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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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“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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9Health Topic of the Month for September 2014: The Healthy Child

 

                    

            

 

It’s time to take action to set children up for success this school year.  You child’s health is everything.  Beginning September 13, bring your family to a 9Health Fair near you.  Take advantage of free child health screenings, learn new ways to be active as a family, discover local resources of information, and much more.  Most fairs are open 7:00am to Noon, run each weekend through November 8, and offer all of the free and low-cost adult screenings you have come to count on as well.
 
More than one third of all children and adolescents are overweight or obese.  Seventy percent of those already have at least one risk factor for heart disease such as high blood pressure or high cholesterol.  Diabetes and Pre-diabetes are also discovered now more in children than ever before.  We cannot change our genes, but helping and teaching children about eating healthy and getting adequate physical activity each day will go a long way to balance calories going in with calories going out.
 
Tips for Healthy Family Routines:
  • Plan a Healthy Menu:  Before grocery shopping, plan meals for the week as a family.  When kids participate in healthy food decision making, they are more likely to help prepare and eat foods they helped choose.  Keep an eye on portion sizes.  Use smaller bowls and plates to keep from overeating.  Don’t forget to start off each morning with breakfast so kids and adults alike feel full longer and ready for the day’s activities. 
  • Healthy Snacks:  Think color!  Choose a variety of colorful fruits and veggies to get all the necessary nutrients.   Replace the candy dish with a bowl of fresh, washed produce in an easy to reach place for children.  Watch out for fruit juices.  They contain much more sugar and less fiber than their whole fruit counterparts.
  • Physical Activity as Part of Your Family Routine:  Walk the dog together, play tag, park further away from a destination; anything that gets the family moving counts!   Work activity into your every day routine by scheduling it, set family goals, be flexible, and share with friends and family to keep up momentum.   Reduce screen time to no more than two hours per day (not counting homework) and make screen time active time by stretching, doing yoga poses or challenge family members to a push-up, sit-up, or jumping jacks competition during commercials.
 
Parents: Click HERE for more tips for you and your family!
 
Extra information to learn more:

Tips for Kids: How to Lower Your Type 2 Diabetes Risk

 

Healthy Dinner Ideas from the Colorado Beef Council:

Lean beef isn't just delicious and easy to make.  It containts 10 essential nutrients that give your body more, like protein, iron and zinc.  Explore the story to learn the importance of all 10! 
 

 

 

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Bring friends and family this fall and give the Gift of Health
Don't forget, the Gift of Health is a great way to show how much you care. This gift card is redeemable for a Blood Chemistry Screening - our most popular. You can purchase your Gift of Health here for just $35. In addition to the Blood Chemistry Screening, there are a number of other low and no-cost areas to have your health checked at a 9Health Fair.  

 

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Follow us @9HealthFair or visit www.9healthfair.org often for new topics of the month, blog updates, available screenings, and ways tojoin our incredible volunteer team!

 

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