Briefs: Local Health May 19, 2009

Nutrition education conference planned

• The Colorado State University Extension is sponsoring a day-long conference about nutrition education May 28 at Two Rivers Convention Center.
The 2009 Western Colorado Nutrition Education Conference will feature speakers from across Colorado. Topics covered will include nutrition through life, the role of Omega 3 DHA in brain development, managing childhood obesity, infant feeding, aging well, what makes quality produce, building a better plate, promoting healthy eating and activity in preschoolers, strong women, calcium and Vitamin D and physical activity’s role in aging and disease prevention.
Anyone with an interest in nutrition and health can attend.
Registration is $75 and $40 for students. The fee includes breakfast, lunch and speaker handouts.
For more information, including information on continuing education credits, visit or call 244-1834.

Counties offer free health screenings

• Mountain Family Health Centers will conduct free health screenings in Garfield and Pitkin counties this month that are open to the public.
Free screenings include cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar levels, body mass index and heart disease risk assessments.
Fasting is ideal but not required for these screenings. No appointment is necessary.

Screenings are:

• 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday at Rifle Public Library.

• 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. May 26 at Gordon Cooper Library in Carbondale.

• 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 27 at Aspen Community Health Services.

• 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 29 at Rite Aid Pharmacy in Glenwood Springs.

Brain tumor society to have walk

• The National Brain Tumor Society has its seventh annual Brain Tumor Walk from 8:30 a.m. to noon June 6 at Sloan’s Lake Park, 4500 W. 17th Ave., in Denver.
This is the only Colorado event for the society.
The walk is $35 for adults, $15 for children ages 6–17 and free for everyone 5 and younger.
The registration fee includes an event T-shirt, food, beverages and access to all the day’s activities.
The fundraising walk is held annually in Colorado to support brain tumor research and patient services at the National Brain Tumor Society.
The walk is a 5K and is wheelchair and stroller accessible.
For more information, visit or call 1-866-455-3214.
Registration is available online or on race day from 7:30–8:30 a.m. at Sloan’s Lake Park.


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