Community weight loss program available at Northwest Colorado Health |

Community weight loss program available at Northwest Colorado Health

Weigh and Win, a free community weight loss program, is encouraging groups of four to eight people to pool their weight loss efforts for the chance to win prizes.

The Fall Back into Fitness Team Challenge is slated to through Oct. 31. Each team member will need to weigh in at least twice at the kiosk, located in the lobby of Northwest Colorado Health, 940 Central Park Drive, Suite 101.

Teams across the state will compete in one of two categories: most average weight improvement or most average HEALTHpoints. Prizes will be awarded to the top three teams in each category.

Participants must be enrolled in the Weigh and Win program. Enroll at or text JOIN to 303-500-1702. Team registration will be available on the website Aug. 1. For more information, call 970-871-7618.

Precautions advised for ATV safety

Ninety-two percent of ATV-related deaths are the result of warned-against risks, such as youth riding adult-sized ATVs. Northwest Colorado Health and the ATV Safety Institute remind riders to abide by the following Golden Rules for ATV Safety.

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• Always wear a helmet and protective gear.

• Never ride on public roads.

• Never carry a passenger on a single-rider vehicle.

• Choose an ATV appropriate for age and readiness of the rider.

• Supervise riders younger than 16.

• Ride only on designated trails and at a safe speed.

For more safety information for young riders, visit Rider readiness checklists and a free online safety course are available at

Support available to quit tobacco

Smoking cigarettes or using smokeless tobacco can have serious, potentially fatal, heath consequences. Tobacco cessation support can significantly improve a person's chances of quitting for good. The Colorado QuitLine provides cessation phone or online support for people who want to quit smoking or using smokeless tobacco. Free nicotine patches and gum are available. Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW or visit Smokefree TXT provides personalized text message support for people who want to quit smoking. Sign up at

To submit a health brief, email