Health Briefs: Dec. 6, 2011

Local volunteers receive MS awards

The Colorado-Wyoming Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society recently honored four Grand Junction residents and St. Mary’s Life Center during its annual recognition for volunteers.

Lori Wilson was named Western Slope Volunteer of the Year.

Valerie Kennedy is Events Volunteer of the Year for planning Walk MS Grand Junction and supporting the Dinner of Champions.

Laurie Reiser was named Programs Volunteer of the Year for helping create an adaptive garden for people with MS.

Michelle Polk was named Rookie of the Year in the chapter’s Western Slope office.

And St. Mary’s Life Center received the Community Partnership Award for offering space for the chapter to host a free monthly clinic for uninsured or underinsured people with multiple sclerosis.

The chapter had more than 1,600 volunteers to choose from for the awards.

Montrose County hosting radon class

Montrose County Health & Human Services Environmental Health Manager Richard Thompson will offer free radon awareness and prevention classes from noon to 1 p.m. and from 5 to 6 p.m. Wednesday. The first meeting will take place at the Montrose Regional Library, 320 S. Second St., and the second class will take place in the Montrose Health & Human Services boardroom at 1845 S. Townsend Ave.

A third class will take place from 5 to 6 p.m. Dec. 14 in the boardroom.

The class does not require registration and will cover how common radon is, how to test a home for radon, and how to prevent the odorless, colorless gas from reaching unsafe levels in a home. Free kits to test for radon will be available for attendees.

GJ resident on physical therapy board

Britt Smith of Grand Junction is one of five Colorado physical therapists recently appointed by Gov. John Hickenlooper to serve on the state’s new Board of Physical Therapy.

Two citizens also were appointed to the board, which will begin meeting in January and will replace the Physical Therapy Advisory Committee.

The board was formed through Senate Bill 169, passed earlier this year by the Colorado Legislature. The board is authorized to promote rules and regulations associated with the new Colorado PT (Physical Therapy) Practice Act.


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