Briefs: Local Health June 02, 2009

Advance directives information available

• St. Mary’s Hospital is holding a free community information session on Advance Medical Directives from 9–10:30 a.m. June 4 at St. Mary’s Advanced Medicine Pavilion’s East/West conference room.
During the informational session, organizers will explain what Advance Medical Directives are and why they are important at any age. Documents for advance care planning will be provided.
Call Bryan Newman at 244-2288 for more information.

WIC expanding its food packages

• The Colorado Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Woman, Infants and Children (WIC) is expanding its food packages this summer, according to a news release from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
The new food packages will include fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables, more whole-grain breads and rice, dairy alternatives, canned beans, more varieties of canned fish, fresh bananas and jarred baby food.
Current WIC packages include cereal, milk, eggs, cheese, juice, dried beans, peanut butter and infant formula.
Additionally, women who are breastfeeding will receive enhanced food packages and more food for their infants plus the support and counseling they already receive through WIC programs.

Hospice offers volunteer information 

• Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado is hosting an informational session for anyone interested in volunteer opportunities with the organization in the Grand Valley.
The session is from 5–6 p.m. June 8 at the Hospice Care Center, 3090 N. 12th St.
Volunteers are needed in patient and family support, special events and with the Tanglewood Society garden club.
Refreshments will be provided. For more information, call 257-2378 or go to


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