Health Briefs: Wellness Wednesday lunch and speaker schedule for August |

Health Briefs: Wellness Wednesday lunch and speaker schedule for August

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.

Aug. 2

Turkey chili, cornbread, salad, fruit cup

Group Pictionary

 Aug. 9

Baked Penne, salad, fresh fruit

Learn about Pickleball with Susan Eschen

 Aug. 16

Chicken pasta salad, pickled beets, roll, cookie

Lisa Brown, CEO of Northwest Colorado Health

 Aug. 23

Chicken veggie soup, biscuit, tossed salad, frog eye salad

Vocalist Becky Field

 Aug. 30

Pizza, salad, dessert

Fair Day. Share your crafts and creations for the Moffat County Fair.

 Almost 10,000 Children and Adolescents in United States are Living with End-Stage Renal Disease

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released information shows that in the United States, more than 9,800 children and adolescents have kidney failure or end-stage renal disease, and they rely on life saving dialysis or a kidney transplant. The prevalence of end-stage renal disease in children and adolescents increases with age, with a greater proportion living with a transplant.

Even with these therapies, children with end-stage renal disease are 30 times more likely to die than an otherwise healthy child. Young adults who have had end-stage renal disease since childhood have a life expectancy of 38 years if they are treated with dialysis and 63 years if they receive a kidney transplant that functions well. Population-based surveillance of kidney disease in children and adolescents can play an important role to increase awareness and help healthcare professionals in applying innovative ways to prevent and treat chronic kidney disease in this population.

The CDC’s Chronic Kidney Disease website provides additional information about the disease.

Deaths from Cancer Higher in Rural America

The cancer gap between rural and urban Americans continues to grow in the United States, according to a new report from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. The study shows that cancer death rates are falling more slowly in rural areas than in urban areas, but proven strategies can help reduce these disparities.

 The report is the first comprehensive description of cancer incidence and deaths in rural and urban areas.

While rural areas have lower rates of new cases of cancer (incidence rates) than urban areas, they have higher cancer death rates. Incidence rates were higher in rural areas for several cancers, including those linked to tobacco use such as lung cancer, and those that can be prevented by screening such as colorectal and cervical cancers.

To reduce these gaps, health care providers in rural areas can:

• Encourage patients to make healthy choices that lower cancer risk, such as quitting smoking, avoiding secondhand smoke, protecting skin from the sun when outdoors, staying physically active, and eating healthy foods.

• Recommend cancer screening tests and vaccinations that can prevent cancer.

• Participate in comprehensive cancer control coalitions.

The complete report is available at:

 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

 New Study Highlights Role of Intimate Partner Violence in Homicides of Women

Data from the National Violent Death Reporting System recently released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have found that over half of homicides among women, for which circumstances were known, were related to intimate partner violence. One in 10 victims of Intimate Partner Violence-related homicide were reported to have experienced some form of violence in the month preceding their deaths, which could have provided opportunities for intervention. Other findings indicate that:

Non-Hispanic black and American Indian/Alaskan Native women had the highest rates of homicide.

More than half of the adult female homicides with known circumstances were intimate partner violence elated.

Among intimate partner violence-related homicides, about 80 percent were committed by a current intimate partner while about 14 percent were committed by a former intimate partner.

According to the CDC, Intimate partner violence is preventable. The Veto Violence campaign provides tools to help, available at