Health briefs: Free screenings for Diabetes Alert Day |

Health briefs: Free screenings for Diabetes Alert Day

Yampa Valley Health

Free screenings available on Diabetes Alert Day

Northwest Colorado Health is recognizing Diabetes Alert Day by offering free, drop-in cardiovascular and diabetes screenings from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. March 28 at Northwest Colorado Health, 940 Central Park Drive, Suite 101.

Diabetes Alert Day highlights the prevalence and prevention of type 2 diabetes in adults. Nine out of 10 people most at risk for type 2 diabetes do not know it, according to the American Diabetes Association. Screenings, which include blood glucose test, cholesterol panel, blood pressure and body mass index, can help a person gauge their risk for diabetes and take measures to prevent it.

Free screenings also are available by appointment. For more information, call 970-879-1632.

Share your healthy recipes

Every Monday Steamboat Today publishes simple, healthy recipes in the Yampa Valley Health section, through a partnership with the Colorado State University Extension office. Do you have a recipe that is easy-to-fix and made from commonly found ingredients that you would like to share? Forget the fussy soufflé or the dish requiring fenugreek seeds, we’re looking for basic recipes that will inspire more of us to cook. Email your favorite healthy recipes to Karen Massey at or send them to Massey at the Routt County Extension Office, P.O. Box 772830, Steamboat Springs, CO 80477.

YVMC seeking volunteers

Yampa Valley Medical Center is seeking caring people to join its volunteer team. There are openings in the following programs: cookie cart, day surgery, front desk at the Outpatient Pavilion and music programs. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer or would like to learn more about other volunteering opportunities at YVMC, contact Volunteer Services at 970-870-1146 or email at

Colorado reports an increase in mumps cases

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is alerting parents and healthcare providers about an increase in mumps cases. The outbreak is currently focused in Denver and Aurora areas. There has been a large increase in mumps cases nationwide, with outbreaks reported in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Iowa, Washington and Illinois.

Mumps is a viral infection that causes painful swelling of salivary glands, a low-grade fever and headache. Some people with mumps have no symptoms. Severe complications from mumps are rare but can include swelling of the brain, inflammation of the ovaries or testicles, or deafness.

Contact your child’s healthcare provider if your child develops any swelling of the glands around the ears or neck. Two doses of Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine are recommended for children, with the first dose at age 12 to 15 months and the second dose at age 4 to 6.

Parents of school-aged children in Colorado are being asked to review their children’s immunization record; children not up-to-date on MMR vaccination could be excluded from school for 25 days or more if mumps cases are reported in their school.

For assistance locating a child’s immunization record, contact your healthcare provider or call the Colorado Immunization Information System at 303-692-2437 or 1-888-611-9918.

People who have received two doses of the MMR vaccine are about nine times less likely to get mumps than unvaccinated people when exposed to mumps.

Anyone born during or after 1957 who has never had mumps or has never been vaccinated is at risk for mumps. They should get at least one dose of the MMR vaccine. Two doses are recommended for adults at increased risk, such as students in college, trade school, and training programs, international travelers and health care professionals.

For more information about mumps vaccine, go to Contact your healthcare provider if you or child need MMR immunization. Northwest Colorado Health offers all routine and recommended vaccines, including travel vaccines. To make an appointment, call 970-879-1632.

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