, stiffness, and swelling of the joints. Additionally, blood tests for autoantibodies help to identify the presence of RA. This screening project will test the blood of healthy people for RA-related autoantibodies. People who have autoantibodies will be given the opportunity to participate in a research project at the University of Colorado to learn more about what causes RA and how to prevent it. This screening is free to anyone that has not been previously diagnosed with RA. (FREE)



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