Health screenings coming to Craig – Health Briefs |

Health screenings coming to Craig – Health Briefs

Craig Press staff report
Northwest Colorado Health in Craig

Health screenings coming to Craig

Residents living in and around Craig can learn about their risk for cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, diabetes, and other chronic, serious conditions with screenings by Life Line Screening. Craig Assembly of God will host this community event on Monday, Aug. 27, at 1150 E. Ninth St.

Screenings can check for the following.

• The level of plaque buildup in arteries, which is related to risk for heart disease, stroke, and overall vascular health.

• HDL and LDL cholesterol level

• Diabetes risk

• Bone density as a risk for possible osteoporosis

• Kidney and thyroid function, and more.

Screenings are affordable and convenient, according to a Life Line news release. Packages start at $149, but consultants will work to create a package that is right for individual ages and risk factors. A Wellness Gold Membership Program, which allows customers to get all the screenings they need now, but pay $19.95 a month, will also be offered. The screening site is accessible for wheelchairs and those with trouble walking.

Registration is required. For more information or to register, call 877-237-1287 or visit

Take precautions with bats, which may carry rabies

Rabies is a potentially deadly virus transmitted through the saliva of infected animals. Some bats have tested positive for rabies in Northwest Colorado. Follow these precautions to avoid exposure to potentially infected bats or other wild animals:  

• Never touch a wild bat or any other wild animal.

• Teach children who find a bat to leave it alone and tell an adult.

• Keep doors and windows covered with intact screens. Do not leave screenless doors or windows open in the evening.

• If bats are seen in a residence, call a professional trapper with experience removing bats from homes.

• Keep pets up-to-date on rabies vaccines. Call a veterinarian if unsure of pets’ vaccination statuses.

• If exposed to a bat, safely collect the animal using a shovel, if possible, and contact Northwest Colorado Health at 970-824-8233. Never handle a bat, even when wearing gloves.

If bitten by a bat or if a bat is found in a room in which people sleep, contact a medical provider and Northwest Colorado Health.  

For more information, visit

Yampa Valley Pregnancy & Family Center relocates

Yampa Valley Pregnancy & Family Center has moved from Yampa Avenue to Breeze Street.

“As of July 1, we will be at 538 Breeze Street,” said Director Victoria Van Couvering.

The center’s new address is 538 Breeze Street. It will be open from 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursdays and Saturdays.

For more information, call 970-824-5204.

Health, wellness group meets Tuesdays

A free health and wellness group meets at 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays at 18 W. Victory Way.

The group focuses on weight loss and fitness and is structured similar to Weight Watchers, with weekly meetings, weigh-ins, discussions, and guest speakers.  

For more information or be placed on the group email list, call Suzanne at 970-826-0545 or 970-846-0616.

Program helps pregnant women quit tobacco

Northwest Colorado Health’s Baby and Me Tobacco Free program helps expectant mothers quit tobacco with prenatal smoking cessation sessions and incentives. Smoking during pregnancy increases the risk of miscarriage, premature birth, birth defects, and infant death.

Program participants who quit smoking, remain smoke-free and attend monthly smoking cessation sessions during pregnancy and for a year after their baby is born will receive vouchers for free diapers.

For more information, call 970-870-4103.