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Northwest Colorado Health expands sliding scale and Medicaid dental services

Northwest Colorado Health is now offering preventative and comprehensive dental services for individuals of all ages and income levels. Preventative care, including screenings, cleanings and education, is available at Northwest Colorado Health's main clinics at 940 Central Park Drive, Suite 101 in Steamboat Springs and 745 Russell St. in Craig.

Patients can receive more comprehensive care, including fillings, crowns and non-surgical tooth extractions, at Northwest Colorado Health's new dental clinic at 485 Yampa Avenue in Craig.

Most insurance, including Medicaid, is accepted. Individuals with limited or no insurance can pay on a sliding fee scale. Visit northwestcoloradohealth.org/dental for more information.

 Take precautions to avoid foodborne illness

Each year, one in six Americans becomes ill as a result of consuming foods or beverages contaminated with disease-causing microbes or pathogens. Northwest Colorado Health recommends the following precautions to reduce the risk of foodborne illness.

  • Always wash hands with soap and water before preparing food.
  • Cook meat, poultry and eggs thoroughly. Use a food thermometer to measure internal temperature of meat.
  • Wash hands, utensils and cutting boards after they have been in contact with raw meat or poultry and before they touch another food.
  • Refrigerate leftovers that won't be eaten within four hours. Bacteria can grow quickly at room temperature.
  • Wash produce in running tap water. Remove outermost leaves of a lettuce or cabbage. Bacteria can grow well on the cut surface of a fruit or vegetable. Take care not to contaminate produce while slicing on a cutting board, and don't leave cut produce out for many hours.
  • Keep food away from flies and insects.

Common symptoms of foodborne illness include vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, fever and chills. Avoid preparing food for others if you have these symptoms.

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Pregnant women, the elderly and those with weakened immune systems are at higher risk for severe infections and should not consume undercooked animal products. Contact a healthcare provider if foodborne illness is suspected. For more information, visit cdc.gov/foodsafety/facts.

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 go to http://www.coquitline.org. Smokefree TXT provides personalized text message support for people who want to quit smoking. Sign up at smokefree.gov.

Share healthy recipes with the Steamboat Today

The Steamboat Today publishes simple, healthy recipes in the Yampa Valley Health section of the newspaper on Monday. Anyone who has a recipe that is easy-to-fix and made from commonly found ingredients is welcome to share it with the paper. Forget the fussy soufflé or the dish requiring fenugreek seeds, we're looking for basic recipes that will inspire people to cook. Email recipes to Karen Massey at karen.massey@colostate.edu or send them to Massey at the Routt County Extension Office, P.O. Box 772830, Steamboat Springs, CO 80477.

To submit a health brief, email jpatterson@steamboattoday.com