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.

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Mind Springs Health: Providing a steady stream of support services to Craig residents

From substance abuse to child psychiatry to mental health crises, the small but mighty team at Mind Springs Health in Craig never runs out of difficult problems to tackle, but the staff of eight seems tireless in their efforts to address the evolving mental health needs of the community they serve.

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The Memorial Hospital Foundation: Making Craig a healthier community

Neatly situated in its new location on top of the hill, The Memorial Hospital boasts state-of-the-art equipment and a nearly brand new building. For that, it can thank The Memorial Hospital Foundation.

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Northwest Colorado sees increased health insurance enrollment numbers for 2015

Open enrollment for 2015 health insurance closed on Sunday after an enrollment period fraught with technical glitches.Nonetheless, numbers released Thursday showed an uptick in enrollment for both Moffat and Routt counties this year over last.

Thinking About Health: Shopping for health care isn’t like buying computers

Imagine a world where you could shop for medical procedures the way you shop for computers. Most likely, price is near the top of your list when you’re looking for a new computer. Not so when the “product” is a hip replacement or an MRI. Generally, what the procedure costs is largely irrelevant. And doctors will make the decision about where the surgery will take place.

TMH Living Well: High blood pressure a common condition as we age

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in three adults in the United States has high blood pressure, medically known as hypertension. While only 25 percent of men ages 35 to 44 have high blood pressure, 64 percent of men from age 65 to 74, do. Women suffer from the condition at similar rates, but surpass men after age 75.

Fitness Tip: How’s your core?

Core strength is a very important component of any fitness program. The “core” refers to the muscles in the abdomen and pelvis. Imagine your body as it if were a house, where the core is the foundation and the rest of the body is the structure.

Wellness Tip: Fennel seeds

Fennel seed is an edible, licorice-flavored spice that is commonly found in Mediterranean dishes. Fennel seeds provide an aromatic flavor to foods. They can also be chewed raw.

Craig health briefs for Feb. 14, 2015: VNA offers grief support group

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association’s Hospice program is hosting its final grief education and support group from 4 to 5 p.m. Thursdays in the Gold Room at the Craig VNA, 745 Russell Street.

VNA: Spit it out for good

Being free to enjoy life without the urge to dip is a good reason to quit chew. It’s also nice to smile for the camera without being self-conscious about stained teeth, mouth sores and receding gums. Perhaps even more persuasive are the cancers – oral, esophageal, stomach and pancreatic – that can occur from continually using smokeless tobacco.