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Health Briefs: Free health screenings to be offered for miners

The Miners Clinic of Colorado at National Jewish HealthNational Jewish Health is working with is working with The Memorial HospitalThe Memorial Hospital Medical Clinic, in Craig, to offer free and confidential health screening exams on June 23 and June 24 at The Memorial Hospital Medical Clinic. Medical Clinic, in Craig, to offer free and confidential health screening exams on June 23 and June 24 at The Memorial Hospital Medical Clinic.

National Jewish Health is working with The Memorial Hospital Medical Clinic, in Craig, to offer free and confidential health screening exams on June 23 and June 24 at The Memorial Hospital Medical Clinic.

The screening is designed for lung conditions and other health problems. The free screenings are available for current and retired miners; uranium miners, millers and ore transporters; and people who worked at or lived downwind of the Nevada Test site during nuclear weapons testing.

Space is limited, and people are asked to make appointments by calling 877-255-5864.

Report: Affordable Care Act improved health insurance coverage in rural areas

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released an analysis of how the Affordable Care Act has benefited rural America. The findings, which examine independent studies and other data, show that health coverage in rural counties increased by 8.0 percentage points between late 2013 and early 2015, and the share of rural Americans unable to afford needed care dropped by almost six percentage points.

“The Affordable Care Act has helped millions of people in rural areas access quality, affordable health coverage,” said Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell. “As someone from rural America, I know how important these gains in coverage and access to care are to communities like my hometown of Hinton, West Virginia.”

Safety rules 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 (formerly Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association – VNA) and the ATV Safety Institute remind people 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 http://www.atv-youth.org. Rider readiness checklists and a free online safety course is available atwww.atvsafety.org.

State launches new tobacco cessation efforts

DENVER: Two tobacco-prevention campaigns from the Colorado Department of Public Health and EnvironmentColorado Department of Public Health and Environment target the same audiences — young adult “social” smokers and youth — coveted by the tobacco industry, according to statements from the CDPHE. These new campaigns use innovative techniques to discourage tobacco use. target the same audiences — young adult “social” smokers and youth — coveted by the tobacco industry, according to statements from the CDPHE. These new campaigns use innovative techniques to discourage tobacco use.

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment target the same audiences — young adult “social” smokers and youth — coveted by the tobacco industry, according to statements from the CDPHE. These new campaigns use innovative techniques to discourage tobacco use.

CDPHE is launching the campaigns following tobacco-use data from February that showed cigarette pack sales in 2015 in Colorado rose 1.1 million over 2014. E-cigarette use among high school students tripled in a single year with past-month use increasing from 4.5 percent in 2013 to 13.4 percent in 2014.

“Enough with the Puff” is CDPHE’s campaign targeting young adults, aged 18-29. These individuals are infrequent, non-daily tobacco users and do not identify as smokers; therefore they do not respond to existing anti-tobacco campaigns that emphasize quitting.

The youth-focused campaign — “Tobacco is Nasty” — stresses prevention messages for youth aged 13-17 combined with creative concepts inspired by kids’ fascination with all things funny and gross.

Study: Social Media Use May Help Identify Students at Risk of Alcohol Problems

Research from North Carolina State University and Ohio University finds that having an “alcohol identity” puts college students at greater risk of having drinking problems – and that posting about alcohol use on social media sites is actually a stronger predictor of alcohol problems than having a drink.

“This work underscores the central role that social networking sites, or SNSs, play in helping students coordinate, advertise and facilitate their drinking experiences,” said Lynsey Romo, an assistant professor of communication at NC State and co-lead author of a paper on the work, in a written statement. “The study also indicates that students who are at risk of having drinking problems can be identified through SNSs.”

Extension offers fact sheet on rainwater harvesting under new Colorado rules

FORT COLLINS – Colorado’s longtime ban on residential rain barrels has come to an end. Now most homeowners in the state are allowed to collect precipitation for later outdoor use.

Gov. John Hickenlooper recently signed House Bill 1005, which allows a maximum of two rain barrels — with a combined capacity of 110 gallons — are allowed at each household. The measure is to take effect on Aug. 10.

Rainwater collection, also called rainwater “harvesting,” is the process of capturing, storing and directing rainwater runoff and putting it to use. Water from roof gutter downspouts that is directed onto landscaped areas is not regarded as rainwater harvesting under this legislation.

Colorado State University Extension has created a fact sheet with additional details on rainwater harvesting. For more information, http://col.st/m17iB or https://wp.me/p65FbT-9Cv.


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