Health briefs for April 5, 2014: The Memorial Hospital extends men’s health program

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Because of a larger response than anticipated, The Memorial Hospital will continue its low-cost health screenings for men, known as March MANness, through April 15.

For just $100, male patients can get checked for prostate cancer, colon cancer, heart disease and hearing problems. Appointments are available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Fridays at TMH Medical Clinic, 785 Russell St.

Payment is due at the time of service, and insurance will not be billed.

For more information, call 970-826-2400.

The Memorial Hospital to host health fair

The Memorial Hospital will host the second annual Community Health Fair from 7:30 a.m. to noon April 26 at its facilities at 750 Hospital Loop.

The event includes low-cost health screenings, presentations by physicians and health experts, booth activities and healthy food and snacks.

Businesses that would like to cover the cost for their employees to get the tested can work with TMH on the billing and providing registration forms.

For more information, call 970-824-9411.

9Health Fair to travel to Baggs, Wyo.

Baggs, Wyo., will host the 9Health Fair from 7 a.m. to noon April 12 at Little Snake River Valley School, 333 North St., The event will offering various health screenings and blood tests for anyone interested.

For more information, call 307-383-2008.

Health awareness periods are many in April

April serves as an awareness month for numerous medical issues.

Alcoholism — Since 1987, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence has encouraged communities to focus awareness during April on alcoholism, which is a treatable, chronic disease from which people can recover, not a moral weakness. The first weekend of the month is Alcohol Free Weekend, designed to highlight the use of alcohol and how it may be affecting society and the individual drinker.

For more information, visit ncadd.org.

National Alcohol Screening Day, April 10, is an outreach, education and screening program that raises awareness about alcohol misuse and refers individuals with alcohol problems for further treatment. Thousands of colleges, community-based organizations, and military installations provide the program to the public each year.

For more information, visit mentalhealthscreening.org.

Autism — In order to highlight the growing need for concern and awareness about autism, the Autism Society has celebrated national Autism Awareness Month since the 1970s. This is a special opportunity for knowledgeable people and organizations to educate the public about autism and issues within the autism community.

For more information, visit autism-society.org.

Child abuse — Child Abuse Prevention Month seeks to raise awareness about healthy child development and motivate the public to play a greater role in the prevention of child abuse and neglect, while encouraging local prevention activities and events throughout the country.

For more information, visit childwelfare.gov/ preventingpreventionmonth.

Occupational therapy — Each April, occupational therapy practitioners, researchers, educators and students host a month-long celebration of the value of OT and the profession’s dedication to helping people of all ages prevent — or live better with — illness, injury or some form of disability. OT helps older drivers remain independent, wounded warriors with TBI and PTSD reintegrate into their communities, stroke victims relearn everyday tasks, children with autism create meaningful relationships with friends and more.

For more information, visit aota.org.

Sexually transmitted infections — There are 20 million new sexually transmitted infections each year. April is set aside to highlight education, support, and awareness of these diseases.

For more information, visit ashasexualhealth.org.

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