9Health Fair preparations in full swing

DENVER - Springtime in Colorado means it's the 9Health Fair season. To gear up for the fairs, the non-profit organization and volunteers from the Colorado Health Foundation began packing supply boxes for the statewide locations on Wednesday.

It's the 35th annual 9Health Fair, and this year, services will extend to some 136 sites across Colorado. The fairs supply people from all walks of life with low-cost and free health screenings, as well as education to help them better monitor their health.

The official 9Health Fair kickoff is April 11 and 12, with the 9Health Fair Express at the Pepsi Center. Besides getting your blood work done and taking advantage of free health screenings, there will also be live music and food trucks.

"There will be a lot of activity there, a lot of fun. You'll be able to come, get in and out within 15 minutes, be able to hear some music, get a little breakfast and be on your way to work," 9Health Fair CEO Jim Goddard said.

Everyone, regardless if they have health insurance, is encouraged to attend 9Health Fair. You can get screenings there that may not be available at your doctor's office - or for a lower cost.

"This is a great and inexpensive way to prepare for your visit to a physician," Goddard said. "The vast majority of doctors we've surveyed are very supportive of getting their data from 9Health Fair."

Fairs run from March 15th to June 1st. You can find the one nearest to you, by clicking on this link: http://9healthfair.org/find/find.aspx

The 9Health Fair Yoga Open is a new event this year. It's an active, healthy lifestyle celebration held at the Colorado Convention Center on May 3. In addition to regular 9Health Fair screenings, you can check out a yoga class, take in healthy living exhibits and other community resources.

Every year, 9Health Fair is in need of 16,000 volunteers to help them provide all of their services across the state. They need both people with a medical background and those without a medical background.

"Only about 40 percent of the volunteers we need have to be medically trained or certified," Goddard said.

If you'd like to volunteer, you can go here for more information: www.9healthfair.org/volunteernow


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