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City Earns 2018 Governor¡¯s
Healthy Community Award
City officials were honored Thursday at
LiveWell¡¯s Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL)
Summit, hosted by the Colorado Office of Eco-
nomic Development and International Trade
(OEDIT) and LiveWell Colorado.
The OEDIT said Montrose was selected as the
2018 award-winning community for ¡°its holistic
community health efforts across active living,
food access, economic development, workplace
wellness, and health equity through various col-
laborative projects.¡±
¡°The City of Montrose sets the gold standard for
providing access to healthy eating, active living
and workplace wellness,¡± said Governor John
Hickenlooper, ¡°The leadership and residents of
Montrose have shown great commitment to their
community with this comprehensive approach to
health and wellness. I am thrilled to congratu-
late the City of Montrose as the winner of the
2018 Healthy Community Award.¡±
According to the OEDIT, Montrose was selected
because its ¡°community input and involvement
combined with city leadership has led to mo-
mentous success for various projects includ-
ing the Montrose Recreation Center, Sharing
Ministries Food Bank, Montrose Urban Renewal
Authority Project and PIC Place, each creating
opportunities for all citizens despite economic
standing.¡±
The City of Montrose and many of these entities
have partnered on projects to improve access to
healthcare, childcare, healthy food, recreation,
housing, transportation, and broadband.
¡°The efforts to make the City of Montrose a
healthy community has been a collaborative
effort across a large number of organizations
and community involvement to create a healthy
environment for all citizens, regardless of eco-
nomic standing,¡± said Roy Anderson, Mayor of
Montrose.
The Colorado Office of Economic Development
and International Trade works with statewide
partners to create a positive business climate
that encourages dynamic economic development
and sustainable job growth.
The City of Montrose adopted a resolution in
April 2015 to join LiveWell Colorado¡¯s HEAL Cit-
ies and Towns campaign. The city¡¯s grant appli-
cation noted many of the successful efforts that
are improving the quality of life for Montrose
residents.
Applications were evaluated, scored, and ranked
utilizing the following weighted criteria:
Community Health and Wellness Excellence
(40%)
Community Collaboration (20%)
Measurement (20%) - strategies are tied to an
overall plan
Moving forward (20%) - lessons learned from
implemented projects shape new projects
¡°This award is for the entire community ¨C resi-
dents, nonprofits, business owners, schools, city
and county officials and staff, as well as all of
the organizations that collaborate for a healthier
community,¡± said Kendall Cramer, grant coordi-
nator for the City of Montrose, ¡°The residents
deserve a ton of credit. Their voting ¡®yes¡¯ on
various measures, such as tax credits and levies,
has led to continuous improvement of the com-
munity, impressive results, and a transparent
relationship between the city and residents.¡±
A study from
the Journal of
Biobehavioral
Medicine called
¡°The divergent
effects of joyful
and anxiety-
provoking music
on endothelial
vasoreactivity¡±
showed that
listening to joy-
ful music was
good for artery
health while
anxiety-inducing
music was bad
for the arteries.
Self-selected
joyful music was
associated with
increased endo-
thelial function to
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a magnitude previously observed with aerobic
activity or statin drug therapy!
Their conclusion was that listening to joyful music
may be an adjunctive life-style intervention for the
promotion of vascular health.
An interesting study titled ¡°Effects of laughing and
weeping on mood and heart rate variability¡± points
out that laughing has strong but transient effects
on the autonomic nervous system, while weeping
or feeling sad has moderate but sustained effects
on it. It would seem that having a ¡°heavy heart¡±
really does have physiologic significance.
Laughter has been shown to benefit the immune
system by increasing protective natural killer cells
that help fight infection while lowering both the
stress hormone cortisol and the inflammatory
marker interleukin-6.
Laughter will increase beneficial growth hormone,
the anti-aging hormone that helps keep us young.
Patients with cancer and other terminal illnesses
benefit by laughter and show improved outlook,
less pain and longer survival.
A study looking at the effect of humor on well be-
ing of nursing home residents showed that upon
completion of a humor therapy program, there
were significant decreases in pain and perception
of loneliness, and significant increases in happi-
ness and life satisfaction.
The use of humor therapy appears to be an ef-
fective non-pharmacological intervention. The
authors suggest that nurses and other healthcare
professionals could incorporate humor in caring for
their patients.
As science continues to tease out the exact
mechanisms of how laughter improves health we
can rest assured that it works. In the bleakest of
times, with both psychological and physical stress,
good humor and positive attitude are potent tools
to help us along.
While happiness might not by itself prevent or
cure disease, the evidence that positive emotions
and enjoyment of life contribute to better health
and a longer lifespan is stronger than the data
linking obesity to reduced longevity.
Eat right, exercise regularly, maintain a healthy
weight and don¡¯t smoke, but most importantly,
remember that attitude determines thought,
thought determines action, and apparently
thought determines health. Good humor is good
medicine.
So dance like no one is watching, sing like you
are the star, whistle while you work, and laugh
until your eyes water, your belly shakes and you
gasp for air!
(Scott Rollins, MD, is Board Certified with the
American Board of Family Practice and the
American Board of Anti-Aging and Regenerative
Medicine. He specializes in bioidentical hormone
replacement for men and women, thyroid and
adrenal disorders, fibromyalgia and other com-
plex medical conditions.
He is founder and medical director of the Inte-
grative Medicine Center of Western Colorado
(www.imcwc.com) and Bellezza Laser Aesthetics
(www.bellezzalaser.com). Call 970.245.6911 for
an appt or more information.)
Medicine
In Harmony
by Scott Rollins, M.D.
Live longer with laughter
How delightful to learn that laughter really
is the best medicine and will perhaps add as
many good years to your life as other familiar
health tips. Could it be so simple that a posi-
tive attitude reduces heart disease and stress-
related hormones, improves the immune sys-
tem and leads to a longer life? The scripture
teaches that ¡°a joyful heart is good medicine,
but a crushed spirit dries up the bones¡±
(proverbs 17:22) and it turns out science sup-
ports this notion.
Happy people tend to live longer and experi-
ence better health than their unhappy peers
according to a review of more than 160 stud-
ies of human and animal studies. The lead
author, University of Illinois professor emeritus
of psychology Ed Diener, summarized ¡°the
general conclusion from each type of study is
that your subjective well-being ¨C that is, feel-
ing positive about your life, not stressed out,
not depressed ¨C contributes to both longevity
and better health among healthy populations.¡±
The cardiovascular system is our ¡°Achilles
heel¡± when it comes to health and the lead-
ing cause of death is heart disease. Studies of
artery health focus on how well the cells that
line the arteries function ¨C like the canary in a
coalmine they are the sentinels of health and
disease in the system. These cells are called
endothelial cells and they control blood pres-
sure and keep cholesterol from oxidizing and
making plaque. Many cardiac studies look at
endothelial function as the marker for arterial
health.
Japanese research printed in the American
Journal of Cardiology shows that mirthful
laughter increases beneficial endothelial func-
tion. Participants watching a comedy had posi-
tive markers of endothelial health while those
watching a serious documentary had a decline
in artery health.
Montrose Recognized