Health & Fitness

14 Feb 20180 Jamestown, NY – It is so easy to pass judgment on people afflicted with mental health and substance use disorders. “And yet,” asks Kia Briggs, Executive Director of the Mental Health Association in Chautauqua County (MHA), “do we expect a person with a bleeding arm to ‘get over it’ or deny life-saving treatment to a diabetic or cancer patient?” Briggs finds that being aware of Adverse Childhood Experiences, or ACEs, can help with understanding how early trauma can impact a person’s ability to thrive as an adult. ACEs are stressful or traumatic experiences of childhood, including physical or verbal abuse, neglect, and a...

7 Feb 20180 SILVER CREEK – Several health and fitness opportunities are being offered to residents of the Silver Creek Central School District through its Community Education division’s Winter/Spring 2018 session. Some classes are already under way; for more opportunities visit www.silvercreekschools.org and look under the “Community” tab. Yoga, Meditation & Compassion: Rise beyond and glide through. Have you always wished to rise above your most inspiring dreams?  Do you desire to glide through life with joy, strength and courage?  Included in this class eight fold paths/Ashtanga, Ahinsa (no violence), Sastya (truth).  You will gain...

21 Dec 20170 The Chautauqua Regional Community Foundation supported the need of a Rapid Infuser Warmer for the emergency department at UPMC Chautauqua WCA through the Lillian Brink Fund and a Fund for the Region grant totaling $8,000. When lives are at stake from significant blood loss due to trauma or major surgery, the Rapid Infusion Warmer provides a rapid flow of normothermic blood and I.V. fluids. Even a small drop in body temperature can be detrimental–delaying recovery or allowing infection to set in. This equipment allows UPMC Chautauqua WCA’s highly qualified staff to be able to save lives quicker. The goal of the state-of-the-art...

5 Dec 20170 The Mental Health Association in Chautauqua County (MHA) was recently a beehive of activity during the Healthy Habits Wellness Fair presented by Jamestown Community College (JCC) Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) students. During the fall semester Jessica Bruns, Beverly Hallquist, Jennifer Hochmuth, and Kirstie Surrena had eight-week Level I fieldwork placements at the MHA. Working with OTA Program Interim Director Sarah Tranum, Senior Project Manager Michael Nordin suggested they make the health fair their group project.  These students worked together to decide what topics would be displayed at each station, the layout of the fair,...
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