Craig health briefs for Sept. 20, 2014: Free flu clinic for veterans in Craig and Steamboat Springs
A free flu clinic will be offered from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday at the Steamboat Springs Community Center at 1605 Lincoln Avenue. Veterans need to bring a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs ID card or DD Form 214.
Flu vaccinations are also available on a drop-in basis at no charge at the Major William Adams Veteran’s Telehealth Clinic in Craig. Vaccinations are available from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. No appointment is needed.
Event to provide safe disposal of prescription drugs
The Craig Police Department will host a National Take Back Initiative event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 27 at the Centennial Mall parking lot in Craig. The event will provide an opportunity for individuals with unwanted and unused prescription drugs to safely dispose of them.
Nationally, more than 4.1 million pounds of medications have been collected during the past six events, with an excess of 127,400 pounds collected in Colorado, according to a press release from the Craig Police Department.
The collection is limited to household waste and excludes chemotherapy or radioactive substances, syringes, mercury (thermometers), oxygen containers, pressurized canisters or illicit drugs.
For more information, contact John Forgay with the Craig Police Department at 970-826-2366.
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 — a statistic that can be improved with simple patient education.
Each of the 35-second clips outlines one of the following tips in the “9 for Spine” video series:
- Exercise regularly to improve overall health and reduce the chance of back pain.
- Don’t smoke!
- Maintain a healthy body weight.
- Keep your core muscles strong.
- Use proper body mechanics when you lift, bend or stretch.
- Check and alter your posture frequently while using your laptop, smartphone or tablet.
- Reduce stress.
- Keep healthy, strong bones by taking calcium, vitamin D and doing weight-bearing exercises.
- Moderation! Minimize intense “weekend warrior” sports or chores.
VNA offers free testing for qualifying women
Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is offering free mammograms and pap tests for women who are age 40 to 64, uninsured or underinsured, have not had a pap test or mammogram in the last 12 months and meet income requirements.
Call the VNA at 970-879-1632 or 970-824-8233 to see if you qualify.
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.