Briefs: Health Briefs June 09, 2009

Convention covers variety of topics

• The 19th annual Colorado Association for Health Care Documentation Integrity Convention (AHDI-CO) runs Friday and Saturday at Grand Vista Hotel in Grand Junction.
Presentations will be from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Topics include deafness and cochlear implants, the pill cam, ergonomics, lupus and alternative medicine.
Participants can attend either or both days. To register, call Rashell Coleman at 241-029 or e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
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University honors head of hospice

• Christy Whitney, president and chief executive officer of Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado, was honored recently by the University of Colorado School of Nursing with the Distinguished Alumna Award.
Whitney was honored for her work in creating Hospice in 1993. She was nominated for the award by Dr. Martha Stoner, who labeled Whitney “a champion for change in the stand for hospice and palliative care nationwide.”

‘Lockup’ fundraiser to begin June 18

• Grand Junction’s business executives will be “locked up” June 18 at Outback Steakhouse, 2432 U.S. Highway 6&50, to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
The jailbirds must raise $1,600 before they will be released, a feat which they must complete by telephoning friends, family or other acquaintances to make bail.
Proceeds from the event will send two local children living with neuromuscular diseases to summer camp in Empire. The MDA camp has two weeklong sessions featuring typical camp activities adapted for children ages 6–17.
The lock up starts the annual Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon which will air on television Labor Day weekend.
For more information, call Terri Hasstedt at 303-241-2181 or e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Get bike ready for Bike to Work Day
• Feel the wind in your hair. Let in the cool morning air. What better way to get to work than atop your bicycle?
June is Colorado’s Bike Month and June 24 is Bike to Work Day.
Local businesses are encouraged to get involved by offering employees healthy treats and prizes, or providing other incentives for biking to work.
Studies show U.S. commuters spend an average of 50 hours a year stuck in traffic.
The average person loses 13 pounds in the first year of bicycling commuting, and three hours of bicycling a week can cut in half your risk of getting heart disease or having a stroke.


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