Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association

This monthly column about health issues publishes on Mondays in the Steamboat Today.

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VNA: Be aware of wild animal diseases

Hantavirus, tularemia, and plague, though rare, there have been more cases of these life-threatening diseases than usual in Colorado. All three involve exposure to animals, such as rodents and rabbits. Recent cases have not been reported in Routt or Moffat counties, but some have occurred in nearby areas.

Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association: VNA programs help new moms

VNA programs help new moms face new challenges.

Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association: Vaccine helps protect against meningococcal disease

Vaccinations can help protect against bacterial meningococcal disease.

Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association: Spit it out for good

Being free to enjoy life without the urge to dip is a good reason to quit chewing.

Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association: VNA expands volunteer program

Each volunteer has a unique set of skills and interests that can benefit others in a multitude of ways. To date, VNA volunteers have primarily provided assistance with fundraising, client support and other aspects of Hospice.

Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association: Free program helps tobacco users quit

For more than 50 years, Steamboat Springs resident Margrit has played tug-o-war with cigarettes. She’s repeatedly quit smoking, only to be pulled back into the habit while coping with stress.

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Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association: Program supports grieving children

Children and teens who have lost a loved one often feel alone and overwhelmed in their grief, not realizing there are others who understand and can help them through this difficult process.

Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association: Time to sign up for health insurance

Yes, it’s already time for our community to start thinking about health insurance for 2015. Clients can re-enroll or sign up for the first time starting Nov. 15.

Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association: Celebrate National Health Center Week 2014

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association’s Community Health Center is recognizing National Health Center Week 2014 from Aug. 10 to 16. CHCs all across the United States are nonprofit health care providers with a mission to provide comprehensive primary health care you can trust.

Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association: Do you want to be tobacco free?

Only about 4 percent of smokers are able to quit smoking without assistance. If you are ready to quit tobacco, this could be your chance to give it up for good.

Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association: Haven offers homelike option for seniors

Many seniors are at a stage in life where they do not require skilled nursing care, but they no longer can, or want, to live alone.

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Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association: Vaccinating on time important for keeping kids safe, healthy

Parents agree that feeding and sleep schedules are important to help keep their children healthy. The same goes for childhood immunizations. Vaccinating children on time is the best way to protect them against 14 serious and potentially deadly diseases before their second birthday.

Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association: Don’t get stuck without coverage

The end of the open enrollment period on March 31 marks a first in the rollout of the new health care law. After March, consumers no longer will be able to buy health insurance in 2014 that meets the new government standards of the Affordable Care Act.

Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association: Ask yourself or a loved one to be through with chew

Whatever you call it — chew, dip, snuff, spit, plug, wad, pinch and quid — is not a safe alternative to cigarettes. The tobacco industry markets the product "smokeless tobacco" as safer than cigarettes because you are not lighting up. But smokeless tobacco is harmful and is every bit as addictive as cocaine or heroin.

Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association: So what is HPV anyway?

Approximately 12,000 American women will learn they have cervical cancer this year, and about 4,000 will die from an advanced form of the disease.

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