Craig health briefs for May 30, 2015: World No Tobacco Day is May 31 | CraigDailyPress.com

Craig health briefs for May 30, 2015: World No Tobacco Day is May 31

Craig Daily Press Staff Report

— World No Tobacco Day recognizes the major public health threat posed by the tobacco epidemic. Worldwide, tobacco kills nearly six million people every year; up to half of people who currently use tobacco will die of lung cancer and other tobacco-related diseases, according to the World Health Organization.

More than 600,000 tobacco-related deaths are nonsmokers exposed to second-hand smoke. Children account for more than 25 percent of these deaths. Deaths from cigarette smoking and smokeless tobacco products are the most preventable deaths in the U.S.

Counseling and other support helps a person address complex physical and emotional factors of nicotine addiction and can significantly improve a person's chances of quitting for good.

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association offers free one-on-one tobacco cessation counseling. To speak with a Tobacco Cessation Counselor, call 970-871-7696. Personalized phone support and free nicotine patches are available through the Colorado QuitLine, 800-QUIT-NOW. You can also sign up for text message support at http://www.coquitmobile.org. These services are free, though text message fees may apply based on a user's mobile plan.

The Memorial Hospital hosts Women's Health Series

The Memorial Hospital will kick off a Women's Health Series called "Small Talk, Big Topics" at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday at Downtown Books. Dr. Summers, OB/GYN, will be presenting healthcare screenings for women. He will discuss recommended screenings tests for women and what they need to know about when to get care.

On June 10th, Dr. Ellis, OB/GYN, will present solutions to abnormal bleeding. He will outline treatment options and help women explore what approach to heavy bleeding is best for them. Both sessions begin at 5:30 and are being held at Downtown Books at 543 Yampa Ave.

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For more information or to RSVP, call Jennifer Riley at 970-826-3109.

Movement and Exercise class starts in Hayden

the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association hosts a Movement and Exercise class is 11 a.m. to noon Thursdays beginning June 4 at The Haven Community Center. The gentle exercise class for older adults helps improve muscle strength, flexibility, balance, endurance and the risk of falls.

There is a $3 suggested donation per class. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call 970-871-7676.

Pregnancy Center Begins Printer Cartridge Recycling Program

Yampa Valley Pregnancy Center would like to help you help the environment and raise funds for the center by recycling your used inkjet and laser cartridges.

Individuals may drop off their cartridges at the Pregnancy Center at 25 W. Victory Way from 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. Pick-up boxes will also be available at the Community Budget Center 555 Yampa Avenue and Cornerstone Realty 508 Yampa Ave. during their normal business hours.

The center can also arrange mutually convenient times to pick up used cartridges for businesses, churches and other organizations. If interested, please call Yampa Valley Pregnancy Center, 970-824-5204.

Be aware of hepatitis

Hepatitis is a liver disease that can sometimes lead to long-term liver infection or liver cancer. The most common types are Hepatitis A, B and C. Hepatitis A is spread by eating or drinking food or water contaminated with the virus. Hepatitis B is spread through blood, semen or other body fluids. Hepatitis C is spread through infected blood.

Vaccines are available to prevent Hepatitis A and B. There is no vaccine for Hepatitis C, but it can be treated if caught early. Travel and/or some behaviors may increase your hepatitis risk. Talk to your healthcare provider about your risk and whether you should be screened.

Hepatitis A and B, and other routine vaccinations are available during drop-in immunizations clinics, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursdays at the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, 745 Russell St. They are also available by appointment by calling 970-824-8233.

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