Health Briefs, March 27, 2012

Blood donations to honor doctors Friday

Mesa County residents are being asked to donate blood in honor of their doctors to celebrate National Doctors’ Day, which is this Friday.

The Mesa County Medical Society Alliance will donate $20 to local nonprofit The House for each person who gives blood Friday and mentions Doctors’ Day. The House offers counseling and support to local homeless teens.

To schedule an appointment to give blood between 7 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Friday at St. Mary’s Regional Blood Center, 750 Wellington Ave., call 298-2555 or drop by between those hours that day.



Montrose programs make changes


Montrose County Health & Human Services has made some changes to its immunization and family planning programs.

The immunizations program at the county now welcomes walk-in visitors Wednesdays and Thursdays. The family planning and immunization programs will accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express credit cards for payments in addition to the checks and cash accepted previously.

Health & Human Services also added EBMS and ANTHEM-Blue Cross/Blue Shield to its list of approved insurance companies that can be billed for service.



Yoga West opens for challenge week


Yoga West Collective will host its annual Vibrant Wellness Challenge April 6–13.

Anyone can participate in classes at Yoga West Collective, 1025 Main St., during the challenge. Yoga West offers more than 20 classes in yoga, meditation, stress management, healthy eating and compassionate communication.

Visit for more information.



Medicare 101 class April 11 in Delta


A free Medicare 101 and More program will take place at 6:30 p.m. April 11 at Grand Mesa Oncology, Infusion and Rheumatology Center, 1501 E. Third St. in Delta.

The program Are You New to Medicare? will focus on how attendees can better understand Medicare and the benefits it offers. The program will be presented by Colorado West Retired Senior Volunteer Program, AeroCare, Colorado Health Foundation, and the State Health Insurance Assistance Program.

Call RSVP Colorado West at 249-9639 for more information.



Relay for Life benefit dinners set


Local restaurants will host Dine for the Cure events to benefit Relay for Life of Grand Junction, an American Cancer Society event.

Dine for the Cure events will take place from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Chuck E. Cheese; April 10 at The Winery Restaurant; from 5 to 8 p.m. April 12 at Arby’s; from 4 to 8 p.m. April 15 at McAlister’s Deli; April 17 at Pablo’s Pizza; April 18 at Chili’s; April 19 at Carino’s; and April 26 at Arby’s.

A portion of proceeds from meals sold at these restaurants on the dates listed above will benefit Relay for Life.



Komen gives $365,000 to organizations


The Aspen affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure gave 10 organizations a total of $365,000 in grants this year.

The recipients are Aspen Valley Hospital; Community Health Services; Eagle Care Medical Clinic; Family Visitor Programs; Grand River Hospital District; Hope, Love and Spa; Mountain Valley Health Centers; Pathfinders for Cancer; Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains; and Shaw Regional Cancer Center Library.

The breast cancer foundation has awarded $5 million since 1991 to Pitkin, Eagle and Garfield county organizations.


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