Posts Categorized: Health and Wellness

What did YOU eat today?

Let me guess: much of it was already prepared in factory kitchens hundreds of miles away and the main ingredients were corn or soy products (or both). Am I right? According to the USDA, 93% of corn, 94% of soybeans and 95% of cotton contain patented genetically engineered genes as well as 95% of sugar beets and canola according to industry reports. In addition, varieties of genetically engineered papayas, zucchini, yellow crookneck squash, alfalfa and sweet corn have been approved [...]

Free Healthy Lunches for Youth All Summer Long

The Salida Summer Food Service Program, a partnership between Salida Boys & Girls Club, Amicas, Care & Share Food Bank of Southern Colorado and LiveWell Chaffee County is going into its third year of programming to provide healthy, free lunches for youth 18 and under all summer long. The program will run from June 2nd through August 8th and is available Monday-Friday except for July 3- 4th. Any youth in the county 18 and under can enjoy a free meal at the Salida Boys & Girls Club from noon – 1:00 pm all summer long.

Dine Out to Support Summer Food and Mountain Lion Backpack Program for Students May 1-4th

Amicas and The Boathouse are donating a portion of their sales to the Healthy Meals 4 Kids (HM4K) Program during this “dine out” event May 1st-4th. In addition, Café Dawn is donating proceeds of their sales on Friday, May 2nd and Moonlight Pizza’s Moonlight Monday on Monday, May 5th will benefit HM4K, a program that helps ensure that all children in Chaffee County have access to healthy meals when school is not in session.

3 Board members sought for HRRMC

The Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center (HRRMC) has 3 openings for its Board of Directors. Self-Nomination/Acceptance forms are available now and must be submitted by February 28th, 2014. Contact Juanita Ward at 719-530-2231 for forms and more information.

In 2012, 1,114 voters chose 2 new directors from a hotly contested field of 8 candidates. Term limits voters imposed last May (and one seat that will be vacating) have opened up the running this year. Marilyn Bouldin and Charles J. [...]

Salida Schools Earns State Distinction Thanks to Healthy School Food Collaboration

In December, the State Board of Education named Salida Schools as a District of Distinction. Typically this recognition is awarded to less than 10% of districts in the state, and is based on academic achievements, graduation rates, test scores, and attendance.

Salida School District Superintendent Darryl Webb believes that a complete culinary overhaul of school meals has played an essential role in gaining the District of Distinction accreditation.

Salida Blood Drive


Salida Community Blood Drive
Tuesday, January 21
11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Masonic Lodge – 140 W. Third St., Salida
To schedule an appointment, call 800-365-0006,
Ext. 2, or sign up at , enter site
code No.

New Infectious Disease Clinic

The Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center is opening an infectious disease clinic two days per month beginning on Jan. 6. Clinic patients will be seen at two locations, the Salida Hospital’s Specialty Clinic and the HRRMC Buena Vista Health Center.

The clinic will be conducted by Daniel Perlman, M.D., an infectious disease specialist who also serves as a hospitalist and internal medicine primary care provider at HRRMC.

As an infectious disease specialist, Dr. Perlman sees patients with infections that are difficult to [...]

Dine Out for Healthy Meals 4 Kids Today through Sunday

With close to half of the children in Chaffee County on free and reduced lunches and over 4,000 lunches served through the summer food program this summer, Amica’s and LiveWell Chaffee County are partnering with local restaurants and coffee shops to raise the funds needed to cover the addition of Friday lunches and assist with the Mountain Lion backpack program in Salida.

Dine Out to Support Friday Meals and Backpack Program for Students October 24-27th

The Healthy Meals for Kids (HM4K) Chaffee County Program will help ensure that all children in Chaffee County have access to healthy meals when school is not in session.

Amica’s, the Salida Boys & Girls Club and LiveWell Chaffee County have partnered over the past two years to provide healthy meals to Chaffee County children over the summer, and they anticipate reaching over 10,000 meals served by the end of next summer.

Shifting to a four day school week in Salida resulted [...]

Dine Out Event for Healthy Meals 4 Kids Announces Supporting Restaurants

Restaurants that are donating a portion of their sales to the Healthy Meals 4 Kids Program during this “dine out” event October 24-27th include Amica’s, The Fritz, Benson’s and Rivers Edge. In addition, Moonlight Pizza’s Moonlight Monday on Monday, October 28th will benefit HM4K. Salida area coffee shops and bakeries are also showing their support by having donation jars where you can donate your change to a worthy cause. You can donate at Sacred Ground Coffee, Rise and Shine Bakery and Café Dawn who will also donate a portion of their sales on Thursday, October 24th.

HRRMC joint replacement prep class

The one-hour class will be held the second Wednesday of every month at the Salida hospital. It is designed for community members who are considering a hip, knee or shoulder replacement, or for patients who are already scheduled for a joint replacement at HRRMC.