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Sweet alternatives offer a healthy boost to holidays

Another holiday means another feast, and ample opportunities to gorge on sugar, spice and everything nice. But as we all know, sugar is not very nice to the body health-wise.

Thinking About Health: Medicare will pay for obesity counseling, really?

It’s amazing how much we talk about making people healthier. Consider all the discussion in America about overweight people who are stigmatized for making poor food choices. Think about the warnings that obesity is a leading cause of preventable death. So, it’s puzzling that Medicare offers an obesity counseling benefit that must be one of the best kept secrets outside of Washington.

Health briefs: Drop in flu clinics available through VNA

Health briefs and information for Northwest Colorado.

TMH Living Well: Keeping the happy in holidays

It may seem counterintuitive, but the holidays — filled with joy and warmth — are a prime time for feeling sad, lonely, stressed or even depressed. Here are 10 ways to beat the blues this season.

Healthy Recipe: Warm spiced almond milk

Recipe compliments of: MindBodyGreen

Superfood Tip: Nutmeg

Nutmeg is an aromatic spice that induces feelings of the holidays. It is packed with potential health benefits including antioxidant and antimicrobial properties.

Fitness Tip: Are you stressed?

Even though this time of year is usually full of happiness and cheer, there can still be some stressors that impact your day.

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Flu season underway in Colorado; few cases locally

Flu season is ramping up in Colorado, with the most recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention statistics showing increased influenza activity across the state.

VNA: Free program helps tobacco users quit

For more than 50 years, local resident Margrit has played tug-o-war with cigarettes. She’s repeatedly quit smoking, only to be pulled back into the habit while coping with stress.

Craig health briefs for Dec. 13, 2014: Flu shots available at drop-in clinic

Flu cases are increasing in Colorado, and it’s not too late to get your vaccine. Drop in flu clinics will be held from 8:30 to noon Tuesday at the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association in Craig.

Healthy Recipe: Cinnamon Porridge

Recipe Compliments of: A Mindful Mantra blog

Fitness Tip: High-calorie beverages

Your overall daily diet intake includes not only what you are eating, but also what you are drinking.

Superfood Tip: Cinnamon

Cinnamon is a common spice used during the holidays. Besides being delicious and fragrant it is packed with many potential health benefits.

TMH Living Well: Flu shots, flu treatment at TMH Walk-In Clinic

Early data from the Centers for Disease Control suggest that this year’s flu season could be severe. If you haven’t received your flu shot consider getting one now.

Healthy Eating: Spicy African Rice and Peanut Stew

This hearty stew also can be made without the addition of peanut butter, but it tastes better when it’s included.

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