Health briefs for Feb. 8, 2014: Blood drive in Craig available Feb. 11

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Bonfils will be hosting a blood drive in Craig from 12:30 to 6 p.m. Feb. 11 at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion. Those interested in participating can register online or by phone or come by the day of the event.

For more information on eligibility, call 303-341-4000 or visit bonfils.org.

Interested donors can also register at Moffat County High School, where Student Council will host a drive from 1 to 4 p.m.

For more information, call 970-824-7036.

Hospital clinic offering free blood pressure checks

Throughout February, The Memorial Hospital Medical Clinic, 785 Russell St., will administer blood pressure screenings free of charge in honor of American Heart Month.

High blood pressure has no symptoms and left untreated, it can cause damage to the heart and coronary arteries, as well as stroke, kidney damage, vision loss and more.

No appointment is necessary for this service.

For more information, call 970-824-2400.

Meeker opens new pediatric service

Pioneers Medical Center, 592 Main St., in Meeker, recently celebrated the grand opening of its new Pediatric Clinic, giving residents the chance to meet the doctors who will be attending to the health of local youth. Pioneers also partnered with Rocky Mountain Youth Center for this project.

Physicians from the Pioneers facility with training in family medicine, adolescent medicine and pediatrics will be on staff, as will pediatrician Lucas Henderson with Health One on a monthly basis.

The purpose for the clinic is to cater specifically to children in the area with developmental screenings and guidance that is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics, continuing the level of care provided by Meeker Family Health Center.

For more information, call 970-878-5047.

Social Services to address local insurance questions

Representatives from Moffat County Social Services will be available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays at the Craig branch of the Moffat County Libraries to answer questions about Colorado’s health insurance marketplace, Connect for Health Colorado. Bring your questions and drop by during lunch.

If you are interested but unable to attend or for more information, call 970-824-8282, ext. 2030.

February features many medical awareness periods

Numerous medical issues are in the spotlight during February, acknowledged by special days, weeks or even the entire month.

Age-related macular degeneration and low vision — Age-related macular degeneration is a leading cause of vision loss, affecting more than two million Americans age 50 and older. Low vision aids can make the most of remaining vision.

For more information on eye disease warning signs and treatment, call 800-331-2020 or visit preventblindness.org.

Heart health — During February, the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women movement and its latest Hispanic movement, Go Red Por Tu Corazón, work to beat heart disease, the number-one killer of women. Each year, cardiovascular diseases claim the lives of nearly 500,000 women — almost one per minute.

For more information, call 888-MY-HEART (694-3278) or visit goredforwomen.org.

As part of heart health, Feb. 9 to 15 is both National Cardiac Rehabilitation Week and Cardiovascular Professionals Week.

National Cardiac Rehabilitation Week focuses attention on cardiac rehabilitation’s contribution to improving the health and physical performance of people at risk for heart disease, as well as those who have been diagnosed with heart disease or dysfunction. Cardiovascular Professionals Week celebrates the contributions cardiovascular professionals make to health care. The Alliance of Cardiovascular Professionals offers a complete guide for the week to help identify activities and recognition ceremonies and provides novelties and celebratory items for both individuals and institutions.

For more information, visit aacvpr.org or acp-online.org.

Children’s dental health — The American Dental Association sponsors national children’s Dental Health Month to raise awareness about the importance of children’s oral health.

For more information, call 800-621-8099 or visit ada.org/ncdhm.

Children’s ENT health — Kids’ ENT Health Month is designed to offer parents and caregivers the latest information about the care, diagnosis, and treatment of pediatric ear, nose and throat disorders.

For more information, call 703-535-3762 or visit entnet.org.

Recreational therapy — The purpose of National Recreational Therapy/Therapeutic Recreation Month is to enhance public awareness of therapeutic recreation programs and recreational therapy services, promote inclusive recreation opportunities for individuals with disabilities, and recognize the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification as the qualified provider of RT services.

For more information, call 601-450-2872 or visit atra-online.com.

Wise health care — The goal of National Wise Health Care Consumer Month is to help consumers receive the right care at the right time in the right place. It involves teaching consumers how to become more active in their own health care, which entails knowing which symptoms require professional assistance and which can be treated at home with self-care. The event also focuses on helping consumers understand how to interact most effectively with the health care system to receive proper care.

For more information, call 248-539-1800, ext. 238, or visit healthylife.com.

Condoms — If one of cupid’s arrows finds its way to you this month, or any other time, the American Social Health Association wants you to be safe. Each year in the United States, there are approximately 19 million new cases of sexually transmitted infections. Condoms are inexpensive and reduce the risks for STIs.

For more information, visit ashastd.org.

Congenital heart defects — Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week — Feb. 7 to 14 — is an annual effort to help educate the public about CHDs. Participants include individuals, local support groups, national and local organizations, and congenital cardiology centers throughout the world.

For more information, call 609-823-4507 or visit tchin.org/aware.

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