Craig health briefs for Oct. 18, 2014: TMH hosts first annual fun run event Saturday | CraigDailyPress.com

Craig health briefs for Oct. 18, 2014: TMH hosts first annual fun run event Saturday

Craig Daily Press Staff Report

The first annual Glow Run/Walk will kick off at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Colorado Northwestern Community College. Registration opens at 4:30 p.m. in the CNCC main lobby.

The five-kilometer course will traverse across TMH and CNCC properties, with a celebration and awards presentation to follow.

Basic registration costs $25. Proceeds will go to the Moffat County Cancer Society and Digital Mammography Services at TMH.

Registration and more information are available at thememorialhospital.com/community.

Second annual Mammos and Margaritas to offer health information

TMH's second annual Mammos and Margaritas will take place at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Clarion Inn & Suites, 300 S. Highway 13.

The event invites women to learn about the importance of screening, and about services available to breast cancer patients at TMH. Area doctors will present on cancer treatment options.

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General surgeon, Alexis Driggs, M.D., will present information about her experience with breast surgery and surgical options available at TMH. Oncologist Dr. Mark Hancock from St. Mary's Hospital will talk about cancer treatment available through TMH in conjunction with St. Mary's.

He will also introduce St. Mary's new oncologist Dr. Lozada-Cruz.

The event is free and includes a complimentary margarita, appetizers and music.

Free health insurance consultations available

Free, one-on-one consultations with a Connect for Health Colorado certified health coverage guide are being offered by the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association. The guide will be available at the following times and locations to provide information and answer questions about 2015 health insurance plans:

Moffat County:

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at Maybell Community Center

3:30 to 6:00 p.m. Thursdays, Oct. 23 and 30, at Sunset Elementary School

4:30 to 6 p.m. Oct. 28 at Boys & Girls Club of Craig

Rio Blanco County:

2 to 6 p.m. Thursday at Meeker Town Hall, and again Nov. 20

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at Rangely Town Hall, and again Nov. 21

Employers can find out their options for health insurance or send their employees to talk with a Connect for Health Colorado representative.

For more information, call 970-871-7647.

Race to support early breast cancer detection

A race incorporating both running and weightlifting will take place at 10 a.m. Oct. 25 at Loudy-Simpson Park. The event will raise money for Barbells for Boobs, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting early detection of breast cancer.

The organization's grant program provides funding to breast centers to offer early detection procedures to those with little access to necessary screenings. It has helped thousands of individuals receive the procedures nationwide.

The event will intersperse weightlifting repetitions with 1,000-meter runs. Instruction will be available for those without prior weightlifting experience. Cost is $10 for the race and a bracelet or $30 for the race and a t-shirt, and the winner will receive $50 in Craig Chamber of Commerce spree bucks.

For more information, contact Jennifer Mattern at jbrock1989@gmail.com or Jeff Boss at 970-620-0300.

Agency provides guidance on enrolling in Medicare

The open enrollment period for Medicare began Wednesday, and the nonprofit National Council on Aging created the online resource “My Medicare Matters” to help baby boomers avoid common mistakes when enrolling.

The resource helps people evaluate their individual needs, compare their options, enroll in a plan and sustain the best coverage for years to come.

According to a press release from NCOA, common errors include signing up too early or too late for Medicare and its parts, not understanding the difference between a Medicare Supplement and a Medicare Advantage policy, not applying for extra help and not re-evaluating your coverage every year.

For more information, visit MyMedicareMatters.org.