TMH Living Well: The powers of vitamin D

If you could take a supplement that likely would guard you against some cancers, the common cold and other viruses, would you? Many people are saying yes and taking daily supplements of vitamin D.

Fitness Tip: Walk it away!

One of the best forms of exercise one can do is to walk!

TMH Living Well: Hearing loss in adults and kids

Does it seem like people around you are mumbling more than usual? When you are in a loud, busy restaurant, do you find it hard to understand what people are saying? Are you noticing that friends and family are hearing little noises, like an alarm going off in the other room that you don’t hear? Do others complain that you have the volume too high on your television, stereo or ear buds?

Superfood Tip: Avoid trans fats

So far, we have looked at polyunsaturated fat, monounsaturated fat and the unique type of fat in coconut oil. Today we will touch on trans fat.

Health briefs for April 5, 2014: The Memorial Hospital extends men’s health program

Because of a larger response than anticipated, The Memorial Hospital will continue its low-cost health screenings for men, known as March MANness, through April 15.

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Your Health: VNA’s weight-loss program promotes lifestyle changes

The community health educators of Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association will be offering the Lifestyle Change Challenge to the region’s residents starting April 9. The free program consists of 16 sessions over the course of four months focusing on working with people seeking to drop weight and reduce their risk for chronic health concerns.

FDA approves easy-to-use heroin overdose antidote

WASHINGTON — Friends and family will be able to take the first step to save a loved one from an overdose of heroin or powerful painkillers called opioids.

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Yampa Valley Medical Center to oversee Baggs clinic

Yampa Valley Medical Center recently announced it will assume operational management of the medical clinic in Baggs, Wyo, according to a press release issued by the medical outlet Thursday. The release said the Baggs location — which also functioned as a satellite office for Craig’s Kinder Family Clinic and before that, Noyes Clinic — will go by the name Little Snake River Valley Clinic.

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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.