Health and Wellness briefs: March 28, 2017

Insurance for hearing aids one topic of April meeting

A free monthly meeting of the Western Colorado Chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America will be from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, April 1, at the Center for Independence, 740 Gunnison Ave. in Grand Junction,

There will be two topics: An update from the task force for insurance for hearing aids in Colorado and information on looping in western Colorado.

First, Lucas Marquardt, a businessman as well as a commissioner on the Colorado Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, will give an update on the efforts of the task force, and how to get involved in this grassroots campaign.

Second will be Jeremiah Hines, of AV Experts, who is a certified induction loop installer. He will give an overview of how the loop systems work and how they are installed in public venues as well as homes.

An induction hearing loop will be available. The meeting is also captioned, thanks to a grant from the Colorado Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing,

All meetings are free to members and non-members, including family and friends.

Contact Amy Becktell, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or at 241-2592, for information.

Nonprofit Association names board chairwoman


The Colorado Nonprofit Association announced that Michaelle Smith, MPA, has taken over as chairwoman of the statewide association’s board of directors.

Smith, current senior director of learning with Hilltop Community Resources, has more than 32 years of experience working within the nonprofit sector and has served on the Colorado Nonprofit Association board of directors for the past five years.

As board chairwoman, Smith plans to focus on the use of revenue generated by the sale of the Colorado Nonprofit Insurance Agency in 2016 to sustain the association well into the future, according to a release.

Based in Grand Junction, Smith said she is placing a particular focus on increasing the association’s educational opportunities to rural communities across the state, including those in western Colorado.

Free demonstration of MLS Laser Therapy set


Grand Valley Foot and Ankle Center is offering a free seminar and demonstration of MLS Laser Therapy at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the office, 2478 Patterson Road, Suite I.

A representative with Cutting Edge Laser Technologies, the developer of the therapy,  will give a 20- to 25-minute presentation. Grand Valley Foot and Ankle Clinic surgeons will also be on hand to answer questions.

MLS Laser Therapy has been used to treat a variety of conditions including, but not limited to, chronic arthritis pain, heel pain, tendonitis, post-surgical pain, neuropathy and fibromyalgia.

The seminar is free, but space is limited. For information about the free seminars, call Grand Valley Foot and Ankle Center at 245-3338 or go to All attendees must be over 18.


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