Thousands sign up in 1st 8 days of Colorado open enrollment

Thousands more Coloradans signed up for health insurance during the first week of open enrollment than during the same timeframe last year, according to report from the state.

Focus on Fitness: Just for parents: Get back in shape

Raising children is an exciting, amazing and exhausting job. It requires a great amount of sacrifice, which often includes us giving up time for ourselves in order to put our children first. This is why finding time to exercise can be so challenging.

Healthy Eating: Sweet Potatoes with Tart Cherries

This updated version of sweet potatoes will be a new Thanksgiving favorite.

Health briefs: VNA's Celebration of Light event set for Dec. 4

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association will host a Celebration of Light event from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Dec. 4 at Rollingstone Respite House, 480 Rollingstone Drive. Individuals who have lost a loved one are invited to place a personalized ornament on a community tree.

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Tips for a healthy Thanksgiving

While local nutritionists agree that feasting on Thanksgiving is expected, they offer many tips and ideas for how to make the food-filled holiday a little healthier.

Monday Medical: Fitness helps prevent ski-season injuries

To prepare for ski season, experts recommend focusing on legs and the fast twitch muscles around your core, but including cardio as well.

State aims to curb 'doctor shopping' and prescription drug abuse

Pharmacist says prescription abuse is common in Steamboat

The Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies sent out 600 notifications to providers and prescribers across the state that may have prescribed controlled substances to people who had also sought the same prescription elsewhere.

YVMC wins award for positive patient experience

Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs has been recognized by a national association for the positive experience patients have at the health care facility.

Health briefs: Community blood drive is Thursday

The last blood drive of 2014 will take place from 12:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Monday Medical: Enrollment underway

Are you one of the 150,000-plus individuals or businesses who used Connect for Health Colorado for health insurance in our state last year? Well, it’s that time of year again. The state health insurance marketplace opened for business Saturday.

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Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association: Program supports grieving children

Children and teens who have lost a loved one often feel alone and overwhelmed in their grief, not realizing there are others who understand and can help them through this difficult process.

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Heeling Friends seeks new animal therapy teams

The Heeling Friends organization lost four teams last year because of older dogs dying and are actively seeking out new teams to join the program.

Steamboat Select Insurance presentation will cover changes to insurance premiums

Steamboat Select Insurance and popular regional provider Rocky Mountain Health Plans are partnering to hold an informational session on changes to this year’s insurance marketplace options.

Monday Medical: Home cooking on the extinct list

It’s 6:05 on a Tuesday night. I’m driving through downtown after picking up the kids from their after-school activities and running through the next day’s events in my head when it dawns on me that I have no meal planned for dinner. Sound familiar?

Health briefs: Great American Smokeout is Nov. 20

Quitting tobacco usually takes multiple attempts, but studies show support can significantly improve a person’s chance for success.