Health and Wellness briefs, May 7, 2013

‘Dancing Under the Stars’ canceled

The “Dancing Under the Stars” fundraiser that St. Mary’s Senior Companion and Foster Grandparent programs planned to host Saturday at St. Mary’s Hospital will not take place.

The event was canceled “due to unforeseen events,” according to a news release. The event has tentatively been rescheduled for next May.

Free skin cancer screening this week


St. Mary’s Hospital will offer free skin cancer screenings from 
3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at St. Mary’s Regional Cancer Center, 750 Wellington Ave.

Board-certified dermatologists will perform the visual screenings following American Academy of Dermatology guidelines. The screenings will cover a specific area of concern, not the full body. The screenings will be available only to people who do not have a physician or health insurance.

Call 298-2351 to make an appointment during the screening times. An appointment is required to get a free skin cancer check.

Obstructive sleep apnea class May 14


A free seminar that will provide information about obstructive sleep apnea and how it doubles the risk of a person suffering a stroke will take place from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. May 14 in Conference Room 101 on the lower level of Hospice Care Center, 3090B N. 12th St.

Registered nurse Kelly Arnold, stroke coordinator for St. Mary’s Hospital, will speak at the seminar. The seminar will take place at Hospice Care Center but is sponsored by Preferred Homecare. Call Preferred Homecare at 257-1565 for information.

St. Baldrick’s event moving to brewery


The St. Baldrick’s Foundation head-shaving fundraiser event scheduled for June 29 is switching venues.

The second-annual event will take place at Edgewater Tap & Grill at 905 Struthers Ave. The venue is scheduled to open this month and is an extension of Kannah Creek Brewery.

The event had been scheduled t Naggy McGee’s Irish Pub at 359 Colorado Ave., but the foundation decided to switch locations because of “difficulty in obtaining a suitable outdoor site adjacent to Naggy McGee’s,” according to a news release.

Weight loss surgery info session set


St. Mary’s Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery Center staff will present a free education session from noon to 1:30 p.m. May 15 at St. Mary’s Life Center, 2686 Patterson Road, in the Grand Mesa Room through Entrance 40.

The session will focus on weight loss surgeries provided at St. Mary’s, including gastric band, gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy and biliopancreatic division procedures. The presentation will cover how each surgery works, who qualifies and how St. Mary’s supports patients post-procedure. People who are considering any of these procedures and their friends and family members are welcome.

Call 298-6400 to register.

Donate blood, get a JUCO ticket


Anyone who donates blood before May 30 at St. Mary’s Regional Blood Center, 750 Wellington Ave., will receive one free, single-game, general admission ticket to the Alpine Bank Junior College World Series at Suplizio Field.

The blood center is open from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 7 a.m. to noon each Saturday. The JUCO tournament will take place May 25 through June 1.

Visit for information.

Mosaic program receives certification


Mosaic, a nonprofit program that serves people with intellectual disabilities in 10 states and has a location at 2456 Industrial Blvd. in Grand Junction, has earned a three-year certification for its Integrity at Mosaic program.

The Health Ethics Trust named the program a Certified Effective Compliance Program after a panel of compliance professionals conducted on-site interviews with Mosaic staff and reviewed the program’s procedures.

Balance, movement workshops in Delta


Two workshops will take place Saturday at the Center for Spiritual Living at 658 Howard St. in Delta.

A workshop addressing balance issues is planned from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and a workshop about movement disorders will take place from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Both workshops cost $50 each, and attendees are welcome to bring a sack lunch.

Contact Dr. Susan Matthews at 903-5723 or mail@susana or Laurae Fortner-Welch at 856-2184 for information or to register. More information is available at www.

Fitness camps slated for kids in Delta


The city of Delta will sponsor Operation Kidsfit from 1 to 3 p.m. each Tuesday between June 11 and July 30 at Bill Heddles Recreation Center, 530 Gunnison River Drive.

Operation Kidsfit will feature a variety of training tools, fitness techniques, nutritional tips and activities for boys and girls ages 7 to 12. The cost is $20 per child and pre-registration is required by 5 p.m. June 10. Contact Gary at 874-0923, ext. 208 for information.


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