Red Rocks Community College to host 14th Annual 9Health Fair

Red Rocks Community College to host 14th Annual 9Health Fair

9HealthFairNew this year: Screenings for children

Saturday, April 16, 2016
RED ROCKS COMMUNITY COLLEGE
13300 West Sixth Avenue
Lakewood, CO 80228
8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Denver, CO — On April 16, 2016, Red Rocks Community College is partnering with 9Health Fair for our 14th year as a host site. Each spring, volunteers organize free and low-cost health screenings and education offerings for our community, placing a variety of life-saving health screenings all under one roof. This year, we are pleased to announce new children’s screenings, bringing the number to over 35 screenings available to the community. Over 100 of our site volunteers are students, faculty and staff from RRCC, assisting in both medical and non-medical roles in the health fair.

New this year, 9Health Fair has unveiled a wellness program called 9Health Ready, a resource designed to promote a healthy, balanced life. Focused on five pillars of wellness (prevention, sleep, nutrition, exercise, and mental health), local experts share simple and effective resources to help people create or maintain healthy habits.

“We live in a busy world, and oftentimes, our health gets put on the backburner. With practical advice from our panel of experts, you can learn small yet effective lifestyle changes,” explains Jim Goddard, President and CEO of 9Health Fair. Learn more about this new program and join the 9Health Ready community, at www.9healthready.org.

Last year, an important change was made to 9Health Fair requirements. Based on the most current research findings, the 9Health Fair Medical Advisory Committee has determined that fasting is not required (optional) for blood screenings. To best prepare for a blood draw, drink plenty of water and continue to take prescription medications. People with diabetes should not fast. Check with your medical provider for specific recommendations.

Screenings at RRCC’s location include:

  • Blood Chemistry screening ($35) - Provides baseline information on blood glucose, cholesterol, liver, kidneys, thyroid, and more.
  • Blood Cell Count screening ($20) - Your body's ability to fight infection, anemia, liver disease and certain cancers can be discovered with this screening, which gives you a general picture of your overall health.
  • Hemoglobin A1C screening ($20) - Measures your average blood sugar control for the past 2 to 3 months. Screens for diabetes/pre-diabetes.
  • Colon Cancer Screening Kit ($25) - This take-home/mail-in kit checks for human blood in the stool, which may indicate colorectal conditions such as polyps, hemorrhoids, or cancer. 
  • Vitamin D screening ($45) - Provides baseline Vitamin D levels, which helps you maintain proper bone health and understand your risk for immune diseases, heart disease, and certain types of cancer.
  • Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) ($30) - Measures a protein produced by the male prostate gland and is not recommended for anyone unless you have a family history of prostate cancer or are monitoring your PSA, per your physician recommendations.

The Red Rocks Community College 9Health Fair also offers a variety of free screenings such as blood pressure, breast exams, prostate/testicular, oral, hearing, foot, skin, and more. We also offer free health screenings for children, such as hearing, vision and more. To find detailed information about the available screenings available and to register online, visit www.9HealthFair.org. Volunteers are needed. Visit www.9healthfair.org and click on volunteer link.

About Red Rocks Community College:  Established in 1969, Red Rocks Community College delivers high-quality, affordable education programs leading to two-year degrees or professional certificates. The college serves over 13,000 students per year online and at campus locations in Lakewood and Arvada.  www.rrcc.edu

Friday, March 4, 2016