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Offered by: Bryan Giger, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist Coach

Every sport is dominated by athletes who can sprint, jump, and change direction faster than their opponents. Every collegiate and professional athlete prioritizes their off-season programs which requires a structured plan that improves strength, speed, and agility. It is also extremely important to stay healthy throughout a grueling season with nutrition and injury prevention. A performance coach can assist an athlete with all their needs.

As an athlete, it is important to create good habits at an early age. Many players complete their athletic careers without understanding how to move efficiently. They also lack the strength necessary to compete at a high level.

A performance coach can assist with each of these qualities and ensure the athlete is ready to compete. Whether you are a middle school athlete preparing for high school sports, or a high school athlete preparing to play at the collegiate level, performance coaching can assist in accomplishing those goals. Significant strength, power, speed, and agility improvements will be made with a performance coach.

The fear of injury is always a concern for athletes and if they would miss a portion or even the entirety of their season. Time missed on the field can be a significant loss, whether that athlete is trying to maintain their playing time or move up on the depth chart. Athletic performance training can assist with injury reduction and improve athleticism simultaneously.

Performance Training

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Offered by: Jennifer Bell – Bell Benefits, LLC

As early as 2600 B.C. oral care has taken note as something of great importance.  That’s right! The early Egyptians show
signs of having oral health specialists. But it wasn’t until the 1700s that maintaining good oral health care became much easier.

Since then, many medical practitioners have noted strong connections between good oral health and overall health. Referencing an article by  The Mayo Clinic, you can get clues about your overall health by looking at your oral health. Your mouth has bacteria -mostly harmless. But keep in mind your mouth is the entry point to your digestive & respiratory tracts. Some of this bacteria can cause disease.

Since problems in our mouth can affect the rest of our body, it would seem important to not only do your daily brushing and flossing exercises but also maintain a healthy relationship with your dentist.

Many people will avoid the dentist if they do not have dental insurance. There is a fear of extraordinary costs tied to oral care. Without any protection in place, the outcomes can be quite frightening.

There are various solutions for solving this issue: traditional dental insurance, discount dental programs, and plans encapsulated inside a Medicare Advantage Plan. Each offers its own specifications for coverage.

If you have any questions about the different types of coverage, I have been studying this topic quite heavily over the past few months and would be more than happy to help you. I am just a phone call away, 720-626-6524.

Jennifer Bell | Bell Benefits

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Offered by: Brighton Clinic of Chiropractic

Many times, someone that hurts their back will tell me “I dropped my phone and was just picking it up off the floor!”  Then I’ll ask them, “Was your phone heavier that day?” Every time you move improperly or your body isn’t ready for the activity, you can hurt the tissues. If this happens too much over time or all at once, you can damage your joints or muscles. After the recent blizzard, our Chiropractic office was full of people coming in for care as their aching backs, knees and shoulders reminded them of their lack of preparedness. Springtime is upon us and many people come out of their winter slumber to begin their warm weather activities.

Are you an avid runner, cyclist, golfer, or gardener? Are there children in your house that play sports? Have COVID restrictions limited your usual activities? Prolonged sitting results in deconditioned muscles and joints. Some get short and tight while others get lengthened and weak.  is creates an imbalance that sets you up to fail. Don’t let this happen to you.

Pain is an indicator that something is wrong. Is it because something’s moving too much or because something’s not moving at all? Find out what is causing your pain or keep from getting it in the first place. Find a body worker that will do a proper evaluation and put you on a program to succeed. Brighton has many available to help you such as Chiropractors, Physical Therapists, Personal Trainers and Massage Therapists. Please call me if there is anything I can do for you.  Thank you and enjoy the sunshine!

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Offered by: Susan Kline – The Brighton Buzz

Susan Kline

As I usually look back to the prior year’s letter each month for perspective, there was a very solemn tone to April 2020’s outlook. There were more questions than answers and a lot of problems to navigate. It would be an exaggeration to say that all of that dark cloud is gone, but, the sun is shining more brightly Spring 2021 with many more answers to our problems on the way!

This time of year gives us hope and the feeling of rebirth as nature opens up with all its glory and provides a backdrop for us to create a bountiful Spring and Summer. That bounty can take many forms… more time outdoors for various activities: sports, gardening, home projects, family gatherings, relaxation. We can open up our minds and hearts to the things that bring us joy! It’s an exciting thought to expand our lives once again!

We’ve gathered an exceptional body of resources in this April issue to assist you in your life’s expansion. Supporting local businesses helps our communities grow and begin to set the stage for a more positive and prosperous 2021. Give those advertisers that fill your needs/wants a call! They’ll be glad to make your Spring brighter!

Happy Spring!

