Health Briefs: March 24, 2014

Preparing for end of life

April 16 is National Health Care Decisions Day, a national grassroots initiative to encourage individuals to express their health care wishes through conversations and the completion of advance directives.

Learn how to prepare for and make end-of-life decisions at a symposium April 16 at the St. Mary’s Hospital Saccomanno Education Center, 2635 N. Seventh St., fifth floor.

Two sessions are scheduled for that date,  8:30 to 11 a.m. and 5 to 7:30 p.m.

“Participants will leave with information and materials they need to begin or continue the conversation about their medical wishes,” said Mary Watson, a member of the Mesa County Advance Care Planning Task Force.

In lieu of an admission fee, participants are asked to bring nonperishable food items for the local food bank. Registration is required by calling 2-1-1, 888-217-1215, or 244-8400 from a cellphone.

For information, visit or

MS Walks are planned


The Colorado-Wyoming Chapter of the National MS Society announced that Sam’s Club is the new title sponsor for its 13 Walk MS events throughout Colorado and Wyoming. 

The chapter’s signature Walk MS events raise more than $1.8 million annually, said Vice President of Development Kristin Gibbs.

Outdoor events kick off with Walk MS in Denver and Grand Junction on May 3. For information, visit

Here’s the 2014 Walk MS Schedule:

■ May 3: Denver and Grand Junction;

■ May 10: Northern Colorado and Pueblo;

■ May 17: Boulder, Colorado Springs and Glenwood Springs.

Hearing centers merge


New Creation Hearing Solutions and Advanced Hearing Centers have joined together to become Advanced Hearing Solutions, now with offices in Grand Junction at 2478 Patterson Road, Unit 12, Montrose and Delta.

“We are excited to combine these two great businesses, which have proudly served the Grand Junction area for more than 35 years,” Managing Director Deb Kaster said in a news release.

Advanced Hearing Solutions will continue to offer free hearing consultations, hearing aid fitting and repair, and more, Kaster said.

The staff at Advanced Hearing Solutions provide a variety of hearing care services including hearing evaluations, video ear inspections, hearing instrument fittings and aural rehabilitation.

Call 285-3129 or visit for information.

Spring into Wellness party


Yoga West Collective, 1025 Main St., presents Spring into Wellness from 6 to 9 p.m. May 2, an opening party with door prizes valued at $400.

All who register will receive 40 or more classes free, inspirational messages and recipes for nutritional cleansing, and will be entered for a grand prize of six months of unlimited free classes.

Kick the habit with app


The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has developed a free app to help smokers break their addiction to tobacco.

It allows Coloradans to track real-time savings by setting a quit date and providing some basic information: a quit date, cigarettes smoked per day, cost of a pack of cigarettes, and cigarettes per pack.

The new app can be downloaded on iPhone and Android devices at

Its dashboard shows the major benefits of quitting, including money saved, days added to life, cigarettes not smoked and days since the last smoke. The app saves the user’s best quitting attempt in case of relapse.

The app also uses location-aware technology. When a user visits one of hundreds of locations in Colorado where tobacco products are sold, a message appears on the mobile device to help the user stick with his or her attempt to quit.

Users can get additional support through social media by letting friends and family know what they have saved and how many cigarettes they have not smoked via direct posts from the app to Facebook and Twitter.

The health department will promote the new app at kiosks in shopping centers throughout Colorado, the first of which is at Mesa Mall and will rotate to other communities in mid-April.

Ski for Cure raises funds


Ski for the Cure was a success, raising $15,000 to support the fight against breast cancer.

The event was sponsored by Ski Junk, Viceroy Snowmass, Aspen Skiing Company and Merrill Lynch.

Merrill Lynch had the top fundraising team for the event. The top fundraising individual was Donna Di Ianni.

NASTAR top finishers included Dee Mathews as the fastest survivor; Nick Metzger as the fastest male and Kira Smith as the fastest female. The Pink Power Niners won the on-mountain scavenger hunt and pinkest team award.


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