Craig health briefs for Oct. 4, 2014: Presentation for parents will inform on respiratory illnesses in kids
The Memorial Hospital pediatrician Christie Yarmer, M.D., will host a community education presentation for parents from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday in the TMH conference rooms.
She will discuss common respiratory illnesses in kids, symptoms to watch for, home treatments and when to seek care from a health care provider.
She also will help parents to understand what is normal and what is not when it comes to fevers and signs of respiratory distress in children.
Class teaches healthy habits to prevent Type 2 diabetes
Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is offering a free, evidence-based, lifestyle change class for preventing Type 2 diabetes starting Tuesday. Learn how to eat healthy food, cook healthy meals, lose weight and keep it off, exercise and manage your stress. The 16-week class will be held every Tuesday from noon to 1 p.m. at the Craig VNA at 745 Russell St. For more information, call Jen at 970-871-7696.
REPS to host 4th annual Yampa Valley Wellness Conference
Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide will be hosting the fourth annual Yampa Valley Wellness Conference from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 17 in at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort in Steamboat Springs.
The conference is open to all community members and professionals and will feature local and national speakers and breakout sessions on subjects ranging from concussion and suicide to bullying to medical marijuana.
The conference is free and includes lunch.
Health fair in Dinosaur to offer vaccinations and free screenings
Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association will host a health fair from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Oct. 17 at the county building in Dinosaur.
Free cardiovascular screenings will be offered including total cholesterol, HDL, LDL, triglycerides, glucose, blood pressure, BMI and overall cardiovascular health score. Fasting is encouraged, but not required.
Most immunizations — including flu — for all ages will be available. Bring insurance cards and immunization records, and a parent or guardian must be present for child immunizations. No appointments are required.
Health coverage guides also will be available to answer questions about health insurance and Medicaid. Make sure to have your household’s social security numbers, driver’s license numbers and income information.
For more information, call 970‐871‐7634.
TMH to celebrate National Mammography Day with luncheon
The Memorial Hospital will honor breast cancer patients and survivors on National Mammography Day on Oct. 17 by encouraging all staff to wear pink.
The hospital will host a complimentary Breast Cancer Survivor Luncheon at noon, with a presentation by TMH nurse navigator Jackie Smith on life after diagnosis and treatment.
The luncheon also will feature breast cancer bingo and prizes. For more information, call 970-826-3109.
TMH hosting first fun run event
The first Glow Run/Walk will kick off at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 18 at Colorado Northwestern Community College, following registration which opens at 4:30 p.m. in the CNCC main lobby. The 5-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 http://www.thememorialhospital.com/community.
Second annual Mammos and Margaritas to offer health information
TMH’s second annual Mammos and Margaritas, starting at 6 p.m. Oct. 22 at the Clarion, invites women to learn about the importance of screening and services available to breast cancer patients at TMH.
The event will feature presentations from area doctors on cancer treatment options. 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 also will introduce St. Mary’s new oncologist Dr. Lozada-Cruz.
The event is free.
Colorado treats marijuana taxes like ‘a piggy bank,’ but top lawmakers want to limit spending to two areas
The complaints from constituents and policy advocates are aimed at the Marijuana Tax Cash Fund, a depository for about half of the $272 million the state is expected to generate this fiscal year from marijuana-related taxes. The legislature has guidelines for how the money should be spent, but lawmakers can use it for just about anything they want. And in practice, they do, splitting the money among dozens of different programs, across more than a dozen state agencies.