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Northwest Colorado Health: Take advantage of help enrolling in health insurance

Finding health insurance can be confusing and complex, but you don’t have to tackle it alone. Free, in-person assistance is available to help you explore your options and find the right plan. The insurance marketplace, where many people will need to get or renew their health insurance for 2017, is not open long; you need to enroll by Dec. 15 to be covered at the beginning of the New Year.

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Northwest Colorado Health: Rubber Ducky Race returns Aug. 27

You’ve heard of the goose that laid the golden egg. How about the duck with the golden ticket? A $500 grand prize will be the big draw of the second annual Rubber Ducky Race for Hospice on Aug. 27 in Craig. The event, hosted by Northwest Colorado Health (formerly Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association) will include a total of $1,000 in cash prizes.

VNA: Programs help youth experiencing loss

Loss can take different forms, each carrying with it a heavy bundle of difficult emotions. It can be hard to express these emotions in a healthy way that helps a person grieve but does not consume their life, responsibilities and goals. This can be especially true for children and youth. That’s where art comes in. The Youth Resiliency program at the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association uses creative expression — drawing, painting, writing, storytelling, poetry and music — to help preschool through college-age students process many different types of loss including death and divorce as well as loss related to family abuse, addiction and mental health issues.

VNA: Prevent cervical cancer with vaccinations, screenings

January, recognized as Cervical Health Awareness Month, is a good time to highlight measures that can be taken to prevent cervical cancer. Over the last 30 years, cervical cancer deaths have decreased 50 percent, largely due to more women getting regular cervical screenings or Pap tests, which can detect changes in the cervix before cancer develops. Despite these gains, cervical cancer remains a serious health threat. The American Cancer Society estimates nearly 13,000 women were diagnosed with cervical cancer and more than 4,000 died from the disease in 2015.

VNA: Weigh in on health needs in Moffat, Routt counties

It’s a rare day that we don’t think about our health, our family’s health or the wellbeing of others around us. Maybe you worry about diabetes, cancer or mental health or are concerned about how the economy, housing and other factors are influencing wellness in our communities. Residents of Moffat and Routt counties are encouraged to weigh in on these important issues by taking part in a Community Health Needs Assessment. The project seeks to answer an important and complicated question: What do our communities need to be healthier?

VNA: Program helps women pay for mammograms

You’ve heard it, and you probably know it. Mammograms save lives. But what if you don’t have insurance – or enough insurance – to pay for breast screenings? The Women’s Wellness Connection helps ensure women who are 40 and older receive regular breast cancer screenings to catch any signs of the disease early, when chances of survival are highest. The program, offered through the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association in Moffat and Routt counties, also provides free cervical cancer screenings — Pap tests — to qualified women.

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Rubber Ducky Races in Craig, Steamboat celebrate community, hospice

On Saturday, hundreds of bright yellow rubber ducks will bob along the lazy Yampa River toward their destination at Loudy-Simpson Park. Tickets in hand, children, parents and community members will eagerly await, hoping their ducks make the speediest journey. The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is hosting the first annual Craig Rubber Ducky Race benefiting the organization’s Hospice and Palliative Care program. The fun family event and post-race party will be a celebration of community and the many people Hospice has touched in Moffat County.

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.

Tamera Manzanares: Prevention key to men’s health

Guys: If you make it to 100, you will be surrounded by women.

Aging Well: Aging Well says goodbye to page

Today is the final day the Aging Well page will appear in the Steamboat Today. The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association introduced the page five years ago to promote its new Aging Well program, developed to improve the health of adults 50 and older in our region.

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