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Advance-care planning workshops offered during National Healthcare Decisions Week

By Erin McIntyre

It’s never too early to think about what you would want at the end of your life, health-care professionals say. Because if you don’t make your wishes known, someday it could be too late. That’s why the Advance Care Planning Task Force is offering a variety of events during the week of National Healthcare Decisions Day on April 14, designed to help people consider what they want at the end of their lives, whenever that may be. Thinking about death or talking about it ...

Hang in there with plants as they recover

By Dennis Hill

Our tomato plants and pepper plants turned white soon after being planted outside. — Nancy I think what you’re seeing is just the plant reacting to being planted outside. Whenever you move a plant out of a house or greenhouse, it is a good idea to “harden off” the plant first. This is a process of getting it used to the conditions outdoors since it is used to the more benign conditions inside where it is protected from the extremes of temperature, humidity and ...

Health and Wellness briefs: March 29, 2016

By Staff

Sprint Relay will be topic 
of Hearing Loss meeting People of all ages and all types of hearing loss are welcome to attend the next local meeting of the Hearing Loss Association of America from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Center for Independence, 740 Gunnison Ave. in Grand Junction. It features Tatyana Mezentseva of Sprint Relay Colorado. Sprint Relay Colorado is a free public service that enables people with hearing or speech loss who use an assistive phone device to ...

Health and Wellness Briefs, March 22, 2016

By Staff

Suicide-prevention event on Saturday The Western Colorado Suicide Prevention Foundation has teamed up with ThunderStruck Valley, 436 Main St., to host an awareness event on Saturday at 6 p.m., to honor Craig Shearwood. All donations from the event will support the work of the Western Colorado Suicide Prevention Foundation and their efforts to prevent suicide in the Grand Valley. The point of the event, organizers said, is to honor one of the Grand Valley’s men and encourage ...


Marillac Clinic hopes to double its number 
of patients served

By Melinda Mawdsley

The message is simple but potentially life-altering for western Colorado: “New Patients Welcome!” For the first time in its 28-year history, Marillac Clinic has expanded its services and is accepting patients of all ages, including children and seniors, no matter what insurance, if any, they have. The shift in care to include obstetrics, prenatal, pediatrics and family medicine for seniors, as well as optical and dental services for all ages while still treating adults 18 to ...

Health Briefs, March 15, 2016

By Staff

Bookstore to host kinesiology class The “Off The Shelf” event at 1 p.m. Sunday at Crystal Books and Gifts, 439 Main St., will feature a free one-hour class in “Applied Kinesiology.” Jeff McCloskey will discuss how to use muscle strength testing to identify areas of lymphatic stagnation, get clues on organ or gland weaknesses, and identify nutritional supplements that might aid the body. He will explain which stressed major organs and glands cause weakness or ...


GYM, March 10, 2016

By Staff

Pre-Braced Core Straight Leg Raise In the first picture, notice that the toe just barely reaches the marker against the wall. In the second picture, prior to raising the leg, a resistance band, which has been anchored to a stationary object, is grasped and is pulled to the floor so that in the third picture, when the leg is raised again, the heel nearly passes the marker against the wall. This additional range of motion is possible because the core is functionally pre-braced (engaged) ...


Rifle seeks to replicate high marks given to Grand Junction’s school lunch program

By Dennis Webb

IFLE — Jake Hattstaedt approached the rear end of a pickup Friday with his girlfriend’s daughter, Audrey Miner, as volunteers stationed there handed out free sack lunches to waiting youths. Hattstaedt, who suffered a construction job injury in November, has been watching Audrey during the days, and said he just learned about the program when the local school district texted his girlfriend. It sounded good to him. “Then I don’t have to make her lunch,” ...

Health and Wellness Briefs, March 8, 2016

By Staff

Stepping On program centers on balance   St. Mary’s Life Center will sponsor a seven-week “Stepping On” program beginning March 22 for anyone concerned about falling or poor balance. In the fun and friendly peer-supportive class, participants will learn simple, yet effective balance and strength training, as well as how to control personal and environmental factors that contribute to falls. The program will be from 10 a.m. to noon through May 3 at the St. ...

Health Briefs, March 1, 2016

By Staff

Low-vision support group will visit equine center Western Slope Visionaries, a low-vision support group through the Center of Independence, will visit Grand Valley Equine Assisted Learning Center from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at Reimer’s Rainbow Ranch. “This is a very big deal for them as some of the participants have never seen a horse before, let alone having touched one,” a news release said. Call Lexi Sherwood at 241-0315, ext. 23, or email .(JavaScript must ...


