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Northwest Colorado sees increased health insurance enrollment numbers for 2015

Open enrollment for 2015 health insurance closed on Sunday after an enrollment period fraught with technical glitches.Nonetheless, numbers released Thursday showed an uptick in enrollment for both Moffat and Routt counties this year over last.

Thinking About Health: Shopping for health care isn’t like buying computers

Imagine a world where you could shop for medical procedures the way you shop for computers. Most likely, price is near the top of your list when you’re looking for a new computer. Not so when the “product” is a hip replacement or an MRI. Generally, what the procedure costs is largely irrelevant. And doctors will make the decision about where the surgery will take place.

TMH Living Well: High blood pressure a common condition as we age

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in three adults in the United States has high blood pressure, medically known as hypertension. While only 25 percent of men ages 35 to 44 have high blood pressure, 64 percent of men from age 65 to 74, do. Women suffer from the condition at similar rates, but surpass men after age 75.

Fitness Tip: How’s your core?

Core strength is a very important component of any fitness program. The “core” refers to the muscles in the abdomen and pelvis. Imagine your body as it if were a house, where the core is the foundation and the rest of the body is the structure.

Wellness Tip: Fennel seeds

Fennel seed is an edible, licorice-flavored spice that is commonly found in Mediterranean dishes. Fennel seeds provide an aromatic flavor to foods. They can also be chewed raw.

Craig health briefs for Feb. 14, 2015: VNA offers grief support group

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association’s Hospice program is hosting its final grief education and support group from 4 to 5 p.m. Thursdays in the Gold Room at the Craig VNA, 745 Russell Street.

VNA: Spit it out for good

Being free to enjoy life without the urge to dip is a good reason to quit chew. It’s also nice to smile for the camera without being self-conscious about stained teeth, mouth sores and receding gums. Perhaps even more persuasive are the cancers – oral, esophageal, stomach and pancreatic – that can occur from continually using smokeless tobacco.

TMH Living Well: You’ve got high cholesterol, now what?

At your last check-up your doctor told you your cholesterol was high. What to do? Here are three ways to lower your cholesterol, starting today. It’s Valentine’s Day and American Heart Month, so it’s a great time to commit to a new heart healthy habit.

Wellness Tip: Pumpkin seeds

Pumpkins seeds, when eaten raw, pack a power punch of nutrition. The nut-flavored seed is rich in healthy fats, antioxidants and fiber, all of which benefit heart health.

Fitness Tip: Be consistent

It is very important to be consistent with your exercise program in order to achieve your fitness goals. Whether your goal is to lose weight or tone up your muscles, exercising regularly will get you there sooner.

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Kids and teens should steer clear of energy drinks

Everyone needs a little boost now and then, but some health experts have raised concerns about the possible dangers of energy drinks.

Craig health briefs for Feb. 14, 2015: TMH Auxiliary offers nursing scholarship

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

Health insurance enrollment rises as deadline approaches

Nearly twice the number of Routt and Moffat County residents have signed up for health insurance through the state marketplace for 2015 as did during open enrollment last year.

Thinking About Health: Hospital mistakes still kill too many

Few people go to the hospital expecting their hospital stay to kill them. But sometimes it does. No one is sure of the precise number of people who die because of mistakes made in hospitals, but it’s not small. Every patient is potentially at risk.

VNA releases February Wellness Wednesday schedule

The Visiting Nurse Association hosts Wellness Wednesdays for senior citizens each week. The following is this month’s events that take place at The Journey at First Baptist.

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