Saturday’s 9Health Fair to offer myriad of services, educational opportunities


By Constance d’Angelis

Special to The PREVIEW

The Pagosa Springs Town Council proclaimed, “We encourage citizens to attend to receive vital health screenings and information so that they can have healthier, longer and happier lives.”

The Town of Pagosa Springs proclamation in support of the 9Health Fair was signed by Mayor Don Volger and Town Clerk April Hessman.

The health of our community has sparked a lot of attention. 9Health Fair is the largest volunteer-driven, nonprofit health program in the country. The CEO and president is coming to our fair.

The fair will be held this Saturday, April 28, at Pagosa Springs High School from 7 to 11 a.m.

This is the only time this year that you can avail yourself of this fabulous deal.

There is no need to fast. Remember to drink lots of water and take any prescription medication.

Blood tests and screenings are not just for identification of potential health problems. You can use the information for many other benefits, including your peace of mind.

You can take charge of your health. The 9Health Fair is here to help.

Take advantage of:

• Extensive blood test panel for only $35 (cholesterol, blood glucose, liver, kidneys, thyroid and more).

• Additional blood tests are available upon request for an added cost (go to for details and cost).

• Vitamin D, vitamin B12,testosterone, colon cancer screening kit, A1c — measures average blood sugar for past two to three months.

• Free screenings: blood pressure readings; breast screenings by Susan Kuhns, CNP, and Amber Reiss-Holt, MD; spinal assessments by Scott Anderson, DC; vision evaluation by Jon Zissman, OD; hand screening, height/weight/body mass index (BMI).

Presentations in auditorium

There will be educational sessions by experts in the auditorium. The sessions will be approximately 30 minutes, with more time for questions.

8 a.m. — “Hypertension Education,” Allison Dean, RN.

9 a.m. — “Health Weight and Lifestyle,” Allison Dean, RN.

10 a.m. — “Substance Abuse Education,” Josh Bramble, LPC.

Education (interactive centers)

Ask a medical question and get a referral: At this station, speak one-on-one with a health professional and ask questions about any health issue for you or your family.

Chair massage: Free session for relaxation, relief of tension, back or shoulder pain.

Eyeglass recycling: Lions Club International is collecting eyeglasses to be used for children’s eyesight assistance.

Ruby M. Sisson Memorial Library: Health and wellness books and online resources, free educational opportunities.

National Drug Take Back Day medicine chest: Dispose of old prescription and nonprescription drugs safely.

Spinal care: Proper spinal alignment for a healthy body.

Dentures care and hygiene.

Services: Veterans benefits (Veterans Service officer), Pagosa Fire Protection District, Colorado State Patrol (safe driving), Upper San Juan Search and Rescue, car seat safety, Grief Support, Rise Above Violence, AA/Al-anon, Poison and Drug Center.

Gardening Training: CSU Extension Office.

Housing: Aspen House for the developmentally challenged, Bee Hive-Assisted Living.

Yoga: Information and demo.

More information

Payment for the blood tests, either cash or check, will be collected at the door. You can also pay with a credit card online at (there will be a 20 percent discount). To pay online, go to Find A Fair, register, pay for tests, and enter the code “MyFirst9HF” for discount. Bring an extra copy of your paperwork.

The website,, also has a plethora of information.

Contact Constance for more information: text/call (813) 373-8004 or email