Health Briefs, Oct. 13, 2009

Family Health Fiesta offers screenings

Make plans to attend a free health fair if you or your family lack health insurance or are underinsured.

The sixth annual Family Health Fiesta is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Lincoln Park Barn on the south side of North Avenue.

Screenings for dental, vision, diabetes and blood pressure will be offered for free. Booths will include information on influenza vaccines, nutrition, entertainment, activities for children and Spanish language interpreters.

Participants can receive assistance to apply for the state’s health insurance programs, CHP+ and Medicaid. Those who want to qualify should bring a state-issued birth certificate, photo identification, parents’ paystubs for the past 30 days and Social Security numbers.

The event is sponsored by Altursa International Inc. of Grand Junction. For information, call the Marillac Clinic at 255-1828 or go to

Fund established for young patient

A fundraising effort has been started for a 5-year-old local boy who was diagnosed with a heart problem. Tyrell Kitson has been diagnosed with cardiac arrhythmia and is expected to be in a Denver hospital for a two- to three-week stay. Tyrell’s parents, Lant and Jenni, have two other children.

A fund is set up at Alpine Bank under Lant and Jennifer Kitson in the care of Tyrel. For information, call Tyrell’s aunt, Terron Austin, at 433-1370.

Free presentation about cancer/diet link

A free showing of a DVD about how to prevent breast cancer will be at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Goodwill Meeting Room, 630 24 1/2 Road. The presentation is called “Breast Cancer: The Diet Connection.”

Preregister by calling Laura Harris at 255-0461.

Drop-off point slated for used needles

Western Colorado Aids Project, 805 Main St., in Grand Junction, will be offering a drop-off for hypodermic needles between Nov. 2 and Nov. 6 for the Drop to Stop project.

People who drop off syringes can pick up a personal sharps container for home use. Used needles can become a health concern when people do not know how to property dispose of them.

According to Colorado Hep C Connection, two-thirds of injections are done at home to manage diabetes, arthritis, migraines or other chronic conditions, while the other third of injections are done by those who use illegal drugs.

Sam’s Club offers two flu shot clinics

Grand Junction’s Sam’s Club, 1040 Independent Ave., is offering two flu shot clinics. Clinics are from 3–6 p.m. Oct. 23 and from noon to 3 p.m. Oct. 24. Shots are $20. No membership is required, and no appointments are needed.

Cash, check, credit cards and Medicare Part B are accepted.

Mental illnesses classes for caregivers

The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill of Colorado is sponsoring a free educational program for the families and caregivers of someone diagnosed with a brain disorder.

The courses cover various mental illnesses, behavioral disorders, coping skills, basic information about medications, recovery and more.

Classes will be at the Colorado West Regional Mental Health Center, 515 28 3/4 Road. Call 245-3270, ext. 7390, for information.

Breast, cervical cancer screens available

In recognition of October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Women’s Wellness Connection is offering free breast and cervical cancer screens to eligible women between the ages of 40 and 64. To see whether you qualify, call 1-866-951-9355 or go to

End-of-life care forums set next week

The public is invited to attend local health care forums that focus on end-of-life care. The Grand Junction Long Term Care Forums are in conjunction with Gov. Bill Ritter’s “2009 Own Your Future” Campaign.

Forums are from 2–3 p.m. and from 5:30–6:30 p.m. Oct. 20 at the Commons of Hilltop, 625 27 1/4 Road. Another forum is from 5:30–6:30 p.m. Oct. 21 at Country Inns of America in the Rimrock Room, 718 Horizon Drive. To order a Long Term Care planning kit, go to

For information on the events, call Kim Last at 257-1630 or e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


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