Program helps pregnant women quit tobacco – Health Briefs
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.
Precautions advised during tick season
Northwest Colorado Health advises precautions against ticks and tick-borne diseases during spring and summer months. Ticks are commonly found in wooded or brushy areas with tall grass. They may also inhabit rustic mountain cabins, where chipmunks and other rodents may have visited. Recommendations to prevent tick bites include the following.
• Wear light-colored long-sleeved shirts and long pants.
• Avoid walking through high grass and bushy areas and sitting on logs or against trees.
• Use a blanket or tarp when resting or picnicking on the ground.
• Use repellents labeled for ticks. Those who spend a lot of time in tick habitat should consider wearing Permethrin-treated clothing (never apply Permethrin to the skin).
• Perform thorough tick checks after spending time in tick habitat.
Ticks should be removed from the skin as soon as possible. After removing a tick from a person or pet, wash hands immediately. If symptoms of illness are observed after a tick bite or exposure to ticks, seek prompt medical attention.
For more information and resources, visit coloradoticks.org.
Wellness Wednesday program offered weekly for seniors
Wellness Wednesday is a day of activities and health services for older adults. The day includes exercise classes, foot care, senior wellness checks, lunch, guest speakers and pinochle every Wednesday at Saint Michael Catholic Church, 678 School Street. The program is offered by Northwest Colorado Health’s Aging Well program. Suggested donations or fees apply to some activities and services, but no one will be turned away due to inability to pay.
See a complete schedule of activities, visit northwestcoloradohealth.org/agingwell or call 970-871-7676.
Northwest Colorado Health receives recognition for quality
Northwest Colorado Health recently received a certificate of achievement for providing high-quality care resulting in improved health for patients at clinics in Craig and Steamboat Springs. The certificate was awarded by the Health Resources and Services Administration, which oversees 1,400 community health centers across the nation.
The award places Northwest Colorado Health in the top 30 percent of health centers for service and quality achievements. The organization’s community health centers have also earned accreditation as a Patient-Centered Medical Home by the National Committee for Quality Assurance.
The designation is achieved by demonstrating a focus on patient-centered care, which seeks to strengthen relationships between patients and their clinical teams to improve patient experience and health outcomes while lowering health care costs.
New health, wellness group meets Tuesdays
A free health and wellness group has begun meeting at 5:30 p.m. every Tuesday at 18 W. Victory Way.
The group focus on weight loss and fitness and is structured similarly 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.
Mind Springs Health was dealt a severe blow to its community crisis services this week with the announcement that the state of Colorado would transition away from using the mental health care company effective July 1.