Health Briefs, April 2, 2013

Rifle facility earns certification

The Colorado State Veterans Home in Rifle recently earned Eden Alternative Registry certification, which recognizes a long-term care home’s commitment to improving the quality of patient life and care.

The home hosted a certification celebration Friday. Eden Alternative is a New York-based nonprofit that advocates long-term care homes adopting practices that center on patient choice.

Gluten Free Grand Valley to meet


Gluten Free Grand Valley will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Masonic Center, 2400 Consistory Court.

The group meets to discuss and share tips about gluten-free living, often as a result of celiac disease. Dr. Christopher Lepisto will speak at Wednesday’s meeting about nutrition and celiac disease, and the group will sample food from Main Street Bagels.

Contact Angela Wetzel at 216-0351 for information or go to the group’s Facebook page by searching for Gluten Free Grand Valley.

Hearing loss meeting Saturday


The Western Colorado Chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America has scheduled its free monthly meeting from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the Center for Independence, 740 Gunnison Ave.

This month’s meeting will focus on auditory rehabilitation. Audiologist Samantha Otto will share an update on MED-EL hearing technology and demonstrate MED-EL’s Adult Auditory Rehabilitation resources.

The meeting will be captioned and looped, and light refreshments will be served. Contact Amy Becktell at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 241-2592 for information.

Tournament to benefit Special Olympics


Registration is available through April 17 for the fifth annual Grand Valley Youth Hockey Golf Tournament.

The tournament will begin at 8 a.m. April 27 at Adobe Creek Golf Course in Fruita. The $80 registration fee covers 18 rounds of golf, range balls, a cart, lunch, a raffle ticket, a ditty bag and contests. Part of the proceeds will benefit Strive, which will use the money for Special Olympics activities. Sponsorships, which will be announced at the event, are available to support youth hockey as well.

Contact Joe O’Connor at 640-3369 or Doug Sorter at 250-1595 to request a registration form or get information.

Schools raise funds for March of Dimes


Each District 51 school and the district’s administration building at 2115 Grand Ave. will have a collection bucket for the March of Dimes from April 1 and 19.

Schools will compete against each other for a chance to win a pool party at Lincoln Park-Moyer Swimming Pool for collecting the most quarters.


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