Health briefs for Aug. 29, 2014: Suicide prevention class to be offered by CNCC |

Health briefs for Aug. 29, 2014: Suicide prevention class to be offered by CNCC

Lauren Blair

Colorado Northwestern Community College will host a suicide prevention class in conjunction with Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Sept. 8. The class will be open to the whole community as well as students and staff at CNCC. REPS Executive Director Meghan Francone will focus on a teaching known as QPR, which stands for question, persuade and refer.

Moffat and Routt counties historically have some of the highest suicide rates in the state.

“Suicide is not something that should be hidden under a rug or kept for the specialists,” Francone said in a phone interview. “We’re hoping to get that training out there and demystify suicide.”

For more information, contact Francone at 970-819-2232 or

Northwest Colorado VNA offers options to help quit tobacco

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association offers options to those looking to quit smoking. Counseling is available to help tobacco users of all ages to quit using cigarettes or smokeless tobacco. Quitting tobacco usually takes multiple attempts, but studies show cessation support significantly can improve a person’s chance for success. Counseling helps tobacco users set quit goals in a judgment-free environment. Participants also may receive support for weight management, nutrition, heart health and stress control. There is no fee for this service. It is available in English and Spanish. To be connected with a cessation counselor in Steamboat Springs or Craig, call 970-871-7634.

Other programs the VNA offers include:

• The Colorado QuitLine, which offers free personalized cessation phone support for smokers. Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW.

• SmokefreeTXT program provides free personalized text message support. Text the word QUIT to IQUIT (47848).

Arthritis exercise class available

An arthritis foundation exercise class is offered from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Mondays at Sunset Meadows I.

This is an easy exercise class for older adults or those facing physical challenge, providing a workout for the entire body while primarily seated. Have fun with friends and feel better with movement.

The cost per class is a $3 donation to the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association.

For more information, call 970-871-7676.

The Memorial Hospital to host concussion presentation

The Memorial Hospital will host presenter Karen McAvoy, Doctor of Psychology, via WebEx from 7 to 8 a.m. Sept. 12 to discuss a community-based concussion management system know as REAP (Remove/Reduce, Educate, Adjust/Accommodate, Pace). Dr. McAvoy is the director of the Center for Concussion with Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children and is credentialed dually as a licensed clinical psychologist and a school psychologist in Colorado.

Participants will learn the signs and symptoms of concussion, review the risk factors of concussion and understand the importance of early identification and the dangers of not recognizing concussion. Tools will be introduced to improve communication and collaboration between teams, and the newest advances in concussion treatment and rehabilitation will be reviewed.

This webinar will cover the required elements to meet the annual concussion education certification outlined by Colorado Senate Bill 11-040 and CHSAA.