Wellness Tip: Coconut oil fad

Coconut oil has become a hugely popular health fad. It is high in saturated fat, but this flavorful oil contains medium chain triglycerides, which are easily broken down by the liver, producing an easy and excellent source of energy that does not get stored as excess fat.

Living Well: Testosterone therapy — good idea or not?

You’ve likely heard the term Low-T or seen an advertisement talking about how testosterone declines as men age and how the solution is taking a testosterone replacement. What it promises may seem appealing, including increased libido and muscle mass, but what’s the whole story? Does it come with health risks?

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Pregnancy Center fundraiser in Craig offers desserts, artwork

Yampa Valley Pregnancy Center will host a Dessert Night fundraiser Sunday evening at St. Michael’s Catholic Church. The event will feature a plethora of delectable dishes, some readily available for ticket-holders and others reserved for the lucky few who want to bid on them during a silent auction.

Thinking About Health: Long-term care insurance may provide little assurance

The U.S. has no national policy to pay for long-term care — no payment system for nursing home, home care or dozens of other services many people need as they age. And almost as bad, there has been little public discussion about this looming crisis in American healthcare. You’d think it might surface as an election issue in the coming presidential campaign, but it hasn’t so far.

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Lawmakers work to protect Colorado's aging population

Several bills are circulating the state Capitol to protect and boost the quality of life for Colorado’s elderly population, and lawmakers seem keenly aware of how the proposed laws could positively affect senior citizens.

Craig health briefs for March 7, 2015: REPS to host suicide prevention training

Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide will hold an Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at the Congregational Church in Hayden. The training is free and includes lunch and snacks for both days. The emphasis is on teaching suicide first-aid to recognize risk signs for suicide and to help at-risk individuals stay safe, according to an event flyer.

Wellness Tip: Coconut water

Coconut water is an excellent way to rehydrate and replenish after strenuous exercise. With less sugar than common sports drinks and fruit juices, coconut water contains a balance of carbohydrates and electrolytes.

Fitness Tip: Keep your hips strong

If you have a history of knee pain or want to prevent leg pain and injuries, it is very important to strengthen the muscles around your hips and decrease overuse of the thigh muscles.

TMH Living Well: Physical therapy relieves chronic pain

Having chronic pain can feel extremely life-limiting and affect your motivation to work out and your good mood. Maybe you’ve got chronic knee, shoulder or back pain due to an old sports injury. Or possibly you suffer from arthritis or MS. Whatever the source, physical therapy (PT) could be the answer.

Craig health briefs for Feb. 28, 2015: TMH launches March MANness to promote men’s health

Throughout the month of March, the Memorial Hospital will offer five comprehensive health screens for men for $100. Launched last year, the initiative seeks to promote good health and early detection for common conditions among men.

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High suicide numbers for Northwest Colorado raise questions

Northwest Colorado recently lost another of its residents to suicide, and mental health providers and community leaders are asking why and what can be done.

TMH Living Well: Calling all men! Get screened during March MANness

Have you had your car in for an oil change lately? How about a tune-up? Well, now it’s your turn. Get in and get your motor and all its parts checked during the March MANness event.

Fitness Tip: Maximizing Strength

It is important to incorporate different types of resistance into a strength training program in order to get the most out of your workout and maximize muscle use.

Wellness Tip: Hemp seeds

Hemp seeds contain a multitude of health benefits. Hemp is commonly confused with marijuana, as it belongs to the same family; the two plants are different, however. Hemp does not provide the same side effects as marijuana. In fact it has an abundance of nutritious qualities.

Healthy Eating: Black Bean Dip with a Kick

Karen Massey shares her recipe for black bean dip with a kick.