Health Briefs, March 6, 2012

Primary Care Partners honored

The Colorado Academy of Family Physicians named Primary Care Partners PC the Patient Centered Medical Home Practice of the Year.

The Aurora-based academy advocates for 2,000 Colorado physicians and medical students and educates community members about family physicians. Each year, the academy honors a family physician practice, family physician, family physician teacher and a resident of the year. This year’s other honorees are: Kern Low, family physician of the year; Kathy Miller, physician teacher of the year; and Sarah DeMoor and Lisa Young, residents of the year.

The three practices involved in Primary Care Partners will receive $2,500 from the Colorado Academy of Family Physicians along with the title of practice of the year.

Workshop set on public health practices


The Montrose County Health Department and Western Colorado Area Education Center will host a training workshop from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday at the health and human services building, 1845 S. Townsend.

“Introduction to Public Health Practice” is a workshop geared toward medical providers and people who are studying to become medical providers. The interactive training will offer a historical perspective of public health accomplishments, an overview of current trends in public health practice, a review of scientific disciplines that impact public health practice, and information about essential public health services and organizations.

Register online at and select the Montrose location. Space is limited to 20 participants, and it costs $20 to attend the workshop.

CoolSculpting open house Thursday


Le MedSpa will host an open house from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at 2530 N. Eighth St., Suite 203, to demonstrate its CoolSculpting technology.

CoolSculpting freezes away body fat and targets fat cells to get rid of pounds without damaging tissue or requiring surgery. To RSVP for a limited spot at the event, call 256-7546 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

The open house will feature demonstrations, specials, door prizes and refreshments.

Free cholesterol screenings offered


Those who donate to the St. Mary’s Regional Blood Center this month will receive a free cholesterol screening.

The results of the screening will be mailed a few days after a blood donation.

The St. Mary’s Bloodmobile will be available around town throughout the month. Donations also can be made between 7 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday or between 7 a.m. and noon on Saturdays at St. Mary’s Regional Blood Center in The Advanced Medicine Pavilion, 750 Wellington Ave., through Entrance 22.

BirthSmart classes in March, April


BirthSmart will host the classes “Belly Talk: Painless Birth” from 1 to 3 p.m. March 24 at Hampton Inn, 205 Main St., and “Belly Talk: Nutrition and Exercise” from 1 to 3 p.m. April 21 at Hampton Inn.

“Painless Birth” will focus on pain-management methods, including comfort massage, epidural, Hypnobirthing and TENS. “Nutrition and Exercise” will highlight how pregnant women can avoid diet- and exercise-related complications and stay fit during pregnancy.

Advanced tickets to each event are $10 for a couple or $8 for a single person. Advanced tickets must be purchased by March 10 for the first class and by April 7 for the second class. After those dates, ticket prices will increase to $15 per couple and $10 per person. Tickets can be purchased at or at Colorado Baby, 117 N. Sixth St. A limited number of complimentary tickets will be available at Mesa Midwives, 2525 N. Eighth St.

Curves hosting 14th annual food drive


Curves, which has locations at 2478 Patterson Road, Unit 23, and at 571 32 Road, Unit E, is hosting its 14th annual food drive.

Curves clubs worldwide will collect nonperishable food or cash throughout this month. Donations will benefit local food banks. The clubs in Grand Junction and Clifton will waive a membership start-up fee for new members who bring a bag of nonperishable food or donate $30 to a local food bank between March 12 and March 25.

For more information, call the Grand Junction location at 245-7318 or the Clifton club at 434-7331.


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