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Free blood screenings offered in Avon

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Vail, CO Colorado

AVON, Colorado – The Avon Recreation Center will be hosting free blood screenings on Wednesday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and Dec. 10 from 7-11 a.m. Individual consultation will take approximately 20 minutes and is on a first-come-first-served basis.

Drinking eight to 10 glasses of water the day before and fasting 10-12 hours prior to the screening will provide more accurate results.

Eagle County Public Health conducted a needs assessment of Eagle County residents in 2005 with multiple community partners. Despite being noted as a “healthy” County, the assessment revealed the No. 1 cause of death among Eagle County residents was cardiovascular disease.

Cardiovascular disease is caused by risk factors such as diabetes, smoking, overweight/obesity, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, life expectancy could be increased by seven years if all forms of cardiovascular disease were eliminated.

Vail Valley Medical Center received a grant from Denver Health to conduct free screens of uninsured and underinsured Eagle County resident for cholesterol, blood sugars, blood pressure, and body mass index to assess for cardiovascular risk. Test results include total cholesterol, breakdown of HDL, LDL, sugar levels, triglycerides, height and weight, and blood pressure.

For more information on the fee blood screenings, call Claudia Hilty at 471-3258.

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