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Prescription for exercise

By Greg Ruland

Chuck Ackerman stays fit since surgery took his prostrate cancer away four years ago. The 72-year-old Fruita resident is free of cancer and working out to keep his mind and body healthy. Twice each week, the focus on fitness takes him to the Fruita Community Center, 324 N. Coulson St. That’s where Lindsay Maurer, a credentialed instructor, helps cancer survivors create an individualized exercise regimen. The patient-centered approach is the centerpiece of a new, innovative ...


Avalon ensures quality experience for hearing impaired

By Greg Ruland

Hearing experts have completed installation of a wire array at the Avalon Theatre that will take audio from on-stage performances directly into the heads of the hearing impaired. The hearing loop system, valued at more than $30,000, will be completed once funds are committed. Then the contractor, Assist 2 Hear, will return with amplifiers to connect the wire array into the theater’s overall audio-visual system, owner and President Laura Hansen said. Fundraising to pay for the loop ...

Health Briefs, March 11, 2014

By Staff

Olive oil makes healthy food better Everyone wants to eat healthy, but not everyone knows how to make healthy foods taste great. That’s why the Colorado Chiropractic & Muscle Care Healthy Living Series is offering at 6 p.m. today a free community presentation, “Fresh EVOO: You Can Really Taste The Difference” at Movement Therapies, 2232 N. Seventh St., Suite 8. The event is part of an ongoing series of talks, media presentations and demonstrations meant to engage ...

Surgery option to keep weight loss vows

By Greg Ruland

Squeamish overeaters pay heed: This a story about weight loss surgical procedures that could get a little graphic. Roughly 60 days since thousands pledged to get fit and drop the extra weight, several pledge-takers see little progress from their efforts and a few may even be considering weight-loss surgery. The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery estimates 18 million Americans currently qualify for the surgery, but only 1 percent — about 160,000 — actually ...


G.Y.M. Monster Walks

By Staff

In a full upright position, cross the handles and move the feet outward creating an inward tension on the band. Turn the feet so they are slightly pigeon-toed.   Walk in this position, keeping the feet apart and toes slightly in. Beginners should walk for 30 seconds. Increase the time and repeat as your strength improves. You also may increase the resistance of the band.  ...

Health and Wellness Briefs, Feb. 25, 2014

By Staff

Free clinic appointments Thursday The Good Samaritan free medical clinic is now accepting appointments on Thursday for its offices located at 634 Main St. in the Downtown Vineyard Church Offices. Good Samaritan Clinic is open to the public. and operated by volunteer medical professionals from our community. If you don’t have insurance, or have insurance but are still unable to afford a doctor’s visit, we are here to help. To schedule an appointment, volunteer to help, or ...


Hospice need outgrows Montrose facility

By Greg Ruland

HopeWest Hospice and Palliative Care is hoping its application for a city building permit comes through soon so it can get to work on the A. Curtis Robinson Center for Hope in Montrose. Construction of the roughly 10,000-square-foot, $3 million center could begin as soon as Friday if Montrose gives the green light, said Nancy Hoganson, HopeWest director of community relations. The need for a new center arose when demand for hospice services in and around Montrose, Ridgway and Ouray ...

Don’t jump the gun on planting garden

By Erin McIntyre

The first day high temperatures reached into the low 50s, I felt the itch. Why not clear that flowerbed of leaves? Dig around and see if the irises are starting to push their vibrant green spear-like leaves through the winter muck. Take off that ratty sweatshirt and put my feet in the dirt? Nobody wants to believe Punxsutawney Phil’s depressing prediction that we’ll endure more wintry weather before we see spring. Personally, I have little faith in a New England resident ...


Get Yourself Moving: The Swiss Ball Pass Over

By Staff



How women 
can take care 
of their hearts

By Staff

eart disease personified would be a vicious killer of women who hid in the open, unrecognized and ignored before taking another life. The sneaky killer was probably lurking among the 200 or so who attended the first day of a two-day education and awareness program at St. Mary’s Hospital last week. St. Mary’s Cardiac and Vascular Services Department presented the Go Red for Women program where Dr. Maria Anderson, a cardiologist, and Dr. Sara Pereira, a thoracic surgeon, spoke ...

