Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association

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

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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.

Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association: You have questions, we have answers for health insurance

It is crunch time for community members looking for insurance coverage through Connect for Health Colorado beginning Jan. 1.

Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association: Teaming up to help children cope with grief

Experiencing a death can be overwhelming for anyone, but it especially is difficult for youths, and the first step of support is for the rest of us to become more aware of what these kids are going through.

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Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association: No flu for you

It is best to get vaccinated before flu begins to spread. It takes about two weeks for the flu vaccine to provide full protection, so the sooner you get vaccinated, the more likely it is that you will be fully protected once flu begins to circulate in our community.