- Health District Offers Free Cholesterol Tests in Sept. (2019)
To help northern Colorado residents keep track of their cholesterol, the Health District regularly offers cholesterol testing at locations across Fort Collins and northern Larimer County.
During National Cholesterol Education Month in Sept., the Health District will offer free cholesterol tests for people who are Health District residents (Fort Collins, Wellington, Laporte, and northern Larimer County).
A fingerstick test is used to obtain results for total cholesterol, HDL, LDL, triglycerides, and blood glucose. During each 25-minute appointment, a registered nurse runs the cholesterol test and also checks blood pressure and provides health education materials. The test itself takes about 5 minutes, and the RN will explain your results, assess risk for diabetes and heart attack, and provide follow-up recommendations.
During Sept., cholesterol tests are free for Health District residents. Those who live outside of the Health District pay only $15. An 8-hour fast is recommended, and water and medications are permitted. For more information about testing times and locations, go to the Health District website. To schedule an appointment, call the Health District at 970-224-5209.
- Rabies in Larimer County (Sept. 2019)
As of early Sept., the Larimer County Department of Health and Environment has confirmed that 40 skunks, 10 bats, one cat, one camelid (llama), and one cow have tested positive for rabies in Larimer County. So far, the skunks have been in Loveland, Fort Collins, Wellington, Bellvue, Livermore, Laporte, and near the Wyoming border. The bats have been in Berthoud and Fort Collins. The cat was found just east of CSU, the camelid was near Livermore, and the cow was in north Fort Collins on Shields St. near Douglas Road.
Rabies can infect any warm-blooded mammal, but in Larimer County it is most commonly found in skunks and bats. If you see a skunk, bat, or another animal that's behaving strangely, keep your distance and call the Larimer Humane Society's animal control number at 970-226-3647, #7. Unusual skunk behavior can include being out during the daytime, being aggressive, turning in circles, or appearing tame and unafraid of people or pets.
Pet owners are reminded to keep their animals' rabies vaccinations up to date to prevent lengthy and costly quarantines -- or even euthanasia -- if pets have an encounter with a rabid animal. Livestock owners should check with their veterinarians about rabies vaccinations for their horses, cattle, and other livestock.
Ways to protect you and your family:
- Do not feed or touch wildlife.
- Teach children to observe wildlife from a distance and to notify an adult if there is a wild animal in the area or if they are bitten or scratched.
- Eliminate food sources for wild animals by not feeding pets outdoors, closing pet doors (especially at night), and tightly closing garbage cans and feed bins.
- Ensure that your pets, horses, and livestock are up to date on their rabies vaccinations.
For the latest information on rabies in Larimer County, visit the county website.
- Overdose Awareness Day on Aug. 30 (2019)
On August 30, join us at Civic Center Park from 4:00 to 8:00pm as we recognize International Overdose Awareness Day in Fort Collins. We will be remembering those we have lost to overdose and fighting for those still impacted. The event will feature overdose awareness and naloxone training, information on local resources, live music, food, and more!
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- Bike Month, June 2019
Every June, Colorado celebrates Bike Month, and here in Fort Collins we love anything that highlights bicycling and encourages people to ride bikes.
Each year on the fourth Wednesday of June, FC Bikes hosts its signature Bike Month event: Bike to Work Day (BTWD). Fort Collins' Bike to Work Day, on June 26 this year, is an event to encourage people to bicycle for transportation; experience the benefits of riding a bike; highlight Fort Collins' extensive bike routes; and demonstrate that bicycling is an easy, fun, and healthy way to travel around the city.
On Bike to Work Day, breakfast stations will be set up across the city from 6:30am to 9:30am, and cyclists are encouraged to stop by on the way to work for coffee, orange juice, bagels, breakfast burritos, and a variety of other breakfast options, depending on which station(s) you visit.
For more info about Bike Month and for a list of breakfast station locations so that you can plan your route on Bike to Work Day, go to the
FC Bikes' webpage.
- Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is April 27, 2019
National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day provides a safe, convenient, and responsible way of disposing of prescription drugs, while also reminding the public about the potential for abuse of medications. On April 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., local law enforcement and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will provide an opportunity to properly dispose of unneeded and/or expired prescription medications. Since the Prescription Drug Take-Back program was started in 2010, nearly 11 million pounds of medications (5,500 tons) have been collected at these events.
The Prescription Drug Take-Back program addresses an important public safety and public health issue. Many people are not aware that medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to misuse and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are increasing, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.
Drop-off sites during the event will be at the following locations:
- Fort Collins: Fort Collins Police Services, 2221 S. Timberline Road, north parking lot
- Loveland: Loveland Police Department at King Soopers, 1275 Eagle Drive.
- Loveland: Loveland Police Department, 810 E. 10th St.
- Wellington: Larimer County Sheriff's Dept. at Family Dollar parking lot, 8099 6th St.
- Windsor: Windsor Police Department, 200 N. 11th St.
The service is free and anonymous. Law enforcement officers will be present with the drug disposal box at all times. At the conclusion of the event, the boxes will be sealed and turned over to the DEA for proper disposal.
Many kinds of prescription and over-the-counter medications may be brought to this event for disposal, including pet medications. However the following items will NOT be accepted: liquids, intravenous solutions, injectables/needles, syringes, mercury (thermometers), oxygen containers, chemotherapy/radioactive substances, pressurized canisters, and illicit drugs.
DEA website for additional information and other local drop-off sites.
Information on environmentally friendly disposal methods that protect the environment and minimize opportunities for misuse will be available at the Fort Collins collection site. Flushing medications down the toilet or throwing them in the trash pollutes lakes, streams, and water supplies and creates safety and health hazards.
Fort Collins Police Services also has a year-round drug take-back program with a secure bin for the collection of prescription/over-the-counter drugs. Residents may drop off unneeded or expired over-the-counter and prescription medications in the Fort Collins Police Services lobby, 2221 S. Timberline Road, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The same restrictions on eligible/ineligible items apply (see above). For additional information contact Fort Collins Police Services at 970-419-3273.
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