Young cyclists sought for Jr. El Tour team

The Tucson-based Jr. El Tour Youth Cycling Program is looking for a 2013 team of girls and boys ages 10 to 13 who are interested in cycling and improving their health.

Priority will be given to children who are in need, overweight, underactive or at risk for health problems.

Kids learn cycling techniques, safety, sports nutrition and exercise in a fun and supportive environment. Training sessions are three times per week for the first 12 weeks, culminating in a 40-mile ride in the El Tour de Tucson bicycle event in November. All equipment is provided, including bikes, which the children may earn in the three-month follow-up program.

The Jr. El Tour is a non-profit program of Perimeter Bicycling that's supported by grants and donations, and participation is free for those accepted into the program.

Apply before July 18 online at or call Cyndi Wallace at 490-5979. Classes are scheduled to begin Aug. 22.

Group seeks to boost insurance enrollment

Arizona is one of 18 states where a major campaign to enroll people in health insurance will take place.

The states were chosen by the national, nonprofit group Enroll America for a number of reasons, but the main one being a high rate of people without health insurance, the group's president said last week.

About 960,000 Arizonans do not have health insurance, which works out to about 17 percent of the state's population, the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation says.

Open enrollment in the new health insurance marketplaces is less than 100 days away. Other states targeted in the campaign include Illinois, Ohio, Florida, Tennessee and Texas.

The marketplaces will be a place where individuals, families and small businesses may purchase health insurance with federal subsidies available through the Affordable Care Act.

Enroll America is launching a "Get Covered America" campaign to start a conversation with consumers about the benefits of health-insurance coverage and the new health-care options that will be available.

Enroll America says 78 percent of uninsured Americans have no idea how to enroll in the marketplaces that will be available in each state.

Arizona's health marketplace will be operated by the federal government.

Presentation to focus on managing stress

A free interactive presentation, "Ten Surprising Tips for Managing Stress," by Canyon Ranch stress expert Ann Pardo is scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday.

The 90-minute event is open to the public and will be held in the Chase Bank Auditorium at the University of Arizona Medical Center-University Campus, 1501 N. Campbell Ave. Light refreshments will be provided.

Pardo, director of life management at the Canyon Ranch Health Resort in Tucson, is expected to guide participants through an interactive lecture on controlling stress in daily life. She will discuss the effects that stress can have on our bodies, how to control and manage the stresses that many of us encounter, and the role of stress management when dealing with pain and disease.

The lecture is part of the 2013 series of "Living Healthy with Arthritis" monthly talks presented by the University of Arizona Arthritis Center at the UA College of Medicine-Tucson, and supported through the Susan and Saul Tobin Endowment for Research and Education in Rheumatology.

Seating is limited and prior registration is requested. For more information or to register, visit the University of Arizona Arthritis Center website, call 626-5040 or email

There is a parking fee of $1.50 per hour, cash only, in the visitor/patient parking garage. Free parking is available after 5 p.m. in the UA Zone 1 permit and metered parking lot No. 2030 just south of the parking garage at East Mabel Street and Martin Avenue.

Contact Star medical reporter Stephanie Innes at or 573-4134.