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5 simple habits for a healthier new year

Every new year presents an opportunity for a fresh start, and this one is no different. There are a million new-fangled ways to make your life better, but sometimes it's the simplest ones that offer the biggest returns.

Focus on Fitness: Breathing in the water

Breath control and exchange in the water make up the first pillar of swimming. Children start learning this skill early in swim lessons by blowing bubbles and doing bobs. Adults become apprehensive about swimming with their faces in the water because incorrect breathing can cause an oxygen debt and create a mild drowning sensation.

Healthy Eating: Hot Sweet Spiced Pecans

This easy recipe submitted by Pauline Bouchard makes an unexpectedly spicy holiday snack or can be mixed with dried cranberries for a festive salad topper.

Health briefs: Aging Well programs taking a break

All Aging Well fitness classes, Senior Wellness and Foot Care clinics will take a break for the holidays from Dec. 22 through Jan 2.

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Steamboat support groups offer help for caregivers of dementia patients

After moving to Steamboat in the early 2000s and seeing the need, geriatric social worker Barbara Bronner began a support group for the caregivers of those suffering from dementia.

Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association: Free program helps tobacco users quit

For more than 50 years, Steamboat Springs resident Margrit has played tug-o-war with cigarettes. She’s repeatedly quit smoking, only to be pulled back into the habit while coping with stress.

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Medical Milestone: Looking back on 100 years of Yampa Valley Medical Center

Without the original vision of a group of small-town doctors 100 years ago, YVMC may have never become what it is today.

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Yampa Valley Medical Center withdraws from police station real estate talks

The hospital's decision leaves the city without one of the Steamboat Springs City Council's top three potential building sites for the station and will delay the council's consideration of building locations until at least January.

Monday Medical: Health for the holidays

Shopping, travel, parties, family visiting, children’s activities, end-of-the-year obligations — the commitments this time of year may seem endless. You may find your usual routines disrupted, and when this happens, it’s easy to let good health habits slide.

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Flu season underway in Colorado; few cases locally

Flu season is ramping up in Colorado, with the most recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention statistics showing increased influenza activity across the state.

Health briefs: Health insurance enrollment problems

Some people are encountering problems enrolling in health insurance through the Connect for Health website. Anyone who is having problems should send an email to help@sc.connectforhealthco.com with name, phone number and account number as it appears in the application. Dec. 15 is the deadline to enroll in health insurance that will be effective Jan. 1. For those who have encountered an error, the deadline may be extended.

Healthy eating: Cran-apple Crisp

If cranberries are not available, just use apples; and decrease the brown sugar for the filling to 1/4 cup.

Focus on Fitness: The new mom challenge

We all say it when we are pregnant: “I can’t wait to get me pre-baby body back.” What we don’t know is that it is a lot more challenging for most of us than we ever anticipated. We all say it when we are pregnant: “I can’t wait to get my pre-baby body back.” What we don’t know is that it is a lot more challenging for most of us than we ever anticipated.

Routt County CSU Extension: Calorie labeling, coming to a menu near you

Valuable calorie information now is going to be available nationwide at a restaurant near you. New calorie labeling requirements were announced last month that will make calorie content in eating establishments easier to find. As part of the Affordable Care Act, some restaurants will be required to clearly post the calorie information for items on their menus, including alcohol.

Monday Medical: Is a good night’s sleep on your Christmas list?

This holiday season, many will find themselves worn down, tired and stressed out. This often is the result of racing around trying to make those perfect holiday memories, but for others, the feeling lasts throughout the year.