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Seven months after her father passed away from a heart attack, Mickie went to a 9Health Fair. Her blood screening results indicated that her cholesterol levels were high. She went to her doctor who referred her to a cardiologist. An angiogram showed a partial blockage in her artery. Since then, she has made important changes in her life – she is on medication, receives regular checkups and goes to 9Health Fair every year - except last year to attend her son’s wedding! She believes 9Health Fair helped save her life and prevented her from suffering a heart attack like her father.

Mickie O.
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"My mom and I went to the 2006 9Health Fair at Aims Community College in Greeley, CO. I hadn't been feeling well so my sister-in-law urged me to go.We went on a Sunday, and that Tuesday I got a call from a nurse who informed me that my thyroid level was less than .01 and that I needed to contact my doctor. I did so right away and had further tests run. I was diagnosed with hyperthyroid and through additional tests, learned that I was suffering from Graves’s disease. Had I not gone to the 9Health Fair, I believe I still would have been seeking help. I am feeling so much better and on the way to recovery. Thank you 9Health Fair staff and volunteers!!!"

Terri Thomas, Loveland CO
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9Health Topic May 2015

May 2015

How Your 9Health Fair Results Can Help You

 

Congratulations on owning your health and attending a 9Health Fair! You should have either received your results in the mail, printed them out if you registered online or they will be available for you soon. 

There are a lot of numbers and information on your results, and they can mean different things for different people. Take a look to see which values are within range and if there are any values that are out of range. Then, share your results with your health care provider and have them help you determine what lifestyle changes might help you to become the best "you" that you can be. You can also visit your local King Soopers or City Market pharmacist to help interpret your results. 

For help understanding your results and what some of the tests mean, take a look at the list of resources below to help answer questions you may have about what your results mean.

Each result is important and explains how your body is doing. Some of the most important tests to have done include:

  • Blood Chemistry Screening: This screening provides baseline information on 28 levels including cholesterol, glucose, thyroid, kidney, heart disease and more. This will help you and your doctor monitor your health and stay proactive and on top of problems before they arise.
  • Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA): PSA is a blood screening that measures a protein which is only produced by the prostate gland. Elevations of PSA may occur in persons with non-cancerous prostate diseases or prostate cancer.
  • Hemoglobin A1c: A1C is a blood screening that screens for diabetes by measuring your average blood sugar control for the past 2 to 3 months. For people with diabetes it indicates how well your diabetes treatment plan is working.
  • Blood Count Screening: Get a general picture of your overall health by checking your white blood cells, hematocrit, hemoglobin levels, and blood-clotting abilities. Your body's ability to fight infection, anemia, liver disease and certain cancers can be discovered with this screening.
  • Vitamin D: Vitamin D deficiency is now recognized as a worldwide problem. Your body requires Vitamin D to absorb calcium and plays an important role in protecting your bone health. Many studies also suggest an association between low Vitamin D levels and an increased risk of certain types of cancers, nerve disease, immune disease and heart disease.

Our goal is to help you own your health and to have a well balanced life. The word health can mean different things to different people, but the overall commonality is that we all want to physically and mentally function as well as possible.The English word "health" comes from the Old English word "hale" meaning wholeness, being whole, sound or well.

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The Gift of Health is the perfect present!
What 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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