Death of son spurs mother to fight patients’ rights

By Katie Langford

When Patty Skolnik’s son died after an array of complications from unnecessary brain surgery, she knew she had to make a choice. “I knew I could be an angry, bitter mother for the rest of my life. Part of me wanted to die with Michael, and the third choice was, ‘Maybe you should go out and do something about it, because that’s what Michael would have wanted,’ ” she said. Skolnik went on to found Citizens for Patient Safety, an organization dedicated ...

Health and Wellness Briefs, Feb. 23, 2016

By Staff

St. Mary’s LIFE program starts May 17 St. Mary’s Life Center offers a comprehensive 12-week wellness program to assist with weight loss, behavior change and improving overall health. The LIFE program incorporates weekly exercise, nutrition and health education, goal setting, fitness assessments and group support to assist you with long-term lifestyle improvements. A Life Center facility membership is included while enrolled. Cost: $200. The next session will be from May 17 ...


Looking to start a conversation

By Erin McIntyre

Millie was 89 years old and had congestive heart failure, Type 2 diabetes, mild dementia, osteoporosis, hypothyroidism, atrial fibrillation and osteoarthritis. Her daughter insisted she have a mammogram, so she had one performed and a lump was found. She came to the hospital for a needle biopsy of the lump, and never left. “One thing led to another in a cascade of problems,” said Dr. David West, vice president of medical affairs for HopeWest Hospice. “Millie ...

Health and Wellness briefs: Feb. 16, 2016

By Staff

‘Living with Diabetes’ series is scheduled St. Mary’s “Living with Diabetes” education series teaches people with diabetes to use self-care techniques and current technology to manage their condition. The four-week series for people with type 2 diabetes and their families is based on the American Association of Diabetes Educators 7 Self-Care Behaviors. These classes are taught by certified diabetes educators. The next session will meet from 1:30 to 3:30 ...

Health and Wellness Brief, Feb. 9, 2016

By Staff

St. Mary’s to host surgery presentations If you are considering weight loss surgery, attend a free education session presented by the staff of St. Mary’s Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery Center. St. Mary’s offers all surgical options — gastric band, gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy, and biliopancreatic diversion procedures — performed by a bariatric-trained surgeon. Learn how the different types of surgery work, who qualifies, and how St. Mary’s will ...


A new level of care

By Amy Hamilton

People play hard and work hard in Fruita. So it makes sense that they should have access to a local emergency room staffed and equipped to handle trauma patients, said Dr. Joseph Kupets of Colorado Canyons Hospital & Medical Center, part of Family Health West. The hospital is entering its first three-year period of being designated as a Level IV trauma center by the state, which means it can accept trauma patients and offer advanced trauma support. Staff at Colorado Canyons now ...


GYM: Side Plank Knee Touch

By Staff

Side Plank Knee Touch In a side plank you should be in a position as if you were taken from a standing position and tipped to your side. Your elbow should be directly under your shoulder. As you position the top hand for the knee tap, your shoulders should stay in alignment. Without dropping your hips, bring the top knee to your hand and return to the starting position. Using a mirror to check that the body is staying in alignment without rotation is helpful. Complete 12 ...


Sponsored Content: 3D biplane imaging device increases hope for stroke victims

By Sponsored Content

Nancy Lofholm For St. Mary’s Medical Center When some stroke victims arrive at St. Mary’s Hospital emergency room, they are in a state of what neurologists refer to as “locked in.” Clots deep in their brain stems have blocked signals to other parts of the brain that control voluntary muscles. They can’t move anything, even raise a finger. They are aware, but unable to speak. The most they can do is blink their eyes to communicate. In March, thanks to a new ...

Sexually transmitted diseases have spiked in Mesa County

By Melinda Mawdsley

First dates often involve dinner and a movie. Rarely does a new couple break the ice with a stop at the Mesa County Health Department to be tested for sexually transmitted diseases. If officials with the local Health Department had their way, however, that would change. The number of reported cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis, three harmful or potentially fatal STDs if left untreated, have increased in Mesa County in the past few years, according to the Health Department. ...

Health and Wellness briefs: Feb. 2, 2016

By Staff

Workshops are to improve problems and disabilities Workshops are now being offered by Community Hospital to help individuals take action to improve symptoms of their health problems or disabilities. There are two categories of eligible individuals: people age 60 and older who have a chronic health condition as well as adults age 18 and older who have a disability. Examples of chronic health conditions include diabetes, high blood pressure, congestive heart disease, multiple ...

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