Briefs: Local Health Sept. 15, 2009

B4 Babies and Beyond received grant

More low-income families than before are eligible to receive Child Health Plan Plus, CHP+ and Medicaid, thanks to new eligibility guidelines. Hilltop’s nonprofit program, B4 Babies and Beyond, recently received a $35,000 grant from Caring for Colorado Foundation to address health care issues at a local level. B4 Babies and Beyond helps families secure health insurance. Staff can assist eligible pregnant women with onsite eligibility   determination, application assistance and access to primary and preventative health care services. Call 683-2634 for more information.

LiveWell suggests ‘walking school bus’

Instead of having students ride a school bus to school, why not organize a “walking school bus”? LiveWell Colorado suggests parents organize the walks by gathering neighborhood children into groups, and with a couple adults present, walk with them to school. “A walking school bus is easy and fun,” said Maren Stewart, president and CEO of LiveWell Colorado. “It doesn’t require money, it promotes a sense of community and best of all, it allows parents the opportunity to spend quality time with their kids.”

Free health screens at Mountain Family

Mountain Family Health Centers are offering free health screens throughout the region in September. The free screenings include cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar levels, body mass index and a heart disease risk assessment. No appointment is necessary. Screening dates and locations are as follows: 5-8 p.m. Sept. 28 in Carbondale at St. Mary of the Crown Catholic Church; in Glenwood Springs, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday at Mountain Family Health Center, 1905 Blake Ave. Suite 101 and after noon Mass in the basement Sept. 20 at St. Stephens Catholic Church; in Rifle from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday and Monday at the Rifle Public Health Department, 195 West 14th St. For more information or to arrange free screenings at your area workplace, call Sharla Gallegos at 618-3159.

Hospital contributed $81M to economy

Grand Junction’s Veteran’s Affair Medical Center has contributed more than $81 million to the economy in the fiscal year 2009, according to the hospital. Of that amount, $45 million was paid to employee salaries and the remainder was divided among construction, offsite health care, utilities and other operating costs, with at least 90 percent of this money spent on the Western Slope, the hospital reported. The year’s budget included $16 million in minor construction projects, but did not include a 30,000-square-foot expansion that is currently out for bid.

Free pastel lessons to cancer survivors

Cancer survivors and their supporters are encouraged to take advantage of free pastel lessons being offered on the second and fourth Monday of each month at St. Mary’s Regional Cancer Center. The classes are from 4–5:30 p.m. at the Java City coffee shop. Free yoga classes follow the art classes. Yoga will be in the oncology waiting room around the fireplace from 5:45–7 p.m. The center is at 750 Wellington Ave. Call Debra Hesse at 244-2351 for more information.


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