Craig health briefs for Sept. 5, 2015: McDonald’s offers free breakfast Wednesday to kids through eighth-grade

Craig Daily Press Staff Report

— McDonald’s in Craig will be providing free breakfast to kindergarten through eighth-graders from 6 to 9 a.m. Wednesday with a choice of the Egg McMuffin or Egg White Delight McMuffin, Apple Slices and 1-percent White Milk or Minute Maid Orange Juice.

Studies show there is a strong link between a wholesome breakfast and better performance in school. Sponsored by Minute Maid and the Western Dairy Association, McDonald’s is highlighting the importance of eating of a good breakfast so students can feel great when they get to school.

Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Hospital offers Medicare 101

The Memorial Hospital will host a Medicare 101 presentation at noon and 5 p.m. Thursday in conference rooms A and B. The presentation will cover:

• Who can get Medicare,

• Medicare Parts A, B, C and D,

• What Medicare supplements are available

• Low-income options

• Open enrollment for Medicare plans

• Medicare fraud.

For more information, contact Jennifer Riley at TMH at 970-826-3109.

TMH Mini Med School course starts Wednesday

Wish you had chosen a medical career or at least paid a little more attention in science class? Want to better understand the terminology, technology, and treatments that the medical profession is using these days?

University of Colorado School of Medicine is offering a Mini Med School hosted by The Memorial Hospital, which will kick off at 7 p.m Wednesday in the TMH conference rooms. The free eight-week program will cover topics such as killer T-cells, antibodies, new drugs and cancer breakthroughs.

All courses are taught by CU Denver medical professors via live-stream feed from Anschutz Medical Center. Classes are designed to make you more knowledgeable and excited about the human body, and help you take charge of your own health.

Those who attend at least five of the eight sessions will receive a diploma. Presentations last for one hour on a specific topic, followed by a question-and-answer period.

The program is free and open to everyone, however those over the age of 13 generally have the best learning experience.

To register, visit, or for more information, contact Jennifer Riley at 970-826-3109.

Class topics and faculty are as follows:

• Sept. 9 — A day in the life of an OB/GYN — Gerald Zarlengo, M.D.

• Sept. 16 — Understanding your sleep — Michael Weissberg, M.D.

• Sept. 23 — Fall break (no lecture)

• Sept. 30 — Revealing genetics — Matthew Taylor, M.D., PhD

• Oct. 7 — Caring for seriously ill and dying patients — Daniel Johnson, M.D.

• Oct. 14 — A day in the life of a pediatrician — Jennifer Soep, M.D.

• Oct. 21 — Hypertension: Understanding the silent killer

• Oct. 28 — How thyroid disorders affect your health — Michael McDermott, M.D.

VNA offers new group for moms-to-be

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association will offer “Becoming a New Mom” from 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesdays, Oct. 7 through Nov. 18, at the Craig VNA, 745 Russell Street.

Participants will meet other expectant moms and learn about having a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby. The group will include information about prenatal care, eating healthy and making positive lifestyle changes, labor and delivery, infant care and postpartum changes. The program is free. For more information or to sign up, call 970-871-7670.

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