Briefs: Local Health May 06, 2009

B4 Babies plans free enrollment fair

• Hilltop’s B4 Babies and Beyond is having a free enrollment fair from noon to 5 p.m. Friday at the Mesa County Workforce Center, 2897 North Ave.
Hilltop’s B4 Babies staff will answer questions on CHP+ and Medicaid applications. An estimated 11 percent of eligible children in Mesa County aren’t enrolled in Medicaid or CHP+, according to Hilltop.
A temporary CHP+/Medicaid card will be available Friday for eligible people. On site processing of health insurance applications also will be available. There will be transportation and translation services. For more information, call 683-2634.

Grant provides dental care for children

• More than 220 children in Garfield County received free dental screenings last month as part of the Caring for Colorado Foundation grant awarded to the Western Colorado Area Health Education Center.
The Garfield County Public Health Department helped oversee use of this grant and placed dental hygienist Katherine Harvey at an elementary school in Battlement Mesa and a learning center in Parachute to see children in second grade or younger.
The children got their teeth cleaned and received a fluoride varnish and dental sealants. In the fall, the children will get follow-up cleanings.
Some of the children had never been to a dentist and had so much tooth decay that only brown fragments remained, said Carrie Godes, health educator with Garfield County.
Even though these children didn’t have adult teeth yet, Godes said caring for baby teeth is important because baby teeth reserve a space for adult teeth. Rotting baby teeth can cause potentially fatal infections, she said.
Free dental screenings also were done in Delta, Montrose and Hinsdale counties as part of the center’s grant.

Restaurants raise cash for Relay for Life

• The Redlands Dos Hombres is participating in today’s Dine for a Cure event to raise money for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.
All sales, except for the sale of alcoholic beverages, will be given to Relay for Life.
Many other area restaurants have set days for donating sales to Relay for Life. To find information on those special days, go to

Slim Goodbody teaches ‘Bodyology’

• See internationally-known performer and educator Slim Goodbody at Avalon Theatre at 10 a.m. Wednesday.
Goodbody will present a 60-minute show entitled “Bodyology” that uses music and entertainment to teach children about the human body and what it takes to stay healthy.
Goodbody will go over topics such as anatomy, nutrition, exercise, obesity prevention, hygiene, etc.
Tickets are $6.50 and must be pre-ordered at
John Burstein, who has played Goodbody since 1971, has appeared on Captain Kangaroo and Nickelodeon.

Cancer society benefits from bracelet sales

• Dress Barn in Grand Junction will sell a “Heart Bracelet” for $5 from May 1 through Aug. 31 to raise funds for the American Cancer Society.
The bracelet will be sold while supplies last.
Dress Barn will contribute the net profit from each bracelet, which is $2.50 per bracelet, to the society.
To date, Dress Barn has given the society $5 million to support local and national cancer initiatives, according to Dress Barn.

Double hand transplant the first in U.S.

• PITTSBURGH — The first U.S. double hand transplant was taking place at a Pittsburgh hospital Monday.
A spokeswoman for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that patient Jeff Kepner went into surgery Monday morning. The surgery was expected to take up to 20 hours.
The 57-year-old Kepner is a native of Lancaster, Pa., who lives in Augusta, Ga. He told the Sunday News of Lancaster he looks forward to holding his 13-year-old daughter, who was 3 when he lost his hands and feet to a bacterial infection.


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