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2013 March
Pg 6 - The Sunshine Express
the present for you and I.
I don¡¯t find it too complicated to enjoy a good
meal with a bit of red wine and then leave the
table satisfied.
Bounia never heard of diets and vitamins. She
knew about oranges and good soup. Within the
context of her 25 more or less English words,
¡°junk food¡± was not ever uttered. She was horri-
fied when my father was prescribed a diet by his
physician. ¡°Not enough capusta!¡± (cabbage) was
her immediate response.
My Dad was faithful to his diet. My Mom fol-
lowed the diet to a T. One small grilled chicken
breast, steamed vegetable, green salad with a bit
of olive oil, and 6 almonds, He ate every bite, and
then asked Mom what was for dinner.
We are fortunate to live in America where food
is healthy and plentiful. We have access to health
care and clean water. We have good information
about what makes us well nourished. Supple-
ments are available to fill in the gaps. We can
choose from Western or alternative health care.
Bounia believed in oranges, when available, and
¡°capusta.¡±
What do you do for exercise? How do you make
choices at the grocery store? What diets have you
tried in the past few years? Do you read food
labels? What about portions?
A serving of meat is the size of a deck of cards. A
baked potato is the size of a computer mouse.
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Health & Nurturing
Vitality
by Sandy Lauzon
home visitation services to ensure the health and
well-being of their children. The grants will also
support capital construction that will create the
capacity for 25,000 people who currently do not
have a regular source of care to gain a medical
home. In addition, a new clinic in an underserved,
rural community will expand capacity to serve
1,500 new patients. CFC grants will also fund
training for 270 new certified nursing assistants
(CNAs) and more than 3,568 rides to non-emer-
gent medical appointments.
Western Slope grants are listed here:
*Family Visitor Programs: Eagle, Garfield and Pit-
kin counties. Provide home visitation services to
high-need, high-risk families with young children.
$89,800
*Garfield County Public Health: Garfield and
Pitkin counties. Provide oral health education,
cleanings, dental screenings, fluoride varnishes
and dental sealants to elementary and middle
school children at their school. $52,364
*Montezuma Public Health Department: Dolores
and Montezuma counties. In partnership with the
Colorado Prevention Center, provide screening,
follow-up and case management services to high-
risk individuals to reduce the incidence of cardio-
vascular disease. $25,823
*Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains:
Dolores, Montezuma, San Juan and San Miguel
counties. Provide access to the full range of pre-
ventive family planning and sexual health educa-
tion in Southwestern Colorado. $50,000
*Tri-County Health Network: Delta, Montrose,
Ouray and San Miguel counties. Provide oral
health services in schools to rural children, ages
0-13, who otherwise may go without dental care.
$30,715
*Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado:
Delta, Montrose and Ouray counties. Purchase
a video conferencing system for a new Hospice
Center in Montrose to facilitate interdisciplinary
meetings, staff and volunteer training and im-
prove patient care. $30,000
*Olathe Community Clinic: Delta and Montrose
counties. Improve the sustainability of the ex-
panding clinic via efforts to market clinic pro-
grams and services to new populations, while in-
creasing encounters and billing accuracy. $50,000
*Saint Mary¡¯s Hospital Foundation: Delta, Gar-
field, Gunnison, Hinsdale, La Plata, Mesa, Miner-
al, Moffat, Montezuma, Montrose, Ouray, Pitkin,
Rio Blanco, Routt and San Juan counties. Serve the
educational needs of resident physicians, nursing
students, graduate nurses and critical response
teams through high-fidelity simulation. $41,339
*Senior CommUnity Care: Delta and Montrose
counties. Create a Dental Healthcare Initiative for
Senior CommUnity Care, a PACE program, in
Montrose and Eckert, Colorado.
$66,417 (Over Two Years)
Caring for Colorado is a health grantmaking foun-
dation working to increase health and health care
access statewide. For more information, please
visit www.caringforcolorado.org
Lessons from long ago
What would Bounia say? What would Bounia
think? What would Bounia do? I have a pretty
good idea about what she would say, think and
do, because I watched and listened to the answers
she gave to the challenges she faced in her life-
time.
She was born and raised in a small village in the
Ukraine, always vigilant of the Cossacks riding in
on horses ¡°keeping things in check¡±.
She was then sent to America to marry the man
her father had chosen for her. She worked in a fac-
tory that made woolen fabric until my father was
born. Then as her family grew in size, she worked
as a midwife to help supplement the needs of a
hungry family during the great depression.
She never heard of ¡°women¡¯s lib¡± or women vot-
ing. When the opportunity came for her to vote,
she asked her husband who to vote for. He was
eager to accommodate her request.
She danced at my wedding and lived long enough
to see my two children born, her first great-grand-
children. My husband and I left New England and
moved to Torrance CA. I never saw her again.
My aunt sent some photos for me to have, some
when she was young, she was so pretty, petite and
her sweet face smiling. Several were more recent,
she was bent over and so very frail. I loved her
and think of her often, remembering the life les-
sons that I didn¡¯t realize she was teaching.
What would Bounia think about a person walking
into a public school with a gun to shoot small chil-
dren. I know what she would say, ¡°Crazy man!
Crazy man!¡± and then some stuff in Ukrainian.
What would Bounia think about people killing
each other because of how they worship? I know
exactly what she would say, as she looked up
with her eyes closed, ¡°One God?¡± What would
Bounia think about people not working when
they are strong and healthy? With great indigna-
tion, ¡°Are you sick?
Then go to work lazy
lazy!¡±
What would Bounia
think about over-
weight and obese
children and adults?
Oh, I have seen her
in action on this one.
¡°You eat enough to
go to work!¡±, she¡¯d
say. Then the plate of
the offending uncle or
cousin would be re-
moved from the table.
¡°Some poor people
have no food.¡±
She lived in a simple
time, but the chal-
lenges were as great
for her as they are in
The Caring for Colorado Foundation recently
awarded nearly $3 million in grant funds to 60
non-profit organizations statewide, to support
access to health care for underserved populations
across the state. The grants will enable more than
1,200 individuals and families, including veterans
and children, to receive mental health services;
more than 5,500 children to receive oral health ser-
vices; and more than 60 families to receive
Healthcare Access Support