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GYM: High Plank Dumbbell Pull

By Staff

High Plank Dumbbell Pull Start in a high plank position with a dumbbell placed on the floor just outside of one hand. Maintaining core stability, reach across and grasp the dumbbell with your opposite hand. Pull the dumbbell across your body and place it on the floor. Place the hand you used to move the dumbbell just inside the dumbbell, which is now on the other side. Repeat to move the dumbbell back to the other side. Focus on maintaining a neutral spine throughout the ...


G.Y.M. Resistance Band Chest Press Lunge

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Resistance Band Chest Press Lunge Anchor your resistance band and stand facing away from the anchor point in a full, upright, neutral-spine position with one handle in each hand. Your elbows should start at 90 degrees with your arms parallel. As you step forward into a forward lunge, extend your arms forward, keeping them parallel while maintaining an upright body position. The temptation will be to lean forward. The weight should transfer to the forward knee. When returning to the ...

Garfield chips in to mental hospital campaign

By Dennis Webb

Garfield County commissioners this week committed $50,000 toward an effort to build an expanded Grand Junction psychiatric hospital to serve western Colorado. The county’s contribution comes as Mind Springs Health, the entity that plans to build the hospital, begins seeking support from area counties as part of a fundraising effort. Mind Springs already has raised more than $10 million of the nearly $18 million it is pursuing through a fundraising campaign to begin construction on ...

Technology keeps patient in the process of dental implants

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SPONSORED CONTENT: Penny Stine/The Daily Sentinel Consumers are used to virtual tours of real estate property for sale, digital communications with friends and family members and online reservations systems for events and accommodations. The digital age has impacted and changed many aspects of day-to-day life, and while we may lament the good old days, no one wants to go back to recordkeeping or communication done solely with paper and pencil. Digital tools and techniques are also ...

This Valentine’s Day, give yourself the gift of self-love

By April Schulte-Barclay

The Beatles said, “All you need is love. Love is all you need.” While we could argue that our needs extend beyond love, no one can deny its tremendous importance in our lives. In fact, love has also been referred to as the greatest force in the universe and that which makes the world go round.  It also may be said that there are two primary emotions, love and fear, and that other emotions are simply extensions of these two primary emotional forces. Love encompasses the ...

State of sex ed, no Planned Parenthood worry citizens

By Gabrielle Porter

The lack of a Planned Parenthood facility in Grand Junction and the quality of public school sex education loomed large among complaints raised by Mesa County residents during a town hall-style meeting headed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado and other advocacy groups Saturday afternoon at Colorado Mesa University. Members of ACLU of Colorado, the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice and Pro-Choice Colorado asked about 50 attendees Saturday whether they have ...

Health care merger concerns gay rights leaders

By Gabrielle Porter

A Colorado gay rights leader said he is watching with concern to see how the acquisition of Mesa County’s Rocky Mountain Health Plans by national behemoth UnitedHealthcare will impact steps the smaller company has taken to protect transgender policyholders. Daniel Ramos, executive director of One Colorado, spoke about the merger during a Saturday evening meeting hosted as part of his organization’s We Are One Colorado tour. The meeting at the Unitarian Universalist ...


GYM: Swiss Ball Hip Bridge

By Staff

Swiss Ball Hip Bridge Start in a supine position with your knees flexed and the bottoms of your feet resting on a Swiss Ball. Raise your hips slightly off the floor and contract your gluteal muscles, working for a full extension through your hips. Return to the starting position without your hips touching the floor. Repeat for 12–16 repetitions. As with the Swiss Ball Hamstring Curly, this exercise can be made more challenging and beneficial by extending your hands toward the ...


F-A-S-T key for stroke care

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Sponsored Content: Nancy Lofholm/For St. Mary’s Medical Center Patricia Centurion Gimenez was sitting at her desk in a Montrose dental office in November when her head started spinning. She blamed the dizziness on not having eaten much. And she continued with her work. The next thing Gimenez knew, she was on the floor. She tried to call to one of her coworkers, but she couldn’t say the word “Katy.” She could only mumble through lips that had gone slack on one ...


Veterans with disabilities discover new zest for life on the slopes

By Richie Ann Ashcraft

U.S. Army veteran Sean Eddy says he only has two speeds — real fast and stop. He couldn’t wait to speed down the slopes at Powderhorn Mountain Resort at a recent ski clinic for disabled veterans, sponsored by the Grand Junction Veterans Health Care System and Colorado Discover Ability. Eddy is a recent amputee who had never skied before. “I think it will be like driving a Formula One car down a ski slope and I think I’m going to have a blast,” he said with ...


