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Free class can help those with prediabetes

People with prediabetes are invited to attend a free class by Sheena Carswell and Marge Morris from 9 to 11 a.m. Aug. 7 in Suite 140 of the medical office building at Mercy Regional Medical Center.

Attendees will learn how to manage prediabetes and help prevent the onset of Type 2 diabetes.

People diagnosed with prediabetes are at a higher risk of developing Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

To register, call Jan Wesley at 764-2720.

Heart Safe La Plata to offer CPR classes

Heart Safe La Plata, a local nonprofit organization, will offer these CPR classes at Durango Fire & Rescue Station 1, 142 Sheppard Drive:

An adult CPR/AED class will take place from 6 to 10 p.m. Aug. 6

A CPR Pro class will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. Aug. 13.

To register or for more information, email classes@heartsafelaplata.org, call 385-3260 or visit www.heartsafelaplata.org.

Health department retains programs

San Juan Basin Health Department’s Prevention and Population Health Division announces the continuation of these services during the next state fiscal year (July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016):

Money has been received to employ a nurse to work with the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program at The Department of Human Services.

TANF assists parents in ensuring children are immunized, assesses the need for family planning services, ensures children in the program are assessed for developmental delays, coordinates any necessary referrals and helps parents set health goals. The health department received $86,619 for this program.

The Nurse Family Partnership is funded by the Colorado Department of Human Services and has provided services to Archuleta, La Plata and San Juan counties for more than 13 years. The partnership is a nurse home visitation program for low-income, first-time mothers. The health department received $471,390 for this program.

The Single Entry Point Program is funded by the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing. The program establishes home- and community-based services within Archuleta, La Plata and San Juan counties with the goal of preventing nursing-home placements for the elderly and disabled. The health department received $554,000 for this program.

For more information, visit http://sjbhd.org.

Herald Staff

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