News briefs for Nov. 12 |

News briefs for Nov. 12

The state’s first oral-health summit, “Smart Mouth, Healthy Bodies,” will convene Nov. 19 at The Memorial Hospital in Craig. Public and private sector leaders throughout the state will gather in downtown Denver, Craig and seven other regional sites to start working on a comprehensive oral-health plan.
The goal is to have a completed plan by the spring of 2005.
James Crall, director of the National Oral Healthy Policy Center in Washington, D.C., will be the keynote speaker at the summit.
The summit will be a major component of a five-year grant that the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Oral Health Program received from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Colorado is one of 13 states awarded the grant to strengthen each state’s oral-health program capacity and improve the oral health of its residents.

Flu shots available
for prioritized groups
The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurses Association is offering several drop-in flu clinics this month for all prioritized groups. To qualify as “prioritized,” individuals must fall under one of the following categories: children ages 6 to 23 months, adults age 65 and older, women who will be pregnant during influenza season, residents of nursing homes and long-term care facilities, children 6 months to 18 years of age on chronic aspirin therapy, healthcare workers with direct patient care or out-of-home care givers and household contacts with children younger than 6 months old. Flu shots cost $18. Clinics will be held at the VNA office, 745 Russell St., from noon to 4 p.m. today; from 1 to 6 p.m. Monday; from 8:30 a.m. to noon Wednesday; and from noon to 4 p.m. Nov. 19. For more information, call 824-8233.

Online quitting resource for chew tobacco users
The American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout is on Nov. 18, and those who use smokeless tobacco are encouraged to participate along with smokers to quit or reduce their use. is a free, self-help quitting program that is now being offered as part of a research study by Oregon Research Institute sponsored by the National Cancer Institute.
Smokeless tobacco may be a factor in 9,000 cancer deaths in the U.S. each year. More than 6 million Americans use smokeless tobacco regularly. For more information or to enroll in the program, log on to

provided to play day
The Boys and Girls Club of Craig is hosting another play day from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. today. The school district will provide transportation to the club. Boys and Girls Club members can ride their regularly assigned buses in the morning, but parents must pick up their children in the afternoon. The play day is open to members of the club at no charge (nonmembers can call the number below for more information). Snacks will be provided, but children need to bring their own lunches.
Members should also be aware that the Boys and Girls Club will be closed to all activities from Nov. 24 to 28 .
Call Rob Winn at 826-0411.

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