Briefs: Health July 28, 2009

Advance directives subject of lecture

• A free meeting at 6:30 tonight will show residents how to prepare legal documents that express their wishes for end-of-life care.
A lecture on advance medical directives by Dr. Bruce Richards will be presented at Mesa County Libraries’ Central Library, 530 Grand Ave. Participants will be able to fill out a free document concerning durable medical power-of-attorney and living wills.
Reservations are required by calling 263-5542. Call Toni Roy at Rocky Mountain Health Plans, 248-5178, for more information.

Report on race and health released

• Minorities in Colorado are more likely than others to get certain diseases, according to a annual report released recently by Colorado’s Department of Health and Environment.
The report, called “Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities in Colorado in 2009,” shows that diseases, disabilities and deaths disproportionately affect Hispanics and Latinos, blacks, American Indians and Asians, and Pacific Islanders.

Some of the report’s key findings include:

• Hispanics and Latinos experience the highest rate of cervical cancer, deaths from diabetes and motor injuries and teen birth rates. They also have lower rates of diagnosed hypertension and death rates from lung cancer, the report said.

• Blacks have low rates of binge drinking and declining birth rates, but they have the highest death rates of cancer, specifically lung and prostate. They have the highest rate of diagnosed hypertension and deaths from heart disease.
The full report can be found on the department’s site at

Weird sneezes wanted for video contest

• Got a funny sneeze? Do you think your kid’s squeaky “achoo” is hilarious?
If so, enter the Side-Splitting Sneeze Contest for a chance to win a spa weekend getaway or other free products.
Participants need only videotape themselves or someone else sneezing and upload the entries to and complete an entry form.
Participants are asked to include a statement in the video about how Chloraseptic Allergen Block and Little Allergies Allergen Block can help stop sneezing.
Videos will be accepted through Sept. 30.
The first 100 entrants will receive a free package of Chloraseptic and Little Allergies Allergen Block. Ten finalists will be chosen by Oct. 5 and those videos will be posted on the Side Splitting Sneeze Web site where viewers will choose the winner.
The grand prize winner will receive a spa weekend for two at a spa near the winner’s home to have a retail value of $1,500. Three finalists will receive $100 American Express Gift Cheques.
Winners will be announced Oct. 12.


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