Health and Wellness briefs: Aug. 22, 2016

Speaker will address child sexual abuse

To help promote health and wellness, the Fruita Community Center and Family Health West will offer a speaker series free to the local community.

The series covers a broad spectrum of topics intended to help enhance one’s health and well-being.

All presentations will be at the Fruita Community Center, 324 N. Coulson St. in Fruita.

The first session will be from 5:30 to 
7:30 p.m. Sept. 27,  and the topic is “Preventing Child Sexual Abuse.” It will be presented by Jody Brandon of the Western Slope Center for Children. 

Learn how to help prevent child sexual abuse and about the impact of an estimated 40 million victims in the U.S. by registering today for an upcoming “Stewards of Children” workshop created by Darkness To Light (D2L), a nonprofit group dedicated to the prevention of child sexual abuse.

The training is open to the public and is of specific interest among parents, youth sports organizations, coaches, camp counselors, youth service organizations, teachers, school personnel and faith centers.

The two-hour workshop is designed to educate adults on how to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to the reality of child sexual abuse.

Please register online through or call Jody Brandon at 970-245-3788 with questions.

Brain injuries discussed


Craig Hospital and the Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado will present data from a recent research study about the number and severity of brain injuries on the Western Slope from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sept. 1 at City Hall, 250 N. Fifth St. in Grand Junction.

More information can be found at

The events is free and open to the public.


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