Health Briefs

Food safety class to take place May 15

San Juan Basin Health Department will host a food safety class from 8 a.m. to noon May 15 in the department’s training room, 281 Sawyer Drive.

This class is designed for food-service employees and as a refresher class for managers. Certificates will be issued based on demonstration of knowledge. The cost is $40.

For more information or to register, call 335-2052. For a list of food safety classes, visit

Healthy coalition schedules workshop

The Women’s Health Coalition will present its third annual health workshop “Healthy Bodies – Powerful People” from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 18 at the Elks Lodge, 902 East Second Ave.

The event is free and includes lunch. Topics will include: “Healthy Choices, Healthy Living,” “Acupuncture and Healthy Living,” “Zen of Eating,” “Podiatry, Pilates and the Powerhouse,” and “Increase Your Energy, Improve Your Kidney Qi.”

To RSVP, call 799-1654. Walk-ins will be welcome.

Insomnia evaluations to be given Thursday

“Free Tongue and Pulse Evaluation for Insomnia and Sleep Issues” will take place from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday.

Danielle Hennes, licensed acupuncturist and herbalist, will offer the free evaluations. Acupuncture and Chinese medicine offer a variety of natural options to help get a sleep cycle back on track.

For reservations and location, call 403-5898.

Health screenings available for seniors

The Senior Nurse Navigators will provide health screenings from 11 a.m. to noon at these locations:

The first Wednesday of the month at the Bayfield Senior Center, 111 W. South St. in Bayfield. A screening will not take place in July because the Fourth of July.

The second Tuesday of the month at the Durango/La Plata Senior Center, 2424 Main Ave.

The last Tuesday of the month at the Ignacio Senior Center, 15345 Colorado Highway 172 in Ignacio.

Officers receive awards for mental-health work

Crisis Intervention Team Officer of the Year awards were presented to Snow Melody of the Bayfield Marshal’s Office and Jason Sutter of the La Plata County Sheriff’s Office, the Mental Health Partnership announced.

Nominations are solicited from county residents to annually recognize those who provide outstanding law-enforcement response to people with mental illness who require crisis intervention assistance.

Charlotte Ware also was honored as an exemplary Crisis Intervention Team volunteer for her many years of helping plan and implement annual trainings. Awards were presented during graduation of the 2012 crisis team class.

For more information, call Lauren Patterson at 259-1247.

Herald Staff