Craig health briefs for March 21, 2015: Free blood glucose screenings at VNA | CraigDailyPress.com

Craig health briefs for March 21, 2015: Free blood glucose screenings at VNA

Craig Daily Press Staff Report

— The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association will provide free blood glucose screenings from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at the VNA in Craig, 745 Russell St.

March 24 is Diabetes Alert Day, which highlights the importance of understanding your risk for type 2 diabetes. In addition to the blood glucose test, a VNA community health educator will discuss your diabetes risk and how to prevent the disease and it's complications.

Drop-ins are welcome. For more information, call 970-875-1880.

Kids health fair Thursday and Friday

Free developmental screenings are available for children from birth to 5 years old from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday and Friday at the Early Childhood Center at the Moffat County School District Administration Building.

Screenings are available in hearing, vision, dental, cognition, fine and gross motor skills, speech and language and social and emotional skills.

Appointments are required. Call Lila at 970-824-7457. New preschool students are encouraged to attend prior to enrollment for the 2015-16 school year.

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The fair is sponsored by MCSD Child Find in collaboration with Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, Northwest Dental Coalition, Connections 4 Kids and Craig Lions Club.

VNA offers grief support group

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association's Hospice program will host its final grief education and support group from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Craig VNA, 745 Russell St.

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

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 970-826-2455, or to make an appointment, call 970-826-2400.

The Memorial Hospital honors doctors

Every year on March 30, The Memorial Hospital at Craig takes time to honor and celebrate its Physicians and Providers.

"Each day we watch them save lives, making crucial decisions and compassionately helping patients through some of the most difficult emotional experiences," TMH shared on its Facebook page.

TMH is offering patients and staff an opportunity to honor physicians and providers by filling out the card below. To download a form to send a special recognition for a doctor or provider, visit this link:

http://www.thememorialhospital.com/img/site_specific/uploads/Doctors_Day_Tributes.pdf

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 St.

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.

TMH Auxiliary offers nursing scholarship

The Memorial Hospital Auxiliary will provide a $1,000 scholarship to a graduating or graduated senior who wishes to enter into Colorado Northwestern Community College's nursing program, according to a press release from TMH.

Applicants must be a Moffat County resident and planning to enter the nursing program at CNCC, and must have fulfilled or begun to fulfill the requirements to enter the nursing program.

Applications are due by March 31 to Paula Duzik at Moffat County High School. To learn more or pick up an application, see Duzik or the front desk at TMH.

The TMH Auxiliary was founded in 1956 and its members donates thousands of hours each year to improving patients' comfort and safety at TMH.

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