Health and wellness briefs: July 4, 2017

CrossFit will sponsor Hero Workout for Hall

CrossFit Singletrack in Fruita will sponsor a Hero Workout on Saturday in honor of Colorado Hero Capt. Ryan Hall. 

U.S. Air Force Capt. Ryan P. Hall of Colorado Springs died Feb. 18, 2012, near Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Africa, when his single-engine U-28 aircraft crashed, a news release said.

The 30-year-old Capt. Hall was among four servicemen killed in the accident. He was assigned to the 319th Special Operations Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Florida, at the time.

Capt. Hall’s father and mother, who live in Grand Junction, will attend the Hero Workout at 8 a.m. Saturday at Fruita 8/9 School, east of Fruita Monument High School.

All ages are welcome to attend. Scaled versions of the workout will be available for all fitness levels and the event is family-friendly. 

CrossFit’s “Hero Workout of the Day” honors select military and first responders that have died in the line of duty by dedicating a specific workout to them.

Visit to see the specifics of the workout dedicated to Capt. Hall and for more information or call CrossFit Singletrack’s owner and Coach Amy Milyard at 216-8404.

7-week program helps older adults prevent falls


Stepping On is a seven-week fall prevention program and is scientifically proven to help prevent falls for people 65 and older.

The class covers a range of issues, including falls and fall risks, strength and balance exercises, safe footwear, vision-related falls, safety in public places, community mobility, coping after a fall, and understanding how to initiate a medication review.

This class is designed for people who are living at home and have experienced a fall or are concerned about falling.

It is also for those who walk independently — may use a cane indoors or out, or a walker for outdoor use only — are cognitively intact, and live in their own home or other independent living facility.

The next seven-week course begins from 1 to 3 p.m. Aug. 1 at St. Mary’s Life Center.

Cost for the seven classes is $35. For information, call Mary or Deanna at 298-6130.

Enrollment now open for diabetes prevention class


The St. Mary’s Diabetes Education Center, in conjunction with the Mesa County Health Department, received National Institutes of Health funding to implement the Diabetes Prevention Program in the Grand Valley.

Classes for the yearlong weight management and physical activity program are open for enrollment.

The program is free and open to the public for individuals 18 years of age and older, who are overweight (with a body mass index of more than 24) and/or have a fasting blood sugar between 100-125 mg/dL, or an HbA1c between 5.7 percent and 6.4 percent.  

Interested individuals can contact the Mesa County Public Health office at: Health Promotion Specialist, Diabetes Prevention Program, Mesa County Public Health; P.O. Box 20,000; Grand Junction 81502; phone 683-6614 or online at


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