A free car care clinic is scheduled for Feb. 14 for single mothers, seniors and disabled residents. The clinic will be from 10 a.m. to noon at 1150 W. Ninth St.
It is a small group project by First Baptist Church.
At the clinic, volunteers will check all fluids and top them off if needed; test anti-freeze; air up tires and check the treads; check lights, battery connections, horns and wipers; and arrange for discounted repairs and oil changes, if possible.
The clinic is by appointment only. For more information, call Love INC at 826-4400.
Heart Month raises smoking awareness
During the month of February, people across the nation are raising awareness about heart disease and taking steps to lower their risk, according to the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. Two of the ways to reduce the risk of heart disease are to stop smoking and eliminate exposure to secondhand smoke. According to studies, long-term exposure to secondhand smoke is associated with a 25- to 30-percent increased risk of heart disease in adult nonsmokers.
Colorado implemented the Colorado Clean Indoor Air Act, its statewide smoke-free law, July 1, 2006, and extended it to casinos July 1, 2008. Research shows that smoke-free laws and policies to eliminate smoking indoors are credited with decreases of exposure.
"An important first step for people who want to quit smoking is to make a smoke-free home rule," said Elizabeth Morgan of the VNA. "Studies show that people are about two times more likely to quit if they make a smoke-free home rule. They also are up to five times more successful in their attempt to quit if their home is smoke-free."
Those who want to quit smoking can seek help and support from the Colorado QuitLine, a free telephone coaching service for quitting tobacco that offers a free supply of the patch (as many as 8 weeks when qualified).
To contact the QuitLine, call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) or visit www.coquitline.org for Web-based cessation tools. QuitLine coaches are available from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
For local assistance, contact Elizabeth Morgan at the Steamboat VNA at 970-875-1882 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Barb Parnell at the Northwest Colorado Community Health Center in Craig at 970-871-7691 or email@example.com.