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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

March 2015

How Healthy Do We Have to be to Stay Alive?


We all know the basics of keeping our body healthy - eating right, exercising and getting plenty of rest. But with all the different types of foods and drinks we ingest, and all that we expect our bodies to do, are we doing everything we can for our well being?

There's a lot more that goes into keeping our control panel functioning properly than we think. Without a "dashboard", it's hard to know when our health is failing. There may be subtle signs, or times when our "check engine light" comes on, but without being able to see inside, how can we really be sure we are functioning properly?

Just like with many animals, we start to come out of hibernation this time of year. Humans don't sleep all winter long like bears do, but we often times settle in and don't take care of ourselves like we should. We have changes we might want to make after a long winter of inactivity.

Living beings sometimes have interesting behaviors in the winter. Take bears for instance, while in hibernation, they don't have bowel movements and some frogs and turtles bury themselves in mud during the winter months. And humans often get the "winter blues", causing changes in mood, sleep patterns, eating and social behaviors. We tend to want to hibernate mostly because of less sunlight and changes in our hormone levels.

This is where 9Health Fair can help. Getting your BMI (Body Mass Index) checked to see if you need to make healthier eating choices to help lower your number. Making sure your Vitamin D level is within range since during the winter months we have less sunlight to provide the natural vitamin. The blood chemistry screening provides baseline information for cholesterol, glucose, thyroid, kidney, heart disease and more.

Your results for all these screenings can serve as your "dashboard" and give you an inside look as to how healthy you really are. Preventative maintenance, just like with a car, is much more cost effective than waiting until a bigger issue is found.

Keeping the following in mind will help you stay ahead of the game:

How to Keep Your Body Healthy
How to Keep Your Bones Healthy and Strong
How to Control Your Ideal Body Ph
How to Keep Your Immune System Healthy
How Bacteria in our Bodies Protect Our Health

Find out if your weight is proportionate to your height:

Healthy Weight Height Chart for Women
Height Weight Calculator for Men

Don't Skip a Beat - Head to a 9Health Fair
Your health is important all year around. Make sure to keep tabs on it regularly. Let us help you - come to a 9Health Fair! Our spring fair locations and dates are available on our website. You can go to our Find-A-Fair page for a list and register online for the one that fits into your schedule. One more great opportunity to own your health in 2015!

Also, take care of your health by volunteering! By being a volunteer, studies show you will be healthier and happier.

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With the Spring Fairs coming up, it's a perfect time to give the Gift of Health!
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 important health screenings to take advantage of at each 9Health Fair.  


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