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Volunteers needed for exercise study

Women volunteers are being requested for a study on the effects of an interval exercise plan on waist size, blood pressure, blood glucose and triglycerides.

Veniece Fagerlin, a certified personal trainer and exercise science and exercise physiology major at Fort Lewis College, will perform this exercise research study at no cost to the participants.

Women between 45 and 60 years of age are eligible for the study if they are a nonsmoker; not diagnosed with cardiovascular disease, pulmonary disease or diabetes type I or II; and are sedentary and spend less than one hour per week exercising. The study will begin in January.

The first meeting will be at 6 p.m. Jan. 7 at Durango Community Recreation Center, 2700 Main Ave. Baseline testing will be held Jan. 12, and the exercise portion will begin Jan. 14 and last six weeks.

To volunteer or for more information, call Fagerlin at 749-8436 or email

Health-education center names director

Registered nurse Kathleen McInnis has been hired as the new executive director for the Southwestern Colorado Area Health Education Center.

The center is a regional nonprofit focused on improving rural health. The center provides support and programs for health professionals in rural areas and students interested in health professional careers.

McInnis was formerly the care coordination services manager for San Juan Basin Health Department. After moving to Durango in 1991, she received her masterís degree in community-health nursing in 1996 from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Centerís School of Nursing. McInnis has worked in school nursing, in a clinic setting, as a theory instructor for a local community college and in legal nurse consulting.

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Free acupuncture available to veterans

The Durango Acupuncture Alliance, a group of independent, professionally licensed, nationally certified acupuncturists, will offer a donation-based veterans clinic from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Durango Veterans of Foreign Wars, 1550 Main Ave.

This free clinic will be open to veterans, active duty military and their families.

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Herald Staff