Briefs: Local Health March 31, 2009

‘Dine for a Cure’ helps cancer society

April is “Dine for a Cure” month in Grand Junction, so several local restaurants have partnered with the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life to donate a portion of proceeds on specific days to cancer research.

•  From 4-9:30 p.m. on April 7, 10 percent of all proceeds at Grand International Buffet will be donated to ACS.

•  From 4-11 p.m. on April 9, 20 percent of sales at Arby’s will be donated to ACS. A coupon is required for dining on April 9. Coupons are available at

•  From 4-9 p.m. on April 21, 10 percent of sales at Carino’s will be donated to ACS.

•  From 4-10 p.m. on April 27, 10 percent of proceeds at Chili’s will be donated to ACS. A coupon is required for dining on April 27. Coupons are available at

•  From 4-10 p.m. on June 8, 10 percent of all sales at Texas Roadhouse will be donated to ACS.

In addition, a Relay for Life team in Grand Junction, Team OXY is hosting two potlucks at noon on April 7 and April 21. The potlucks are at 760 Horizon Drive, Suite 100. The team is furnishing the food for the potlucks, but people are asked to make a donation to the Relay for Life in return.

Baseball Game of Hope set for April 9

• Mesa State College’s Game of Hope, which raises money for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, is at 7:05 p.m. April 9 at Suplizio Field.
The Mavericks will play the Colorado School of Mines in baseball.
Tickets are $5 each and $3 of that money goes to support the Relay for Life. Children 12 and younger are free. The Relay for Life is the American Cancer Society’s annual fundraiser.

Web site promotes activities for brain

• The Conference Board and the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives has launched, a public, interactive online tool designed to promote brain healthy activities for all ages.
The Web site connects the latest research in cognitive science to practical suggestions for working and living smarter and longer by highlighting the brain’s capacity for improvement, reinvention and growth at every age.
The site includes games, quizzes and other interactive features that exercise cognitive fitness.

St. Mary’s classes cover Type 2 diabetes

• St. Mary’s Hospital Diabetes Education program plans a four-week series of classes that will cover all aspects of Type 2 diabetes.
The series, titled “Diabetes from A-Z,” will begin April 7.
A physician’s referral is required.
The classes are 2:30–4:30 p.m. April 7, 14, 21 and 28 at the St. Mary’s Life Center.
Call 244-1998 for more information.

Anti-drinking, driving tour stops in GJ

• The National Save-A-Life Tour comes to Grand Junction from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday at 1175 Texas Ave.
The national tour is an alcohol awareness and anti-drinking and driving program. The multi-media event includes video presentations and simulation driving experiences.
The Save-A-Life Tour is being brought to Grand Junction by Mesa State College and is endorsed by U.S. military branches and colleges across the country.
Visit for more information.

Nutrition consultant offers food savings

• The Child and Adult Care Food Program at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has tips for families on planning meals for eating healthier in a tough economy.
Janet Bodnar, a nutrition consultant with the program, suggested families eat beans instead of meat and save more than $200 annually.

Other tips from Bodnar are:

•  Plan a menu with food the family likes.

•  Prepare more than one meal and freeze unused portions.

•  Add beans, cheese or meat to corn or whole wheat tortillas to make quick meals at home. Add vegetables for a more balanced meal.

•  Choose whole wheat pasta, tortillas or bread instead of white flour items.

•  Roast a chicken and cut it up for future use.

•  Use potatoes because they store well and can be microwaved.

•  Make a list before going to the grocery store.


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