Susan Kline

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Offered by: Jan Hepp-Struck, Hepp Realty

While it may seem like ten, it’s actually only been one year since “Covid” and “pandemic” became part of our daily vocabulary, and “working remotely” and “remote school” a part of our daily lives. If the past year has taught us anything, learning to adapt living space has to be very high on the list. Home is no longer just the home base we leave behind each day as we head out to work, school, or other activities—it has become the place in which many of us literally live, work, and play. It should come as no surprise that this past year has also had a huge impact on 2021 design trends.

Topping the list are 1) dedicated home office space, and 2) more delineated spaces (bye-bye open floor plans). Addressing both of those is the “cloffice”. Wait, what? Is that even a word? Well, while it may not [yet] be “Webster approved”—it’s actually a portmanteau of “closet” and “office”—“cloffice ideas” is most definitely a very popular search term that yields oodles of images and articles about a burgeoning small-space hack that gets you (or the kid(s)) away from the kitchen table while also providing a way to literally close the door on the work/school day when finished. Even if you are thinking of selling your home this year, repurposing an extra or under-utilized closet can be an inexpensive way to maximize space and help show potential buyers how the home can work for them.

For proven expertise in establishing your home value and/or searching for a new or existing home, please call Jan at (303) 520-4340.

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Offered by: Tim Roberts – Edward Jones

Sadly, identity theft happens throughout the year – but some identity thieves are particularly active during tax-filing season. How can you protect yourself?

One of the most important moves you can make is to be suspicious of requests by people or entities claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service. You may receive phone calls, texts and emails, but these types of communication are often just “phishing” scams with one goal in mind: to capture your personal information.  These phishers can be quite clever, sending emails that appear to contain the IRS logo or making calls that may even seem to be coming from the IRS. Don’t open any links or attachments to the emails and don’t answer the calls – and don’t be alarmed if the caller leaves a vaguely threatening voicemail, either asking for personal information, such as your Social Security number, or informing you of some debts you supposedly owe to the IRS that must be taken care of “immediately.”

In reality, the IRS will not initiate contact with you by phone, email, text message or social media to request personal or financial information, or to inquire about issues pertaining to your tax returns. Instead, the agency will first send you a letter. And if you’re unsure of the legitimacy of such a letter, contact the IRS directly at 800-829-1040.

Of course, not all scam artists are fake IRS representatives – some will pass themselves off as tax preparers. Fortunately, most tax preparers are honest, but it’s not too hard to find the dishonest ones who might ask you to sign a blank return, promise you a big refund before looking at your records or try to charge a fee based on the percentage of your return. Legitimate tax preparers will make no grand promises and will explain their fees upfront. Before hiring someone to do your taxes, find out their qualifications.  The IRS provides some valuable tips for choosing a reputable tax preparer, but you can also ask your friends and relatives for referrals.

Another tax scam to watch out for is the fraudulent tax return – that is, someone filing a return in your name. To do so, a scammer would need your name, birthdate and Social Security number. If you’re already providing two of these pieces of information – your name and birthdate on social media, and you also include your birthplace – you could be making it easier for scam artists to somehow get the third. It’s a good idea to check your privacy settings and limit what you’re sharing publicly. You might also want to use a nickname and omit your last name, birthday and birthplace.

Here’s one more defensive measure: File your taxes as soon as you can. Identity thieves often strike early in the tax season, so they can file their bogus returns before their victims.

To learn more about tax scams, visit the IRS website ( and search for the “Taxpayer Guide to Identity Theft.”  This document describes some signs of identity theft and provides tips for what to do if you are victimized.

It’s unfortunate that identity theft exists, but by taking the proper precautions, you can help insulate yourself from this threat, even when tax season is over.

This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor. Edward Jones, Member SIPC

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Offered by: ProActive Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine

What is Blood Flow Restriction?
Blood Flow Restriction (BFR) was initially used in Japan in the 1970’s and became popular in the U.S. in the early 2000’s. It was designed for military service members recovering from injuries. In 2015, the treatment technique became widely accessible to the general public.

It involves applying an inflatable blood pressure device around a limb in order to reduce or prevent the blood ow out of the muscle. The goal is to increase muscle growth while minimizing joint load.

Is it SAFE?
Research surrounding BFR supports its effectiveness and safety for gaining strength. Studies have examined the safety concerns of this treatment and conclude that BFR is a safe tool for rehabilitation when it is prescribed and supervised by a trained professional.

ProActive Physical Therapy uses the Del Personalized Tourniquet System, which is the only device that has been cleared by the FDA for this type of treatment. When used properly, the potential side effects are limited to bruising, soreness, and temporary numbness. In some situations, it might be the best, or only, option to help someone maintain or gain muscle strength safely.

How can it help me?

