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Health Briefs, Sept. 25, 2012

By Staff

Delta Memorial among 20 in Colorado recognized for breast feeding efforts Delta Memorial Hospital is among 20 Colorado hospitals honored Sept. 18 by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment for implementing best practices to support breast feeding. Hospitals that earn the Colorado Can Do 5! breast-feeding award have to implement five best practices: the baby stays in the same room as the mother in the hospital, the baby is fed only breast milk in the hospital, the baby ...


Thai Yoga Massage a unique offering in GJ

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Jill Whinnery found her passion for massage 25 years ago when she became a certified massage therapist shortly after graduating high school. Nearly two decades into her massage career, she discovered Thai Yoga Massage, a traditional Thai massage method that involves a therapist applying pressure to points along the body and holding a person in yoga postures. She quickly became hooked and passed two certification classes in Thai Yoga Massage at the White Lotus Foundation in her hometown of ...

Health Department offering flu shots

By Staff

Flu vaccines are now available at the Mesa County Health Department. Walk-in influenza vaccinations are available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays; from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays; and from 8 a.m. to noon on Fridays at the Health Department at 510 29 1/2 Road and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the department’s Fruita location, 215 N. Plum St. The vaccine comes in a nasal mist or shot form. The nasal vaccine is recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and ...

Health Briefs, Sept. 18, 2012

By Staff

Therapeutic art on display downtown Art created by homeless veterans as part of the “Art in Transition” therapeutic art program will be on diplay from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Downtown Farmers Market. Pieces will be displayed in front of Nepal Restaurant, 356 Main St. “Art in Transition” is made possible through a grant from the Grand Junction Commission on Arts and Culture. Catholic Outreach’s St. Martin Place teamed with local artsits to give former ...

LiveWell targets weight misconceptions

By Lory Pounder

Many people know their height down to the quarter inch. But when it comes to weight, self and societal perception may mean misclassifications of true health risks. A statewide study showed that Coloradans see obesity as someone else’s problem and are not recognizing if their numbers fall into a healthy weight, overweight or obese category. “They tended to think of obesity in terms of The Biggest Loser,” said John Hopkins, Grand Junction resident and chairman of the ...

Health Briefs, Sept. 11, 2012

By Staff

Flu shots offered to veterans The Grand Junction Veterans Affairs Medical Center began its annual flu shot clinic last Wednesday and will continue to host a walk-in clinic from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. on weekdays throughout influenza season at the medical center, 2121 North Ave. Drive-through clinics will also be available from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. Sept. 18 and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 30. Drive-through clinics allow veterans with limited mobility to get flu ...

Health Briefs, Sept. 4, 2012

By Staff

Walk to Cure Diabetes planned Sunday The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Diabetes Counts and the Atchley Family will sponsor a Walk to Cure Diabetes this Sunday at Long Park. The goal of the walk is to raise $100,000 to help the research foundation cure Type 1 diabetes. If the fundraising goal is met, a professional will speak to families with children who have diabetes for free at a new, Community Hospital- and Diabetes Counts-hosted Type 1 Diabetes Family Camp next July on ...


GJ surgeon returns from African medical mission

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It would never get this bad in the United States. That’s what Grand Junction orthopedic surgeon Mark Luker thought when he saw some of the more severe cases of bone deformities and injuries in Tanzania during a medical mission trip there June 6–23. The eastern African nation was full of such cases, Luker said, because of poverty, a lack of advanced equipment and just 50 trained orthopedists in the country of 46 million. Luker, who has worked at Rocky Mountain Orthopaedic ...

Health Briefs, Aug. 28, 2012

By Staff

Marathon seminar Wednesday A free training and injury prevention forum will be offered at 
6:30 p.m. Wednesday at The Bicycle Studio at 2497 Power Road, No. 4, for runners preparing for the Rim Rock Marathon The marathon will take place Nov. 10 on Colorado National Monument. The forum will feature training advice from local physical therapist John Weirath and suggestions for avoiding the top five Rim Rock Marathon injuries from Bryce Christianson, a Grand Junction chiropractor ...

Health Briefs, Aug. 21, 2012

By Staff

Montrose food safety class canceled The Montrose County Health & Human Services Environmental Health Office has canceled a food safety class originally scheduled for today because of road closures associated with the Pro Cycle Challenge. The next class will take place from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 18 at the Montrose County Health & Human Services building at 1845 S. Townsend Ave. Classes also will take place Oct. 16 and Nov. 20. Preregistration for a food safety class is required ...


