My Best Friend Saved My Life

Susan’s famous words have become “9Health Fair is the perfect place for taking care of yourself. I should have gone a long time ago!”
As a healthcare professional, Susan is busy working long hours taking care of her patients. When she gets off work, her job doesn’t end. She has three children and a husband that she loves to take care of, including cooking, cleaning and chauffeuring kids to their activities.
With all of the care taking and rushing around, Susan admits she has very little time to think about and take care of herself. But when her best friend Sarah asked her to go to 9HealthFair for the third time, Susan said yes even though she felt healthy and energetic.
Together the best friends attended a 9Health Fair close to their home and Susan chose to get the Blood Chemistry Screening that offered 28 different measures of her health. She also and visited all the free screenings available, including the blood pressure screening.
At only 38 years of age and in good health, Susan was shocked to see the numbers from her blood pressure reading: 139/89. A normal blood pressure reading is 120/80 or below. Because she works in the healthcare industry, she knew what this meant and it wasn’t good. When your blood pressure

is high, that means the force of your body’s blood is pressing against the walls of the arteries. When it is too high, like Susan’s, it raises the heart’s workload and can cause serious damage to the heart. Overtime, this increases the risk of heart disease, stroke and kidney disease.

Susan immediately made changes in her lifestyle to improve her blood pressure including eating better, exercising and getting more sleep. At the moment of receiving her health wake up call, she realized that taking care of her family and patients first required her to take care of herself. And she has her best friend to thank for this new perspective. Susan credits 9Health Fair and Sarah for possibly saving her life.
Susan and Sarah went back to the 9Health Fair this spring and Susan found blood pressure was within the normal range. She was able to catch the problem early and correct it before major issues occurred. Follow Susan’s words of wisdom and get yourself and your best friend to a 9Health Fair near you. The Family 9Health Fairs are not too far away, so keep an eye on the website for a list of upcoming dates and locations.

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