Briefs: Local Health December 23, 2008

Type 2 diabetes info series offered

• St. Mary’s Hospital Diabetes Education program is holding a four-week series entitled “Diabetes from A-Z” beginning in January. The classes meet from 4 to 6 p.m. on consecutive Wednesdays at the St. Mary’s Life Center Grand Mesa room.
People with Type 2 diabetes and their supporters are encouraged to attend.
The classes covers all aspects of Type 2 diabetes. A physician’s referral is required to be able to attend. That referral can be faxed to 255-7905.

VA emergency open Christmas, Friday

• The Grand Junction Veterans Affairs Medical Center’s emergency room will be open Christmas Day and Friday . All other VA clinics will be closed.
Walk-in patients going to the medical center’s emergency room should use the building’s front entrance.

Academy of Yoga studio plans fundraiser

• The Academy of Yoga is having a silent yoga practice at 6 p.m. Dec. 31 on a donation only basis to help raise funds for Chani Capps, a local teen who suffered a spinal cord injury in May that left her an incomplete quadriplegic.
The Academy of Yoga is at 102 S. Fifth St.
Donations for Capps also can be sent to the academy and checks should be made out to the National Transplant Assistance Fund.
For more information, call 361-7308.

Colorado ranked 19th by health report

• Colorado is the 19th healthiest state in the nation this year, according to the 2008 America’s Health Rankings: A Call to Action for Individuals and Their Communities.
Last year, Colorado ranked 16th.
According to the report, released earlier this month, Colorado has a low obesity rate, low levels of air pollution and low rates of deaths from cancer or cardiovascular disease when compared to other states.
However, 16.8 percent of Colorado’s population reportedly binge drinks, and the same percentage of the state’s population is uninsured, the report found. Both rates are high when compared to the nation, according to the United Health Foundation.
America’s Health Rankings have been released for 19 years on a state-by-state basis. This year’s numbers indicate America’s rate of obesity, number of uninsured people and use of tobacco remains a concern.
Vermont was ranked as the healthiest state for the second straight year. Louisiana was the least healthy state, replacing Mississippi.
A complete listing of the 2008 state health rankings is available at

Pyramid created for finicky preschoolers

• The Department of Agriculture’s Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion has created a food pyramid for preschool children who fight with parents about what they will eat.
At, parents or caregivers can see individualized nutrition guidelines for children ages 2 to 5.
“It’s loaded with great ideas and suggestions for families so they can help their kids eat a more varied and nutritious diet,” said Brian Wansink, the center’s executive director. “What I find most useful is how to talk with kids about what to eat and tips on how to have fun with food around the dinner table.”
Here are some of the tips to help the finicky eater:

•  Set reasonable limits for the duration of a meal.

•  Encourage children to try new foods but don’t force or lecture them.

•  Make mealtime a stress-free environment.

•  Cook together.


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