Craig health briefs for June 27: 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.

Thinking About Health: If you knew the calories in that sandwich, would you still eat it?

Not long ago my husband showed up with a sandwich for lunch that he bought at a local supermarket. I thought it was going to be our usual: turkey and provolone with lettuce on a hard roll, always plenty for both of us. At $6.50, how could you go wrong?

TMH Living Well: New lymphedema treatment program at hospital

If you’ve been diagnosed with cancer, you’re mostly focused on the next step in the treatment process. You want to get the tumor removed then receive needed treatments to keep it at bay. The aftereffects of treatment are not the first thing on anyone’s mind. Yet many people survive cancer and look forward to picking up where they left off before the disease, but there are often unexpected symptoms that arise such as lymphedema. Living with lymphedema — swelling, usually in your arms or legs — is not pleasant.

Fitness Tip: Stay cool in the heat

It is obvious that the daytime temperatures are high these days. When it is scorching outside, you will need to have a strategy for getting your exercise in without running the risk of becoming overheated.

Wellness Tip: Be cautious with head injuries

When it comes to bumps on the head, the size of a “goose egg” doesn’t necessarily correlate with the severity of the injury. In the instance of a head injury be sure to apply ice to the location, rest and eliminate exposure to electronics.

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New state marijuana survey sheds light on adult use and raises questions regarding youth exposure

The Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment released its first survey on adult marijuana use since the passage of Amendment 64, finding that 13.6 percent of Colorado adults ages 18 and older have used marijuana in the past 30 days. The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, or BRFSS, reported data on usage by region, race, education completed, sexual orientation, income and age of first use. Regional usage spanned from 18.5 percent in Region 20 (Denver County) to 1.4 percent in Region 5 (Cheyenne, Lincoln, Elbert and Kit Carson counties). Adult usage in Region 11 (Moffat, Routt, Jackson, and Rio Blanco counties) was below the state average at 11 percent.

Craig health briefs for June 20, 2015: Pregnancy Center Walk-a-thon fundraiser kicks off June 27

Looking for something fun to do with the family this summer? Yampa Valley Pregnancy Center is having another Summer Walk-a-thon FUNdraiser from June 27 to July 25.

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Olympic Day at Boys and Girls Club

Today, as part of an international effort to promote fitness, perseverance and sportsmanship, the Boys and Girls Club invited kids to come out and participate in Olympic Day.

Wellness Tip: Take proper care of burns

Summer fun is filled with outdoor activities that include barbecues, camping and campfires. Accidents happen and burns may occur. In the event of a burn smaller than the size of a quarter, rinse it under cool tap water for 20 minutes and wrap loosely with dry gauze secured with tape.

Fitness Tip: Staying on track

It is important to keep track of your workouts. Maintaining a daily or weekly log of your workouts helps you ensure that you are progressing toward your fitness goals and keeping your body challenged. You will want to record such things as frequency, duration and intensity of your exercise.

TMH Living Well: Cancer rehab shown to improve outcomes

The effects of cancer are not over once the cancer is removed or radiation and chemotherapy treatments end. Often, people are left dealing with the aftereffects of treatments, including scar tissue, compromised muscles, swelling in their arms and legs, numbness, fatigue, weakness, balance issues and even cognitive changes. A recent study by the Mayo Clinic of cancer patients after treatment revealed that 66 percent were left with some kind of functional impairment. The solution? Cancer rehabilitation. If you know of someone who is going through cancer treatments, advise them to ask their doctor for a referral for cancer rehab. It might make the world of difference.

Healthy Eating: On-the-Run Omelet Sandwiches

These omelet sandwiches make a fast breakfast.

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Paleo eating garners mainstream appeal, local dietitians still have doubts

Paleo. Primal. Ancestral. Caveman. The diet known by any of these names suggests considering the eating habits of the world’s earliest humans when selecting and preparing foods.

Craig health briefs for June 13, 2015: 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.

Rural Immersion Week takes place next week

Health profession students with the University of Colorado Denver who have expressed an interest in future rural practice will be spending a week in the Craig community learning about and investigating all aspects of small town personal, professional and community life.

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