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HW: Road from the Rim Rock Run

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Three days before the US Bank Rim Rock Run, I watched the weather report and fretted over record morning lows of 15 degrees. I was used to training through the tripledigit temperatures of summer and didn’t own 15-degree running clothes. I didn’t own 15-degree lungs. I kept my fingers crossed for a warm front and turned to more important issues such as figuring my time and mileage. I studied the map of Rim Rock Drive (as if I didn’t already have it committed to memory) ...


HW: March of Dimes gives state ‘D’ on premature birth rate

By Melinda Mawdsley

The March of Dimes has given Colorado a “D” grade for its premature birth rate. The state’s premature birth rate is 12.3 percent. A projected goal of 7.6 percent is set forward by the U.S. Public Health Service in its Healthy People 2010 report. The 12.3 percent rate is from 2003 to 2005 data from the National Center for Health Statistics and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and reflects the number of Colorado women who gave birth to live babies after ...


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HW: Fitness coach’s postings among Internet’s most popular

By Melinda Mawdsley

In a matter of two months, James Wilson saw his fitness blog go from several dozen readers to hundreds. The Grand Valley fitness coach created http://www.gjfatloss.com two months ago to promote his business, Elite Training Systems, 2470 F Road, No. 3. This fall, leading blog site WordPress.com tagged Wilson’s blog as one of its “Fastest Growing Blogs.” Wilson updates his site up to five times a week with free nutrition and fitness tips, and he incorporates video ...


Briefs: Local Health November 11, 2008

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Clinics offering vaccinations for flu Various flu shot clinics are being offered at these times and locations in the Grand Valley: •  Flu shots are from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday at St. Joseph Parish Hall on the northeast corner of Third Street and White Avenue. Flu shots will available again at the same location from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Sunday . St. Joseph’s Health Ministries is organizing the clinic. • The shots are $24 or individuals can bring insurance cards ...


HW: Giving blood, especially by men, may help prevent some cancers, study says

By Melinda Mawdsley

Jill Breman may have found yet another reason to encourage people to donate blood. A European study links regular donation of blood to a possible reduced risk of developing certain cancers, particularly in men. A November 2007 article in Transfusion magazine discusses the study. Snippets of the study reappeared in the Sept. 28 edition of Parade magazine, which is distributed nationally in newspapers. “I’m like, ‘Wow,’ ” said Breman, the donor coordinator at ...


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HW: Nia promotes fitness through music and dance

By Melinda Mawdsley

Nia instructor Vicki Johnson talks about working out like she’s an abstract painter. “I can self express and no one judges,” Johnson said. “I think that’s part of why I love Nia.” Created 25 years ago, Nia is a fusion of music and dance with loosely choreographed moves. Johnson received her certification to teach Nia in June 2007 at Studio Soma in Denver but only began teaching Nia locally two months ago after moving to Grand Junction from Carbondale. ...


Chronic disease focus of county’s new program

By Melinda Mawdsley

Mesa County residents have a higher rate of diabetes and obesity than other Coloradans, prompting local health officials to announce Wednesday a new program aimed at preventing and managing chronic disease. Tawny Espinoza, prevention and chronic disease manager with the Mesa County Health Department, highlighted a new program called “Healthier Living: A Chronic Disease Self-Management Program” at a news conference Wednesday at Marrilac Clinic, 2333 N. Sixth St. Any ...


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HW: Dance party planned to help couple deal with overwhelming setbacks

By Melinda Mawdsley

Cyndi and Jeff Haifley want, and need, a party. The past 12 months have been physically, emotionally and financially draining on the young Montrose family, prompting friends to put together a fundraising dance Nov. 2. In December, Cyndi and Jeff’s 11-month-old son Aidan was flown to Grand Junction with skull fractures and bleeding in the brain after Jeff accidentally dropped Aidan in the family’s home. In January, Jeff, 27, an epileptic, had the first of two grand mal ...


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HW: Cooler weather about all that brings relief to some allergy sufferers

By Melinda Mawdsley

Kathy Malvern loves sitting on her back patio and enjoying unobstructed views of Colorado National Monument. Too bad she rarely gets to be outside. Malvern is allergic to “just about everything outside in Grand Junction.” Every individual allergic to something reacts in different ways, said allergist Dr. William Scott with Allergy and Asthma Clinic of Western Colorado, 1120 Wellington Ave. Itchy, watery eyes and runny nose are only part of the problem for Malvern. Her ...


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HW: Walk for Life September 30, 2008

By Melinda Mawdsley

Elizabeth Moreno first realized that breast cancer was going to change her life when a clump of her long, dark hair fell out while she was standing in an elevator after chemotherapy. In the nine months after her diagnosis in December, Moreno, 44, lost all her long hair, welcomed the birth of her third grandson and completed 16 rounds of chemo. She is scheduled to finish radiation treatments Oct. 7. Moreno said her body is weak. The left side of her chest appears sunburned from the ...


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HW: Road to the Rim Rock Run September 23, 2008

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After a restless night, I walked through the parking lot of the Ouray Hot Springs Park at 7 a.m. on Aug. 23 and heard someone calling my name. I looked around wondering who I knew in Ouray that would be up this early in the morning to run 13.1 miles. I spied my Grand Junction friends Judy and David Fox and their 15-year-old daughter, Allison. “Hey! What are you guys doing here?” I asked before realizing Judy and Allison are dressed in running gear and are also there to run ...


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HW: Health Department aims to get food where it belongs

By Melinda Mawdsley

Being hungry and unable to afford food is a reality for some local residents, said officials with the Mesa County Health Department. September is Hunger Action Month in Mesa County and the Health Department wants to get the word out about the food assistance programs available to those who need it most. The federally funded Commodity Supplemental Food program is utilized by approximately 1,300 senior citizens each month, said Michael Heidel, warehouse manager for the program. Since the ...


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HW: Grand Junction woman earns doctorate in acupuncture and Oriental medicine

By Melinda Mawdsley

April L. Schulte-Barclay’s name recently became even longer. On Aug. 29, Schulte-Barclay received her clinical doctorate degree in acupuncture and Oriental medicine from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in Portland, Ore., enabling her to add the acronym DAOM to the end of her name. “I studied with some of the most famous doctors in the U.S. and the world,” said Schulte-Barclay, who received her undergraduate degree at Mesa State College before getting her ...


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