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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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Routt County maintains reputation as 1 of healthiest places in Colorado

Charity Neal, the director of public health for the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, said officials in Routt County have a lot to like in the latest report.

Monday Medical: Breast health center enhances care, comfort

Most women likely approach breast screenings with more than a little trepidation. Breast cancer occurs in an estimated 1 in 7 Colorado women and is the most often treated cancer at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Healthy Eating: The best granola

This is a great recipe to have on hand when hitting the trails.

Health briefs: Children's support group on grieving to meet Wednesdays

Poogie’s Place/Cole’s Cowboy Corner, a program of Hospice, will start a children’s support group for kids ages 12 to 15 who are grieving the death of a loved one.

Thinking About Health: Facing the realities of high-deductible insurance

Pat Mallett, a self-employed businessman in Littleton, had heard a lot about Obamacare and thought that a policy available in the new state shopping exchange would offer him a better deal than the coverage he had. The policy that covered him, his wife and two teenage kids cost about $400 per month and came with a $5,000 deductible, which meant they paid cash for routine office visits and annual physicals — up to a total of $5,000 per year.

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Yampa Valley Medical Center launching new breast health center

One of the goals of the new health center will be to increase the number of breast cancer screenings here in Routt County.