Health Briefs, May 26, 2015

Federation of blind meets third Saturday

The Grand Valley Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind meets every third Saturday of the month at The Center for Independence, 740 Gunnison Ave. Transportation and refreshments are provided. Meetings start at 10:30 a.m. and run until approximately 12:30. Resources are discussed as well as issues and activities relevant to the Grand Valley. Many committees are in need of members who can either chair or share ideas.  Call Cassidy at 250-2778, Steve at 778-7246 or Nathan at 610-7959 for more information.

Lenders sponsor Relay for Life team


Cornerstone Home Lending announced last week it has partnered with the American Cancer Society Relay for Life to sponsor Relay for Life in Grand Junction. Employees in Grand Junction, Fort Collins, Colorado Springs and Denver will show their support for Relay for Life on behalf of Cornerstone by forming teams and donating to the cause. Relay for Life in Grand Junction is scheduled to take place starting 6 p.m. June 12 at Canyon View Park, 730 24 Road.

Ride for Life in Palisade June 6


The Colorado Steel Cowgirls present the 6th Annual Tracy Bain Ride For Life Motorcycle Ride to benefit Grand Valley Oncology starting 10 a.m. June 6 at Palisade Fire Station. Cost for event is $25 per bike or auto and $15 for each additional person. The cost includes meals and five door prize tickets. The first stop is the Town of Parachute, where riders will enjoy appetizers and the scenery. Second and final stop is Mesa Lakes Lodge atop Grand Mesa. There will be a custom barbecue with all the fixings thanks to Andy Brito and his gang, including gourmet dessert provided by Tamara Schoop from Sweet Delights Bakery, live music and a silent auction with many one of a kind items donated by local artists and craftsman.

Care for feet to avoid running injuries


May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month – a time when people are encouraged to get out and move. 

“There’s no doubt exercise causes more good than harm. However, our feet are often overlooked and whether you’re running, doing a fitness class, or playing sports your feet bear the brunt of the force,” Dr. John M. Feild of Grand Valley Foot and Ankle Center said in a news release.

For example, when running, feet strike the ground with a force that’s more than double the runner’s body weight. 

“That means a 150-pound jogger passes more than 150 tons of impact through his feet when running three miles.  People just don’t realize the tremendous pressure that is put on their feet while exercising,” Field said.

According to the American Podiatric Medical Association, improper foot care during exercise is a contributing factor to more than 300 foot ailments

Feild recommends wearing running shoes that fit properly and a variety of exercises for the feet when not running. Call 245-3338 for information.

Use sunscreen to prevent cancer


Serious skin damage can happen in as little as 15 minutes of sun exposure, Mesa County Health Department officials said last week.

Knowing how to select, apply and use sunscreen correctly is crucial in preventing melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer.

To reduce exposure to risk of the disease:

Apply sunscreen approximately 30 minutes before being in the sun. Reapply after swimming or strenuous exercise and often throughout the day.

Shake the sunscreen container well before use to mix particles that might be clumped up and use on all parts of the skin exposed to the sun, including ears, back, shoulders, and the back of the knees and legs.

Select a sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher, and UVA and UVB protection. UVA is most common type of ray and is most likely to cause skin cancer. UVB is less common, but still causes damage resulting in sun spots and wrinkles, health officials said. Sunscreen containing titanium dioxide or zinc oxide work best.

The hours between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. are the most hazardous for UV exposure. Staying in the shade, wearing clothes that cover your arm and legs, wearing sunglasses and hats are other easy options to protect from sun damage.


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