Briefs: Local Health March 10, 2009

Grand Valley Health Fair this week

• The 30th annual Grand Valley Health Fair will be from 7 a.m. to noon Friday and Saturday at Central High School.
Ample parking will be available at the school as it is spring break for students.
The mission of the health fair is to encourage adults to take individual responsibility through free and low-cost health screenings and health information booths.

Diabetes education program begins

• St. Mary’s Hospital Diabetes Education program will begin a four-week series titled “Diabetes from A-Z.”
The classes begin today and continue on Tuesday afternoons through the end of March. Classes are 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s Life Center in the Grand Mesa room.
The classes are open to patients with Type 2 diabetes and their supporters. A doctor’s referral is required for a patient to attend the classes.
For more information, call 244-1998.

Seminar focuses on vision issues

• A free seminar on vision and issues related to low vision will be presented from 1:30 to 5 p.m. Friday at Clifton Community Hall.
The seminar includes information about the importance of annual eye exams, vision nutrition, and resources to answer questions about vision loss.
For more information, call the Ensight Skills Center at 970-407-9999.

Health center recognizes employee

• Sharla Gallegos, medical assistant and outreach employee at Mountain Family Health Center, was recognized Feb. 24 for her work in the Community Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Program at Mountain Family.
The board of directors recognized Gallegos.
Gallegos screened more than 3,000 people for cardiovascular risk factors in the area.
Mountain Family conducts free screenings monthly in Garfield and Pitkin counties. The screenings include cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar, body mass index, and a heart disease risk assessment.
The screenings this week are 2 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Glenwood Springs Community Center; noon–6 p.m. Saturday at Glenwood Springs Mall; 1–4 p.m. at Mountain Family Health Center; and 2:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Rifle Public Library.
Mountain Family also is conducting free breast exams from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Mountain Family Health Center. Referrals for free mammograms are available based on eligibility.
For more information, call 970-945-2840, ext. 214.

Medical marijuana meeting postponed

• The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment postponed this month’s scheduled hearing about proposed amendments to the Medical Marijuana Registry Program.
The State Board of Health anticipates the hearing will be moved to June.
The meeting was postponed to find a larger venue to accommodate public interest in attending the hearing.
Once an official date and location have been decided, the information on the hearing will be posted at, which is the state Department of Health’s Web site.
The department has proposed the following changes to the Medical Marijuana Registry Program: requiring notarized signatures on applicable forms, requiring compliance with the state’s “Secure and Verifiable Document Act,” limiting a primary caregiver to five patients per primary caregiver, clarifying what is required to have “significant responsibility for managing the well-being of the patient,” and modifying the process for a patient to change his/her caregiver on the registry.”
The deadline for submitting written comments to the State Board of Health has been extended to May 15. E-mail comments to


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