Craig health briefs for March 7, 2015: REPS to host suicide prevention training

Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide will hold an Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at the Congregational Church in Hayden.

The training is free and includes lunch and snacks for both days. The emphasis is on teaching suicide first-aid to recognize risk signs for suicide and to help at-risk individuals stay safe, according to an event flyer.

“It is important that people get the ASIST training to help save the lives of our loved ones and those that live in our community,” said REPS Executive Director Meghan Francone.

To register, email

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.

“We are focusing on men, because statistically, they are less likely to take advantage of preventative healthcare services,” said TMH Chief of Marketing and Business Development Jennifer Riley.

The tests include:

• Lipid panel to assess cholesterol levels, which can be indicator for increased risk for heart disease

• Hemoglobin A1C, a blood test that measures a person’s blood glucose levels over time and can indicate diabetes or pre-diabetes before symptoms occur

• PSA, a blood test that measures Prostate Specific Antigens — recommended for men ages 50 to 69 — which can be an indicator for prostate cancer

• Blood pressure, to screen for coronary artery disease

• Hearing and vision tests

The above tests provide a good baseline for overall health. For more information, contact Terri Jourgensen at 826-2455, or to make an appointment, call 826-2400.

VNA offers Well Body class

Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is offering a six-week Well Body class from 11 a.m. to noon Tuesdays through April 14, at the Craig VNA at 745 Russell Street.

The free class will help participants achieve their health goals with nutrition information, weight loss strategies and tools to make lasting lifestyle changes.

For more information or to register, call 970-875-1880.

TMH offers expanded Lifeline service for senior citizens

Phillips Lifeline is a medical alert system used primarily by senior citizens, and is now offering a technology that allows people to connect wirelessly through a cellular connection if they don’t have a landline.

The alert system is typically installed in a home and connected to a phone line. When in need of medical assistance, a person can press a button to call for help. There is also an option to wear a medical alert button that communicates with a base-system, which has the ability to detect a fall and automatically sends a call for help. Lifeline also offers a service called “Go-Safe” that is equipped with GPS.

TMH works with the community to provide Lifeline services. For more information or to purchase a Lifeline, contact Stayton Mosbey at 826-3290 or

VNA to host Daffodils for Hospice fundraiser

Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is raising money to support its Hospice and Palliative Care program with the Daffodils for Hospice fundraiser.

The Hospice and Palliative Care team provides comfort-oriented, end-of-life care for patients with a diagnosis of a terminal illness, with the possible life expectancy of six months or less. Services help ease the physical, emotional and spiritual pain for patients and families at home, in nursing homes and assisted living facilities, according to the VNA.

Daffodils may be ordered ahead of time at or will be available for sale on March 17 at the VNA and City Market in Craig and Steamboat Springs, the Hayden Mercantile and several locations in Steamboat Springs.

The annual fundraiser has supported local hospice care for more than 20 years. Daffodils cost $5 per bunch, $24 for 5 bunches and $46 for 10 bunches.

If you’d like more information, contact VNA Donor Relations and Volunteer Coordinator Mindy Fontaine at 970-871-7609.

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