Health Briefs: Diabetes management awareness class presented in Craig
September 21, 2017
Area physicians have seen an increase in diabetic patients, and their objective is to be more proactive in providing the community with information regarding the disease. To that end, grant funding has allowed Memorial Regional Health to develop a new community education program.
"Learning about the disease and actively participating in treatment is important," said physician assistant Carol Bolt.
Dr. Elise Sullivan, family physician, and Bolt are working to educate the community about the importance of making healthy lifestyle choices.
In 2017, MRH offered quarterly seminars about diabetes, offering information associated with the disease. Workshops included information about prediabetes, diabetes management, meal planning, healthy food choices and the importance of physical activity.
"Our goal is to improve the quality of care for our patients," Sullivan said.
MRH providers are striving to continue these efforts into next year, with Tina Livingston, certified diabetic specialist, planning to start a diabetes support group within the community.
"The MRH Foundation received funding from the Yampa Valley Community Foundation, Yampa Valley Electric – Operation RoundUp program, Western Colorado Health Fund and the nccPA Health Foundation to help purchase patient educational materials and conduct quarterly informational workshops to the community on diabetes management awareness," said Eva Peroulis, MRH Foundation director. "The funding received from these foundations provides us the resources in improving diabetic care within Moffat and Rio Blanco counties.”
Colorado Crisis Services offers mental health help
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Event stresses importance of car seat safety for children
Nationwide, car crashes are a leading cause of death among children younger than age 13, and three out of four children are not properly restrained, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
This week is national Child Passenger Safety Week, and the Colorado State Patrol and Colorado Department of Transportation remind Colorado parents and caregivers to ensure their children are safely secured at all times.
"So far, in 2017, 178 children have been injured or killed on Colorado roads," said CSP Trooper Tim Sutherland, child passenger safety coordinator for Car Seats Colorado. "Our goal is to provide the tools and resources necessary to help educate parents on the laws and safety guidelines protecting their kids — because their lives depend on it."
During CDOT's Click It or Ticket May Mobilization enforcement period, which was held May 22 through June 4, 226 citations were issued for an improperly restrained child, 41 of which involving children younger than age 4. Colorado's Child Passenger Safety Law is a primary enforcement, meaning a driver can be stopped and ticketed if an officer sees an unrestrained or improperly restrained child.
Factors contributing to improperly restrained children include an improperly installed car seat, use of a car seat that does not fit the child and not properly securing the harness or seat belt.
The following tips are meant to ensure children are properly secured.
• Visit a certified car seat safety technician to verify the car seat is installed correctly. A list of inspection stations is available at carseatscolorado.com.
• Review car seat fit recommendations. Double check whether the child is in the appropriate seat for his or her age and/or size based on NHSTA safety guidelines.
• Ensure the harness is secure. Once the child is strapped into his or her car seat, if the fabric of the harness straps can be pinched between the fingers, the harness is too loose. Straps should be snug and have no slack.
"Properly securing your child in a car seat, booster or seatbelt is the single most important thing you can do to protect them," said Sam Cole, CDOT communications manager. "Many times, deaths and injuries can be prevented by taking the simple, extra step to make sure your child is properly restrained."
Affordable health screenings coming to Craig
Residents living in and around the Craig can learn about their risk for cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, diabetes and other chronic, serious conditions with affordable screenings by Life Line Screening. Screenings will be held Oct. 18 at the Craig Assembly of God Church, 1150 E. Ninth St.
Screenings can check for the following.
• The level of plaque buildup in the arteries, which is related to risk for heart disease, stroke and overall vascular health.
• HDL and LDL cholesterol levels.
• Diabetes risk.
• Bone density as a risk for possible osteoporosis.
• Kidney and thyroid function.
Screenings are accessible for wheelchairs and those with difficulty walking. Free parking is also available.
Packages start at $149, but consultants will work to create a package that is right for individual age, needs and health factors.
Registration is required by calling 877-237-1287 or visiting lifelinescreening.com.
Memorial Regional Health awarded clinic bid
The county medical provider will now also provide clinical services to Moffat County Employees. The county commissioners at their regular meeting on Tuesday, accepted the recommendation from the County's Employee Health Insurance Board to approve the low bid that will see MRH takeover operations in January.
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Memorial Regional Health bid just over $167,000, plus the cost of prescriptions, lab fees and supplies, for twelve months. The winning bid was roughly $80,000 less than the only other bid of roughly $243,000 submitted by the clinic's current operator CareHere. CareHere is a company based in Nashville, Tennessee that has provided services that are free to county employees since the clinic opened in 2013.
The clinic was opened as a way to reduce the cost of employee health care born by the county and encourage county employees to seek more preventative care.
"It has created savings for us," said Commissioner Frank Moe.
The county spent almost $100,000 to put a building at 551 Tucker St., where the clinic is located.
"Can we afford an extra building? I think these services could be offered in the new clinic in the future," Moe said.