How’s your health? AVH will help you find out on Sunday |

How’s your health? AVH will help you find out on Sunday

Aspen Times Staff Report

The body requires constant maintenance and upkeep, but good health doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg, according to Aspen Valley Hospital.

The hospital will offer its annual Health Fair on Sunday, providing important screenings at reasonable or no cost. Locals are invited to come visit the booths, ask questions, and take advantage of a number of screenings between 8:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. at AVH.

Always the most popular offering at the Health Fair, the lab profile will again be available for $25. Participants will be screened for thyroid stimulating hormone, kidney function, liver function, blood sugar, cholesterol, triglycerides, HDL and LDL. For accurate results, one must fast for 12 to 14 hours before having blood drawn, but drink lots of water. (Diabetics should check with their physician for special instructions.)

Another popular feature is the free “stressbuster” massage. Other free stations include: blood pressure checks, vision and hearing screenings, height and weight checks, oral cancer screening, glaucoma screening, knee exams, foot exams, and a skin cancer screening.

Body composition/fat analysis will again be offered for $10.

Colorectal cancer screening kits cost $2, and diphtheria/tetanus boosters will be offered for $5. The “Fitness Age” station, which provides a fitness analysis, is $25.

Ginny Dyche, director of the Health Fair, offers a tip on the most efficient way to get through the fair: “If you can do without breakfast and coffee, be at the fair right at 8:30. But, rather than standing in line to get your blood drawn, go to the other stations first, since they aren’t so busy early in the day. By the time you’re ready to get your blood drawn, the lab profile line will be much shorter,” she advised.

The hospital kitchen will serve a low-cost breakfast and lunch during the Health Fair. Parking is limited, so visitors are urged to bus, walk, or ride a bike to the event.

For more information, call 544-1296.

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