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LiveWell puts emphasis on ways to get healthy food

By Amy Hamilton

Efforts to encourage people to live healthy lifestyles often include concise slogans such as “quit smoking” and “buckle up.” But tackling the issue of obesity it a bit trickier. While maintaining healthy weight and exercising often is a personal responsibility, state and national leaders have identified disparity among residents’ access to healthy foods. In an attempt to level the playing field, LiveWell Colorado recently released the Food Policy Blueprint, ...


Yoga class helps war veterans heal unseen scars

By Amy Hamilton

In a black T-shirt and black jeans, John Armendarez takes his place on a mat on the floor. The 47-year-old veteran who was assigned to the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea has never taken a yoga class before, but has been trying new things lately and figures the experience couldn’t hurt. Before class starts, Armendarez raises his left shirt sleeve to reveal a foot-long scar on the inside his arm, an indelible reminder of his service. Hesitant about going into it ...

Health briefs, March 9, 2010

By Staff

— Doctor named cancer liaison physician Dr. Gregory Chipman of Grand Junction recently received a 3-year appointment as cancer liaison physician for St. Mary’s Hospital’s cancer center. Cancer liaison physicians are an integral part of cancer programs accredited by the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer. Chipman is part of a national network of more than 1,600 volunteer physicians responsible for providing leadership and direction to establish, ...

Health Briefs, Feb. 23, 2010

By Staff

Spare change fundraiser benefits group More than 81,000 students from Colorado and Wyoming soon will be asked to share their “two cents” as they collect spare change to benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s school and youth campaign during Olive Garden’s Pasta for Pennies program. Last year, Olive Garden’s program collected $5.3 million nationally. The total amount donated since the program’s inception is more than $47 million. Students in ...

New report compares Mesa County health with most other Colorado counties

By Amy Hamilton

A newly released national report has given Mesa County health officials one more way to measure the health of county residents. The report, released by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is the first of its kind to compare the health of residents of different Colorado counties. The study ranks the health of Mesa County residents as compared to residents of 55 other counties in the state. Eight Colorado counties with limited ...

Student sees marrow donation as easy way to help society

By Amy Hamilton

There’s a 10-year-old boy somewhere in the nation with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, the most common kind of leukemia in children. Ashley Winder, 21, is going to help save his life. And it hardly matters to Winder, a 2007 Grand Junction High School graduate, that she may never meet the boy. She plans to donate her bone marrow later this month to give the boy a shot at life. “It’s a pretty easy process for me compared to what I can do for this boy,” said Winder in ...

Hotchkiss woman on nationwide team of heart health advocates

By Amy Hamilton

Heart disease won’t get the best of Carolyn Holton, despite a heart attack more than 20 years ago. The 69-year-old Hotchkiss woman’s subsequent lifestyle changes now make her feel younger than she felt when she went into cardiac arrest at age 46. Her commitment to keeping her heart healthy has earned her the distinction of being one of 65 women from around the country this year to become a WomenHeart Champion through the National Coalition for Women with Heart ...

Health Briefs, Jan. 26, 2010

By Staff

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 ...

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Help plentiful - and maybe life saving - through Marillac support groups

By Amy Hamilton

At one time, it was common for Rogelio Lariz to eat 15–18 tacos in one sitting. But after being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, Lariz, with the help of his wife, Sophia, has limited his intake to three tacos. Lariz also quit smoking, drinking soda and eating hamburgers. He is more inclined to exercise. In addition to losing a lot of weight, Lariz was able to reverse some of the symptoms caused by Type 2 diabetes, and he no longer uses insulin to regulate his blood sugar. This was ...

Hoarding disorder: 3 million Americans can’t throw away junk

By Emily Shockley

When childhood friends came over to play, Grand Junction resident Andrea Land would tell them to close their eyes until they got to her tidy bedroom. She didn’t want them to see the piles of junk mail, magazines, shoes and books her mother stacked in the other rooms in the house. “I knew it wasn’t normal and normal people didn’t have piles of paper everywhere,” Land said. It wasn’t until she was an adult that Land found a name for her mother’s ...

Trash has meaning in Grandma’s mind

By Emily Shockley

My intention in writing about hoarding syndrome in today’s paper was not to capitalize on the new-found fame of the condition, recently popularized by shows such as “Hoarders” on A&E and TLC’s “Help! I’m a Hoarder.” What I really wanted to do was let anyone who identifies with the symptoms of hoarding know they’re not alone. Anyone can have hoarding syndrome. Including my grandma. My grandmother’s hoarding tendencies began when my ...

