Briefs: Health briefs July 14, 2009

Family Health West opens hospital

• Fruita Family Health West celebrates the opening of its new hospital at 4:30 p.m. Friday with a ribbon-cutting event.
An open house follows from 8–11 a.m. Saturday at the hospital at 228 North Cherry St.
The 40,000-sqaure-foot facility is equipped with 16 private beds, a full-service laboratory, an emergency room, Medicare skilled nursing, an imaging and radiology department, rehabilitation, general and orthopedic surgery and inpatient and outpatient ambulatory care.

Grand Valley BMX holds fundraiser

• Grand Valley BMX is holding its annual Race for Life event Sunday to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Anyone can race. Requirements including having a BMX-style bicycle or mountain bike and wearing a helmet and long sleeved-shirt. A donation is required to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Registration for the event begins at noon Sunday, and practice runs go until 1:30 p.m. with racing to follow. The BMX track is in the northwest corner of the Mesa County Fairgrounds, 2785 U.S. Highway 50.
Last year’s event raised nearly $3,000 for the group. For more information, visit or call 433-7159.

Eating, fighting cancer subject of event

• An Aug. 4 event offers an opportunity to learn how to fight cancer by eating the right foods.
The event called “Fight Cancer with your Fork” starts at 7 p.m. at The Wine Country Inn, 777 Grande River Drive, in Palisade.
A cash bar opens at 6 p.m. with registration for the event opening at 6:30 p.m. The speaker for the event is Susan Silberstein, Ph.D., the founder and director of the Center for Advancement in Cancer Education and the author of the recipe book “Hungry for Health.”
For more information on the event, call Laura Harris at 255-0461.

Support for those with hepatitis C

• An estimated 4 million people in the United States have hepatitis C, and there are support groups in Colorado for those affected, according to HepC Connection.
Since the virus is most commonly contracted through the sharing of drug paraphernalia, there tends to be a stigma attached to the virus even if a person did not contract the virus by drug use, the group said.
While there isn’t a vaccine against hepatitis C, it is important to be vaccinated against hepatitis A and B, because other forms of the virus can accelerate liver damage.
There are eight support groups for hepatitis C across Colorado. More information can be found at or by calling the free helpline at 1-800-522-HEPC (4372).

Opinions sought on public health system

• If you want to have a say in the public health system in Colorado, plan on attending the state’s Critical Input Meeting, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. July 23 at the Latino Anglo Alliance Foundation, 760 Winters Ave.
Participants will have the opportunity to engage in a facilitated process to review and make recommendations to create a draft product of the Statewide Public Health Improvement Plan.
To reserve your spot, send an e-mail to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), or call 303-692-2350.

LiveWell Colorado makes suggestions

• If you want to live a healthy lifestyle, consider moving into neighborhoods that offer healthy opportunities, recommends the organization LiveWell Colorado.
Some suggestions for choosing a neighborhood include finding one with close access to fresh foods, sidewalks and located within close proximity to work, school and community gardens.
LiveWell Colorado is a nonprofit organization with a mission to increase awareness and offer programs to make the lives of Coloradans healthier.

Center for Independence offers training

• Those who have been denied funding to receive an assistive technology device or services may learn how to navigate the process of meeting their needs through a training session.
The training will be from 1–5 p.m. July 29 at the Center for Independence, 740 Gunnison Ave. Presenters include Christy Blakely of Family Voices Colorado and Julia Beems of Assistive Technology Partners.
A $35 registration fee is required. To register, call 800-255-3477.


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