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East County News Service

July 11, 2018 (La Mesa) – The Grossmont Healthcare District’s Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library, 9001 Wakarusa St. in La Mesa, will host “Healthy Bones and Fall Prevention,” a program about bone health and steps to prevent a fall, from 10 to 11 a.m., Wednesday, July 25. The program is part of the library’s “Wellness Wednesday” series, normally held on the fourth Wednesday of the month. Admission is free. Light refreshments will be served. Advance RSVP is not necessary. Handouts will be available.

The presenter on July 25 will be Elaine Henson, adult nurse practitioner with SharpCare Medical Group. Henson, a board certified adult nurse practitioner for the past 30 years, also holds board certification as a clinical densitometrist. She joined the SharpCare Medical Group in March 2018 to assist with opening a new SharpCare office. Perviously, she served patients with osteoporosis at Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, Calif., and in Lake Havasu City, Ariz., where she started a women’s bone density testing and treatment center.

Kathy Quinn, Herrick Library director, said, “More than 40 million people nationwide either have osteoporosis or are at increased risk for broken bones because of low bone mineral density. More than one in four people over the age of 65 fall each year. Strong bones are important for your health. Bone is a living tissue and is continually broken down and replaced. Low bone mass increases the risk of fracture in a fall. Join us to learn how to improve your bone health and how to prevent falls.”

The Herrick Library, which opened in 2002, is a consumer health public library specializing in health research information, accessible both on-site and via the Internet. The library is operated by the Grossmont Healthcare District, a public agency that supports health-related community programs and services in San Diego’s East County. For more information, phone the library at (619) 825-5010 or visit

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