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Health briefs: NWCH seeks new board members

Northwest Colorado Health, a nonprofit organization based in Routt and Moffat counties, is accepting applications for new board members.

Northwest Colorado Health delivers health and wellness services to residents through three program areas: primary care (including dental and behavioral health services), public health and home health and hospice. The organization also operates The Haven Assisted Living Center in Hayden.

Northwest Colorado Health serves all residents, regardless of their ability to pay. Board members attend one, two-hour meeting per month and choose to serve on at least one committee. Individuals with experience in finance, human resources, community outreach, policy development or quality assurance are encouraged to apply.

For more information, contact Lisa Brown, CEO, at 970-871-7620.

Free breast exams available for qualified women

Women who are age 40 to 64 and have limited or no health insurance may qualify for free breast exams and cervical cancer screenings. In addition to meeting age and income requirements, women must live in Colorado, be legal residents (or legally present) in the U.S. and have not had a mammogram or Pap test in the last 12 months. Women's Wellness Connection is a program at Northwest Colorado Health. For more information, visit northwestcoloradohealth.org/wwc, or call 970-879-1632.

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Take precautions to avoid foodborne illness

Each year, one in six Americans becomes ill as a result of consuming foods or beverages contaminated with disease-causing microbes or pathogens. Northwest Colorado Health recommends the following precautions to reduce the risk of foodborne illness.

  • Always wash hands with soap and water before preparing food.
  • Cook meat, poultry and eggs thoroughly. Use a food thermometer to measure internal temperature of meat.
  • Wash hands, utensils and cutting boards after they have been in contact with raw meat or poultry and before they touch another food.
  • Refrigerate leftovers that won't be eaten within four hours. Bacteria can grow quickly at room temperature.
  • Wash produce in running tap water. Remove outermost leaves of a lettuce or cabbage. Bacteria can grow well on the cut surface of a fruit or vegetable. Take care not to contaminate produce while slicing on a cutting board, and don't leave cut produce out for many hours.
  • Keep food away from flies and insects.

Common symptoms of foodborne illness include vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, fever and chills. Avoid preparing food for others if you have these symptoms.

Pregnant women, the elderly and those with weakened immune systems are at higher risk for severe infections and should not consume undercooked animal products. Contact a healthcare provider if foodborne illness is suspected. For more information, visit cdc.gov/foodsafety/facts.

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