Health briefs for Feb. 15, 2014: Pregnancy seminar available at The Memorial Hospital Feb. 19

Women who are pregnant are planning for a pregnancy can attend The Memorial Hospital’s quarterly “What to Expect” presentation at 6 p.m. Feb. 19 in the conference room at TMH, 750 Hospital Loop.

The free event includes a tour of the hospital’s birthing center and details about giving birth and taking care of an infant from local women’s health experts Dr. Scott Ellis and Dr. James Summers, as well as other medical professionals.

For more information and to RSVP, call 970-824-9411.

Hospital clinic, VNA 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.

Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association will also offer free blood pressure checks, as well as free Body Mass Index calculations from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 19 at its Craig location, 745 Russell Street.

For more information, call Lindsay at 970-871-7634.

Health education series takes place Feb. 26

The Northwest Colorado Community Health Partnership and The Memorial Hospital will host a viewing party for the Health Equity Learning Series from 11:30 to 1 p.m. Feb. 26 at TMH, 750 Hospital Loop, Room A.

Spend time with others interested in health equity to learn from nationally renowned presenters sharing knowledge and increasing awareness so that all people may have fair and equal opportunities to lead healthy, productive lives regardless of race, ethnicity, income or where they live. Free lunch will be provided as those in attendance watch a live stream of the event happening in Denver.

RSVP to Jennifer Riley at 826-3109 or jennifer.riley@tmhcraig.org by Feb. 24.

VNA to offer supplies to help quit smoking

Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association’s community health educators are teaming up to help you quit tobacco with free tobacco quit kits and helpful resources. Come see us from 5 to 6 p.m. Feb. 26 at City Market, 505 W. Victory Way.

For more information, call 970-871-7634.

Social Services to address local insurance questions

A health coverage guide 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.

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 STI’s.

For more information, visit ashastd.org.

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