Healthy Eating: Manicotti in minutes

Unbelievably simple, this quick dish freezes well and can be warmed in the microwave.

Health briefs: Health insurance marketplace meetings scheduled this week

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is hosting a series of free information sessions to answer questions about the new health insurance marketplace, Connect for Health Colorado.

Monday Medical: Women find help for pelvic pain

Pelvic pain has various descriptions, a range of causes and a multitude of symptoms. It can be serious enough to interfere with work and recreational activities. Sometimes, it is cyclical, an unwelcome aspect of a woman’s menstrual cycle. Or it may develop at a later age.

Friday is last day to register for Penguin Plunge fundraiser

This year, the Healthcare Foundation for the Yampa Valley is holding registration the day before the event from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

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Seasonal Steamboat Ski Area employees will no longer receive health insurance from Intrawest

In an email to employees, ski area officials wrote that an analysis from Intrawest showed coverage on the new health exchange would be cheaper for most of its seasonal employees.

March 31 deadline looms for uninsured Moffat, Routt County residents

The end of the month marks a date that, if ignored, could have significant repercussions for people all across the country. March 31 is the deadline to register for health insurance, which, for residents of the Centennial State, can mean going through the Connect for Health Colorado marketplace if you don’t already have coverage.

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Routt County sees higher demand for transportation to nearest hospital for veterans

Without a large enough veterans population in Northwest Colorado to warrant a new full service VA facility, veterans will keep making the long drive to Grand Junction.

Monday Medical: Get back to spring favorites

Today is St. Patrick’s Day, which means spring is just around the corner. Spring is the perfect time for new beginnings, so if you have hit a slump in your New Year’s resolutions, this is your chance to change things up. March also is National Nutrition Month. It’s the perfect time to focus on green (healthy) eating.

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.