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Health insurance enrollment numbers show contrast between Moffat and Routt counties

The open enrollment period for health insurance is now more than half over, and data released Tuesday reveals a drastic difference between Moffat and Routt county enrollment numbers.

Fitness Tip: Keep your metabolism high

If you want to burn more calories throughout your day, take into consideration your resting metabolic rate (RMR).

Wellness Tip: Sleep

In an effort to cram 25 hours into every 24-hour day, sleep deprivation is a very common occurrence.

Thinking About Health: Health insurance brings new tax headaches

Choosing an insurance policy either from your state’s shopping exchanges or from an agent selling on the open market is nothing less than daunting, a tough, unwelcome chore most of us could do without. The task for shoppers is about to get even more complicated as tax time approaches. Since most people must carry insurance or face penalties, and more than 80 percent of those buying from a state exchange received tax subsidies, taxes have quickly become linked to medical insurance.

TMH Living Well: Uro-what? Urodynamics and incontinence

Unless you or someone you know has urinary incontinence, you’ve probably never heard of the term urodynamics. It’s a common phrase used by urologists and gynecologists alike. Urodynamics simply refers to a series of tests that assess how well a person’s bladder and urethra are working.

Healthy Recipe: Health Bowl

A “health bowl” is a mix of a grain (quinoa, brown rice, faro or barley), green (romaine, arugula, spinach, mache, radicchio, kale, swiss chard or purple cabbage), vegetables/fruits, lean protein (chicken, canned or grilled fish, lean meat) and a light dressing.

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Flu season near its peak; Northwest Colorado skirts worst of it

The flu season may already have peaked in Colorado, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, however it is producing the highest number of hospitalizations and outbreaks in long-term care facilities recorded in the last 10 years.

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Heart rate monitoring can enhance workouts

If something is missing from your workout this January, the answer may be in your heart. People who monitor their heart rate while exercising are able to better understand how hard they are pushing their bodies.

TMH Living Well: Glaucoma advances without warning

Glaucoma Awareness Month is a great time to check for this sneaky disease that comes on without warning and steals sight so slowly that you don’t even notice. Your only defense is regular eye exams.

Healthy Eating: Turkey Tetrazzini

A fabulous way to use leftover holiday turkey, this recipe can be easily doubled and freezes well.

Superfood Tip: Lemon water

Drinking lemon water is a simple habit that has many potential health benefits. An average-sized person can dilute the juice of half of one lemon in a cup of warm water.

Fitness Tip: Fitness resolution solution

It’s that time of year again when many of you are setting New Year’s resolutions for improving your health and wellness. Here is a quick review on some essential components to consider in developing a successful program.

Craig health briefs for Jan. 3, 2015: VNA Aging Well class resumes in 2015 with new schedule

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association’s Aging Well program — including all fitness classes, Senior Wellness and Foot Care clinics — will resume Monday with a new schedule.

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Social media program promotes positive lifestyle choices for teens

They say a picture is worth 1,000 words, and the organizers of the “Better Me YV” social media campaign — or #bettermeyv — are hoping that pictures can be used to promote positive lifestyle choices among Yampa Valley teens.

Craig health briefs for Dec. 27, 2014: Problems encountered enrolling for health insurance; help available at VNA

Some people are encountering problems enrolling in health insurance through the Connect for Health Colorado website, according to the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association.