Health briefs for Aug. 2, 2014: Visiting Nurse Association seeks new board members

Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is accepting applications for new board members. The Board of Directors meets monthly and works toward the agency's mission of improving quality of life for all Northwest Colorado residents by providing comprehensive health resources and creating an environment that supports community wellness.

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How to choose organic on a budget

The 12 most important fruits and vegetables to buy organic

To buy organic, or not to buy organic? That is the question. Thankfully, the Environmental Working Group’s “Dirty Dozen” list is here to give you some answers.

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Healthy snack of the week

One of the easiest, tastiest ways to get loads of fruits (and even vegetables!) into your or your kids’ diet is in the form of a smoothie.

Superfood Tip: Tree Nuts

Highlighting nuts as a super food can be confusing because they are loaded with calories. But, when eaten in appropriate portions, nuts have proven to reduce the risk of heart disease. The combination of fiber, protein, and healthy fat in nuts provides satiety (fullness), making them an excellent option for weight management.

Fitness Tip: Staying on track

It is important to keep track of your workouts. Maintaining a daily or weekly log to track all of your workouts helps to ensure that you are progressing in the right direction and keeping your body challenged.

TMH Living Well: Control triggers, control asthma

Did you know that the way you clean your house or treat your pets can affect your asthma? If you or a family member has been diagnosed with asthma, changing some of your everyday habits to limit triggers might be key to better breathing.

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YampaCare Family Medicine to replace Kinder Family Clinic

Yampa Valley Medical Center announced Monday that it will rebrand and lease Kinder Family Clinic, a deal that Dr. Pamela Kinder has been working on for months.

Health briefs for July 26, 2014: General surgeon to start at The Memorial Hospital

Dr. X. Alexis Driggs will begin her time with The Memorial Hospital, her first day with the organization scheduled for July 30.

Thinking About Health: Who wins race for patients — the ER or urgent care?

Tracy Hume, a freelance writer who lives in Greeley, and a reader of Thinking About Health columns, recently sent along this provocative question. “Do ER-affiliated urgent care providers ever try to escalate patients to the ER when it is not medically necessary?” she asked. “Why? How should a consumer respond?”

Superfood Tip: Ergogenic Aids

Ergogenic Aids are foods or supplements that help improve our cardiovascular/muscular performance. Some supplements have big claims but may be dangerous because of harmful additives (remember: no agency such as the FDA regulates supplements).

Fitness Tip: Goal setting

Set SMART fitness goals. SMART stands for Specific, Measurable, Accountable, Realistic and Timeframe. Be specific such as “I want to lose 10 pounds” not “I want to lose some weight.”

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At last! Permission to drink whole milk

Since I was a kid, I’ve heard, “Drink skim milk, it’s better for you.” Even now, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Heart Association and the U.S. Department of Agriculture recommend children drink three glasses of skim milk each day to receive the benefits of vitamin D and calcium without the calories.

TMH Living Well: Empower caregiver with medical consent

As a parent, it’s important for you to go out once in a while and leave your children with a babysitter or grandparent. When you go, don’t forget to leave behind a medical consent form. If something happened while you were gone, you’ll need it for your caregiver to initiate medical care quickly.

Health briefs for July 19, 2014: Pregnancy Center fundraiser in final week

The Yampa Valley Pregnancy Center FUNdraiser Summer Walk-a-thon is still seeking registration.

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Your Health: Northwest Colorado teen birth rates down from previous years

Moffat and Routt counties are among the areas of Colorado seeing lower teenage birth rates, which have dropped significantly across the state during the past five years, an achievement state health officials and the governor are attributing to an ambitious contraception program.