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Health briefs: Tips offered to prevent ATV accidents

Yampa Valley Health

Ninety-two percent of ATV-related deaths are the result of warned-against risks, such as youth riding adult-sized ATVs. Northwest Colorado Health and the ATV Safety Institute remind riders to follow the following golden rules for ATV safety.

  • Always wear a helmet and protective gear.
  • Never ride on public roads.
  • Never carry a passenger on a single-rider vehicle.
  • Ride an ATV appropriate for age and readiness.
  • Supervise riders younger than 16.
  • Ride only on designated trails and at a safe speed.

For more safety information for young riders, visit atv-youth.org. Rider readiness checklists and a free online safety course are available at atvsafety.org.

Northwest Colorado Health expands dental services

Northwest Colorado Health is now offering preventative and comprehensive dental services for individuals of all ages and income levels. Preventative care, including screenings, cleanings and education, is available at Northwest Colorado Health's main clinics at 940 Central Park Drive, Suite 101 in Steamboat Springs and 745 Russell St. in Craig.

Patients can receive more comprehensive care, including fillings, crowns and non-surgical tooth extractions, at Northwest Colorado Health's new dental clinic at 485 Yampa Avenue in Craig.

Most insurance, including Medicaid, is accepted. Individuals with limited or no insurance can pay on a sliding fee scale. Visit northwestcoloradohealth.org/dental for more information.

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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