Have You Been Tested?

Have you ever worried about having thyroid cancer? Medical researchers suggest that in recent years the number of cases of this often curable cancer has increased by about 6.5%. Find out what medical researchers think about this trend and who’s at risk. Also, make sure to attend a 9Health Fair between now and May 12th […]

Are You and Your Children at Risk?

Most of us are aware of the importance of Vitamin D, and study after study shows how many ways we are affected by a deficiency. Research has recently found that Vitamin D may be associated with a lower risk of developing stress fractures in preadolescent and adolescent girls, especially those who participate in high-impact activities. […]

Do You Know How to Properly Dispose of a Used Syringe?

Syringes are used at home for a number of medical reasons, but many people may not know the proper way to dispose of them. What should you do with a used syringe? Immediately place used sharps in an FDA-cleared sharps disposal container to reduce the risk of needle-sticks, cuts or punctures from loose sharps. If […]

Do You Know How to Reduce Your Risk of Stroke?

According to research from the Nurses’ Health Study, higher fruit, vegetable and specifically vitamin C intake is associated with reduced stroke risk. Flavonoids, a class of compounds present in fruits, vegetables, dark chocolate, and red wine, are thought to provide protection against strokes by improving blood vessel function. Find out more on how citrus fruit […]

MyPlate, Your Plate. How Will You Fill Your Plate?

The shape may have shifted, but the message remains the same: dairy is an important part of every meal.
MyPlate, the new icon that represents the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, highlights dairy’s important role on people’s tables and in their diets. The blue circle represents low-fat or fat-free dairy, but getting 3 daily servings from this food group doesn’t necessarily mean drinking milk at every meal. Together milk, yogurt and cheese provide nine essential nutrients – and by adding them to other nutrient-rich foods, you can make an already healthy meal even more nutritious.
Government data reveals that on average Americans are falling below recommended dairy food intake by the age of 4 years, which can put them at an increased risk for stress fractures and bone breaks now, and osteoporosis later in life. On average, Americans are getting only about half (1.7 servings) of the three dairy servings they should consume daily.
Dairy delivers a unique nutrient package that’s hard to beat. In fact, milk is the number one food source of calcium, potassium and vitamin D in the diet, providing three of the four nutrients of public health concern, as identified in the Dietary Guidelines. Simple steps such as making your oatmeal with milk or topping a baked potato with fat-free plain yogurt and low-fat cheese can give your meal a nutrient boost.
Lactose intolerant? You don’t have to dismiss dairy. Different people can handle differing amounts of lactose, and there’s a solution to meet most needs – from lactose-free milk to dairy foods that are typically easier to digest. Aged cheeses are naturally lower in lactose and many yogurts contain live and active cultures which help digest lactose.
Did you know that a serving of low-fat or fat-free milk, cheese or yogurt has, on average, at least as much protein as an egg? In fact the dairy food group contributes 18 percent of the protein to the American diet. That’s all the more reason to try to add one more serving of low-fat or fat-free dairy to your diet every day.
MyPlate offers a simple visual reminder to make healthy food choices when you choose your next meal. By making half your plate fruits and vegetables, one quarter whole grains, and one quarter lean protein, and by including a serving of low-fat or fat-free dairy with every meal, you are sure to fuel a healthy lifestyle. Though MyPlate is depicted as an actual plate, these recommendations can fit into dishes of all shapes. Whether you’re eating from a plate, bowl or glass, Five Food Groups is the goal.

How will you fill your plate? Share with us and join the conversation on 9Health Fair’s Facebook page.

Written By: Jenna Allen, MS, RD
Jenna Allen is a registered dietitian who works for the Western Dairy Association. As Nutrition Affairs Manager, she is responsible for the coordination and execution of nutrition communications, and health professional outreach in Colorado. Additionally, she serves as a spokesperson for Western Dairy Association on food, nutrition and dairy-related topics.

The shape may have shifted, but the message remains the same: dairy is an important part of every meal. MyPlate, the new icon that represents the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, highlights dairy’s important role on people’s tables and in their diets. The blue circle represents low-fat or fat-free dairy, but getting 3 daily servings […]


So, what can you do to protect your skin from the sun and to reduce your chances of developing skin cancer?
  • Wear sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher if you are going to be outside (cloudy or sunny) longer than 15-20 minutes
  • Wear UVA/UVB approved sunglasses
  • Avoid being in the sun during the midday hours
  • Wear a wide-brimmed hat
  • Avoid tanning beds—they are even more dangerous than laying out in the sun
  • Cover as much exposed skin as you can

I wish we would have known how dangerous and deadly the sun could be! Everyone loves the sun in Colorado; we love the energy it gives us and the Vitamin D we receive for our bones, but just play it safe in the sun the next time you go out to enjoy our beautiful Colorado outdoors!
For more information about melanoma or our melanoma foundation, please visit www.rayz-awareness.org or e-mail me at mebeski@comcast.net.

Special Guest 9Health Fair Blog Written and Provided by Kathy Walter:
Kathy Walter lives in Ft. Collins, Colorado with her 2 teenagers; Austin, age 18, and Katherine, age 15.  She became widowed after her husband, Bill Walter, died from Stage 4 Melanoma in 1998 at the age of 36.  Since Bill’s death, she has been an advocate for sun safety and skin cancer prevention by becoming an event organizer for the “RayZ Awareness of Melanoma 5K Walk/Run” fundraising events held in Ft. Collins. Kathy has also become an outreach educator by developing a melanoma sun-safety interactive educational board that has been used in the 9Health Fair in the Classroom and the community 9Health Fair programs. She has visited numerous health fairs throughout the Denver area for 10 years.  


I didn’t know you could die from one mole on the back of your shoulder. Little did I know that same mole would ultimately kill my husband, Bill Walter, 4 years after his diagnosis, leaving behind 2 young children. Now, 13 years later, it has become my mission to spread the word on how deadly […]

Do You or Someone You Know Suffer from COPD?

How much energy do you think your body needs to breathe? Inhalation is an active process requiring the diaphragm muscle to expand and passively relax upon exhalation. Energy consumed through daily caloric intake is required to sustain internal body functions including breathing, metabolic processes, gas exchange, cardiac and brain function to name a few. A […]

What Do You Know About Colorectal Cancer?

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness month. According to the American Cancer Society, the disease is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in the U.S. Nine out of ten people who are diagnosed with colorectal cancer are over the age of 50, but doctors say it is never too early to start getting regular screenings. Find […]

Will You Avoid Being One of the Statistics?

We all know that diabetes is an increasing problem in the United States, but how many of us know that diabetes causes more deaths in a year than breast cancer and AIDS combined? According to the American Diabetes Association, two out of three people with diabetes die from heart disease or stroke every year due […]

Winter Driving Safety – “Ice and Snow, Take it Slow.”

Article written by Stacey Stegman, Director of Public Relations for theColorado Department of Transportation In Colorado, conditions can change from sunny to blowing snow within an hour or two, even as we head into spring. This unpredictable weather often catches us off guard and can make for a difficult drive.  By preparing yourself and your […]