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OWN YOUR HEALTH: ATTEND 9HEALTH FAIR THIS SPRING
Screening Location on Saturday, April 13, 2013
RED ROCKS COMMUNITY COLLEGE
13300 West Sixth Avenue
Lakewood, CO 80228
7:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Lakewood, CO — On April 13, 2013, Red Rocks Community College is partnering with 9Health Fair to present more than 20 free and four low-cost health screenings, as well as education, for people to keep their health in check. 9Health Fair, Colorado’s largest volunteer-run, non-profit health fair program, is urging anyone over 18 to attend. More than 150 communities throughout Colorado and Wyoming will host a 9Health Fair. For a complete list of screenings and locations throughout Colorado, Wyoming and Nebraska, visit www.9healthfair.org.
Located at 13300 West Sixth Avenue in Lakewood (near 6th Avenue and Union), the Red Rocks Community College site offers spacious parking and shuttle service to and from the parking lot for seniors and the handicapped, as well as easily accessible, centralized screening locations on the campus. New 9Health Fair blood test offered this year at Red Rocks: Gluten sensitivity screening ($45). Doors open at 7:00 a.m., and the fair ends at noon. Limited PAP screenings – first come, first served. Avoid the crowds at the phlebotomy station by arriving at 9:00 a.m. or later. Visit www.rrcc.edu for directions to the campus or call 303-914-6600.
To ensure proper hydration for a smooth blood draw experience, and to continue the 9Health Fair focus on “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” this year, participants should plan to bring water to their 9Health Fair. Fast for 12 hours if you plan to have your blood drawn (unless you are diabetic), and continue taking prescribed medication.
“Drinking plenty of water the night before and morning of your 9Health Fair is really the best way to prevent any issues during your blood draw experience,” said Jim Goddard, president and CEO of 9Health Fair.
In addition to offering free and low-cost health screenings that address today’s most critical health issues, including heart disease, diabetes, colon cancer, cervical cancer, prostate cancer, mental health and more, the 9Health Fair at Red Rocks Community College also offers:
-Screening results, with information on how to read your results, mailed directly to your home for you to share with your doctor. Results delivered within four weeks of your 9Health Fair visit.
-Calls from volunteer doctors and nurses within 72 hours of your 9Health Fair to people if a critical health issue is discovered
-Free interpretation and translation services (limited availability)
-Free “Ask A Medical Question / Get A Referral” services
-Free health education from hundreds of local organizations
-Free blood work vouchers available for your community’s underserved
-No social security number or personal identification required
To view a list of screenings offered at Red Rocks Community College, go to the 9Health Fair website - www.9healthfair.org. Click on FIND A FAIR, then search by specific date (4/13/13) and city (Lakewood). Screenings offered at each location may change based on medical professional availability, please check back before you attend the 9Health Fair.
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General Information About 9Health Fair Screenings
All 9Health Fair locations include a $30 Blood Chemistry Screening which gives you information on your blood sugar (glucose), cholesterol, triglycerides, liver, kidney, bone and muscle function and may show warning signs of diabetes, heart disease and other concerns. Other low-cost screenings include a $25 Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) screening for men, which checks for prostate gland issues and cancer, a $15 Blood Count screening, which checks the health of your blood, a $40 Vitamin D screening, which measures your baseline Vitamin D level, a $25 Hemoglobin A1C screening that gives you an average blood sugar level over the past 2 to 3 months, and a $20 Colon Cancer Screening Take Home Kit, which checks for colon cancer. Free screenings such as Blood Pressure, Breast Exams, Prostate/Testicular, Ask a Medical Question, Ask a Pharmacist, Osteoporosis, Oral, Hearing, Foot, Skin and more are offered at specific locations, as well.
New tests being unveiled at select 9Health Fair locations this year are a Gluten Sensitivity screening ($45) and a Hepatitis C screening ($25). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently recommended a one-time test for Hepatitis C for anyone born from 1945-1965. Check www.9healthfair.org to find out which sites offers these tests.
“In an effort to empathize with our community’s emerging health issues and to promote relevant health recommendations, we are excited to offer these new screenings,” said Jim Goddard, President and CEO of 9Health Fair. “And as always, you can also expect to see the same high quality screenings from years past as we look to help our participants celebrate life. We continue to encourage Coloradans to rally their family, friends and neighbors to own their health at a 9Health Fair in 2013 and beyond.”
9Health Fair Volunteer Opportunities
Each year, 19,000 9Health Fair volunteers serve more than 75,000 people from communities around the state. Because many of these volunteers are medically-trained individuals, 9Health Fair needs Phlebotomists, Registered Nurses (RNs), Physicians Assistants (PAs), Medical Doctors (MDs), Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) and other credentialed medical professionals to help administer a variety of health screenings and draw blood. Retired medical professionals and students enrolled in a medical program can also volunteer at any 9Health Fair site, with instructor supervision, and additional phlebotomy training and refresher courses are available through 9Health Fair. Non-medical volunteers are needed to provide registration and cashier services, while Spanish speaking volunteers are also necessary for on-site interpretation and translation.
For more 9Health Fair information, please visit www.9healthfair.org or call 1-800-332-3078
About 9Health Fair
9Health Fair is Colorado’s largest non-profit, volunteer-driven health fair program that promotes health awareness and encourages individuals to assume responsibility for their own health. Created by a National Institutes of Health project and 9NEWS, 9Health Fair’s free and low-cost health screenings and education program has earned unique endorsements from the Colorado Medical Society, the Colorado Nurses Association and the Colorado Hospital Association. Since 1980, 9Health Fair has impacted 1.7 million lives. As an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, 9Health Fair is proud of its financial management performance, keeping its administration and fundraising expense under 17 percent of its total budget, well under the industry average of 20-25 percent.
9Health Fair Sponsors
Major sponsors for the 2013 9Health Fair include 9NEWS, Quest Diagnostics, Comcast and King Soopers. Special thanks to The Colorado National Guard for its continued 9Health Fair support through delivering supplies to volunteers and sites around the state
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