Avon, CO – The Avon Recreation Center will once again be hosting free blood screenings on Wednesday, August 11 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and Friday, August 20 from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Individual consultation will take approximately 20 minutes and is on a first-come-first-served basis. Drinking 8 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 number one cause of death among Eagle County residents was cardiovascular disease (CVD).
CVD 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 Cancer, Cardiovascular Disease, and Pulmonary Disease 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. Results are immediate and will be discussed between you and the Community Health Advocate.
For additional information on the fee blood screenings, please contact Claudia Hilty at 471-3258.