Doc Willett Awards return, nominations now being accepted
After a five-year hiatus, the Doc Willett Awards, presented by UCHealth Yampa Valley Medical Center Foundation, will return on Thursday, Sept. 6 at Strings Music Pavilion. Named in honor of Dr. Frederick E. Willet for his 56 years of service to Steamboat Springs and neighboring communities, the awards will be bestowed upon two individuals who have advanced the cause of health care in the Yampa Valley through their dedication, innovation or extreme passion.
Nominations are now being accepted for:
- Health care professional – A health care professional who has spent a significant portion of his/her career delivering patient care or services to individuals.
- Health care community advocate – A resident of the Yampa Valley who may or may not be directly involved in health services, whose efforts have resulted in improving the health, available services or health care environment to benefit the overall community.
Nominations can be submitted at yvmcf.org/nominate and will be accepted until Thursday, May 3.
Residents advised to protect themselves from hantavirus
Northwest Colorado Health advises precautions when cleaning areas inhabited by rodents. Hantavirus is a rare but potentially fatal respiratory illness carried primarily by deer mice. People can be infected by breathing in dirt and dust contaminated with deer mouse urine and feces. Hantavirus can begin one to six weeks after exposure. Early symptoms are fatigue, fever and muscle aches and may also include headaches, dizziness, chills and abdominal problems. If a person experiences these symptoms and has potentially been exposed to rodents, they should seek medical attention immediately. Wear rubber gloves when cleaning areas inhabited by rodents. Do not stir up dust by sweeping or vacuuming. Spray rodent urine, droppings or nesting materials with disinfectant or a bleach/water solution before wiping up. Then disinfect the entire area. For more information tips, go to cdc.gov/rodents/cleaning.
Choose When helps pay for long-acting, reversible contraceptives
Choose When is a community-funded project that is helping women in the area get IUDs and hormonal implants at low or no cost. IUDs and implants are long-acting, reversible and safe. Call Northwest Colorado Health at 970-879-1632 or Planned Parenthood at 970-879-2212 for more information.
Northwest Colorado Health program helps pregnant women quit tobacco
Northwest Colorado Health’s Baby and Me Tobacco Free program helps expectant moms quit tobacco with prenatal smoking cessation sessions and incentives. Smoking during pregnancy increases risk of miscarriage, premature birth, birth defects and infant death. Program participants who quit smoking, remain smoke free and attend monthly smoking cessation sessions during pregnancy and for a year after their baby is born receive vouchers for free diapers. For more information, call Hope Cook at 970-871-7622.
Weight loss kiosk is located at Northwest Colorado Health
Weigh and Win is a free community program aimed at reducing obesity rates in Colorado. It provides cash incentives to individuals who reach their weight loss goals.
Participants weigh in every 90 days at a kiosk located in the lobby of Northwest Colorado Health, 940 Central Park Drive, Suite 101, in Steamboat Springs. The kiosk is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Participants can receive daily emails or texts with tips on nutrition, exercise and overcoming barriers. A Weigh and Win Team Challenge, which will take place through April 30, encourages groups of four to eight people to pool their efforts and compete for prizes.
Enroll in Weigh and Win at the kiosk or at weighandwin.com. For more information, visit northwestcoloradohealth.org/weighandwin.
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.
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.
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