Cancer survivors subject of film

By Penny Stine

When a young person is given a diagnosis of cancer, the standard response isn’t usually, “Thanks, this is going to change my life for the better.” Yet those who survive often say their diagnosis was like a gift. “After you manage to survive something like that, you can survive anything,” said Wilfredo Aqueron, a 35-year-old film student who also happens to be a cancer survivor and an active duty soldier in the U.S. Army. “You’re going to get the ...


Woman plans 10,000-mile Harley ride to share testicular cancer info

By Richie Ann Ashcraft

When it comes to testicular cancer, it seems women have the balls to talk about it. “It’s easier to approach women and talk about testicles than men,” said Lorrie Sheley, who plans to start a nationwide 10,000-mile ride on her Harley-Davidson motorcycle this week to promote testicular cancer awareness. Sheley’s Biker For Balls tour will begin Friday, just one day after her 50th birthday, and will include all 48 continental states.  She’ll start in ...

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Clifton mom wins weight loss challenge

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Twelve hundred calories and 30 to 45 minutes on the treadmill every day for 90 days earned Clifton resident Amanda Avery a slimmer waistline and a ticket to San Diego. Avery, 38, is one of five winners of the TAIslim 90 Day Challenge who will travel to San Diego this Saturday through Tuesday as a reward from the company that makes TAIslim weight loss products for winning the contest. Avery won the trip, which includes a night at a San Diego Padres baseball game, a makeover and a $1,000 ...

Health Brief, Aug. 14, 2012

By Staff

Summer speaker series ending The last two presentations of the 2012 Summer Speaker Series presented by the city of Fruita and Family Health West will take place today and Saturday at the Fruita Community Center, 324 N. Coulson St. Dr. Waggar Khan-Farooqi will present “Healthy Feet and Ankles: Choosing Proper Footwear” at 6 p.m. today and Dr. Lynda Hamner will present “Anti-Inflammatory Diet Recommendations” at 10 a.m. Saturday. Both presentations are free and ...


Gold’s Gym honoree loses 130 lbs., but gains so much

By Duffy Hayes

Clifton’s Lindsey Cotter found something at the end of the emotional journey that left her 130 pounds lighter. Her self-worth. She also picked up something a bit more tangible. Cotter recently received the “Most Inspirational” award among all the Gold’s Gyms worldwide, a recognition she was awarded in Las Vegas in July with her personal trainer, Deb Leany, close at hand. “There’s no price tag that you can put on healthiness and happiness,” ...

Tdap clinic serves as reminder for older students to get immunized

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Pencils. Notebooks. Immunizations. They’re all on the back-to-school checklist. Starting with kindergarten, Colorado students are expected to arrive for their first day of school immunized for measles, mumps, rubella, polio, diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, Hepatitis B and chickenpox or have proof they had chickenpox. Although some parents get into the flow of early childhood vaccinations, School District 51 spokeswoman Christy McGee said some parents need a reminder that a booster ...

Local autism support plan to be formulated

By Staff

Mesa Developmental Services is hosting a community stakeholder meeting about autism on Thursday. The event is at capacity, so no more people will be allowed into the event, but the result of the meeting will impact Mesa County residents with autism, their families and education providers. The goal of “Enhancing Community Supports for Individuals on the Autism Spectrum” is to bring together representatives from the Autism Society of Colorado, University of Colorado Medical ...

Health Briefs, July 31, 2012

By Staff

Immunization walk-in hours extended Montrose County Health & Human Services will extend the hours of its immunization program on Wednesdays and Thursdays, when vaccinations are available to walk-in patients, ahead of the start of the school year. Colorado students are required to get certain immunizations before starting school unless they are exempt for medical, religious or personal reasons. Walk-in immunizations will be available to all patients from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ...

Community Hospital negotiating Western Ortho purchase

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Community Hospital is about to take another step in its moving process. The hospital at 2021 N. 12th St. is in negotiations to purchase Western Orthopedics, across the street from the hospital at 2020 N. 12th St. Community Hospital Chief Executive Officer Chris Thomas said the hospital plans to move Grand Valley Urgent Care, Orchard Pharmacy, Colorado Mesa University’s Student Health Center and the hospital’s imaging services and lab draw station into the Western Orthopedics ...

Family rides in cycling classic for a cause

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Morgan Jueschke and her father, Joseph Jueschke, rode with a purpose in this year’s Courage Classic. The annual Colorado bike ride benefits Children’s Hospital Colorado in Aurora. The Jueschkes, of Grand Junction, decided to participate in this year’s ride to honor Morgan’s brother and Joseph’s son, Brayden, who received a heart transplant at Children’s 19 years ago when Brayden was just 5 months old. Now a culinary student nearing graduation at ...

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