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Are you healthy? Find out Sunday

Aspen Times writer

Aspen Valley Hospital’s 22nd annual Community Health Fair is Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Important health screenings are available at low or no cost.Free screenings include blood pressure, hearing, glaucoma and vision, height and weight, oral cancer, knee exams (wear shorts) and skin exams. Low-cost screenings, which can be paid for by check or cash, are bone density analysis for $25, colorectal cancer kits for $4, diphtheria/tetanus boosters for $15, and the popular lab profile blood draw for only $30. The lab profile screens for thyroid stimulating hormone, kidney function, liver function, blood sugar, cholesterol, triglycerides, HDL and LDL. For accurate results, you must fast for 12-14 hours before having your blood drawn, but drink lots of water. (Diabetics should check with their physician for special instructions.) A CBC blood draw is $15. This complete blood count identifies anemia. Fasting is not required for a CBC.”The blood draw station is by far our most popular station,” said Health Fair coordinator Vicki Seyffert. Seyffert has a tip for efficiently navigating the many Health Fair stations: “If you can forego coffee or breakfast, come to the Health Fair when it opens at 8:30 a.m. and visit the other stations, which are not so busy early in the morning. By the time you’re ready to have your blood drawn, that line will be considerably shorter.”Other highlights include physical therapists giving tips about injury prevention when working at a computer and free “stressbuster” massages. The Emergency Medical and Trauma Advisory Council and AVH’s Trauma Program will also give away several bike helmets with free fittings.New this year is a pedometer station where attendees can learn how tracking steps can improve health. Pedometer will be available for only $10. Castle Creek Café, the hospital cafeteria, will serve low-cost breakfast specials and lunch during the event. Parking is limited, so participants are asked to walk, bike, or ride the bus. The Health Fair is co-sponsored this year by KSNO radio. For more information, call 544-1295.


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