Health briefs: Visiting Nurse Association offers Tobacco Free Group

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is forming a Tobacco Free Group for those who are interested in quitting tobacco for good.

Healthy Eating: Couscous and Garbanzo Bean Salad

This recipe has been adapted from Judith Emerson’s recipe in the "Fair Family Favorites — Celebrating 100 Years of the Routt County Fair."

Monday Medical: Detecting, preventing youth pitching injuries

Seasoned athletes know that rest is just as important as training. This is particularly true for young athletes, who can be more prone to injuries from overworking certain joints. Injury is a hot topic in youth baseball and softball, where pitching — too hard, too much and too early — is causing potentially serious elbow and shoulder problems in many children and adolescent players.

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South Routt 'super mom' recognized for health and wellness education

South Routt "super mom" Jaila Benjamin was recognized with the 2014 Healthy School Hero Award, presented by Colorado Action for Healthy Kids. She's a district parent deeply invested in all things wellness, and takes on a number of different roles each school year.

Thinking About Health: Who wins race for patients — the ER or urgent care?

Tracy Hume, a freelance writer who lives in Greeley, and a reader of Thinking About Health columns, recently sent along this provocative question. “Do ER-affiliated urgent care providers ever try to escalate patients to the ER when it is not medically necessary?” she asked. “Why? How should a consumer respond?”

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At last! Permission to drink whole milk

Since I was a kid, I’ve heard, “Drink skim milk, it’s better for you.” Even now, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Heart Association and the U.S. Department of Agriculture recommend children drink three glasses of skim milk each day to receive the benefits of vitamin D and calcium without the calories.

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Rescuers, medical providers tout new medical helicopter service in Steamboat

Had a medical helicopter not been on call in Steamboat Springs last week, rescuers said an injured man's journey out of a remote part of South Routt County could have been much more difficult.

Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association: Do you want to be tobacco free?

Only about 4 percent of smokers are able to quit smoking without assistance. If you are ready to quit tobacco, this could be your chance to give it up for good.

Healthy Eating: Roy Mazzola’s Meatballs

This recipe was submitted by the daughter of Roy (of Mazzola's Italian Restaurant fame), Kris, who serves them daily at her restaurant in Meeker, Ma Famigilia.

Health briefs: Program to discuss developments in prevention of colon cancer

A free Taking Care of Me program will focus on the developments in the prevention of colon cancer. The program will talk about new techniques in colonoscopy and the discussion will be presented by Dr. Mark McCaulley.

Monday Medical: Chinese medicine for children

Kids respond very well to acupuncture and Chinese medicine. Most of them actually look forward to coming in for their treatments. In fact, Chinese medicine can be used for babies and children of any age as there are many different modalities to choose from.

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Colorado's teen pregnancy rate plummets as Routt County maintains 1 of lowest rates in state

Colorado improved from having the 29th-lowest teenage birth rate in 2008 to having the 19th-lowest in 2012, according to the governor's office.

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Routt County CSU Extension: Home canning with confidence

It’s that time of the year when home canners call the Extension office for food preservation advice.

Monday Medical: Thinking outside the 'wheat box'

Are you confused about whole grains? A trip to the bread aisle of any grocery store may cause confusion in anyone — with so many labels shouting “whole grain” or “gluten free.” What does “whole grain” mean? What is gluten?

Health briefs: Aging Well offers new balance class on Fridays

Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association's Aging Well program is offering a new Balance Class at the Steamboat Springs Community Center.