YVMC to host reception for “Is There a Hospital in This Place?”

A book signing and reception for Christine McKelvie, author of the new book “Is There a Hospital in This Place?”, will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18 at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Health briefs: Volunteers needed for Hospice Daffodils fundraiser

The Northwest Colorado VNA is seeking volunteers to help with the annual Hospice Daffodils fundraiser. Volunteers are needed to drop off and pick up pre-order packets at businesses, help wrap and deliver daffodils and help sell daffodils at Routt County locations on March 15.

Monday Medical: Heart disease — the question of risk

We all know it’s important to take care of our heart. Cardiovascular disease is, after all, the leading cause of death globally. What’s more challenging is to figure out an individual’s risk of having cardiovascular disease.

Routt County CSU Extension: Dark chocolate — healthy pleasure for Valentine's Day

Chocolate as a health food may seem like wishful thinking, especially around Valentine’s Day, when chocolate is everywhere. Believe it or not, some research supports the idea that chocolate provides health benefits.

Healthy eating: Dark chocolate chunk oatmeal cookie bars

Craving something sweet? This cookie bar will provide fiber and nutrients by using whole grains and applesauce while satisfying your sweet tooth.

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New Casey's Pond executive director looks to future

New Casey’s Pond Distinctive Senior Living Executive Director Brad Boatright is ready to hit the ground running with new ideas and a fresh perspective for running the senior community.

Zika virus travel warnings issued

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending women who are pregnant or attempting to become pregnant consider postponing travel to areas where there is ongoing risk of Zika virus.

Health briefs: YVMA hosts new diabetes management group

Yampa Valley Medical Associates has chosen diabetes management as a clinical focus and will be implementing group visits as an innovative approach to helping patients manage diabetes.

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YVMC opens new YampaCare for Women facility

YampaCare for Women, a new three-doctor women’s health practice at Yampa Valley Medical Center, will open to patients in its new location Monday.

LiveWell Northwest Colorado: Kids' questions about hydration

In response to a recent study, which revealed that 84 percent of children start the school day in a state of mild dehydration, as well as local anecdotal evidence supporting this statistic, wellness efforts in the Hayden and South Routt School Districts have included a focus on hydration.0

Healthy eating: Spinach enchilada casserole

Spinach enchilada casserole

Monday Medical: Watch your back

Back injuries can happen any time of year, but with slippery ice and mounds of snow to shovel, winter poses extra risks to the back. Most people experience back pain sometime during their life, and according to the Mayo Clinic, back pain is one of the most common reasons people end up at the doctor’s office or miss work.

Breaking the silence: Access to addiction treatment is a challenge in Northwest Colorado

Access to addiction treatment is a challenge in Northwest Colorado

A key piece to the puzzle of addiction lies in access to treatment and recovery — a resource that local experts say is limited in Northwest Colorado.

Breaking the silence: Amanda's story

“No one thinks they’re going to become a heroin user.”

Watching Amanda* interact with her young son, it’s hard to believe that a year and four months ago she was a hardcore heroin user.

Breaking the silence: Laura's story

For Steamboat Springs native Laura*, an addiction to prescription pills began with a snowboarding injury at 16.