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Steamboat briefs: Residents encouraged to take health needs survey

Residents encouraged to take health needs survey

Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association and Yampa Valley Medical Center are seeking input about health needs in local communities.

Residents can share their feedback by taking an online survey or attending community forums being held in Routt and Moffat counties. Information from the Community Health Needs Assessment will be used to design programs and solutions to improve residents' wellbeing.

The survey takes 10 to 15 minutes to complete and is available until Nov. 15. Completing the survey makes participants eligible to win a $50 gift certificate to City Market.

To take the online survey, visit nwcovna.org/events.php. Paper surveys are available at the Steamboat Springs VNA, 940 Central Park Drive, Suite 101.

All answers are confidential.

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Several local groups reach out to returning soldiers

The Routt County Veterans Affairs, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4264 and American Legion Post 44 in Steamboat would like to meet and greet local sons and daughters returning from military service. The VFW is looking for female war veterans and new members.

For more information, call VFW Post Commander Tony Weiss at 970-846-5035, Jim Stanko at 970-879-3936 or Routt County veterans service officer Michael T. Condie at 970-879-5489.

Life-change events can qualify insurance coverage

Those who had any of the following life-change events in the past month may qualify for health insurance coverage through Connect for Health Colorado outside of the open enrollment period.

■ Marriage, birth, adoption and placement for foster care.

■ Insurance plan or Medicaid coverage was canceled or ended.

■ Job change and loss of employer-sponsored insurance.

■ Change in citizenship or immigration status.

■ Change in incarceration status.

■ Relocation to Colorado.

For more information or to meet with a health coverage guide, call 970-871-7664 in Moffat County or 970-871-7638 in Routt County.

VNA offers tips to prevent, avoid foodborne illnesses

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is advising precautions to avoid foodborne illness, particularly through the summer and fall.

Each year, one in six Americans are sickened from consuming foods or beverages contaminated with disease-causing microbes or pathogens. The VNA recommends the following precautions to reduce the risk of contracting foodborne illness.

■ Wash your 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.

■ 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.