News briefs for Nov. 15
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, health-care workers with direct patient care or out-of-home care givers and household contacts with children younger than 6 months.
Flu shots cost $18.
Clinics will be held at the VNA office,745 Russell St. from 1 to 6 p.m. today; from 8:30 a.m. to noon Wednesday; and from noon to 4 p.m.Friday. For more information, call 824-8233.
State’s first oral-health summit is Friday in Craig
The state’s first oral-health summit, “Smart Mouth, Healthy Bodies,” will convene Friday 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 should have a completed plan by the spring. James Crall, director of the National Oral Healthy Policy Center in Washington, D.C., will be the keynote speaker at the summit.
The summit takes place in conjunction with the release of a report by Oral Health Awareness Colorado!, which is said to be the most complete compilation of oral-health data for Colorado to date.
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.
Online quitting resource for chew tobacco users
The American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout is Thursday, and those who use smokeless tobacco are encouraged to participate along with smokers to quit or reduce their use. ChewFree.com 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.
“Many people mistakenly believe that chewing tobacco and snuff are safe alternatives to smoking,” says Dr. Herb Severson of Oregon Research Institute.
“In fact, regular use of these products leads to cancer of the mouth, other cancers, and heart disease, as well as a wide variety of dental problems.”
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. Research shows that chewers and dippers have similar, or even higher, levels of nicotine in their bloodstreams than smokers who smoke a pack of cigarettes or more a day.
The ChewFree.com quitting program address the difficulties faced by chew and snuff users, who have fewer quitting resources than do smokers.
For more information or to enroll in the program, log on to http://www.chewfree.com.
Anglers round table set
to discuss regulations
The Colorado Division of Wildlife will be hosting an anglers’ round table meeting is at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Carpenter Ranch three miles east of Hayden.
The main agenda is to solicit issues from anglers concerning fishing regulations.
The DOW will also give brief summaries of recent fish management activities in the area.
All are invited to attend; refreshments and snacks will be served.
The Colorado Wildlife Commission reviews statewide fishing regulations every five years and is about to begin the review process for the next five year period (2006-2010).
The meeting is an opportunity for anglers to have input on fishing regulations before they are put into place.
Comments and suggestions from the meeting will be compiled for an initial presentation to the Wildlife Commission in March 2005.
Call Bill Elmblad at 255-6187.
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