Fitness Tip: Get good sleep

Getting a good night’s rest is a very important component to your fitness program. A lack of sleep will not only make you tired the next day, it has a major impact on what's happening inside your body.

Fitness Tip: Make sleep a priority

Getting a good night’s rest is a very important component to your fitness program. A lack of sleep will not only make you tired the next day, it has a major impact on what's happening inside your body.

Wellness Tip: Get your Phytonutrients through colorful fruits, vegetables

What’s a phytonutrient, why do I need them and how do I get them? Phytonutrients are compounds found in fresh, colorful fruits and vegetables. They do not provide protein, carbohydrate or fats.

TMH Living Well Column: Enjoy Sun the Safe Way

There are not a lot of things that beat feeling the warmth and heat of the sun on your skin. But how much sun is safe? Is a tanning booth ever okay? Follow these guidelines from to ensure your time in the sun is not just enjoyable, but guilt free and safe.

Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association: Safety first approach helps prevent youth ATV accidents

All-terrain vehicles are popular, and it’s easy to see why. They are fun and functional — often used for ranch work, hunting, hauling and other purposes — and can be a great family activity. Like many motor vehicles, ATVs also are powerful and can be dangerous, especially for youth.

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Yampa Valley Medical Center to purchase old Safeway building in Craig

Yampa Valley Medical Center is currently under contract to purchase a 49,500 square foot building in Craig that used to house the Safeway grocery store.

Craig health briefs for June 6, 2015: The Memorial Hospital hosts Women’s Health Series

A second installment of The Memorial Hospital’s Women’s Health Series called “Small Talk, Big Topics” will take place at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Downtown Books, and other health briefs for Craig and Moffat County.

Thinking About Health: High deductibles vs. lower premiums equals costly trade-off

A few weeks ago I got an e-mail from Judy, a reader who wanted to tell me about trouble she’s had paying her medical bills, particularly those for prescription drugs. Severe daily headaches had just qualified her for Social Security disability benefits. After she satisfies a two-year waiting period, which the law requires, she will qualify for Medicare as all people on Social Security disability will do whether or not they are age 65. Judy couldn’t wait so she looked for other insurance options.

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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.