Health Briefs, Jan. 7, 2014

Help with veterans benefits offered

A representative from the Denver Regional Veterans Benefits Office will visit Grand Junction today and Wednesday.

Barbara Martinez can assist veterans and their survivors with a number of issues including: claims for military-related injuries or illnesses, also called service-connected disabilities, veterans home loan information, low-income wartime veterans pension requests, pensions for widows and widowers of wartime veterans; survivors compensation claims for veterans who died of a service-connected disability or were rated as 100 percent totally and permanently disabled at the time of their death, and much more.

Her schedule is:

■ Tuesday: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Java Junction Coffee Shop, 2401 North Ave.

■ Wednesday: 8 a.m. to noon at the Redlands, Monument Village Coffee Shop, 2148 Broadway; and 2 to 6 p.m. at Grand Junction Veterans Art Center at the corner of 12th Street and Ute Avenue.

Documentary exposes diet industry


Most people want more energy, an ideal body and beautiful, younger-looking skin.

So what stands in the way?

“Hungry For Change,” a documentary that exposes the secrets of the diet, food and weight-loss industry explores the answer. A free screening takes place at 6 p.m. Jan. 14 at Movement Therapies, 2232 N. Seventh St., Suite 8, as part of Colorado Chiropractic and Muscle Care’s Healthy Living Series.

Healthy snacks will be served and a discussion follows the film. Call 970-712-6059 to reserve a seat at the screening.

Vibrational medicine workshop Jan. 18


Linda Nelson of Homeopathy and Therapeutic Massage Wellness Center in Grand Junction and Karmel Astarae, Medical Intuitive of Astarae Insight Consulting, Montrose, are joining forces to present educational workshops in the area.

The next event, Vibrational Medicine Workshop — Everything is Energy, takes place from 1 to 6 p.m. Jan. 18 at Yoga West on Main Street in Grand Junction.

Registration is required. Call 970-964-4052 for information.

Hearing loss challenging in bad weather


The Western Colorado Chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America knows hearing loss presents challenges when emergencies require people to alter their routines.

Jim Pringle, warning coordination meteorologist for the National Weather Service, will discuss emergency preparedness starting at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 11 with practical advice for people with hearing loss, their friends and family.

The talk takes place at the Center for Independence, 740 Gunnison Ave.

Pringle has been with the weather service in various roles since 1978. As the warning coordination meteorologist, Pringle is the primary liaison between the weather service office and external emergency managers in the community.

In addition to hazardous weather coordination and spotter training, Pringle is responsible for the public education program.

All association meetings are free to members and nonmembers, including family and friends. Meetings are the first Saturday of every month from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Call 970-241-2592 for information.

Information given on freezing away fat


Le Med Spa, 2530 N. Eighth Street, Suite 203, Wellington 4 Building, will sponsor an informational event Jan. 16 to discuss a new medical technique for freezing away fat without tissue damage. 

“It’s more cost-effective than liposuction or any other surgical fat reduction procedures with visible, lasting results,” said Paule Stiefler, spa marketing director. 

Guests will enjoy refreshments, free consultations and reduced pricing the day of the event.

Reservations are required. Call 970-256-7546 for information.

Federation of the Blind will meet


The National Federation of the Blind of Colorado will sponsor an informational meeting from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Jan. 18 at the Grand Junction Center for Independent Living, 740 Gunnison Ave.

People who are blind, have low-vision or are losing vision, their family members and friends, blindness professionals and others who want to learn more about blindness are welcome.

The federation, Colorado’s oldest and largest organized group of blind people, has worked since 1955 to make positive change in the lives of blind people. From teaching the simple how-to’s of life to creating greater opportunity for employment, education, technology access and transportation, the federation works to improve the lives of all blind people.

During the first informational meeting, the federation as well as other blindness-related resources will be discussed, questions will be answered, and networking will take place. Free food will be served.

Runner kicks off Winter Speaker Series


Renowned Grand Junction runner Tom Ela speaks at 6 p.m. tonight at Fruita Community Center, 324 N. Coulson, about the wrong and right ways to run. Ela’s talk, part of the 3rd Annual Winter Speaker Series, applies to all levels of runners, including beginners.

Ela was born and raised in the Grand Valley. He started in 1985 to indulge in the multitude of outdoor recreational opportunities found in the area. Within a year, he became a runner and has been doing it ever since.

Ela is now 61 years young and a veteran of countless trail runs and half-marathons, as well as many triathlons, adventure races, cross-country ski races, peak climbs and biking escapades.

“As long as I’m outdoors and moving, I’m happy,” Ela said.

Other programs included in the 2014 Winter Speaker Series, sponsored by Fruita Community Center and Family Health West, include:

Jan. 14: “We’ve Got Your Back” Brian Whiteside, PT RMOA —Treating low back pain.

Jan. 21: “Oh My Aching Shoulder!” Dr. Pete Scheffel, RMOA —How to know if you need surgery.

Jan. 28: “Healthy, Happy Kids” Heidi Hoffman, Health Department — Is your child a couch spud? Kids and obesity and how to keep them moving.

Feb. 4: “Myofacial Release with Foam Rolling” Dr. Jon Blaha, DC ­— The benefits of foam rolling ­— you can do it at home.

Feb. 11: “Anatomy and Diagnosis of the Low Back” Ellen Mead, PT FHW — Sciatica, disc and nerve disorders.

Feb. 18: “Oh My Aching Knee!” Dr. Pete Scheffel, RMOA —Treating knee pain —how to know if you need surgery.


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