Briefs: Local Health March 03, 2009

Resort promotes skin cancer awareness

• Sunlight Mountain Resort is holding its first Melanoma Awareness Day and Brad Lanpher Lap-a-Thon on Saturday .
The day is being held in honor of Lanpher, an avid skier who was diagnosed with melanoma in 2005 and died of cancer in 2007.
Sunlight will present a free adult lift ticket for next season to each person who donates $20 to the Melanoma Research Foundation. Only one ticket is allowed per donation.
In addition, a Lap-a-Thon for Lanpher begins at noon Saturday. The skier or rider who completes the most laps as counted by the number of times his or her lift ticket was scanned from noon to 3 p.m. at the Primo Lift will win. The winner receives a trophy and $100 gift certificate to be used at Sunlight.
Local businesses can participate by pledging an amount to match the total number of laps completed. Groups can participate by pledging an amount based on laps completed by the entire team.
For more information, contact Dylan Lewis at 970-947-5156.
Those who want to participate in the Lap-a-Thon should register by 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Grizzly Bar at Sunlight.
Dr. Kelly Thomas of Glenwood Medical Associates will give free melanoma screenings from 9 a.m. to noon at Sunlight.

Rehabilitation, fitness center moves

• Family Health West’s Rehabilitation and Fitness Center has moved to 551 Kokopelli Blvd., Suites B–E.
It formally was a few doors down in Suite K, but the rehabilitation and fitness center needed more space.
The Family Health West’s Rehabilitation and Fitness Center provides speech, physical and occupational therapy. It also offers Pilates, sports conditioning and pain management.
The growth of the center is part of the expansion of Family Health West.
The center is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
For more information, call 858-2147 or visit

Senior care program launches Web site

• Senior CommUnity Care, a program of Volunteers of America, launched a Web site to provide senior citizens, families of senior citizens and health care professionals with information about a Western Slope program for frail seniors.
The Web site is
Senior CommUnity Care has Western Slope offices in Montrose and Eckert.
The centers provide health care services daily so senior citizens needing chronic care can live independently in their own homes.
For more information, visit the new Web site or call 640-7058.

Online health history tool improved

• The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released an improved Internet-based family health history tool.
The new tool makes it easier for consumers to assemble and share family health history information. It also can help physicians use health history information to provide more informed care for patients.
Completing the family health history profile typically takes 15 to 20 minutes. Information can be updated.
The information entered it not kept by the government or other site. Consumers download information to their own computer.
The tool is at


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