Craig health briefs for March 14, 2015: Kick Butts Day events planned at schools | CraigDailyPress.com

Craig health briefs for March 14, 2015: Kick Butts Day events planned at schools

Craig Daily Press Staff Report

— The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association and Grand Futures Prevention Coalition will provide information about the dangers of tobacco use and youth-targeted tobacco advertising 11:40 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at Craig Middle School.

Kick Butts Day is a youth-focused campaign encouraging kids to stand up to big tobacco companies by avoiding or quitting tobacco products. For more information, call the VNA at 970-871-7696.

REPS holds monthly volunteer meeting Thursday

Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide will hold its monthly Moffat County volunteer meeting from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday at Colorado Northwestern Community College's academic building in Craig. All are welcome to attend.

Volunteer meetings are held every third Thursday of the month.

VNA offers grief support group

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association's Hospice program is hosting a grief education and support group from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Thursdays through March 26 at the Craig VNA, 745 Russell Street.

Anyone who has suffered a loss is welcome. For more information, call Sandy Beran at 970-871-7682.

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March MANness campaign promotes men's health

Throughout the month of March, the Memorial Hospital will offer five comprehensive health screens for men for $100. Launched last year, the initiative seeks to promote good health and early detection for common conditions among men.

"We are focusing on men, because statistically, they are less likely to take advantage of preventative healthcare services," said TMH Chief of Marketing and Business Development Jennifer Riley.

The tests include:

• Lipid panel to assess cholesterol levels, which can be indicator for increased risk for heart disease

• Hemoglobin A1C, a blood test that measures a person's blood glucose levels over time and can indicate diabetes or pre-diabetes before symptoms occur

• PSA, a blood test that measures Prostate Specific Antigens — recommended for men ages 50 to 69 — which can be an indicator for prostate cancer

• Blood pressure, to screen for coronary artery disease

• Hearing and vision tests

The above tests provide a good baseline for overall health. For more information, contact Terri Jourgensen at 826-2455, or to make an appointment, call 826-2400.

VNA offers Well Body class

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is offering a six-week Well Body class from 11 a.m. to noon Tuesdays through April 14, at the Craig VNA at 745 Russell Street.

The free class will help participants achieve their health goals with nutrition information, weight loss strategies and tools to make lasting lifestyle changes.

For more information or to register, call 970-875-1880.

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