Health and Wellness Briefs, April 9, 2013

Free testing to be at 3 locations

The Mesa County Health Department will offer free cardiovascular screenings this month from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. April 12, 18 and 25.

This Friday’s screening event will take place at The Salvation Army, 1235 N. Fourth St. The April 18 event will take place at Palisade Church of the Nazarene at 3595 Front St. in Palisade and the April 25 event will take place at Supplemental Foods, 200 S. Spruce St.

The screenings involve a finger-stick cholesterol test and tests for blood pressure and body mass index. Visit for more information.

Balance-movement workshops in Delta


Balance and fall prevention workshops will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. May 11 and from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. on the same day at the Center for Spiritual Living, 658 Howard St. in Delta.

Dr. Susan A. Matthews will lead both workshops. In the first workshop, “Balance and Fall Prevention,” she will share exercises, visualizations and mental practices that may help people with movement disorders, Parkinson’s disease, stroke, brain injury or chronic pain coordinate movement and balance more easily. The second workshop, “Biomechanics for Internal Martial Arts,” will focus on spiral training, which combines western and eastern techniques to improve balance.

Each workshop costs $45 per person. Participants can bring lunch with them. Contact Matthews at 970-903-5723 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or Laurae Fortner-Welch at 970-856-2184 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to register or get more information.

Health care reform presentation set


Cindy Peterson, an independent insurance broker and consumer health insurance advocate, will make a presentation about the impact of health care reform on businesses from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday on the second floor of the Fruita Civic Center, 325 E. Aspen Ave.

The presentation is part of a free series of business education presentations about various topics sponsored by the Fruita Chamber of Commerce. The last presentation in the series will take place in May. That presentation will focus on the workplace impact of new marijuana laws, Americans with Disabilities Act employer compliance, and an impact overview of proposed new employment legislation.

Contact Fruita Chamber of Commerce Director Shauna Davies at 858-3894 for more information.

Yoga West hosts Vibrant Wellness


Yoga West Collective, 1025 Main St., will award more than $400 in door prizes at an opening party from 6 to 9 p.m. April 26 and offer more prizes during a Vibrant Wellness Challenge April 26 through May 3.

The three people who attend the most classes and events at Yoga West Collective during the challenge will win free unlimited classes for one month and the Yoga West Collective member who attends the most classes and events during the challenge will win free class dues for six months. Other prizes include gifts from local stores, restaurants and other businesses.

Visit for a list of the 31 events and classes that will take place during the challenge.


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