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Craig health briefs for Oct. 25, 2014: Barbells for Boobs to support early breast cancer detection

Craig Daily Press Staff Report

A race incorporating both running and weightlifting will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday 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 push-press repetitions with 1,000-meter runs. All abilities are welcome and instruction will be available on site. Cost is $10 for the race and a bracelet or $30 for the race and a t-shirt. The winner will receive $50 in Craig Chamber of Commerce spree bucks.

Registration is open before the race. All participants are encouraged to wear pink.

Grief support group offers help for getting through holidays

Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association's Hospice program will offer a "Getting through the Holidays" Grief Support and Education Group from 6:30-7:30pm on Tuesday and again at the same time Nov. 4 at the Colorado Northwestern Community College Academic Building, Room 114.

This group is open to anyone in the community who has lost a loved one. For more information or to sign up, please contact Sandy Beran at 871-7682.

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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:

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

3:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday, at Sunset Elementary School

Rio Blanco County:

2 to 6 p.m. Nov. 20 at Meeker Town Hall

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

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.

TMH prepares for Ebola possibility

TMH employees are taking several steps to ready themselves for the possibility of needing to provide treatment to a patient with the Ebola virus. The hospital is actively attending and responding to all protocols broadcasted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Health Alert Network and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

A TMH preparedness team of leaders, physicians and safety experts has taken several concrete steps to ensure readiness. Steps include adapting the screening process in the emergency department and registration to identify potential patients early on, getting daily information and attending webinars weekly from the CDC and others, creating policies and procedures strictly for Ebola, running practice drills on isolation procedures, and having Tyvek isolation suits complete with eye shields and hoods at the ready.

The hospital is prepared to respond to Ebola and is making exacting efforts to protect the public from an outbreak. If you have any questions, call Jennifer Riley at 970-824-9411.

Free flu shots available to veterans

Veterans can receive flu shots at no cost at the Major William Adams Telehealth Clinic in Craig, located at 785 Russell St. Shots are available on a walk-in basis from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

In some cases, the veteran's private insurance may be billed. Proof of military service is required.

The flu season in the United States typically follows trends similar to the Australian flu season, which is just concluding, according to a press release from the Grand Junction Veterans Affairs Medical Center. To date, Australia has confirmed nearly twice as many cases of influenza as last year.