Briefs: Local Health February 03, 2009

Shriners begin awareness campaign

• This week is Burn Awareness Week, and the Shriners Hospitals for Children is using the week to begin a campaign focused on preventing children’s gasoline burn injuries.
In the November 2007 issue of the Journal of Burn Care and Rehabilitation, it was reported that an estimated 10,000 pediatric burn injuries occur annually.
Children ages 13 and younger are most at risk for being burned by gasoline or other flammable substances, Shriners reported based on the patients it treats at its hospitals nationwide.
Shriners’ burn awareness Web site is

Pizza sales raise funds for diabetes

• Boston’s Restaurant & Sports Bar is selling heart-shaped pizzas to raise funds for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International.
One dollar from the sale of each pizza will be donated to the foundation. The heart-shaped pizzas will be on sale Feb. 12–14.
Through Feb. 14, patrons at Boston’s can purchase paper hearts for $1 and write personalized messages to loved ones.
The paper hearts will hang in Boston’s, 2404 F Road, through the end of the promotion.

Library hosts free child care workshop

• A series of free workshops concerning child care for parents, grandparents, child care providers and teachers is being offered through Rocky Mountain PBS.
The sessions, which began in January, are at 6 p.m. on Thursday evenings through Feb. 19 at the Mesa County Libraries’ Central Library, 530 Grand Ave.
The sessions are free and open to the public. Call 245-1818 or e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to register.
The Feb. 5 session is titled “Preventing Childhood Obesity.”
The Feb. 12 session is titled “Supporting Children with Special Needs.”
The Feb. 19 session is titled “Diversity Appreciation.”

Import of women’s heart health stressed

• Go Red for Woman Day is Friday .
Women are encouraged to wear red on this day to recognize the importance of heart health.
The Go Red Web site,, has information and ideas on how women can improve their cardiac health.
The interactive Web site includes an online checkup where women can assess their chances of developing heart problems within the next 10 years.

Fruita host 5K, 10K and health expo

• The second Sweet Heart Run & Health Expo is Feb. 21 in Fruita.
A 5K walk/run and 10K run starts at 9 a.m. at the Fruita Civic Center. 
Pre-registration is available at or at Fruita Recreation offices at 325 E. Aspen until Feb. 10. Pre-registration cost for the 5K is $17, for the 10K it’s $20.
After Feb. 10, cost is $22 for the 5K and $25 for the 10K. Race day registration is available at 7:30 a.m. Feb. 21 at the civic center.
A post-race celebration is at 11:30 a.m.
The health expo is from 9 a.m. to noon at the Fruita Civic Center.
A variety of vendors in health and wellness from across the Grand Valley will be there to offer health tips, screenings and massages.
The expo is free and open to the public.

Agencies get neonatal programs funds

• Newborn Hope Inc., a nonprofit organization that raises funds to support programs that advance maternal, fetal and neonatal health care, has granted more than $106,000 to nearly a dozen Colorado agencies dedicated to caring for and educating women about the prevention of premature births, which is the leading cause of infant death in Colorado, according to Newborn Hope.
St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation was a grant recipient. The amount the foundation received was not released.


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