Health Briefs, June 5, 2012

B4 Babies moving to county building

Hilltop program B4 Babies & Beyond will move Wednesday from the Child and Family Center at 2897 North Ave. to the Mesa County Community Services Building at 510 29 1/2 Road.

B4 Babies & Beyond assists expectant mothers and mothers of infants with doctor’s appointments, nutrition, health, translation services, transportation and access to health care coverage. The move will place B4 Babies closer to related services at the Mesa County Health Department and the Department of Human Services.

Call 628-2634 for information about the program’s move.

Events celebrate Cancer Survivors Day


St. Mary’s Hospital will host free events for cancer survivors and their caregivers today through Saturday to celebrate National Cancer Survivors Day, which was Sunday.

At noon today, Dr. Vernon King will present “Healing Power of Laughter,” a presentation of comedy DVDs and a live performance at 12:30 p.m. by stand-up comic Bill Beagley.

At noon on Wednesday, Dr. Mark Hancock will present “Kickin’ Cancer in the Kitchen,” a presentation about nutritious meals, complete with samples.

Dr. Greg Chipman will present “Overcoming Fatigue” at noon Thursday, which will include free chair massages, foot massages, and manicure scrubs.

All events will take place at St Mary’s Regional Cancer Center, 750 Wellington, through Entrance 25.

The Relay for Life Cancer Survivor Celebration Dinner, complete with live music, food and a recognition ceremony, will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday in the Central High School gymnasium. Call 298-2351 to make a required reservation for survivors and caregivers.

Parkinson’s disease talk on Saturday


The Parkinson Association of the Rockies will present another installment of their “The Doctor Is In” seminar series Saturday at Grand Vista Hotel, 2790 Crossroads Blvd.

The seminar will feature Dr. Avi Kurtz, who will explain Parkinson’s disease terminology and treatments, and Dietician Christina Bybee, who will discuss nutrition options for people with Parkinson’s disease. The seminar costs $10 and lunch will be provided.

Check-in for the seminar will take place between 9:45 and 10 a.m., and the program is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Registration is required and can be made at 866-718-2996 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). For information, visit

Diabetes classes at Community Hospital


Community Hospital’s monthly Diabetes Education program will host four classes this month beginning this Thursday.

The American Diabetes Association-recognized program consists of four two-hour classes that will take place each Thursday this month from 10 a.m. to noon. Certified diabetes educators teach health self-care behaviors to participants at each class.

A physician’s order is required to attend the program, and Medicare and other insurances may cover the cost of classes. Call 256-6303 to schedule an appointment or for information.

St. Mary’s snack station moved


The complimentary snack and coffee station at St. Mary’s Regional Cancer Center was recently removed from a public area at the center and placed in a treatment area where patients can access the snacks and coffee.

The center discontinued the public station because of abuse of the system, according to St. Mary’s spokeswoman Kim Williams. Williams said some people were leaving behind half-full cups of coffee and children sometimes spilled items, which led to public health concerns.

Family and friends of patients can purchase snacks and coffee at Java City Cafe in the Advanced Medical Pavilion.

Airport 5K to take place June 16


Grand Junction Regional Airport’s First Annual Runway 5K will start at 8:30 a.m. June 16 at the airport.

The course will follow the airport’s runway and adjacent taxiways, which are asphalt surfaces.

Registration is $35 per person or $90 for a family of four. Registration is available at,, or at the 5K registration booth the day of the race.

A portion of proceeds from the race will benefit the Thunder Mountain Composite of the Civil Air Patrol in Grand Junction.


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