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Health briefs: Weigh and Win team challenge offered

Weigh and Win, a free community weight loss program, is encouraging groups of four to eight people to pool their weight loss efforts for the chance to win prizes.

The Fall Back into Fitness Team Challenge is slated to run Aug. 1 through Oct. 31. Each team member will need to weigh in at least twice at the kiosk, located in the lobby of Northwest Colorado Health, 940 Central Park Drive, Suite 101.

Teams across the state will compete in one of two categories: most average weight improvement or most average HEALTHpoints. Prizes will be awarded to the top three teams in each category.

Participants must be enrolled in the Weigh and Win program. Enroll at weightandwin.com or text JOIN to 303-500-1702. Team registration will be available on the website Aug. 1. For more information, call 970-871-7618.

Follow safety rules help prevent ATV accidents

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 abide by the following Golden Rules for ATV Safety.

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  • Always wear a helmet and protective gear.
  • Never ride on public roads.
  • Never carry a passenger on a single-rider vehicle.
  • Choose an ATV appropriate for age and readiness of the rider.
  • 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.

Avoid mosquito bites and West Nile virus

Northwest Colorado Health advises the following precautions against mosquitoes, which can carry West Nile virus.

  • Drain standing water where mosquitoes lay eggs. Empty old tires, cans, flower pots, clogged rain gutters, rain barrels and toys where puddles occur.
  • Limit outdoor activities, or take precautions during dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active.
  • Dress in long sleeves and pants in active mosquito areas.
  • Insect repellents containing DEET are effective in repelling mosquitoes. Always follow label instructions and precautions. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends not using insect repellent on children younger than 2 months and not using repellents containing more than 30 percent DEET on children.

For tips about safely using insect repellents on children, visit healthychildren.org and type "insect repellent" in the search box.

West Nile virus is rare, but those who exhibit symptoms, including high fever, severe headache and stiff neck, are advised contact a health care provider immediately. For more information, visit cdc.gov/westnile.

To submit a health brief, email jpatterson@steamboattoday.com

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