Colorado's private health insurance enrollment stands at 124,000

Final figures for Colorado's open-enrollment in private health insurance under the Affordable Care Act stand at about 124,000, according to state officials.

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New support group for teenagers grieving loss of a loved one being formed in Steamboat

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is starting the group for 12- to 15-year-olds.

Health briefs: Beware of Hantavirus during spring cleaning

Hantavirus is a serious respiratory disease carried by deer mice (brown on top and white underneath with large ears). Steamboat residents should be careful when doing spring cleaning and before opening up cabins, buildings, sheds and barns. People can become infected when you inhale dirt and dust contaminated with deer mice droppings.

Healthy Eating: High Altitude Hard-Boiled Eggs

Use this method for preparing hard-boiled eggs when you live above 5,000 feet.

Routt County CSU Extension: Eggs are a healthy choice

I love hard-boiled eggs, but the only time I think of making them is around Easter time. A bowl of hard-cooked eggs can be an easy and healthy part of any meal.

Monday Medical: April is occupational therapy month

Occupational Therapy — you may have heard of it, but do you actually know what it is? Occupational therapists are an integral member of a rehabilitation team. In honor of Occupational Therapy Month, we thought we would shed some light on this lesser-known profession.

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Twentymile Coal Co. recognized for safety record

For a second consecutive year, Routt County’s Twentymile Coal Co. has received its parent company’s top award for safety.

Health briefs: Community Blood Drive is Thursday at YVMC

A Steamboat Community Blood Drive will be held from 12:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

LiveWell Northwest Colorado: Key to choosing healthier foods is reading the labels

One of the easiest tools that can be used to ensure a healthier diet is the Nutrition Facts label found on every product.

Healthy Eating: Carrot-Cashew Soup

Serve with a roll and salad for a cozy meal at home.

Monday Medical: Cancer is not pretty

Cancer is never pretty. Head and neck cancers can be particularly gruesome. It can steal your ability to speak, eat, swallow and recognize yourself in the mirror. Head and neck cancers include cancers of the mouth, throat, voice box, skin, sinuses, saliva glands and thyroid glands.

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Your Health: VNA’s weight-loss program promotes lifestyle changes

The community health educators of Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association will be offering the Lifestyle Change Challenge to the region’s residents starting April 9. The free program consists of 16 sessions over the course of four months focusing on working with people seeking to drop weight and reduce their risk for chronic health concerns.

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Yampa Valley Medical Center to oversee Baggs clinic

Yampa Valley Medical Center recently announced it will assume operational management of the medical clinic in Baggs, Wyo, according to a press release issued by the medical outlet Thursday. The release said the Baggs location — which also functioned as a satellite office for Craig’s Kinder Family Clinic and before that, Noyes Clinic — will go by the name Little Snake River Valley Clinic.

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277,000 Coloradans now under health plan coverage

Next open enrollment for insurance not until Nov. 15

The March 31 deadline to enroll in a health insurance plan brought the total amount of newly covered Colorado residents to more than 277,000, according to data released Tuesday from marketplace Connect for Health Colorado.

Routt County categorized as high risk for radon exposure

With 11 other counties also added, all of Colorado now is categorized as high risk, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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