Briefs: Local Health September 16, 2008

You Can Quit tobacco class starts, runs four weeks

The Mesa County Tobacco Education Council and St. Mary’s Hospital are offering a four-week class designed to help people stop using tobacco.
The You Can Quit class is $25 and meets from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. today and Sept. 23, Sept. 30 and Oct. 7.
Participants receive a free three-month membership to Crossroads Fitness, free yoga classes at Academy of Yoga and 10 free workouts at the St. Mary’s Life Center.
To register and find out the location of the class, call 254-4108.

Shapedown series offered for youths, families

• The next Shapedown series for youth 11 to 13 years old begins today. Space is limited and registration is required by calling 683-6650.
Shapedown is offered through the Mesa County Health Department for $50, courtesy of a grant. LiveWell-the Choice of Mesa County partly funds the program.
Shapedown is designed to help children and their families change behaviors to create a healthier lifestyle for the child. The emphasis is on changing nutrition, physical inactivity and family communication styles.
Classes will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays at the Community Services Building, 510 29 1/2 Road. The series lasts 10 weeks.
For more information, call 254-4116 or visit

Daybreak program throws party for caregivers

• Grand Valley Senior Daybreak is throwing a party from 2 to 4 p.m. Sept. 22 at Crossroads United Methodist Church, 599 30 Road.
The program has helped care for area dependent adults for 15 years by helping give primary caregivers a break from the constant care often necessary for dependent adults and elderly.
For more information about the program, contact Marilyn Griffin at 241-7798.

Study published on asthma, children in daycare

• The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology recently published new research saying children enrolled in daycare as infants are less likely than their peers to develop asthma symptoms by age 5.
The British study, led by Dr. Nicolaos C. Nicolaou, found that children who go to daycare were 35 percent less likely to develop asthma symptoms. The greatest effect was noticed among children 6 to 12 months, who had a 75 percent reduction in asthma risk.
The study followed more than 900 children.
The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology is the official scientific journal of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma Immunology, which represents health professionals involved with the treatment of allergic disease.


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