Health Briefs: Follow safety rules to help prevent ATV accidents |

Health Briefs: Follow safety rules to help prevent ATV accidents

Ninety-two percent of ATV-related deaths are the result of warned-against risks, such as youth riding adult-sized ATVs. Northwest Colorado Health and the ATV Safety Institute remind riders to follow the Golden Rules for ATV Safety:

• Always wear a helmet and protective gear.
• Never ride on public roads.
• Never carry a passenger on a single-rider vehicle.
• Ride an ATV appropriate for your age and readiness.
• Supervise riders younger than 16.
• Ride only on designated trails and at a safe speed.

For more safety information for young riders, go to Rider readiness checklists and a free online safety course is available at

Wellness Wednesday lunch and speaker schedule for July

Wellness Wednesday offers fitness classes, wellness checks with a nurse, activities, lunch and guest speakers for older adults. It’s held every Wednesday at St. Michael’s Catholic Church. For more information visit or call 970-871-7676.

July 5
Tuna roll up, salad, cookie
Becky Field, vocalist (pending)

July 12
Ham pasta salad, 3 bean salad, roll, pineapple upside down cake
Christina Oxley, Craig Chamber of Commerce

July 19
No Wellness Wednesday

July 26
Pizza, salad, dessert
Lynn Cox, Northwest Colorado Health Dental Clinic

Learn how to protect you and your loved ones during a thunderstorm.

The weather forecast calls for a slight chance of thunderstorms, but you can only see a few fluffy white clouds overhead. So you and your tennis partner grab your racquets and balls and head for the tennis court. You spend a few minutes warming up and then—wait! Is that thunder you hear? Was that a lightning flash?

What do you do? Keep playing until the thunder and lightning get closer? Go sit on the metal bench under the trees to see what happens? Or get in your car and drive home?

Correct answer: If no substantial, non-concrete shelter is nearby, get in your car and wait out the storm. Why? Because being outside when lightning is present is not something to take lightly—ever.

To learn more, visit CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health’s “Your Health — Your Environment” blog.

Unclaimed Storage Treasures and Community Bazaar July 15

Think Storage Wars Craig-style: A fund raising event for Yampa Valley Pregnancy & Family Center will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 15 at  Big Bar Storage on Stock Drive at Lincoln Avenue. Locks on the storage unit(s) will be cut at 9 a.m., large items will be put out for a silent auction, smaller items will go on the bazaar tables for sale. Shoppers will also have the opportunity to buy 50/50 Raffle ticket with the drawing at 1:30 p.m., Or take a turn at the Car Smash Booth and be sure to get a Law Dog before you head home. For more information call 970-824-5204 or email

End-of-Life Care: Alzheimer’s Caregiving Tips

There are many professionals trained to help people with Alzheimer’s disease be more comfortable at the end of life. They can also help caregivers and family members through this difficult time.

• Geriatric care managers can make home visits and suggest needed services.
• Grief counselors can help caregivers understand and deal with their feelings.
• Palliative care provides comfort care, along with any medical treatments a person might be receiving for a life-threatening illness.
• Hospice care is given near the end of life, and can help family members with their grief both before and after the person with Alzheimer’s dies.

Learn more about end-of-life care for people with Alzheimer’s disease:

End of Life: Helping with Comfort and Care

If you are faced with making healthcare decisions for someone who is dying and no longer able to make his or her own decisions, ask the medical staff these 7 questions:

1) What is the care plan? What are the benefits and risks?
2) How often should we reassess the care plan?
3) If we try using the ventilator to help with breathing and decide to stop, how will that be done?
4) If my family member is dying, why does he or she have to be connected to all those tubes and machines?
5) Why do we need more tests?
6) What is the best way for our family to work with the care staff?
7) How will I make sure to get daily updates on my family member’s condition?

Learn more about understanding end-of-life healthcare decisions: