Healthy Eating: Barley and Pine Nut Pilaf

A healthy whole grain side dish.

Health briefs: County sees success in Women, Infants and Children program

March is National Nutrition Month, and the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is celebrating the great work being done through the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children.

Livewell Northwest Colorado: How sweet it is not?

In Routt County, 82 percent of students and 71 percent of adults surveyed reported drinking one or more sugar-sweetened beverage every day.

Thinking About Health: Tax penalties await those who don’t sign up for insurance under the ACA

The day of reckoning is coming for the Affordable Care Act, widely called Obamacare. March 31, the day nearly every American is supposed to have health insurance, is fast approaching. And judging from the government’s February enrollment numbers, many uninsured people still have not signed up.

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Penguin Plunge to raise funds for new breast health center

Organizers of this year's Penguin Plunge are hoping to raise $75,000 toward establishing a breast health center at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

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New statewide ad campaign aims to prevent stoned driving

The Colorado Department of Transportation's new ad campaign to prevent stoned driving takes a different approach than previous campaigns to prevent impaired driving.

Health briefs: VNA offers free HIV tests for all ages March 10

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association will offer free HIV tests for all ages from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. March 10 at 940 Central Park Drive, Suite 101. Testing also can be done by appointment during regular business hours.

Monday Medical: Mayo Clinic collaboration expands quality care close to home

For more than a century, complex medical issues have sent some residents of Northwest Colorado to the Mayo Clinic in search of answers. In 1920, when Steamboat Springs merchant F. M. Light traveled to Minnesota seeking relief from asthma, the Routt County Sentinel reported that “a polyp as large as an oyster” was removed from his nose.

Healthy Eating: Awesome asparagus

This is an easy way to dress up asparagus.

Routt County CSU Extension: Food is best when it's shared

Mealtime provides an opportunity to talk, listen and build relationships, but it’s also when the healthiest foods are consumed. Research shows that shared meals promote eating more vegetables, fruits and fiber, as well as fewer fried foods.

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Yampa Valley Medical Center announces new partnership with the Mayo Clinic

Local physicians now will have the ability to get electronic consultations with Mayo Clinic specialists when they want a second opinion on patient care.

Healthy Eating: Cheese-Topped Orange Roughy

The tasty cheese crust on this delicate fish is a delicious combination.

Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association: Don’t get stuck without coverage

The end of the open enrollment period on March 31 marks a first in the rollout of the new health care law. After March, consumers no longer will be able to buy health insurance in 2014 that meets the new government standards of the Affordable Care Act.

Monday Medical: The Plunge comes of age

When I think of the first Penguin Plunge, I smile. Not because I enjoy jumping into bone-chilling water, but because I was part of an enthusiastic team that came together to create a good-spirited event to help support the health care needs of the Yampa Valley.

Health briefs: Hospice daffodils sale is March 18

The annual Hospice daffodils sale is coming up. Daffodils will be on sale for $5 per bunch, $24 for five bunches or $46 for 10 bunches on March 18 at the following locations: