Craig health briefs for May 9, 2015: VNA advises awareness during tick season |

Craig health briefs for May 9, 2015: VNA advises awareness during tick season

Craig Daily Press Staff Report

— The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association advises residents be aware of ticks and tick-borne diseases during spring and summer months, when ticks are most active. Tick bites in Colorado can result in Colorado Tick Fever, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Tick-borne Relapsing Fever.

Ticks should be removed from skin as soon as possible. People who remove ticks from a person or a pet need to wash their hands immediately. If you become ill after a tick bite or exposure to ticks, seek prompt medical attention.

Ticks are commonly found in wooded or brushy areas with tall grass. They may also inhabit rustic mountain cabins where chipmunks and other rodents may have visited.

Wear protective clothing – long-sleeved shirts and long pants – and do thorough tick checks after being in areas where ticks may be present. For information on how to safely remove a tick that has settled into the skin, go to

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 970-826-3290 or

Weigh and Win program offers incentives for healthy living

Weigh and Win, a free community weight loss program, has installed a kiosk in the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association lobby in Craig.

The program, aimed at reducing obesity rates in Colorado, provides cash incentives to participants who reach their weight-loss goals, as well as monthly prize drawings for participating. Participants weigh in quarterly (every 90 days) at the kiosk.

Colorado residents 18 and over can sign up for free and will receive daily coaching on healthy eating and active living by email or text message. The coaching includes tips for weight loss, daily exercise and meal plans, weekly grocery shopping lists and more.

The kiosk is available 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Craig VNA, 745 Russell St. Participants can enroll at the kiosk, at or by texting JOIN to 303-500-1702.

For more information, visit or call 970-875-1880.

VNA offers monthly grief support group

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association’s Hospice program will host a grief education and support group at 4 p.m. May 21 at the Craig VNA, 745 Russell St. The group meets the third Thursday of every month.

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.

Casey’s Pond Senior Living in need of bingo prizes

Donations now are being accepted for jewelry, small stuffed animals or similar items to be used as bingo prizes at the Doak Walker House at Casey’s Pond Senior Living in Steamboat Springs.

Drop them off at the concierge desk or call Celia with questions at 970-457-4883.

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.

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