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Press Release – For Immediate Release
Colorado Springs, CO — The opportunity for a comprehensive check of your health in a neighborhood near you is just around the corner! With more than 20 free and eight low-cost health screenings offered for everyone to keep their health in check, communities are gearing up to host a Southern Colorado Health Fair open to anyone 18 and older. 9Health Fair will host its 2nd annual health fair at IntelliTec Colleges in Colorado Springs CO on April 27th at 2504 E. Pikes Peak Avenue. Check www.KOAA.com for locations and the screenings offered here.
“Together with KOAA5/30, the exclusive television partner of the Southern Colorado Health Fairs, we continue to encourage Coloradans to rally their family, friends and neighbors to own their health in 2013 and beyond, 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.”
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, this year, select locations will be offering a new Gluten Sensitivity screening ($45). This screening uses a simple blood draw stick to determine if your body is sensitive to certain grains such as flours, bread products, pasta, breakfast cereals, cakes, and cookies.
Southern Colorado Health Fairs also offer:
- Screening results, with information on how to read your results, mailed directly to your home for you to share with your doctor. Results are delivered within four weeks of your visit. Online registration participants will receive online results within 2 weeks.
- Calls from volunteer doctors and nurses within 72 hours of your screening if a critical health issue is discovered
- Free interpretation and translation services
- 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
All Southern Colorado Health 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.
In preparation to attend a Southern Colorado Health Fair, be sure to drink plenty of water, fast for 12 hours if you plan to have your blood drawn (unless you are diabetic), and continue taking prescribed medication.
Each year, 19,000 volunteers serve more than 75,000 people from communities around the state. Because many of these volunteers are medically-trained individuals, Southern Colorado Health 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 (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. Spanish speaking volunteers are also necessary for on-site interpretation and translation. For more information, please visit www.9healthfair.org or call 1-800-332-3078.
About 9Health Fair
9Health Fair is Southern 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. Major sponsors include KOAA5/30, 9NEWS, Quest Diagnostics, Comcast and King Soopers. Special thanks to The Colorado National Guard for its continued support by delivering supplies to volunteers and sites around the state.
For More Information:
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(303) 698-4455 x 1302
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