Craig health briefs for April 25, 2015: Presentation highlights women’s health issues

Author and certified traditional naturopath Cammi Balleck will offer a free presentation for women titled "It’s not you, it’s your chemicals" from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Clarion Inn and Suites.

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New Colorado rules will complicate immunization exemptions for students

A unanimous vote by the Colorado State Health Board will complicate the process for parents wishing to opt their children out of required immunizations.

Thinking About Health: Patients grade their local hospitals

The government has just announced its first-ever star ratings http://www.cms.gov/Newsroom/MediaReleaseDatabase/Press-releases/2015-Press-releases-items/2015-04-16.html of the country’s hospitals based on patients’ assessments of the care they received.

TMH Living Well: Teens, sexuality and STDs

If you haven’t had “the talk” and you’ve got a teen, it’s time to do so. In fact, don’t stop at just one talk — keep it an open discussion. While the rate of teens having sex or getting pregnant hasn’t increased in recent years, the rate of teens contracting STDs has. It’s as good of time as any, as April is STD Awareness Month.

Wellness Tip: Red foods boosts a healthy diet

Eating a colorful diet has many health benefits.

Fitness Tip: Track your workouts

It is important to keep track of your workouts.

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Craig veterans get answers to questions at town hall meeting

Fifty-six veterans and their family members showed up to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall in Craig Thursday night for a town hall meeting.

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Water No. 1 beverage for good health

As spring winds kick up dust and warming temperatures hint at summer heat, it’s important to remember one of the simplest health habits that keeps our bodies going: drink water.

VNA: Vaccine helps protect against meningococcal disease

Adolescence is marked by big steps and changes. Some changes, such as the transition into college, can come with health risks. One of the most dangerous of these is meningococcal meningitis. World Meningitis Day on Friday builds awareness around this potentially fatal condition and the vaccine that can help prevent it.

Fitness Tip: Cross-training

Cross-training involves adding different types of exercises into your fitness regimen. Usual cross-training activities include walking, swimming, biking and resistance training. Cross-training can make your fitness routine more fun and beneficial.

Wellness Tip: Nutrients — Macro, micro and phyto

A balanced diet includes the proper ratio of macronutrients and micronutrients.

TMH Living Well: Antibiotics aren't always the best treatment for sick children

When your child is sick you want to do whatever you can to get them better — fast. You bundle them up and take them to the doctor, expecting to get something to get rid of the illness, but you end up with a list of ways to treat the symptoms instead.

Craig health briefs for April 18, 2015: Craig VFW to host veterans town hall event

The Grand Junction Veterans Health Care System will hold its quarterly town hall meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265, 419 E. Victory Way, in Craig.

Thinking About Health: Think twice before buying drugs that aren’t effective

Word has just come from Express Scripts, the big pharmacy benefit manager, that per capita drug spending in the U.S. increased more than 6 percent last year. When high prices for specialty drugs like the hepatitis C medicine Sovaldi is factored in, the increase is even greater. There are more expensive specialty drugs in the pipeline, and prices of traditional drugs especially generics are rising too. We know that if we’ve refilled any prescriptions.

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