Health briefs for March 15, 2014: Anti-tobacco event offers contest for Moffat County teens

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How do you fight big tobacco? At a special Kick Butts Day event set for Wednesday.

Staff from Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association and Grand Futures Prevention Coalition of Moffat County are teaming up with the Moffat County Teen Council to kick off a new campaign.

Tobacco companies spend more than $9 billion in advertising their products each year in the U.S., which amounts to about $24 million per day, much of which is targeting teens.

Kick Butts Day involves a contest at Moffat County High School from Wednesday to March 29 and encourages students to submit photos of how they can fight tobacco at www.facebook.com/MOCOTC.

A winner will be announced March 31 and will receive a $100 grand prize.

For more information, call Suzy Bouzo at 970-871-7627.

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.

Fo $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 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 Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association office at 745 Russell St. in Craig, 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, call the director of the Haven, Karen Burley, at 970-875-1888.

Hospice program selling daffodils

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

Funds go toward the hospice program’s work in Craig and Steamboat.

For more information, visit www.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 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 www.biausa.org.

• Children’s health: During Child Life Month, child life programs across 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 www.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 www.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. President 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 www.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 www.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 www.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 www.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.

For more information, visit www.eatright.org.

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