The array of health screenings offered at Aspen Valley Hospital’s popular health fairs this fall is larger than ever, with the addition of a blood test that screens for diabetes, according to a hospital news release.

Community members are invited to the Midvalley Health Fair on Oct. 12 at the El Jebel Community Center and the Senior Health Fair on Nov. 1 at Aspen Valley Hospital. Both fairs will offer blood draws, flu shots, plus additional free screenings and information stations from 8-11 a.m. Participants are asked to arrive by 10 a.m., the release says.

“The AVH health fairs offer a convenient and cost-effective way for all of us to access quality health care,” said Jennifer Slaughter, the hospital’s chief marketing officer, in a prepared statement. “Simple screenings and lab tests can go a long way to understanding your health and identifying if there are any areas to address with your physician.”

Doctors will be on hand at both events to perform back health assessments and skin cancer screenings. The Midvalley Health Fair also will have information about the newly-opened Aspen Valley Primary Care clinic, alcohol- and drug-treatment options and vision screening. The Senior Health Fair includes balance screening, oral cancer screening and information about trauma and fall-prevention techniques.

For the first time, the hospital is offering hemoglobin A1c testing to determine risk for diabetes, one of the most common and life-altering chronic ailments in the United States. The cost of the test is $30.

Aspen Valley Hospital is offering five lab tests at the fairs this year, plus a take-home colorectal cancer screening kit. Some blood work requires fasting for 12 hours (with the exception of water); diabetics should contact their physician regarding fasting. As a reminder, participants’ personal doctors will not automatically receive their lab results. (It is the responsibility of each individual to schedule a follow-up with their own doctor to discuss results, the release notes.)

In addition to the hemoglobin A1c test, other tests and blood screenings are available for a nominal fee. They include:

• Health Fair Profile ($65)

• Cardio C-Reactive Protein, or CRP ($35)

• Prostate Specific Antigen, or PSA ($35)

• Vitamin D ($45)

• Colorectal Cancer Screening Kit ($25)

Registration for the blood draws is highly encouraged, though walk-ins are welcome. The public is invited to register at aspenhospital.org. Payment will be taken at the event, cash or check only.

Flu shots will be offered at both fairs, with the cost ranging between $25 and $50 depending on the type of flu shot you receive. Bring an insurance card if flu shots are covered under your plan. For participants over age 65, flu shots are free with Medicare Part B and certain types of supplementary insurance, the release states.

The hospital cautions that all lab screening results are considered preliminary. A complete review and examination by a health care provider is always recommended, the release adds.

For more information, visit aspenvalleyhospital.org/Health-Fairs.