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Communication key to closing relationship expectations gap

By Sheri Fisher

It was my first transatlantic flight. I was on my way to Germany. I planned to enjoy the long flight by reading, writing and sleeping. Talking to people was not my top priority. I was on vacation. Being a life coach, however, doesn’t just turn on and off. When someone talks to me, I usually fully engage. It’s a habit. I find it nearly impossible to half listen, especially when someone wants to talk, and a nine hour flight provides an excellent opportunity to be heard (or to ...

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Virtual colonoscopies offer many advantages, but insurance coverage not one

By Amy Hamilton

Having a colonoscopy isn’t likely to be anyone’s idea of a good time. However, fairly new technology allows for more comfortable and speedy digital colon scans, a procedure that also eliminates the slight risk inherent in traditional colonoscopies of the camera perforating the colon. Virtual colonoscopies, or those completed via a CT (computed tomographic) scan, commonly called a CAT scan, are less expensive than optical colonoscopies. While patients must prepare their ...

Health Briefs, May 4, 2010

By Staff

Health care program’s rules change An additional 67,500 Coloradans will be eligible for Medicaid and Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+), according to the state Department of Health Care Policy and Financing. The Colorado Health Care Affordability Act, signed by Governor Ritter in 2009, authorized the department to collect a hospital provider fee to expand health care coverage to more than 100,000 Coloradans. When fully implemented, $600 million in fees will be matched by federal dollars ...

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District 51 students tour hospital

By Amy Hamilton

Central High School sophomore Ivy Espinoza dreams of becoming a pediatrician. “I like kids and I want to save their lives and help them out,” she said last week while touring Community Hospital. Espinoza was one of about 80 sophomores and juniors from District 51 to participate in a whirlwind tour of many of the hospital’s departments for a career day. The students were chosen to attend after indicating their desire to pursue careers in the health industry. That desire ...

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Parents work to get 3-year-old help walking

By Amy Hamilton

Johnmark Hurley’s life has been a battle since he survived for 27 minutes without oxygen after birth. Now at 2 1/2 years, the joyful toddler from Clifton has cerebral palsy and hypotonia, or low muscle tone. Though he will turn 3 on the Fourth of July, Johnmark is not yet walking or crawling. His parents, Will and Marie Hurley, believe that the prayers of hundreds of people have helped their family weather some of the hardest times. “Johnmark is really doing as well as he is ...

Health Briefs, April 27, 2010

By Staff

Data available at Dartmouth Atlas Project The Dartmouth Atlas Project has launched a new website,, to provide comprehensive information and analysis about national, regional and local health care markets, as well as individual hospitals and their affiliated physicians. New highlights include: Access to the Dartmouth Atlas’ database allows users to create maps, charts and tables that can be downloaded and incorporated into reports and ...

Spouse abuse often begets violence against children

By Richie Ann Ashcraft

Several community organizations dedicated to preventing child abuse and family violence are organizing a variety of abuse awareness events this month. The Grand Junction City Council, city of Fruita and the Mesa County Commission have declared April as Child Abuse Prevention Month and the Month of the Young Child. The events culminate with an appearance by Denise Brown, sister of Nicole Brown Simpson, on April 22 at the Avalon Theatre. Doors open at 6:15 p.m., and the event begins at 7 ...

Health Briefs, April 6, 2010

By Staff

Walk for Recovery scheduled for May 1 The National Alliance for Mental Illness is sponsoring its second annual Walk for Recovery from 10:30 a.m. to noon May 1 at Sherwood Park in Grand Junction. The walk is to raise awareness, combat the stigma of mental illness and raise money for programs. Registration is $20. For information and to register, call NAMI Western Slope at 462-3989 or Janice Curtis at 257-0891. Program presents Crohn’s disease info The Crohn’s and Colitis ...


For Grand Junction trainer, interval training guards against the body hitting stall periods

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With interval training gaining in popularity with exercise experts, at least one Grand Junction personal trainer is making sure his clients receive the benefits of intense exercise. Monday through Friday, Mike Davis, 39, puts on four 40-minute classes of interval training at Snap Fitness in Clifton. “One way to lose weight is hopping on a treadmill and maintaining a pace for two hours,” Davis said. “It’s an effective way of losing weight, but you have to put in a ...

Health Briefs, March 30, 2010

By Staff

Medicare prescription coverage changes The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services ended its contract with Fox Insurance Co. effective March 10 after determining the plan did not meet Medicare’s requirements to provide enrollees with prescription drugs according to recognized standards of care and jeopardized the health and safety of Fox enrollees. There are 241 Fox Insurance Co. clients in Mesa County. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services found that Fox committed ...

Health briefs: March 16, 2010

By Staff

Speaker, discussion series on birth set BirthSmart, a pending Colorado nonprofit, will be offering a guest speaker and discussion series called BellyTalk for women of childbearing age. The next BellyTalk is at 9 a.m. March 27 at the Koinonia Church, 730 25 Road. Guest speakers are Karen Pramenko and Brittany Dunn who will present “Empowered Birth: Home and Hospital.” Space is limited. Snacks and child care are free. Tickets are $5 and are available at ...

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 ...

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