September 18, 2018

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You may have seen our WELL for Life information at the Inter- Mountain Fair.

What is WELL for Life? Mayers Memorial Hospital District is excited to have access to this program through The Association of California Healthcare District (ACHD) and the Stanford University School of Medicine. WELL for Life is an innovative study at the Stanford Prevention Research Center designed to identify and modify factors that can lead to disease. WELL is meant to encourage people to be WELL for life. It provides then opportunity to improve well-being.

How does it work? Anyone 18 or older can join. Once we have 50 participants, reports are generated that can influence types of care provided and resources in the community in which you live. When you join WELL, Stanford Health Promotion experts provide you with access to challenges, health resources and ways to improve well-being. You will be able to gain insight about how to improve nutrition, physical activity, social connectedness, sleep, stress management and much more! You will complete a few short surveys and receive your personal health score.

The portal includes many week-long mini challenges, health tips and information, games and plenty of opportunity for interaction. It is designed to help communities provide care as identified by the population base, while assisting the member with education and resources. All data is protected by Stanford, HIPAA and federal regulations. Your information is never shared and reports are based on overall responses.

Lastly…It’s 100% FREE.

MMHD’s your:life program is aimed at employee and community wellness. WELL for Life is a unique opportunity for the local facility to gain community insights and help to improve the overall wellness of our residents.

To sign up visit or email for more information. You can also join our email list for updates and resources by texting MMHD to 2282.

Veterans Honor Missing Comrades

by Alex Colvin
Mountain Echo reporter

Members of American Legion Post 441, VFW Post 5689, and VFW Auxiliary 5689 and citizens from the Intermountain Area came together on the evening of Saturday, September 15 at the Veterans Hall in Burney for a special ceremony to remember and honor prisoners of war and soldiers missing in action. American Legion Post Adjutant Bob Boyce served as Master of Ceremonies.

American Legion Post Commander Steve Sweet and VFW Auxiliary President Dee Covert were in attendance. Boyce read a heartfelt statement of support from VFW Post Commander J.P. Wheeler who was unable to attend because he was coaching a football game in Oregon.

The ceremony began with Presentation of Colors by the Honor Guard, staffed by Jim Arveson, Dennis Lopez, Herb McKinney, George Mathews, and Marty McAbee.

Lynn Bolen read a moving testimonial entitled “Behind the Wall.” The piece was written from the point of view of a soldier who had sacrificed his life in Vietnam. From behind the wall of the Vietnam Memorial in Washington DC, he recognizes his mother, his wife, and his son as they come forward to the wall to read his name and honor him. The son has grown and is now a decorated veteran himself.

Bolen was given a copy of “Behind the Wall” by a sympathetic Park Ranger when he visited the memorial. More than 3 million people died in the conflict in Vietnam from November 1, 1955 to April 30, 1975. Fifty-eight thousand American soldiers lost their lives.

Following Lynn Bolen’s talk, the Burney High School Vocal Ensemble sang God Bless America and America The Beautiful under the direction of Hugo Castro.

Past American Legion Post Commander Bill Baldwin and his wife Tina then displayed an Empty Table Setting as Boyce narrated the symbolism of the scene. Everyone raised a glass in honor of those who had made the ultimate sacrifice.

After the table setting ceremony, various pairs of veterans came forward to read the names of all 1,594 Vietnam POW/MIA’s. During the reading, a meal of hamburgers, hot dogs and potato salad was provided as well as a red, white and blue cake decorated with the caption “We will never forget!”

After the reading of all of the names, buglers George Mathews and Hugo Chavez played Echo Taps. “We will never forget!”