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Weight loss kiosk available at Northwest Colorado Health

Yampa Valley 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.

Class helps people make healthy lifestyle changes

Northwest Colorado Health will host a free class aimed at helping people make lifestyle changes to lower their risk of diabetes and improve their overall health. Participants will meet noon to 1 p.m. Thursdays at Northwest Colorado Health, 940 Central Park Drive, Suite 101.  They will work with a lifestyle coach in a group environment and learn how to set realistic, achievable goals focused on nutrition, exercise and stress management. High risk factors for diabetes include obesity, high blood pressure and tobacco use. The class will meet weekly for six weeks then every other week for six weeks. For more information or to sign up, call 970-870-4103.

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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.