Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Spanish Speaking Volunteers Needed

Peak Vista

We are in need of Spanish speaking volunteers! Help Peak Vista’s FIRST VISITOR program empower Latina women to celebrate the birth and growth of their newborns. Through First Visitor’s home visitation program, volunteers provide information about child and brain development, early learning, the importance of immunizations and child-parent bonding. We train you to present tried-and-true child development and community resource information; you add the caring heart, experience and smile! To participate, visit

New PR firm lands new clients

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New Colorado Springs-based company, Red Energy Public Relations was recently selected by Donna Vessey Events, national healthcare laboratory Any Lab Test Now, Re/Max Real Estate Group, non-profit Pikes Peak Zonta and national gift wholesaler to grow market share and build awareness for their products and services.

Red Energy President, Amy Sufak left Penrose-St.Francis Health Services (Centura Health) as the Regional Director of Public Relations to launch Red Energy Public Relations in October. While with Centura, she was responsible for public relations during the closure of thirty-year old Penrose Community Hospital and the grand opening of the new $207 million St. Francis Medical Center, the region's largest full-service hospital.

Sufak and her team - highly-experienced PR pros working in Colorado Springs and Boston- come from diverse corporate, non-profit and government backgrounds. They provide expertise in executive media training, legislative affairs, event planning, advertising, web development, crisis communication management and strategic planning to national clientele.

For more information visit them online at

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Local organizations team up to fight Breast Cancer

The Center at Fountain, Fountain Arts Center and Lotion Bar Café joined with Shape magazine “Pilates for Pink” Program to hold Pilates mat classes and sell beauty products with 100% of the proceeds going to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Nearly $200.00 was raised on October 24, 2008. We are continuing our commitment to the Foundation by offering “Pink” wellness baskets for the holiday season. Pilates, Massage and Wellness coaching gift certificates are included in a specially designed basket with Lotion Bar Café beauty products. 10% of the proceeds of the “Pink” baskets will go to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Contact us today for more information on our “Pink” products.

Picabo Street to Keynote Peak Vista Community Health Centers’ Breakfast of Champions

WHAT: Peak Vista Community Health Centers fourth annual
“Breakfast of Champions”

WHEN: Thursday, November 13, 2008 at 7:30-9:00 AM

WHERE: The Broadmoor, International Center

WHY: Peak Vista Community Health Centers hosts this fourth annual event as a benefit for working families in El Paso and Teller counties who have no health insurance. Established in 1971 as the Free Clinic staffed by volunteers, Peak Vista today employs more than 400 staff who provide primary medical care and dental services to more than 53,000 patients each year who would otherwise have no where else to turn for care. The estimate is that this is about half of those in need in the Pikes Peak region. The need is so great that the event was developed to generate funds, create awareness of Peak Vista’s programs and services, and recognize the many physicians, dentists, boards of directors and other champions who support Peak Vista centers. The 2008 Champion of Community Health, the Myron Stratton Home, will also be honored.

KEYNOTE: Picabo Street , Olympic Gold Medalist in alpine skiing, will provide the keynote address.

AGENDA: 7:45 AM-Peak Vista Video
8:00 AM-Champion of Community Health Award Presentation
8:10 AM-Keynote Address (40 minutes)
Free parking is available at the Broadmoor parking garage, adjacent to the
International Center .

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

LiveWell Fountain Hosts Dan Burden of Walkable Communities

LiveWell Fountain will be hosting Dan Burden of Walkable Communities on November 21 & 22.

On Friday, November 21st, LiveWell Fountain plans to take Mr. Burden on a bus tour of the City of Fountain. The next morning of Saturday, November 22, we invite the community to attend the presentation by Mr. Burden that highlights planning our growth working with our “bones” and what already exists. This will be a “what it is” and “what it could be” presentation. This touches on transportation and land use, traffic, emergency response, pedestrian and cycling safety, safe routes to school and active community environment planning. Walkable communities has placed community environments back on a scale for sustainability of resources (both natural and economic) and lead to more social interaction, physical fitness and diminished crime and other social problems.. Walkable communities are more liveable communities and lead to whole, happy, healthy lives for the people who live in them. Please join us on Saturday, November 22th for this presentation. Register before November 17th by calling 382-7837. Register early- space is limited. This is a free event but you must register.

