Health briefs for March 8, 2014: The Memorial Hospital spotlights men’s health

Health briefs for March 8, 2014: The Memorial Hospital spotlights men’s health

Throughout March, The Memorial Hospital will offer low-cost health screenings for men in a program called March MANness.

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.

Hayden facility offers services to Craig seniors

The Haven, 300 South 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 special promotion.

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

Hospice program selling daffodils

Celebrate spring!

Hospice Daffodils will be on sale for $5 per bunch, $24 for 5 bunches $46 for 10 bunches on March 18 at Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, City Market in both Craig and Steamboat Springs, Ace at the Curve, Hayden Mercantile, Bonfiglio Drug and The Clark Store.

You can also order your daffodils online through March 14. Funds go toward the hospice program’s work in Craig and Steamboat.

For more information, visit nwcovna.org/hospicedaffodils.php or contact Kendall Yeager at 970-871-7607 or kyeager@nwcovna.org.

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.

March time for medical awareness

March serves as an awareness month for many medical topics, and certain weeks and dates throughout the month also signify significant issues.

Brain injuries and research — Brain Injury Awareness Month is an annual observance of the causes and consequences of brain injury. It recognizes the need for greater prevention, research, education and advocacy on behalf of individuals who sustain a life-changing — sometimes devastating — brain injury and their family caregivers.

For more information, visit biausa.org.

Brain Awareness Week — March 10 to 16 — is the global campaign to increase public awareness of the progress and benefits of brain research. BAW unites the efforts of universities, hospitals, K-12 schools, research labs, government agencies and advocacy and service groups worldwide in a weeklong celebration of the brain. Participating organizations sponsor lab tours, school programs, lectures, exhibits, health fairs, media efforts and other special events.

For more information, visit dana.org/baw

Children’s health — During Child Life Month, child life programs around the world will join the child life council in educating health care colleagues and the public about the psychosocial needs of children in pediatric settings. Research has demonstrated that child life interventions reduce the anxiety that children and families experience in a medical setting. Child Life Month is designed to honor child life specialists as they work to ensure high quality, family-centered and developmentally appropriate care for children.

For more information, visit childlife.org.

Colorectal cancer — During Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, cancer groups, hospitals and communities focus attention on preventing, treating and curing colorectal cancer. Education is provided to the public and colorectal screenings are encouraged.

For more information, visit preventcancer.org.

Eye donations, vision and eye wellness — Each year, the Eye Bank Association of America promotes March as National Eye Donor Month to raise awareness of the need to donate eyes. Pres. Ronald Reagan proclaimed the first National Eye Donor Month in 1983, and since then, a member of congress has read a proclamation into the congressional record each March to note this special occasion.

For more information, visit restoresight.org.

Save Your Vision Month is held by the American Optometric Association to remind Americans of the importance of eye health and regular exams.

For more information, visit aoa.org.

When it comes to eye health, the more vision ailments employees have, the more medical care they use, increasing health care-related expenses. Employers are encouraged to contact Prevent Blindness America for information on the Healthy Eyes Vision Wellness Program, promoting vision care services during Workplace Eye Wellness Month.

For more information, visit preventblindness.org.

Kidney health — During National Kidney Month, the National Kidney Foundation urges Americans to get to know two humble, hardworking organs: the kidneys. To help raise awareness of and appreciation for all the vital functions the kidneys perform, NKF is encouraging Americans to learn more and take steps now to preserve kidney health, including taking advantage of free kidney health checks in March.

For more information, visit kidney.org.

Nutrition — National nutrition Month is a nutrition education and information campaign held annually by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The campaign focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. Part of this is Registered Dietitian Day on March 12, which increases awareness of registered dietitians as the indispensable providers of food and nutrition services and recognizes registered dietitians for their commitment to helping people enjoy healthy lives.

For more information, visit eatright.org.

Pulmonary rehabilitation — Pulmonary Rehabilitation Week focuses national attention on pulmonary rehabilitation’s contribution to enhancing the lives of people with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. Special events will be held throughout the country at hospitals, exercise facilities, and outpatient rehabilitation centers.

For more information, visit aacvpr.org.

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