Health Briefs, Jan. 26, 2010

District 51 gets health-related award

School District 51 was presented with a Healthiest Companies of America Award by Interactive Health Solutions Inc.

The award is based on the school district’s continued effort and commitment to the health and well-being of its employees, IHC said in a news release.

School District 51 works with its health benefits administrator, CNIC Health Solutions and a benefits consultant to conduct a workplace wellness program that includes free annual blood screenings to employees and spouses who are covered under the district’s health benefits plan. These screenings have proven beneficial in the early detection of treatable conditions including diabetes, heart disease, liver disease and other maladies. Meal, info on chiropractic care offered

The Back to Health Wellness Center is offering free dinners and information sessions for working adults.

People who live or work in Grand Junction are entitled to a free dinner at a local restaurant in conjunction with an informational meeting on chiropractic care. Daniel Lonquist, a certified chiropractic wellness practitioner, will be available to answer questions about wellness and chiropractic health care.

The talks, called Healthy Again in 2010, are at 6:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of every month. For information, call Dana at 257-9199.

Magazine promotes fight against cancer

The inaugural issue of “LIVESTRONG Quarterly,” a new print, online and print-on-demand magazine is complete.

Readers can look forward to profiles of advocates, survivors and supporters in the fight against cancer. The publication includes articles about health, fitness, wellness and information about preventing, treating and raising cancer awareness.

To find the magazine, go to http://www.LIVESTRONG.org and search for the LIVESTRONG Quarterly.

Health Fair offers early blood draw

The Grand Valley Health Fair is offering Mesa County residents the opportunity to have early blood draws for the popular low-cost blood chemistry screenings. Appointments are required and sign-up dates are Feb. 1–3.

To sign up online, go to http://www.mesahealth.org or call 683-6636. Blood draws are Feb. 15–19 in room 1060 at the Mesa County Health Department, 510 29 1/2 Road, in Grand Junction. Blood work ranges in cost from $15 to $30.

Show raises $1,000 for Latimer House

A Christmas Show performed by the Grand Valley Community Theatre raised more than $1,000 for Hilltop Community Resources’ Latimer House.

The money will be used by Latimer House to continue providing services and support to individuals affected by domestic violence and sexual assault in Mesa County.

Latimer House provides individual and group counseling, advocacy, shelter, children’s services and a 24-hour crisis line for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in Mesa County. Since 1984, Latimer House has provided a safe, home-like environment for men, women and children who are experiencing life-threatening situations.

Life center offers diabetes classes

People with new onset of diabetes or who already have diabetes and have never taken a diabetes class can attend St. Mary’s Life Center Diabetes Education classes.

Attendees must have health insurance or Medicare Part B benefits. Medicare and private insurance will cover one four-week series of classes. It is helpful to check with insurance before entering the class.

Classes are from 2-4 p.m. each Tuesday in February. To sign up, have a physician’s referral faxed to 298-7905. Register for the class by calling 298-6900. For questions, call 298-1998.

Low-vision device demos to be given

A meeting to demonstrate several low-vision adaptive devices will be from 3–4:30 p.m. Monday at the library of The Commons, 625 27 1/2 Road.

The program will be conducted by Denice Roberts, an assistive technology specialist. Light refreshments will be provided.

For more information, call Lorene Hassig at 256-1811 or contact her by e-mail at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Be aware of weight loss going too far

An estimated third of Americans made a New Year’s resolution to lose weight. Though dieters may have healthy intentions, they could be putting themselves at risk for an eating disorder, according to the Eating Recovery Center, a licensed and joint commission accredited behavioral hospital providing treatment and recovery for those with eating disorders.

These 10 signs may indicate that a dieting loved one is developing an eating disorder:

Dramatic weight loss.

Refusal to eat certain foods.

Evidence of binge eating or purging behaviors.

Frequent comments about feeling fat or overweight despite weight loss.

Anxiety about gaining weight or being fat.

Denial of hunger.

Development of food rituals, such as eating foods in a certain order or rearranging food on a plate.

Withdrawal from friends and activities.

Excessive, rigid exercise regimen despite weather, fatigue, illness or injury.

Behaviors and attitudes indicating that weight loss, dieting or control of food are primary concerns.

For information related to eating disorder treatment options, visit http://www.EatingRecoveryCenter.com.

Weight management program planned

OPTIFAST is a medically monitored weight management program for people with a body mass index of 30 or more. Potential participants and their supporters are invited to attend a free information session.

Sessions will be from 4:15–5 p.m. Feb. 2 and Feb. 16 at St. Mary’s Life Center, 1100 Patterson Road, in the Grand Mesa Room. Call 298-1971 to register. For information, visit http://www.OPTIFAST.com.


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