News briefs for Nov. 18 |

News briefs for Nov. 18

This year’s Great American SmokeOut urges those who want to quit their tobacco use to do it with support. Research shows that people who quit tobacco use with the help of cessation services have up to a 25 percent better chance of quitting successfully than those who quit “cold turkey.” Moffat County residents who smoke or chew have taken advantage of Colorado’s free Quitnet cessation service ( Great American SmokeOut Quit Kits sponsored by the VNA Tobacco Prevention Program and Grand Futures Prevention Coalition are available from today to Nov. 26 at Kmart, City Market and Safeway Pharmacies and at the VNA office on Russell Street. Pick up a kit and call for help.
For more information about the Great American SmokeOut in Moffat County, call Cindy Biskup, director of Grand Futures Prevention Coalition, at 824-5752 or Judy Hiester, Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association Tobacco Prevention Program coordinator, at 879-1632.

Employees who smoke encouraged to take part
Employers are encouraged to participate in this year’s Great American SmokeOut activities by providing “Quit Kits” to interested employees from today to Nov. 26. For more information, call the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association Tobacco Prevention Program at 879-1632, ext. 39, or Grand Futures Prevention Coalition at 824-5752.

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 months 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, household contacts with children younger than 6 months and individuals with a chronic medical condition.
Flu shots cost $18.
Clinics will be held at the VNA office, 745 Russell St., from noon to 4 p.m. Friday. For more information, call 824-8233.

Young Life group
offers snow camp
Moffat County Young Life is sponsoring a snow camp for seventh- and eighth-graders in December. The camp will be at the Frontier Ranch in Buena Vista, Colo. from Dec. 3 to 5 and costs $125 a child. An informational meeting will be at 6 p.m. Monday at the former Greyhound Bus Station, 470 Russell St. For more information, call David Pressgrove at 629-9600.

Wrestling team taking orders for T-shirts
The Moffat County High School wrestling team is taking orders for T-shirts and sweatshirts for the 2005 season today. For more information, call Anna Nitchske at the high school at 824-7036.

Farmers Union holds 96th annual convention
Rocky Mountain Farmers Union will hold its 96th annual convention at 8 a.m. Friday at the Four Points by Sheraton SE, 6363 E. Hampden Ave., in Denver. Kathleen Kelley, a rural activist from Meeker, will deliver the keynote address.
The convention will conclude with a banquet beginning at 6:30 p.m. Saturday that will feature an address from National Farmers Union President Dave Frederickson.
Friday morning will feature a panel with producers who have implemented innovative market programs. “Agricultural Marketing Solutions in a Changing World” will give participants an overview of direct marketing possibilities as well as provide specific ideas for their own operations.
On Saturday, attendants will elect a president, three board directors and delegates to the National Farmers Union annual convention in Louisville, Ky. in late February. Attendants also will discuss the policies that will guide RMFU board and staff duirng the coming year.
For more information, visit or call 303-752-5800.

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