Health Briefs, March 5, 2013

Gluten Free Grand Valley sets meeting

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

Tycee Belcastro of Tycee Belcastro Counseling will be this month’s guest speaker. She will discuss the emotional part of coping with Celiac disease and gluten intolerance. Samples of gluten-free Nick-n-Willy’s Pizza slices will be provided.

Contact Angela Wetzel at 216-0351 for more information.

Ceremony to honor nurses at CMU


Seats are available for the 2013 Nightingale Award for Human Caring event Saturday in the Colorado Mesa University Center Ballroom.

The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. Twenty-eight nominees from western Colorado will be honored for compassionate nursing practices and for their contributions to the profession. The event will include a reception, dinner, and music by David and Tamara Hauze, plus a silent auction that will benefit a Colorado Nurses Association scholarship fund and an inspirational message from Donna Strickland.

Registration is $55. Call Kat Lawson at 255-7214 to register.

Win a chance for Gateway air tours


For every $750 a person raises for premature birth-awareness organization March of Dimes Western Slope, the person will get a chance to enter a drawing to win a tour with Gateway Canyons Air Tours.

One family team will be awarded a one-hour scenic air tour with Gateway Canyons Air Tours in an airplane that seats up to seven passengers. One corporate team will win a half-hour tour in a helicopter built for up to five passengers.

For more information about making a donation to March of Dimes, visit

Wellness coaching services opening


Ultimate Health & Wellness, LLC, will open Monday at 2754 Compass Drive, Suite 172.

Ultimate Health & Wellness is the brainchild of Cheri LeFevre, a licensed professional counselor, wellness coach and eating disorder specialist. The business will offer individual coaching sessions, instructional seminars, and group coaching sessions segregated by gender. Services will focus on being healthy, fit and fulfilled and provide empathy and encouragement to overcome emotional and behavioral barriers to wellness.

Call 433-7408 for more information.

Metabolic Research Center to open


Metabolic Research Center is opening its 15th Colorado location at 2478 Patterson Road, Suite 13.

The Grand Junction center will be the first on the Western Slope. Metabolic Research Centers offers a menu of weight loss programs that range from all-natural dietary solutions to medically supervised programs.

Call 254-3000 to schedule an appointment with a Metabolic Research Center weight loss specialist.

Health-info tech conference in April


The 2013 Meaningful Use and Health Information Technology Innovation Conference will take place from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. April 26 at Two Rivers Convention Center, 159 Main St.

The conference agenda includes discussion of integrating health information technology into a medical practice, how technology and HIPAA interact, and an update on the state insurance exchange. Dr. Donald Nease Jr. will provide the morning keynote address. Nease is an associate professor and vice chair for research in the University of Colorado-Denver’s Family Medicine Department and the director of State Networks of Colorado Ambulatory Practices and Partners.

Registration is available by clicking on the conference icon at Contact Becky Jessen at 248-0033 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for more information.

Certified nurse aide class starts in June


High school students interested in a class to become a certified nurse aide can register for a summer CNA course from June 2 to June 23.

The class will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. each Sunday through Wednesday. There is a class fee of $845. Call Natasha at 434-5474, ext. 2 for more details.


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