LiveWell Fountain is a grant-funded initiative that seeks to improve community health by implementing strategies that support healthy eating and active living.

Eat Better.MoveMore. LiveWell Fountain 382-7837 or or check out our web site at

Any Lab Test Now opens in Colorado Springs

Open a business during the nation's worst economic recession? That's exactly what Amy and Jon Mullins of Monument, Colorado did.

A new company in Colorado Springs is making healthcare services accessible and affordable for the estimated hundreds of thousands of under and uninsured in the Pikes Peak region. Any Lab Test Now recently opened at 7824B North Academy Boulevard.

The thirty-something couple saw a niche opportunity amidst poor economic conditions, servicemembers returning from war and the growing crisis for residents to have access to affordable to healthcare laboratory services.

Amy Mullins, co-owner of Any Lab Test Now describes the process as direct access testing.

"Customers can get one of 1,800 standard tests done and receive results directly in 24 hours," said Mullins, "Essentially, it allows people to shop for their own healthcare services." Results are always confidential and discreet.

Many of their customers come in for standard lab tests at the recommendation of their primary care physician; although no doctor's referral, appointment or insurance is needed. The clinic is ideal for thousands of Coloradoans with astronomical insurance deductibles, often $7,000-10,000. For those with insurance, most major plans are accepted at the clinic.

Jon Mullins, co-owner of Colorado Springs' new facility, said "As part of our facility's grand opening new customers and employers can receive $10.00 off any test throughout November and December. "People in Colorado Springs are concerned about their health especially when it comes to chronic disease management," said Mullins.

Like the popular "Minute Clinics" popping up in the nation's leading retailers the concept of direct access to affordable healthcare has experienced phenomenal growth. In 2008, 170 Any Lab Test Now clinics opened across the U.S. Currently three more Colorado Springs locations are planned.

"The population is becoming more educated on health issues. The majority of people know about getting their diet-related needs checked," Mullins pointed out. She went on to say that testing for diabetes has become popular. "Like a hospital or physician office we follow strict medical guidelines and have highly-trained medical professionals on-staff to ensure the accuracy of laboratory tests," she said.

The most common tests include: cholesterol, glucose, chemistry profile, STDs, thyroid, cancer screen, tumor marker panel, paternity and pregnancy (which shows fetal age). Any Lab Test Now also serves local small businesses seeking to obtain affordable pre-employment and random employee drug screening.

"The easy access of our facilities takes the wait out of the waiting room, providing employers with a quick testing solution for their employees; doctors with an alternative testing site for their patients, and the public with the best-in-class lab results that are convenient and confidential," said Joe Neely, Atlanta-based CEO of Any Lab Test Now.

The Lab specializes in discreet tests that in ordinary doctor's offices, people might feel uncomfortable asking for. For instance, STD testing, genetic testing and paternity test results are confidential and given directly to the client.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Support Wounded Warriors and Their Families

Run For Those Who Can’t

Your Better Business Bureau is supporting a benefit for the Wounded Warriors and their families. Celebrate Veterans’ Day in a whole new way. November 8, 2008, Pikes Peak Road Runners, The Home Front Cares and American MilitaryFamily.Org. host the first annual “Run 4 U.S.” at Turkey Creek Ranch located 10 miles south of Fort Carson on Highway 115.
Registration begins at 11:00 a.m., the race starts at 1:00 p.m.
There will be live music, an expo following the Run, kids’ Fun-Run, plenty of family activities, plus an opportunity to meet Army World-Class athletes and former Olympians.
Come out for a good time and support the troops!
For more information call 719-205-1741, click here, or access