Health briefs for Jan. 11, 2014: Craig pediatrician achieves board certification

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The Memorial Hospital recently announced the news that Dr. Kelly Follett attained certification with the American Board of Pediatrics in December.

The process necessary to gain this includes passing a comprehensive exam regarding all subjects in health care for infants, children and adolescents, following steps such as graduation from an accredited medical school, completion of a three-year residency program, possession of a valid medical license and demonstrated professionalism.

Though board certification is voluntary, both Follett — who started in Craig in August 2013 — and fellow certified TMH pediatrician Kristie Yarmer sought out the distinction as soon as possible.

The TMH Medical Clinic offers care in family medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology and women’s health, internal medicine and general surgery. All physicians and providers at the TMH Medical Clinic are board certified in their specialties.

Online help available for business owners with insurance queries

The group Small Business Majority will host a free webinar at 2 p.m. Jan. 17 for small business owners seeking assistance enrolling in the Connect for Health Colorado marketplace. The webinar will address topics like eligibility, the application process, communicating with employees and more.

To register for the session, visit smallbusinessmajority.org and click on the Event Calendar tab to find the correct webinar.

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. 30.

Arthritis exercise class available

An Arthritis Foundation Exercise Class will be offered from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Mondays at Sunset Meadows 1.

This is an easy exercise class for older adults or those facing physical challenge, providing an workout for the entire body while primarily seated. Have fun with friends and feel better with movement.

The cost per class is a $3 donation to the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association.

For more information, call 970-871-7676.

January is awareness month for multiple medical issues

January includes observances for numerous medical topics, such as birth defects prevention, blood donations, cervical cancer and glaucoma.

Birth defects prevention — Women of childbearing age and their care providers need to know that folic acid promotes good health before, during and after pregnancy.

Daily consumption of the B vitamin folic acid beginning before pregnancy is crucial, as birth defects of the brain and spine known as neural tube defects (nTDs), including spina bifida, can occur in the early weeks following conception, often before a woman knows she is pregnant.

For more information on preventing birth defects visit marchofdimes.com or consult local medical experts about prenatal care.

Blood donations — Blood is traditionally in short supply during the winter months, especially January, due to the holidays, travel schedules, inclement weather and illness. A reduction in turnout can put our nation’s blood inventory at a critical low.

January has been designated as National Blood Donor Month to encourage donors to give or pledge to give blood.

For more information about donor eligibility, visit bonfils.org or contact your local medical organization.

Cervical cancer — During January, issues are highlighted relating to cervical cancer, human papillomavirus (HPV), and the importance of early detection, along with personal stories of women and caregivers battling persistent HPV, pre-cancer, or cervical cancer. In addition, recent advances and research in the prevention, detection, and treatment of cervical cancer and HPV, and the success of local early detection cervical cancer screening and treatment programs are acknowledged.

The Foundation for Women’s Cancer, the National Cervical Cancer Public Education Campaign and its partner organizations promote the message that cervical cancer is preventable — vaccinate early, Pap test regularly and HPV test when recommended.

For more information, visit wcn.org or nccc-online.org or consult with local experts on women's health.

Glaucoma — More than 2.2 million Americans age 40 and older suffer from glaucoma. Nearly half do not know they have the disease — it causes no early symptoms.

Prevent Blindness America will provide insightful information about this “Sneak Thief of Sight.”

For more information, visit preventblindness.org.

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