Craig health briefs for Jan. 10, 2015: Weigh and Win program offers incentives for healthy living | CraigDailyPress.com

Craig health briefs for Jan. 10, 2015: Weigh and Win program offers incentives for healthy living

Craig Daily Press Staff Report

— A statewide community health and wellness program, Weigh and Win, will kick off in Craig with the installation of a Weigh and Win kiosk Tuesday at the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association.

The VNA in Craig and Steamboat Springs was awarded a grant to host two kiosks to promote healthy living throughout Routt and Moffat counties.

Colorado residents 18 and older can sign up for free and will receive daily coaching on healthy eating and active living by email or text message. The coaching includes tips for weight loss, daily exercise and meal plans, weekly grocery shopping lists and more.

Progress is tracked through quarterly weigh-ins at one of 56 community kiosk locations throughout the state. Success is rewarded with quarterly cash rewards for weight loss for those who begin the program at an unhealthy weight (body mass index greater than 25) as well as monthly prize drawings for participating.

"Healthy Eating and Active Living are a primary focus in Public Health. Weigh and Win supports this initiative by incentivizing healthy choices that ultimately lead to weight loss," said Charity Neal, director of public health at VNA. "Weigh and Win provides the community at large another valuable tool in making lifestyle changes that will enable them to be active and healthy, longer."

Sign up for free at http://www.WeighandWin.com.

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VNA offers free Tobacco Free Program

The Tobacco Free Program provides peer support and help overcoming nicotine addiction and quitting smoking or using smokeless tobacco.

A new series of classes will run from 11 a.m. to noon Thursdays starting Jan. 15 through Feb. 19 at the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association in Craig, 745 Russell St.

Participation is free. It is recommended participants attend all six classes, but drop-ins also are welcome.

To sign up or speak to a Tobacco Cessation Counselor, call 970-871-7696.

Drop in flu clinic held at Craig VNA

Flu cases are increasing in Colorado, and it's not too late to get your vaccine.

Flu clinics are held from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursdays at the VNA in Craig.

The vaccine is $21.50 for adult and children's flu shots and for children's Flu Mist. Insurance will be processed; bring your insurance cards. It takes about two weeks for the vaccine to become effective. For more information, call 970-824-8233.

Free flu shots available to veterans

Veterans can receive flu shots at no cost at the Major William Adams Telehealth Clinic in Craig, located at 785 Russell St. Shots are available on a walk-in basis from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

In some cases, the veteran's private insurance may be billed. Proof of military service is required.

The flu season in the United States typically follows trends similar to the Australian flu season, which is just concluding, according to a press release from the Grand Junction Veterans Affairs Medical Center. To date, Australia has confirmed nearly twice as many cases of influenza as last year.

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