Craig health briefs for April 4, 2015: Take precautions with live poultry |

Craig health briefs for April 4, 2015: Take precautions with live poultry

Individuals should take precautions when handling chicks, ducklings, goslings and baby turkeys due to possibility of salmonella infection.

Salmonella can result from handling live poultry, poultry cages and bedding. Children are more susceptible to the illness; children five and younger should not handle young birds.

Individuals who have touched live poultry or areas where the birds live and roam should thoroughly wash hands with soap and water and clean any equipment or materials involved in raising or caring for poultry, such as feed and water containers. Never bring live poultry inside the house.

For more information, call the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association at 970-824-8233.

Weigh and Win celebrates fourth year in Colorado

Free community health and wellness program, Weigh and Win, has completed its fourth year with incentivized weight-loss success for Coloradans. Weigh and Win recently installed a kiosk in the lobby of the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association in Craig. The program is free and open to the community.

• 60,359+ people enrolled in Weigh and Win

• $300,000 in cash rewards given out

• 178,872 pounds lost

• 66 community kiosk locations statewide

• 8 percent weight loss for successful participants after one year in the program

• 47 percent of participants with two or more weigh-ins, after six months in the program, have achieved a 5 percent or more weight improvement

• Weigh and Win is primarily funded by Kaiser Permanente

Craig VFW to host veterans town hall event

The Grand Junction Veterans Health Care System will hold its quarterly town hall meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. April 23 at the VFW in Craig.

All veterans and their family members are invited to attend a presentation given by the director of GJVHCS and other staff addressing common issues and problems local veterans may face.

Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions regarding particular issues they may have.

“We’ll take a look at what we know the issues are for this community and we’ll try to address those and open up the lines of communication,” Public Relations Officer Paul Sweeney said. “The meeting belongs to veterans, family members and survivors.”

Rather than hold all town hall meetings in Grand Junction, the GJVHCS is traveling to surrounding satellite communities, most recently including Redstone, Telluride, Moab and soon, Craig.

VNA offers monthly grief support group

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association’s Hospice program hosts a grief education and support group at 4 p.m. the third Thursday of every month at the Craig VNA, 745 Russell Street.

Anyone who is grieving the loss of a loved one is welcome and encouraged to attend. For more information, call Sandy Beran at 970-871-7682.

Free colonoscopies available for eligible adults

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association has information about free colonoscopies for low income, eligible adults.

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths, but it is one of the most preventable cancers. Screening is the best way to reduce colon cancer risk. The American Cancer Society recommends regular screenings beginning at age 50, however individuals who have a family history of the disease may need to start earlier.

A variety of low cost tests are available. Individuals should talk to their medical provider about their colon cancer risk and the best screening option. For more information about free colonoscopies through the Colorado Colorectal Screening Program, call 970-824-8233.

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