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Aspen Valley Hospital blood draws, health fair returns

Staff report

Aspen Valley Hospital blood draws will be held June 15, June 17 and June 18, with the annual health fair and additional free screenings and information stations at the hospital June 18.

All activities will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. each day, with locations differing by date. Registration for the blood draws is encouraged, though walk-ins also will be accommodated. Registration takes place at aspenhospital.org/Health-Fairs. Payment will be taken at the event. Cash or check are the forms of payment.

After trying a new system and a limited scope of testing in 2016, the hospital is expanding its laboratory testing at this year's fair and will return to the traditional format that includes blood draws.

The date, locations and offerings are as follows:

• June 15, 8:30to 11:30 a.m., Aspen Valley Hospital, 0​401 Castle Creek Road, blood draw only.

• June 17, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., El Jebel Community Center, 0020 Eagle County Drive, blood draw only.

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June 18, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., Aspen Valley Hospital, blood draw, free screenings and information stations.

Four lab tests will be offered at the fair, plus a take-home colorectal cancer screening kit. The blood work requires fasting for 12 hours (with the exception of water). Diabetics should contact their physician regarding fasting. A paper copy of lab results will be sent to participants within three weeks of their draw date. It is the responsibility of each individual participant to schedule a follow-up with their own doctor to discuss results.

The health fair profile is $65 and tests 32 metabolic functions: blood sugar, lipids including cholesterol/triglycerides/HDL/LDL, kidney and liver function, complete blood count, thyroid stimulating hormone and more. Diabetics should contact their physician for instructions.

The cardio C-Reactive protein is $35 and includes testing elevated levels of C-reactive protein that can indicate vascular inflammation.

Also $35 are PSA tests, which are recommended annually for men 50 years of age and older. A baseline test is recommended for men 40 years of age and younger with family history of prostate cancer or prostate issues.

The Vitamin D test, at $45, measures concise levels of D2 (nutritional absorption), D3 (sunshine absorption) and total amount of vitamin D to define, sufficient, insufficient or deficient levels.

The InSure Fit Colon screening kit costs $25 and is a take-home kit that measures hemoglobin which does not react with non-human hemoglobin, vitamins, drugs or issues from food. There is no special diet required.

Blood draw participants are asked to arrive at least an hour prior to closing. The hospital will have an ATM on site for convenience.

Free screenings will include air flow and oximetry, blood pressure, body-mass index and waist circumference, eye pressure, oral exams, orthopedic exams, skin exams and vision testing. Screeners include nurses; respiratory therapists; orthopedists; an ear, nose and throat specialist; ophthalmologist; dermatologist and internist.

Information stations will address topics such as trauma prevention, breast cancer prevention and early detection, nutrition, speech and language therapy and more. There also will be a "relaxation station," offering free chair massages by Transformational Therapies. On June 18, participants are encouraged to arrive at least an hour prior to closing.

More information can be found at aspenhospital.org/Health-Fairs.

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