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Medicaid enrollment surges; Northwest Colorado uninsured rates drop but still high, survey shows

The numbers are in: Implementation of the Affordable Care Act has dramatically reduced uninsured rates in Colorado since pre-ACA levels in 2013, including in Northwest Colorado.

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Rubber Ducky Races in Craig, Steamboat celebrate community, hospice

On Saturday, hundreds of bright yellow rubber ducks will bob along the lazy Yampa River toward their destination at Loudy-Simpson Park. Tickets in hand, children, parents and community members will eagerly await, hoping their ducks make the speediest journey. The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is hosting the first annual Craig Rubber Ducky Race benefiting the organization’s Hospice and Palliative Care program. The fun family event and post-race party will be a celebration of community and the many people Hospice has touched in Moffat County.

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New TMH orthopaedic surgeon brings cutting-edge techniques to Craig

Whether you’re a young football player with a busted shoulder or an aging rancher with a bad hip, The Memorial Hospital’s new orthopaedic surgeon, Kevin Borchard, M.D., has your back.

Craig health briefs for Aug. 29, 2015: Kids Count presentation highlights trends for Moffat County kids

Health-related news, announcements and tips for staying healthy from Craig and Moffat County healthcare providers.

Forget Me Not: An open call to visit elderly loved ones

Sunset Meadows I and II wrote an important letter to the editor that appeared in Friday’s Craig Daily Press.

TMH Living Well: Getting kids sleep-ready for school

The first week of school can be exciting — that is if you can get your child out of bed to experience it. With the relaxed habit of sleeping in during the summer, kids often have a harsh wakeup call when school starts. Here are some tips on helping your kids get back into healthy school year sleep habits.

Fitness Tip: Balancing life with pilates exercises

Core strength provides a plethora of benefits to the body, mind and soul, and fitness experts love to tout the advantages that pilates have on your overall health.

Beauty Tip: Combating toenail and fingernail fungus

Nail fungus is no fun and often can be tough to hide during flip-flop season. So what is it and how can you get rid of it?

Superfood Tip: Chia seeds provide healthy boost

Chia seeds may be small, but they have a huge impact on health, according to a variety of health websites.

Thinking About Health: Taking care of America’s elderly may not be a top priority

During a recent visit to Copenhagen, I squeezed in a visit with city officials to learn more about the Danish health system, particularly the country’s arrangements for long-term care, a topic that draws endless complaints from American families, including many readers of this column. Coincidentally, the day I returned home, I learned the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), which runs both programs, had just released star ratings for the country’s home care agencies that provide services to nearly 5 million Americans. The home health industry did not shine brightly.

Healthy eating: Elk fajitas

As hunting season approaches, elk makes for a versatile and lean meat option that can be made into a wide variety of healthy meals. The following recipe for elk fajitas is quick, easy and makes delicious leftovers to keep the family fed through the week. Try mixing extra spice rub and keeping it on hand for the next batch — you'll definitely want to make these again.

Craig health briefs for Aug. 22, 2015: VNA back-to-school immunization clinic Thursday

Health announcements, news and tips for staying healthy from Craig and Moffat County healthcare providers.

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Concussion program protects youth brains

While getting a hard hit to the head during a football play or falling down during a soccer game is one of the last thing syoung, developing brains need, such injuries are inevitable in the sports world.

VNA: Home Health supports home healing

Nearly a year ago, Gerry Pritchard of Craig received a dire diagnosis — stage four melanoma. Doctors said he probably only had a couple of months to live, but he was determined to fight. Remarkably, much of his cancer and tumors are now gone; he is enjoying more independence and mobility and starting to feel like himself again.

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