Health Briefs, Feb. 18, 2014

By Staff

Discussing mammograms With recent studies casting doubt on when and if women should have mammograms, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment recommends women speak with their health care providers to make the best decision. “With all the public confusion over mammograms, we want to make it clear that no one knows a woman’s medical needs better than her health care provider,” said Dr. Larry Wolk, the department’s executive director and chief ...


Veteran’s costly ride in ambulance highlights federal benefits dilemma

By Greg Ruland

People in need of an ambulance don’t normally shop around for the best price. Life or death emergencies don’t work that way, nor should they, Grand Junction Veterans Affairs Medical Center officials said Friday. The right time to call an ambulance is usually obvious, but some people try to save money anyway at the risk of their lives. “Is your life really worth $900?” asked VA Medical Center spokesman Paul Sweeney. Some veterans say yes, considering the number ...

Health Briefs, Feb. 4, 2014

By Staff

Rocky Mountain MS Center names CEO The Rocky Mountain Multiple Sclerosis Center selected Gina Berg as its new chief executive officer. The Rocky Mountain MS Center is the regional leader in providing clinical care, research, education and support to people with multiple sclerosis and their families. As CEO, Berg has oversight of the strategic direction and operation of the center’s programs and services. Berg has more than 14 years of experience as a nonprofit executive. Prior ...


Blind civil rights group forming to serve Western Slope

By Greg Ruland

In the mind of the beholder, the sight of a blind person navigating the sidewalk with a service dog or white cane may generate thoughts that further disable them but rarely define them. Do blind people really count their steps to get from one place to another? Do blind people really have increased hearing ability and other heightened senses? “If people think you have these weird capabilities, then you’re separate and apart,” said Kevan Worley of Worley Enterprises, a ...

Health Briefs, Jan. 28, 2014

By Staff

Free hearing aids offered A local audiologist is giving the gift of better hearing. Dr. Jennifer Bebee of Western Colorado Hearing Clinic has teamed up with Starkey, a national hearing devices company, in order to help five local people who are financially unable to purchase digital hearing aids on their own.  “Everybody deserves to hear at the best level possible. I don’t believe anyone should be turned away for their hearing needs because of their financial ...

Health Briefs, Jan. 21, 2014

By Staff

Learn how to lose weight with surgery If you are considering weight loss surgery, attend a free education session presented by the staff of St. Mary’s Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery Center from noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. St. Mary’s offers all surgical options — gastric band, gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy, and biliopancreatic diversion procedures — performed by a bariatric-trained surgeon. Learn how the different types of surgery work, who qualifies and ...


Time runs out on dental care

By Greg Ruland

Elaine Harper, a 70-year-old school bus driver, needed a lot of dental work she couldn’t afford. Last March, Harper believed her prayers were answered when she saw a giant billboard along U.S. Highway 6&50 advertising a new dental service that offered one year’s worth of dental work in exchange for a single payment of $900. The deal at Grand Dental, 1035 Grand Ave., was apparently too good to last. Harper made the $900 payment, but before all the dental work she needed ...

Switching to gluten free

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My brother was diagnosed with celiac disease about four years ago. His physician told him siblings have a higher chance of sharing the diagnosis than parents or children — about a 50/50 chance. That bit of news prompted my other brother and me to get a blood test to see if we had celiac, too. It came back negative for both of us. So I’m in the clear for celiac. But, like plenty of other people, the protein composite found in many products made with wheat, barley and rye that ...


Western Slope blood supply flows through St. Mary’s Regional Center

By Greg Ruland

Blood is usually in short supply during the winter because of holidays, travel schedules, inclement weather and illness. January, in particular, is a tough month for blood centers to find people willing to donate, said Jill Breman, donor recruiter at St. Mary’s Regional Blood Center, 750 Wellington Ave. That’s why January has been declared National Blood Donor Awareness Month. “People think of donating when there’s an accident or emergency, but all communities ...

Health Briefs, Jan. 7, 2014

By Staff

Help with veterans benefits offered A representative from the Denver Regional Veterans Benefits Office will visit Grand Junction today and Wednesday. Barbara Martinez can assist veterans and their survivors with a number of issues including: claims for military-related injuries or illnesses, also called service-connected disabilities, veterans home loan information, low-income wartime veterans pension requests, pensions for widows and widowers of wartime veterans; survivors ...

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