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Baby steps go a long way to increase fitness

Summertime is here, and getting out for a little exercise is important for overall health. However, it’s often a daunting task for adults who want to get into shape, especially for those with weight and health problems.

TMH Living Well: Solutions to heavy periods

Periods are usually not terrible but add in the cramping and backaches you get from heavy bleeding, and they are truly a pain. For women, heavy periods, or menorrhagia, are fairly common, especially for adolescents who recently started getting their periods and for women who are pre-menopausal. In fact, 25 percent of women who are nearing menopause report heavy bleeding. It’s thought that an increase in estrogen during these times is often the culprit.

Fitness Tip: Weather-related injuries

Warm summer temperatures quickly raise our risk of weather-related injuries. Whether you are exercising by mowing the lawn or other yard work, or you are the one walking briskly, running marathons or triathlons or training for an upcoming event, overheating can happen easily and fast in the body this time of the year.

Wellness Tip: Blue foods

Blueberries and other blue-, black- or purple-skinned foods are very important for brain health and protecting cells from too much stress. These foods are packed with phytonutrients that include resveratrol and pterostilbene.

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Inactivity leads to summer weight gain in children

Kids are finally enjoying their first taste of summer vacation, a time that conjures images of sunshine, outdoor fun and physical activity. However, recent research suggests that many children are actually becoming less active and unhealthier during the summer months compared to the school year.

Craig health briefs for May 30, 2015: World No Tobacco Day is May 31

World No Tobacco Day recognizes the major public health threat posed by the tobacco epidemic. Worldwide, tobacco kills nearly six million people every year; up to half of people who currently use tobacco will die of lung cancer and other tobacco-related diseases, according to the World Health Organization.

Fitness Tip: Don’t forget to cool down

Just like warming up prior to exercise, cooling down following activity is also an important component of an exercise program. A good cool-down gradually lowers your heart rate and allows your body to recover from your workout.

Wellness Tip: Mushrooms

Mushrooms offer some powerful health benefits including relief from high cholesterol levels, breast cancer, prostate cancer and diabetes.

TMH Living Well: Screening tests are touchstones for good health

If you could sit down with your gynecologist and have a candid talk about women’s health issues, what would you ask? Maybe you’d want to learn how to avoid breast cancer or heart disease — or simply explore your options when it comes to birth control. Now’s your chance to do just that. The Memorial Hospital is hosting a Women’s Health Series this summer where local women can pose questions, and Drs. James Summers and Scott Ellis will answer them. Think of it as a series of conversations on women’s health.

Staying on top of immunizations is vital to health

Vaccines have dramatically changed the landscape of infectious diseases. Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association Director of Public Health Charity Neal gives advise on immunizations.

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Moffat County football staying busy during off-season

High school camp, open weight room sessions begin Monday

The MCHS varsity football program is already setting its sights on success by preparing heavily for the 2015 season, including practice sessions that will take off soon. A 10-day camp, as part of Colorado High School Activities Association’s rules, will start players off on the right foot throughout next week as they get back on the field and ready to build a bigger, better team.

New antibiotic guidelines help children during tick season

As tick bite season takes hold in Northwest Colorado and across the country, medical professionals locally are hailing new guidelines that support the use of an antibiotic to help tick bite infections in children.

Craig health briefs for May 23, 2015: Sports physicals for 2015-16 school year offered Wednesday

Moffat County High School will offer sports physicals for both high school and Craig Middle School students from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at The Memorial Hospital Clinic at 785 Russell St. in Craig.

Healthy eating: Seasonal vegetable frittata

This recipe makes a healthy brunch offering and is perfect for dinner.

TMH Living Well: Preparing your body for bike season

If you rode in the “Where the Hell’s Maybell?” ride last Saturday, congratulations! You are likely back in biking shape. If not, don’t worry. Dust off your bike and make a plan to work in some rides, short or long, in honor of May as National Bike Month. Keep it up all summer and you’ll feel right at home watching the USA Pro Challenge events in Steamboat Springs come August!