Dear Lyons Community,
So, you might be wondering if you should go to the Lyons 9Health Fair on Saturday, April 20, from 7 a.m. to noon at the Lyons High School. You’re thinking, “There is nothing wrong with me. I’m in pretty good health. I have health insurance, why should I waste an hour or two in the high school on a sunny Saturday morning?” As the medical coordinator for our health fair for the past five years, I’ll try to give you a few reasons to join us in this
community event. Colorado is the only state that hosts a health fair of this scale that enables you to get screenings for:
- breast cancer, cervical cancer, colon cancer, oral cancer, and skin cancer,
- eye health, nutritional health, dental health, metabolic syndrome, spinal health, bone density, foot disorders, and sleep apnea,
- hearing, blood pressure, pulse, weight, height, body fat, and body balance
- ask a pharmacist or a medical doctor a question and get a referral if needed
- stress management, you may talk with a qualified counselor regarding these matters
- available blood testing includes: gluten sensitivity, blood chemistry analysis (including cholesterol and other lipids), PSA, blood count, vitamin D, and hemoglobin-A1c. The blood tests require a 12-hour fasting period, except for diabetics. Be sure to drink lots of water!
The only cost to any participant is for the blood tests and a colon cancer kit; these are provided at such a low cost that it rivals most insurance co-payments. 9Health Fair participants must be eighteen years or older, please leave little ones at home.
I have been a registered nurse for thirty-five years, volunteering for the 9Health Fair in Lyons the past five years, and our high-quality medical volunteers are local providers that we’re proud to offer to our community. This free medical event has been an extremely beneficial screening tool to our friends and neighbors, discovering some disturbing indications of medical conditions that can be treated if caught in the early stages. As an added bonus, pre-registration for any blood tests can be done on the website: www.9healthfair.org, up until Thursday, April 18. This means you will receive your lab results in about a week by e-mail, and will save time spent at registration on the day of the event. Of course, we will still offer walk-in registration at the high school on Saturday morning, but pre-registration may be a good option for some.
I hope I’ve convinced you that this is a worthwhile expenditure of your time on Saturday morning, April 20. Maybe you can pass this information on to a friend. Think how good you will feel if you manage to help a friend discover a dangerous medical condition before it becomes problematic.
Sue Wratten RN, Medical Coordinator Lyons 9Health Fair