Health and Wellness Briefs, April 23, 2013

New triathlon coming to Mesa County

The HITS Triathlon Series, a national, touring triathlon competition, will host a triathlon May 18-19 at Highline State Park.

Half- and full-distance triathlon races will take place Saturday. Sprint and Olympic races will take place Sunday, plus a race that will consist of a 100-meter swim, a three-mile bike ride and a one-mile run.

Course maps are available at Visit for more information or to register.

St. Mary’s NICU reunion Saturday


All St. Mary’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) graduates and their families are invited to a reunion from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Lincoln Park, 1340 Gunnison Ave.

The reunion will take place during the March for Babies post-walk celebration. Lunch, entertainment and a bump and jump for the kids will be provided.

Call 298-1899 for additional information.

Parkinson’s seminar slated May 4


Parkinson Association of the Rockies will host The Doctor Is In seminar series about Parkinson’s disease from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 4 at Country Inns of America, 718 Horizon Drive. Check-in will take place 15 minutes prior to the start of the seminar.

Speakers at this year’s program will include stroke and movement disorder specialist Dr. Mihaela Alexander, who will discuss common health issues associated with Parkinson’s, and Accessible Systems Co-owner Nathan Colbourn, who will discuss ways to modify a home to fit a person with Parkinson’s.

The seminar is free and lunch will be provided, but registration is required. Call 866-718-2996 to register.

Supplemental Nutrition educator hired


Mesa County and Colorado State University Extension recently hired a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education peer educator, Jennifer Faria.

Faria will teach community nutrition and food safety classes and teach people how to eat well on a small budget and increase physical activity.

SNAP Education classes are free to those who qualify and offer free food thermometers, water bottles, measuring cups and spoons, grocery lists and recipes to participants. Call Faria at 244-1848 or visit the Mesa County CSU Extension Office at 2775 U.S. Highway 50 for more information or to register for SNAP Education classes.

Nurse honored for promoting reading


Cathie Clark of Western Colorado Pediatric Associates, 3150 N. 12th St., was honored Monday at a ceremony celebrating four nurses who promoted the Reach Out and Read Colorado program.

Clark is the group’s northwest regional ambassador.

The ceremony took place at Reach Out and Read’s statewide conference in Denver and honored people who raised awareness of the program among early childhood and medical partners. Also honored were: Southwest Regional Ambassador Dr. Pakhi Chaudhuri of Durango, Northeast Regional Ambassador Dr. Sara Charnecki of Sterling and Southeast Regional Ambassador and Nurse Practitioner Karen Tomky of Ordway.

CNA class schedule for June


A certified nurse aide class for high school students is scheduled for June 2-23.

The class will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. each Sunday through Wednesday during the class period. The fee for the class is $845. Call Natasha Schumann at 434-5474, ext. 2, for more information or to enroll.


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