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: Advance care planning — start the conversation

While the vast majority of people believe it’s important to talk with loved ones about end-of-life care and to have one’s wishes put into writing, only about 25 percent of people actually take those steps, according to a 2012 study by the California HealthCare Foundation.

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Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association: Programs help youth experiencing loss

The Youth Resiliency program at the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association uses creative expression — drawing, painting, writing, storytelling, poetry and music — to help preschool through college-age students process many different types of loss.

Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association: Artwork highlights Hospice Daffodils fundraiser

Looking out on winter scenes from her studio in North Routt County, you wouldn’t think watercolor artist Barb Ross would be thinking about daffodils. But months before the blooms grace her garden, they grace her easel as artwork that will eventually appear on posters for the annual Hospice Daffodils fundraiser.

Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association: Prevent cervical cancer — get vaccinated, get screened

January, recognized as Cervical Health Awareness month, is a good time to highlight measures that can be taken to prevent cervical cancer. In the past 30 years, cervical cancer deaths have decreased by 50 percent, largely due to more women getting regular cervical screenings or Pap tests, which can detect changes in the cervix before cancer develops.

Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association: New approach addresses behavioral and physical health

There is a strong connection between physical and emotional health and the overall effect that can have on a person’s wellbeing.

Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association: Take advantage of help enrolling in health insurance

If the thought of finding health insurance makes your blood pressure rise, it’s understandable. The process can be confusing and complex.

Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association: Program helps women pay for mammograms

You’ve heard it, and you probably know it. Mammograms save lives. But what if you don’t have insurance — or enough insurance — to pay for breast screenings?

Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association: Take responsibility — be ready for an emergency

During the hum of daily life, it can be difficult to grasp the importance of emergency preparedness, especially when we haven’t recently faced the danger of wildfire or other disasters. But emergencies capable of endangering public health and safety aren’t always conspicuous or predictable.

Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association: Home health supports home healing

Nearly a year ago, Gerry Pritchard of Craig received a dire diagnosis — stage four melanoma.

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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