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277,000 Coloradans now under health plan coverage

Next open enrollment for insurance not until Nov. 15

The March 31 deadline to enroll in a health insurance plan brought the total amount of newly covered Colorado residents to more than 277,000, according to data released Tuesday from marketplace Connect for Health Colorado.

Health briefs for March 29, 2014: March 31 is deadline for insurance enrollment

March 31 is the final day of open enrollment for 2014 insurance. Health Coverage Guides from Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association will be available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the clinic at 745 Russell St. to answer questions about the health insurance marketplace Connect for Health Colorado.

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Your Health: Moffat County ranked 47th healthiest Colorado county

The 2014 County Health Rankings & Roadmaps, compiled by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, were released this week, identifying Moffat County as the 47th healthiest county in Colorado out of 59 of the 64 counties in the state that were graded.

Superfood Tip: Coconut Oil

This week, we continue to briefly consider the pros and cons of different fats and oils that we commonly use for cooking. Coconut oil has gained popularity in recent years because of its potential health benefits.

Fitness Tip: BMI vs. body fat percentage

Body Mass Index (BMI) uses only two factors: height and weight. Using those two factors in specific equation a BMI is figured.

Thinking About Health: Facing realities of high deductible insurance

Pat Mallett, a self-employed businessman in Littleton, had heard a lot about Obamacare and thought a policy available in the new state shopping exchange would offer him a better deal than the coverage he had. The policy that covered him, his wife and two teenage kids cost about $400 per month and came with a $5,000 deductible, which meant they paid cash for routine office visits and annual physicals — up to a total of $5,000 per year.

TMH Living Well: The story behind eye donations

Death by accident or natural causes is rarely welcome, but when it happens, knowing some good came out of a loved one’s passing is comforting. Eye, organ and tissue donations are “gifts of life,” as the Donate Life Colorado website pronounces. Craig serves as an area eye donor site, thanks to Rebecca S. Warren, R.N., chief quality officer with The Memorial Hospital.

Business Buzz: Custom Auto and Paint moves to new location

Custom Auto and Paint in Craig recently moved into the old Intermountain Appliance location at 395 School St.

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Your Health: Routt, Moffat County veterans seeking health options closer to home

Without a large enough veterans population in Northwest Colorado to warrant a new full service VA facility, veterans will keep making the long drive to Grand Junction.

Forget Me Not: Wellness Wednesdays is a phenomenal program for elders

Companionship is important at any age, and that’s why Wellness Wednesdays are so vital to the senior citizens of Craig. The program offers a host of activities for our elders each Wednesday, but perhaps the most critical element is the camaraderie.

Health briefs for March 22, 2014: WIC expanding regional services

As part of National Nutrition Month, Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association would like to celebrate the work being done through Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children. WIC is a nutrition education, breastfeeding support, and supplemental food program. The program serves low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and postpartum women, infants and children to age 5.

TMH Living Well: Preventing prostate cancer

Likely, you know a man who has had prostate cancer. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men. It’s the second leading cause of death from cancers in the United States. In fact, half of men in their 80s have prostate cancer. While this may sound daunting, the good news is that prostate cancer is usually slow growing and if caught early on, can be treated and stopped.

Fitness Tip: Measure your fitness gains

Whether you are working on weight loss, muscle gain or endurance, measure or test yourself every four weeks.

Superfood Tip: Monounsaturated fat

We are continuing our look at different types of fats. Last week, polyunsaturated fat was highlighted — this week we will consider monounsaturated fat.

March 31 deadline looms for uninsured Moffat, Routt County residents

The end of the month marks a date that, if ignored, could have significant repercussions for people all across the country. March 31 is the deadline to register for health insurance, which, for residents of the Centennial State, can mean going through the Connect for Health Colorado marketplace if you don’t already have coverage.