Health Briefs, July 30, 2013

Wilderness responder course planned

Colorado Wilderness Emergency Medicine Institute plans to offer a wilderness first-responder course over six days starting 
Aug. 2.

The course is intended for wilderness professionals, trip leaders, guides, park rangers, professional rescuers and others who want a higher level of wilderness medical training.

In addition to earning a nationally recognized certificate, participants may also obtain college credits through Western State College University. Approved by the American Camp Association, classes meet or exceed state and federal regulations, according to the institute.

Classes meet in the conference room at Encana Oil & Gas, 143 Diamond Ave., in Parachute, starting at 5 p.m. on Aug. 2 and continuing at different times on Aug. 3, 4, 16, 17 and 18. 

Register for the course at or call 855-945-3633 for information.

Health Department recognized


For the second time, the Mesa County Health Department won national recognition for its preparation and planned response to potential public health emergencies.

Project Public Health Ready, a program backed by the National Association of County and City Health Officials and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, analyzed the department’s readiness by applying a variety of criteria.

The program required the department to meet a set of national standards in the areas of preparedness planning, workforce competency and demonstrated readiness as shown by exercises or by its response to a real event.

“We are proud to have been recognized by Project Public Health Ready for our high level of preparedness,” said Jeff Kuhr, executive director of the Mesa County Health Department. “We will continue to improve our ability to quickly and effectively respond to any public health crisis in Mesa County.”

Win prizes in LiveWell Colorado program


Kaiser Permanente, LiveWell Colorado and the state of Colorado are challenging residents to be active for 30 minutes each day from Aug. 1 to 30 and become eligible for prizes.

To participate, sign up for the challenge, complete 30 minutes of physical activity each day, and record the accomplishment at the Get Movin’ Challenge website.

All participants are eligible to win weekly prizes. If randomly selected, participants could win a Duo Dual-Use Heart Rate Monitor, LiveWell Colorado socks, LiveWell Colorado Tech-Tee, or a King Soopers/City Market $25 gift card. Randomly selected grand prizes include a Vail Epic Pass or two-night stay at a downtown Denver hotel, among others.

The top five Coloradans on the leader board at the end of the challenge will win LiveWell Colorado socks and a pullover, plus a Kaiser Permanente fruit-infusible water bottle.

Those who complete 30 minutes of activity for all 30 days win a Colorado Get Movin’ Challenge Tech-Tee. Coloradans who complete 30 minutes of activity for 15 to 29 days win a Colorado Get Movin’ Challenge black baseball cap.

To register, visit


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