Health Briefs, Oct. 29, 2013

Diabetes Information Night set for Fri.

Diabetes Open House Information Night takes place Friday, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Colorado Mesa University Ballroom. There will be vendors from the diabetes industry, experts from within the local medical community, published authors and professional speakers, according to a news release.

At 6 p.m. there will be a panel discussion with nutrition experts, diabetes care professionals and persons successfully living with diabetes who will field questions from the audience.

Persons living with or caring for someone with diabetes are encouraged to attend.

Diabetic children ages 5 to 19 years old are also welcome to attend the popular CMU night activities at the Maverick Center, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Parents can drop their children at the Maverick Center before heading over to the CMU Ballroom to learn more about caring for diabetic children. Children will enjoy a variety of age-appropriate activities under the supervision of a diabetic educator and the CMU Health Sciences Department staff and students.

For more information and to RSVP for the event visit or call 970-434-6223.

Western State to offer chiropractic track


Western State Colorado University partnered with Palmer College of Chiropractic to offer a track for students to study at Western and then easily transition into chiropractic school.

The agreement is designed for students intending to pursue a chiropractic education while also receiving a degree from their undergraduate institution.

The 3 + 1 Joint Program allows students who successfully complete the clinical exercise science major to enroll at Palmer after their 3rd year of study at Western. Successful completion of the first year at Palmer would allow students to graduate from Western with a degree in Exercise and Sport Science.

Approximately 35 institutions nationwide participate in the joint agreement and Western is the first university in Colorado to offer this opportunity.

The Doctor of Chiropractic degree can be completed in three years with year-round study. According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, employment of chiropractors is expected to increase much faster than average, with 28 percent growth expected through 2020. For more information email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Dental practice to buy back candy


On Saturday, Oral Health Partners will buy back Halloween candy from local children at $1 per pound. The candy will be given to Operation Interdependence, which uses it as packing material, similar to packing peanuts, in packages sent to soldiers from the Western Slope serving throughout the world.

While the event benefits military members, it also allows Drs. Glen Dean, Derek Dean, and Grant Butler to inform community members about the negative effects sugar can have on oral health.

This year, Oral Health Partners is raising its goal from 2012, hoping to collect close to 1,000 pounds of candy. They invite the community to visit the office at 2552 Patterson Road in Grand Junction 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to sell their candy. For more information, call (970)241-1313.

Supporting Our Seniors seeks help


S.O.S is a completely volunteer-based program that allows seniors who no longer drive to receive one ride per week for grocery shopping, pharmacy or medical visits.

Drivers must be at least 25 or older and pass a background check. S.O.S will reimburse $.55/mile.

The need is huge. Currently, the SOS program has only four drivers and more than 35 seniors needing rides.

By volunteering just a few hours of your time, you can make a difference for a homebound individual 60 years of age or older. Call 970-248-2746 to become a volunteer.

After-hours flu shot clinic offered


To make things easier for veterans who are working parents or otherwise cannot make the regular flu shot clinic hours, the Grand Junction VA Medical Center will hold two special after-hours walk-in flu shot clinics. The first will be 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday and the second will be 4:30 to 7 p.m. Nov. 6.

The shots are free to all patients enrolled for care at the medical center and to any veteran who can provide proof of service.


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