Gearing up for the 9Health Fair
FRISCO – Ignorance is rarely bliss – especially when it comes to health. It’s better to know about a problem and resolve it before it gets beyond control.
The annual 9Health Fair was created to promote awareness about health and to encourage people to assume responsibility for their own health. Held in more than 100 sites statewide, and a few in border areas in Wyoming and Nebraska, the health fair offers free and low-cost education and health screenings.
The health fair’s emphasis is screening for potential problems, said Frisco chiropractor David Amli. It’s not a place for diagnosis or treatment. For attendees who have issues of concern after their screenings, there will be a summary and referral area.
“They help you understand if you have any questions about something that came up on one of the screenings you didn’t quite understand,” Amli said. “Or for referrals in your area.”
Dermatologist Vell Kailasam has participated in the 9Health Fair the past several years and agrees that early detection is the key to successful treatment. Approximately 10 percent of the patients he sees at the health fair have signs of skin cancer, Kailasam said.
Last year, 600 people had blood tests at the Summit County fair, and another 50 people attended, Amli said. This year, they are prepared to draw blood for 750 people and expect approximately 850 people to attend.
A large variety of free health screenings are offered. They include lean body fat, lung and allergy, vision, spinal posture, foot, carpal tunnel and oral cancer screenings.
A blood chemistry test offers detailed information, including blood sugar, calcium, magnesium, total protein, iron, and cholesterol levels.
There is no cost for most of the health screenings provided. Blood chemistry tests cost $30, prostate tests are $25 and colon/rectal kits are $5.
Kailasam is unable to attend this year’s fair, and Amli said he still is looking for a dermatologist to provide skin cancer screenings.
There also will be educational booths with information on yoga, Pilates, Red Cross, Al-Anon and more. Amli said he’s still getting calls from groups who wish to participate.
The health fair is open to adults only – attendees must be 18 years or older, Amli said. Anyone planning to have blood work done should fast 12 hours prior to attending the fair, drink plenty of water and stay on regular medications.
Lu Snyder can be reached at 970-668-3998 x203 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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