  • Reduce the amount of muscle atrophy after surgery or injury.
  • Strengthen muscles that surround joints where arthritis is present with less pain.
  • Strengthen one side at a time to prevent imbalances.
  • Improve your cardiovascular and bone health.
  • Recover from tendonitis injuries faster.

ProActive Physical Therapy individualizes this treatment for each patient, specific to their goals, training level and past medical history. To learn more about BFR Training at ProActive Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine Brighton, visit or call (720) 689-5637. We look forward to seeing you in clinic.

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Offered by: Jennifer Bell – Bell Benefits, LLC

You may have heard that the Medicare Supplement Plan F is no longer available. There is some truth to that but let me clarify. Folks who became eligible for Medicare on or after January 1, 2020 cannot get the Plan F. Those who were on Medicare prior to January 1, 2020 can.

But what does all this mean anyway???
Insurance companies like to compartmentalize their plans. They might offer a variety of Medicare Supplement plans but they put each policy into its own bucket. If the bucket is full of clients, the monthly premiums stay very stable. If the bucket starts to lessen, then the premium can be effected. Where a person might have had 5-8% annual rate increases from their plan, they might start seeing 10-13% rate increases when fewer people are in the bucket.

Right now, the State of Colorado is offering a Special Enrollment Period for folks who have an active Medicare Supplement Plan F. They have made it so folks with the Plan F can move to a Plan G and avoid going through the underwriting process. This could be a great opportunity for folks who want a lower premium but still want to keep the same basic coverage as their Plan F. In some cases, I have saved individuals $50-$120/month.

What’s the catch you might ask? The only difference in coverage: you become responsible for the Medicare Part B annual deductible. Currently this is $203 for 2021 but it can change each January. Once you meet this annual deductible, the Plan G picks up the rest of the expenses much like the Plan F. You don’t have to change doctors or hospitals. If they take your Plan F now, they will also take your Plan G.

I understand this can cause some other questions and I am happy to help you work through any thoughts you might have about making the change. Just let me know how I can help: 720-626-6524

Jennifer Bell | Bell Benefits

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Offered by: Brighton Clinic of Chiropractic

My unique background in western medicine and holistic healthcare combined with gentle Chiropractic instrument adjusting allows me to help numerous people suffering from various conditions from head to toe. I have a passion for teaching and helping my patients expand their knowledge and understanding about their body and health, empowering them to make better decisions leading to a more active and independent life. I am excited to serve Brighton and its surrounding communities.

My experience in healthcare began over 25 years ago when I received training in the Army as a combat medic and then on as a Licensed Practical Nurse. This allowed me to gain valuable experience in emergency rooms, hospitals, primary care clinics (internal medicine, family medicine and pediatrics), neurosurgery and spine, and long-term care facilities.

I furthered my education by completing pre-med and obtained a Bachelor of Science in Human Biology. Then, in December 2001, I achieved my childhood dream goal of obtaining my Doctor of Chiropractic degree. I additionally completed Post-Graduate training in Applied Kinesiology and Acupuncture as well as thousands of hours of other Chiropractic techniques and education in nutrition since.

My wife (Heidi) and I have a “Brady Bunch” family with my 3 and her 3 and we have a rescued German Short-Haired Pointer named Skye instead of a housekeeper. My wife is an educator and has worked for Brighton 27J and Adams 12. Like most people that live in Colorado, we enjoy the outdoors mostly with hiking and biking. We love taking trips and creating memories with the family.

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Offered by: Susan Kline – The Brighton Buzz

Susan Kline

With four new inches of snow on the ground, it’s a little hard to think spring thoughts, however, the chirping birds know it’s just around the corner! The momentum for this favorite season is definitely building as we’re all excited for the warmer weather and the possibility of our lives returning to a more normal state in the near future. Both are exhilarating coming events! Let’s Celebrate!

It’s time for all of those projects we’ve been thinking of doing these past few months to take legs toward the planning stages. Getting quotes for all of your home remodeling and upgrades both inside and out is a good place to start. Our March issue pages are filled with resources to help you with that. Don’t forget our stores that are filled with Spring decor to move this Winter to Spring transition along right now!

The real estate market is already hot with limited inventory, good interest rates, multiple offers, and short time on the market. If selling your home and finding your dream home is part of your upcoming plans, contact our experienced realtors who are ready to turn your dreams into realities. Now is a great time to sell!

In the centerfold of this issue, we’re beginning a Restaurant and Dining Section that will become a monthly feature with delicious cuisine in our distribution area. We’re excited to bring this to you and hope that you’ll help our local restaurants move past this pandemic slowdown and prepare for more indoor dining.

We encourage you to read through this issue as it’s filled with ways you can Welcome Spring and look forward to better times.

Spring into Action this March!