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Medicaid enrollment surges; Northwest Colorado uninsured rates drop but still high, survey shows

The numbers are in: Implementation of the Affordable Care Act has dramatically reduced uninsured rates in Colorado compared to pre-ACA levels in 2013, including Northwest Colorado.

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Avid ticket seller gears up for VNA's Rubber Ducky Race

If you’re a longtime supporter of the annual Rubber Ducky Race fundraiser benefit the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, chances are you’ve bought a ticket from volunteer Mary Monger. Monger had already sold about $1,000 worth of $10 tickets as of Friday morning, and said she had an all-time goal of nearly $5,000 in sales in one year.

Health briefs: YVMA certified as enhanced provider

Yampa Valley Medical Associates has been certified as an Enhanced Primary Care Medical Provider within the Accountable Care Collaborative program by the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing.

LiveWell Northwest Colorado: There is such a thing as a free lunch

When was the last time you had a school lunch? I have memories of “mystery” meats, gloppy potatoes and jello — not super appetizing to look at or eat. That is not the experience you would have if you ate in the cafeterias of any school district in Routt County.

Children in poverty and lack of childcare highlight Kids Count presentation

A presentation Thursday by Denver-based advocacy group Colorado Children’s Campaign highlighted two important issues impacting Routt County youth — poverty and lack of affordable childcare.

Monday Medical: A home for cancer care

Yampa Valley Medical Center’s Jan Bishop Memorial Cancer Care Center will provide a warm, welcoming environment with convenient access to top quality care.

Health briefs: Be aware of tularemia

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is advising residents to take precautions against tularemia or “rabbit fever,” a bacteria that infects rabbits, hares and rodents.

Teen e-cigarette use on the rise in Steamboat Springs

Nationwide, e-cigarette use among middle and high school students tripled from 2013 to 2014, with 13.4 percent of high school students now admitting to use within the last 30 days, according to the CDC.

Healthy Eating: Fresh Peach Salsa

An exciting way to enjoy fresh peaches with a spicy kick!

Monday Medical: Try out a surgeon's high-tech tool — the robot

This Thursday, the community is invited to try out an actual da Vinci Surgical System. Yampa Valley Medical Center's Robotic Showdown promises a unique, behind-the-scenes opportunity to play with cutting-edge technology.

Healthy recipe: Blue ribbon zucchini bread

Blue ribbon zucchini bread: This moist bread freezes well and is a great way to use your excess zucchini.

Monday Medical: Help prevent spread of superbugs

If “Superbugs” were a movie, the villain would be a gang of organisms endangering humankind. Enter the heroes, a team of medical professionals determined to halt the growing health threat. Can science find a way to thwart the rapidly evolving bacteria?

Focus on Fitness: Dance Fitness holds health benefits for everyone

Dance has been part of the fitness world since 1969, when Jazzercise was first introduced by Judi Sheppard Misset. Since then, it’s exploded into hundreds of crazes and genres, such as Zumba Fitness, Dance Fit, Masala Bhangra and more recently, Dancinerate and Cize.

Health briefs: Primal birthing class slated for September

An intense two-day “Primal Birthing” childbirth and breastfeeding education class will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 12 and Sept. 13 in the small meeting room at Bud Werner Memorial Library.

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Essential oils attract devoted following, offer health benefits

Holly Rogers used to think that impressive benefits advertised with the use of essential oils were just hype. But about a year ago, Rogers decided to give the oils a try anyway.