Officials see need for Health Department offices in Lower Valley

By Amy Hamilton

Fruita Mayor Ken Henry said he often has been asked why the Mesa County Health Department needs to duplicate services it offers in Grand Junction. If finding transportation was a problem for some folks, they should take the bus, Henry was told. So one day Henry took the bus from Fruita to Health Department offices in the Community Services Building, 510 29 1/2 Road. It took 2 1/2 hours each way, five hours total, to make the 24-mile journey. “I think this will be a tremendous ...

At any age, exercise is the best anti-aging drug available

By Henrietta Hay

Body Parts. Those two words bring various images: science fiction, voodoo, pornography, Baywatch. But right now when I think of body parts I am thinking of hinges. After 81 years of use, one of my hinges is not working properly. The miracle, of course, is that any one of them is working at all. Shoulders do not come with lifetime guarantees. Oh well, neither does anything else. Fixing hinges is a major industry in this country. Doctors achieve miracles with new body parts, but a lot of ...

Multiple sclerosis patient will take treatments in Costa Rica

By Amy Hamilton

Multiple sclerosis will have to try harder to get the best of Mary Posta. Thanks to an outpouring of donations in the past 10 months, the 59-year-old Ridgway woman is slated to receive adult stem-cell treatments at a clinic in Costa Rica in the hopes of stalling symptoms of her disease. “Everything has been falling into place way too easy,” Posta said. “Through the past few months, I’ve gotten letters and phone calls of people saying they’re watching me and ...

Consider future when making urgent decisions

By Staff

“I ran into my ex-boyfriend, Samuel,” Marla said in a matter-of-fact tone. “How did that feel?” I asked. “It reminded me of how much fun we had,” she said. “I broke up with him four months ago because I didn’t see a future for us. He could talk about anything except his real feelings, and I want more.” “Is there regret in your voice?” I asked. “There are times when I’m lonely,” Marla said, “but ...

Health Briefs, Jan. 5, 2010

By Staff

Family grief support group beginning Forget-Me-Not, a family grief support group, is open to children ages 5–18 and their family members. It will be from 5:30–7:00 p.m. Thursday nights starting Jan. 14 and going through March 4. The group will meet at the Hospice Care Center, 3090 B N. 12th St. Through the use of games, arts and crafts projects, and music, Forget-Me-Not offers education and support regarding the death of a loved one. Forget-Me-Not is a free community ...

Post-birth return to work a challenge

By Staff

“I am exhausted,” Heather said as she plopped into the chair. “Austin is doing great with day care, but after my maternity leave ended, it’s been tough to get back on track.” “How have you been sleeping?” I asked. “Pretty good,” Heather said. “William does one of the feedings at night so I can sleep.” “Tell me about feeling off-track,” I said. “Going back to work has been challenging,” Heather ...

Bucket lists help individuals focus energy, attain lifetime goals

By Melinda Mawdsley

Life lists can serve a purpose. For 31-year-old Jen Schaefer, what she wants to accomplish comes in the form of a list of 100 items. It’s her “bucket list” of things she wants to do during her lifetime, and she keeps it handy at all times. She has already crossed off seeing the Pyramids of Giza and the Empire State Building. Running a 5K is a list item she’s working toward now, and she signed up for a fitness group at the Grand Junction Veterans Affairs Medical ...

Health Briefs, Dec. 29, 2009

By Staff

Wellness connection offers free screenings The American Cancer Society recommends annual breast cancer screenings for women beginning at age 40. The Women’s Wellness Connection provides free breast and cervical screenings for women at more than 120 locations in Colorado. Low-income women between ages 40–64 with limited or no health insurance may qualify for the free tests. For information, visit or call 1-866-951-9355. Health ...

Still searching for my soul mate

By Staff

“I’ve been thinking about the concept of soul mates,” Naomi said. “My friend, Caitlyn, has been dating a man for the past year and she swears that they’re soul mates. I think you can actually see it when they are together.” “What’s your concept of a soul mate?” I asked. “It’s how she talks about him,” Naomi said. “It’s like they’ve searched lifetimes for one another and have finally found each ...

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