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After 3 year hiatus, health fair returns better than ever

Lions Club partners with Middle Park Health to keep costs of test affordable

Susan Odneal
Lions Club Health Fair chairperson
Kim Birdseye, registered nurse and medical coordinator, gets a blood sample from Greg Orzech at a previous health fair. This year's fair will offer free and low cost tests Sept. 23 at Fraser Valley Elementary.
Susan Odneal/Courtesy photo

Take control of your health and attend the Lions/Middle Park Health Fair Sept. 23 from 7:30-11 a.m. at Fraser Valley Elementary School. The Fraser River Valley Lions Club is partnering with Middle Park Health to keep the costs of the tests affordable. There will be physicians and medical professionals on site to offer free screenings.

“Our medical professionals have stepped up to offer a community event that is sure to meet most every need,” Lions Club Health Fair Coordinator Susan Odneal stated. “Middle Park Health is offering these tests at a very reduced cost to be certain any and all can take advantage of them.”

Odneal is joined by Tiffany Freitag, director of business development at Middle Park Health, to bring this annual fall event back to Grand County. It has been three years since the organization’s last health fair, which was canceled due to COVID-19. The last event held in 2019 hosted 298 people, and there were 10 screening stations. This year’s event hopes to bring the crowds back.



“We are grateful to the many professionals and volunteers who have donated their time and talent to make this event possible,” she stated, adding that the Lions Club enjoys the way the event brings residents together.    

Tests and costs that will be available are: comprehensive blood testing ($40), complete blood count ($10), prostate-specific antigen test for men ($20), A1C ($20), colon cancer screening ($20) and vitamin D ($20). Free medical screenings are blood pressure, diabetes, stress, skin cancer, dental, hearing, vision, ask a doctor and more.  No fasting is required for any of the blood testing.



Lab support provided by Linda Behlen and Lori Orzech, Lions volunteers, at a previous health fair.
Susan Odneal/Courtesy Photo

“Hosting this for the community is part of who we are as a Lions Club,” Odneal stated. “We see this as another way for us to give back to the community and we truly hope that many will stop in and ‘take control of their health.'”  

Pre-registration is available online at MiddleParkHealth.org. Pre-registration is not required, so residents can show up to get the full range of testing. There will also be community groups talking about their outreach services.  

“The towns of Fraser and Winter Park have supported us with funding and their partnership has been a key part of our even having the event,” Odneal said. “When you bring together Middle Park Health and the Fraser River Valley Lions Club, you have an organized event that’s hosted to benefit each person in our community.”

Susan Odneal/Courtesy Photo
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