Craig health briefs for May 23, 2015: Sports physicals for 2015-16 school year offered Wednesday |

Craig health briefs for May 23, 2015: Sports physicals for 2015-16 school year offered Wednesday

— Moffat County High School will offer sports physicals for both high school and Craig Middle School students from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at The Memorial Hospital Clinic at 785 Russell St. in Craig.

The cost is $15. No appointment is necessary. Parents and students can pick up the packet ahead of time in the first floor office of MCHS. There will not be a physical date in July this year.

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.

More than 600,000 tobacco-related deaths are nonsmokers exposed to second-hand smoke. Children account for more than 25 percent of these deaths. Deaths from cigarette smoking and smokeless tobacco products are the most preventable deaths in the U.S.

Counseling and other support helps a person address complex physical and emotional factors of nicotine addiction and can significantly improve a person’s chances of quitting for good.

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association offers free one-on-one tobacco cessation counseling. To speak with a Tobacco Cessation Counselor, call 970-871-7696. Personalized phone support and free nicotine patches are available through the Colorado QuitLine, 800-QUIT-NOW. You can also sign up for text message support at These services are free, though text message fees may apply based on a user’s mobile plan.

Baby and Me program helps pregnant women be smoke-free

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association’s Baby and Me Tobacco Free program helps expectant moms quit tobacco with four prenatal smoking cessation sessions and incentives.

Smoking during pregnancy increases risk of miscarriage, premature birth, birth defects and infant death.

Program participants who quit smoking and remain smoke free throughout their pregnancy and after their baby is born receive monthly vouchers for free diapers for up to a year.

For more information, call Sara Hitz, 970-871-7653.

Shingles vaccine available

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association has Zostavax vaccine available to prevent shingles. It is recommended for adults who are 60 and older. It also is available to adults 50 and older with a doctor’s prescription.

Zostavax and other routine vaccinations are available during drop in immunization clinics, from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursdays at the VNA in Craig, 745 Russell St.

Appointments may also be made by calling 970-824-8233.

Senior wellness and medical foot care clinics for older adults

Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association provides senior wellness clinics and medical foot care clinics regularly in Craig and Maybell locations.

Senior wellness clinics include blood pressure and blood glucose checks, medication review and nutrition and weight assessment. The clinics are free to adults 64 and older. Donations are appreciated.

Foot care clinics include consultation, foot inspection and toenail trim. The service is $20 and appointments are required.

For clinic times and locations, call 970-871-7676.

North American Spine Society offers free videos with tips to reduce back pain

Back pain remains the most common type of pain reported by U.S. adults and is the leading cause of disability worldwide, according to the North American Spine Society. One study showed that 26.4 percent of adults reported back pain lasting at least one day in the prior three months—an alarming statistic that can be improved with simple patient education,

Each of the 35-second clips outlines one of following the tips in the “9 for Spine” video series:

  1. Exercise regularly to improve overall health and reduce the chance of back pain.
  2. Don’t smoke!
  3. Maintain a healthy body weight.
  4. Keep your core muscles strong.
  5. Use proper body mechanics when you lift, bend or stretch.
  6. Check and alter your posture frequently while using your laptop, smartphone or tablet.
  7. Reduce stress.
  8. Keep healthy, strong bones by taking calcium, vitamin D and doing weight-bearing exercises.
  9. Moderation! Minimize intense “weekend warrior” sports or chores.

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