Health Briefs

Chronic fatigue next in library health series

The Durango Public Library’s Health Lecture Series will discuss chronic fatigue syndrome from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the library, 1900 East Third Ave.

Julie Gwyther, certified acupuncturist from Durango Community Acupuncture, will explain the root causes of this condition from an Oriental medicine perspective. Participants will learn what changes people can make to diet and lifestyle to improve health and boost energy.

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Board of Health to meet in May, June

The Board of Health will meet at 2 p.m. May 24 and June 28 at San Juan Basin Health Department’s Columbine Conference Room, 281 Sawyer Drive.

The public is welcome. In general, the meetings are held on the fourth Thursday of each month and meet in Pagosa Springs every third month.

Presentation on sun protection Tuesday

Mercy Regional Medical Center will offer the free presentation, “SPF 101: All You Ever Wanted to Know About Sun Protection,” by dermatologist Heather Wickless from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Durango Public Library, 1900 East Third Ave.

Wickless will explain the damaging effects of the sun’s rays and effective ways to protect against them.

Women’s coalition to host health workshop

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

Featured speakers include Dr. Greg Stilwell, Kristin Lum, Susie Young, Mary Kathrine and Christl Giggenbach. Participants will hear about healthy food and exercise choices, mental fitness, care of the kidneys and the value of acupuncture. A free healthy lunch will be provided.

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

Youths with health issues to speak Friday

High school students with the San Juan Basin Health Department’s Peer Mentor Project will present an exhibit called “Youth Facing Health Challenges” Friday at the Durango Discovery Museum, 1333 Camino del Rio.

They will make a presentation to groups of fifth-graders in the morning and will be available for visits from 1 to 3 p.m. Young people with epilepsy, type 1 diabetes, an organ transplant, hearing loss, ADHD, Asperger’s and traumatic brain injury will speak.

For more information, call 749-9607.

May is Hepatitis Awareness Month

May is Hepatitis Awareness Month, as first designated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2001 and observed annually by health officials nationwide.

Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C can become chronic, life-long infections that can lead to liver cancer. San Juan Basin Health Department offers free Hepatitis C tests for people who qualify. The health department also offers low cost Hepatitis B and Hepatitis A vaccinations for less than $15.

For more information and an appointment, call 335-2013.

Herald Staff