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Health Briefs: Program helps make visits to the doctor easier and faster for Veterans

The Veterans Health Information Exchange also known as the Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record Health program shares important parts of a veteran's health record between the Department of Veterans Affairs and community health care providers who participating in the program. The exchange occurs over a secure and private network known as the eHealth Exchange. This program is free and voluntary for Veterans, but VA needs consent. To learn more and register for the process visit: http://www.va.gov/VLER.

Chamber Mixer hosted by Memorial Regional Health Thursday

The Craig Chamber of Commerce ambassadors are holding a Chamber Mixer hosted by Memorial Regional Health. Enjoy appetizers and win great prizes and see the Rehabilitation Center. From 5-7 p.m. on June 29 at 473 Yampa Ave., Craig. To RSVP call the chamber at 970-824-5689.

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 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 they can 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 yvpc@rocketmail.com.

Wellness Wednesday lunch and speaker schedule for June

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 northwestcoloradohealth.org/agingwell or call 970-871-7676.

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Help for men with diabetes

Men can have different issues related to diabetes than women, including problems with their sexual health. Having diabetes puts men at risk for health issues such as:

  • Erectile disfunction.
  • Stroke and heart problems.
  • Eye problems that can make it hard to see or led to blindness.
  • Kidney problems that can lead to kidney failure.
  • Teeth and gum problems.
  • Pain, tingling, or numbness in hands and feet.

Delay or prevent these complications by quitting smoking, reaching and staying at a healthy weight, being physically active, and following doctor’s recommendations. The National Diabetes Education Program has information and resources to help men make healthy changes to manage diabetes. Including a booklet available for download at: http://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/ndep/health-first.html

Weigh and Win kiosk is at Northwest Colorado Health

Weigh and Win is a free community program that provides cash incentives to participants who reach their weight-loss goals. Participants weigh in quarterly (every 90 days) at a kiosk located in the lobby at Northwest Colorado Health, 745 Russell Street. Between weigh ins, participants receive daily emails or text messages with tips on healthy eating, exercise and overcoming weight-loss challenges. Weigh and Win is a nonprofit program aimed at reducing obesity rates in Colorado. The kiosk is available 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Participants can enroll at the kiosk, at http://www.weighandwin.com or by texting JOIN to 303-500-1702. For more information, visit northwestcoloradohealth.org/weighandwin or call 970-870-4118.