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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.”

Greg Y.
9Health Fair participant since 2003

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As a native to Colorado, Esther served as site coordinator for the Department of Human Services Food Stamp Office 9Health Fair for three years. During those three years, she also participated in the 9Health Fair screenings and learned she had high cholesterol and high triglycerides. Since then, she has worked with her primary care provider to manage these concerns. Esther now sits on the 9Health Fair Community Involvement Committee (CIC). Esther says her favorite thing about 9Health Fair is that it is for everybody, whether you have insurance or not.

Esther Lewis, Denver CO
9Health Fair volunteer and participant

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April 2012 9Health Fair Topic of the Month

9Health Topic of the Month for April 2012:

Thyroid &
9Health Fair Season

April is 9Health Fair month with our traditional "9Days" being April 21st through April 29th! 9Health Fair is Colorado's largest volunteer-driven, non-profit health fair and education program. Last year alone, 83,980 participated in 9Health Fair and 19,000 volunteers donated $3.1 million worth of time and talent to make the 150-plus fairs possible.

Find a Fair based upon screenings offered, date and location, and take advantage of online registration, (available at most sites). Continue checking the website after the 9 days in April, as fairs are held through mid-May.

9Health Fair has over 20 free screenings from which to choose, and a number of low-cost screenings as well, including baseline information on thyroid (part of the low-cost Blood Chemistry Screening). The role of the thyroid is to stimulate metabolism and, along with the parathryroid glands, control the body's circulating calcium levels. Proper functionality of the thyroid is important as it can affect your mood, your weight and your overall health. Do you know the signs of thyroid problems? Share with us on Facebook. And make sure to attend a 9Health Fairs this spring for a variety of health screenings, including baseline thryroid.

9Health Fair provides an opportunity for access to health. Getting the care you need, when you need it, isn't too much to ask. Everyone should be able to get quality care in order to stay healthy without barriers like lack of insurance. Your voice matters, because decisions about your health and health care are too important to be left solely to others. We want to know how you want health care to work for you and your family. Join the health care conversation.


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