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Blood screening is Nov. 19 in Frazee

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Blood screening is Nov. 19 in Frazee
Detroit Lakes Minnesota 511 Washington Avenue 56501

Area residents monitoring their cholesterol and other health indicators are invited to register for the upcoming blood screening next Thursday, Nov. 19, from 7-8:30 a.m.


The screening will be held at the Frazee Elementary School Activity Room (please enter through Door No. 19), and cost is $35 per person.

St. Mary's Innovis lab, Frazee-Vergas Schools Staff Wellness, and Frazee-Vergas Community Education are the sponsors of the event, which has been expanded to a twice-yearly offering, in November and May.

Previously, the screening was held each February. The switch to a twice-yearly schedule was suggested by participants who would like a six-month comparison. However, participants can come either once or twice per year.

Other advantages of the November-May screenings are to hopefully avoid winter storm issues, and to give the area's "snowbirds," who relocate to warmer winter climes, more choices for participation.

This is a fasting lab, so participants should not eat during the eight hours prior to the screening.

The process should take about 10-15 minutes, during which blood samples will be drawn by lab personnel.

Later, the samples will be analyzed for red blood cell count, white blood count, cholesterol, triglycerides, high- and low-density lipoproteins, glucose, potassium, and creatinine. This battery of tests would normally cost in excess of $75 were they to be done in the normal clinic setting.

Results will be mailed within two to three days. (Participants should bring a self-addressed, legal-size stamped envelope with their birthday written on the inside flap.)

Frazee Lions will also be on hand to conduct free vision screenings for glaucoma and macular degeneration.

Call Frazee-Vergas Community Education at 334-2525 by Tuesday, Nov. 17 to register.