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Health Briefs: Summer meals program to begin

The USDA-funded Summer Food Service Program begins locally from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday at the Boys & Girls Club of CraigBoys & Girls Club of Craig, with a snack from 3:30 to 4 p.m., with a snack from 3:30 to 4 p.m.

Boys & Girls Club of Craig, with a snack from 3:30 to 4 p.m.

Children may eat for free, and there’s a small fee for adults. That applies to families who live in the area as well as those who are passing through town.

The lunches will be served at the Boys & Girls Club of Craig throughout the week through August 19. Later in the summer, meals will also be served at Sandrock Elementary School.

State launches new tobacco-prevention 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 UniversityNorth Carolina State University and and Ohio UniversityOhio 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. 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.

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, visit http://col.st/m17iB or https://wp.me/p65FbT-9Cvhttp://col.st/m17iB or https://wp.me/p65FbT-9Cv. .

http://col.st/m17iB or https://wp.me/p65FbT-9Cv.

Parkinson’s Support Group helps patients, caregivers

The Yampa Valley Parkinson’s Support Network meets at 5 p.m. the second Monday of every month at Casey’s Pond in Steamboat Springs. All patients, caregivers and family members are welcome to attend. Discussions often include guest speakers and focus on quality of life issues, research updates and living well with Parkinson’s Disease. Contact Adrienne Hearne for more information at ahearne@nwcovna.org or 512-630-1373.


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