Health briefs for Feb. 22, 2014: The Memorial Hospital to address kids health

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The Memorial Hospital will offer the free educational presentation “Kids and Cholesterol” at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in its conference room at 750 Hospital Loop.

TMH pediatricians Kristie Yarmer and Kelly Follett will discuss how high cholesterol numbers in children and teens can only worsen as they grow older and how early lifestyle changes can positively affect your child’s health.

For more information, call 970-824-9411.

Health education series takes place Wednesday

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. Wednesday at The Memorial Hospital, 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 970-826-3109 or jennifer.riley@tmhcraig.org by Monday.

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 when 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.

VNA to offer supplies to 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. The VNA will be at City Market, 505 W. Victory Way, from 5 to 6 p.m. Monday.

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.

Hayden facility offers services to Craig seniors

The Haven Assisted Living Center, 300 S. Shelton Lane in Hayden, will hold a special promotion in March for those who would like to try out the Adult Activity and Care Program, which provides older and disabled adults a safe, engaging place to be during the day as well as meals, help with personal and medication needs and other services while caregivers work or take needed time for themselves.

These services are designed to provide regular support for working families and caregivers during the week as well as respite for caregivers needing a break from providing full-time care to a loved one. Social interaction with other older adults also will help prevent the loneliness and isolation prevalent among elderly individuals.

Activities include music, exercise, art, social events and health and wellness services.

They will be available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays in March. The cost is $50 per day, with free van transportation provided from Craig to Hayden.

Pick-up is at 8:30 a.m. at the parking lot at the Craig Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association office at 745 Russell St., with drop-off at 3:30 p.m. at the same spot.

Participants are asked to reserve their spot one week prior to attending. It is private pay only, and Medicaid will not be accepted for this promotion.

For more information and to register, contact Karen Burley at 970-875-1888.

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.

Eating disorders — The National Eating Disorders Association is launching its 27th annual National Eating Disorders Awareness Week from Sunday to March 1 in an annual campaign to bring public attention to the critical needs of people with eating disorders and their families.

During the week, thousands of people come together in communities across the country, hosting events to raise awareness about body image and bring national attention to the severity of eating disorders, which are bio-psycho-social illnesses with often devastating and sometimes life-threatening consequences. While there is hope and recovery is possible — particularly with early intervention — many people suffer from the long-term effects of these illnesses. And many people, including doctors, don’t recognize the signs.

For more information, call NEDA’s Helpline at 800-931-2237 or visit www.nedawareness.org.

Age-related macular degeneration and low vision — Age-related macular degeneration is a leading cause of vision loss, affecting more than 2 million Americans ages 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 www.preventblindness.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 www.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 www.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 www.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 www.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 www.ashastd.org.

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