GYM: Swiss Ball Hamstring Curl

By Staff

Swiss Ball Hamstring Curl Start in a supine position with your feet resting on a Swiss ball and arms by your sides, palms facing up. Raise your hips off of the floor. Bend at your knees while simultaneously raising your hips. Return to the starting position. Repeat for 10–16 repetitions. The difficulty and benefits of this exercise can be increased by extending your arms toward the ceiling as this will require effective rotational stability. At no point should you continue if ...

Health and Wellness briefs: Jan. 31, 2017

By Staff

Sisson joins Mountain West Dermatology team Mountain West Dermatology & Aesthetics announced that Jana Sisson will join the aesthetic team of the Grand Junction-based dermatology practice alongside Dr. Amy Paul and Erin K. Larson, CLS. Sisson is a licensed medical aesthetician and skin care specialist with more than 10 years of medical office experience in laser, dermatology and plastic surgery. Sisson is a member of the Associated Skin Care Professionals. She is accepting ...

Political tensions running high? Take care of your liver

By April Schulte-Barclay

I have now had the honor of providing health guidance through the election process in four presidential elections. Obviously, I have patients on both sides of the political aisle. From my vantage point, it is certainly fair to say that passion and conviction on each side is equal. For every patient angry about the election of President Donald Trump,  another is excited about the opportunities he may provide for our country. However, patients on both sides are equally charged with ...


GYM: Swiss Ball Hamstring Curl

By Staff

Swiss Ball Hamstring Curl Start in a supine position with your heels resting on a Swiss ball. Bend at the knees and raise your hips as you bring the ball closer to you. Return to the starting position without letting your hips touch the floor. Repeat this for 10–20 repetitions. If at any time your hamstrings start to grab or cramp, STOP. This is not something you want to push through. This exercise can be made significantly more challenging by putting the palms of your hands ...

Health and Wellness briefs: Jan. 24, 2017

By Staff

Foot and Ankle Center to offer free clinic day Grand Valley Foot and Ankle Center is sponsoring a free clinic day for people experiencing foot and ankle issues. Patients will have the opportunity to meet Laura Wetstine, DPM, learn more about Grand Valley Foot and Ankle Center, and get a potential diagnosis and treatment options for their ailment. The free clinic is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday at Grand Valley Foot and Ankle Center, 2478 Patterson Road, Suite 1, in Grand ...


GYM: High Plank Alternate Shoulder Tap

By Staff

High Plank Alternate Shoulder Tap Start in a high plank position with a neutral spine. Hands should be under your shoulders with fingers pointed forward. Without rocking your hips, engage the external core muscles and pick up your right hand and touch your left shoulder. Return to the starting position. Repeat by touching your right shoulder with your left hand. Your hips should stay level and there should be no bend at your waist. Breathing should be natural as holding your breath ...

Solutions for the problem of missing teeth

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SPONSORED CONTENT: A Reader information feature brought to you by JP Dental and The Daily Sentinel Throughout history, people with missing teeth have been trying to find a tooth substitute that looks good and functions well. Archaelogical records show that ancient Mayans performed the very first dental implants using sea shells. Several centuries later, so many teeth were scavenged from the Battle of Waterloo in 1815 and turned into dentures that Waterloo teeth, as they became known, ...


Grieving or stressed? Plenty of help available

By April Schulte-Barclay

My son, Adam, just turned 6 years old. His sweet nature is to freely display his loving heart. Adam reflects the close bonds of our family, and in some ways he does so more authentically than anyone else in our clan. He fondly, tenderly and sincerely speaks of missing family members who are not living in Grand Junction, and even more poignantly describes how much he misses those who have passed on. Shortly after turning 5, my son lost one of the most powerful and loving forces in his ...


GYM: Winter workout

By Staff

WINTER WORKOUT Complete two rounds of each exercise.   GLIDING BACK LUNGE Stand with one foot on a Gliding Disc, paper plate or something that will stay under the foot and slide with a neutral spine. Open your shoulder and point your thumbs out to move the engagement into the back rather than the front. While maintaining an upright posture, drop back into your sliding leg then return to the starting point. As you progress you will be able to go deeper, feeling a stretch in the ...


Cancer Day aims to assist

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SPONSORED CONTENT: Nancy Lofholm/For St. Mary’s Medical Center Cancer upends lives. When cells run amok, the changes trigger weighty decisions. Personal focus shifts. Family relationships change. Time splits: There is life before- the-diagnosis, and life after. This wide-ranging struggle plays out daily at St. Mary’s Cancer Center where 800 patients were newly diagnosed with cancer last year. They joined the ranks of the two in five people who will develop cancer in their ...

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