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Community Invited to Local 9Health Fairs in April (2017)

9Health Fair will host events across Colorado this spring. Anyone 18 and older can take advantage of free and low-cost health screenings and education that are available for people to keep tabs on their health.

For residents of Larimer County, 9Health Fair locations include Fort Collins, Loveland and Wellington. For a complete list of screenings and locations, visit www.9healthfair.org.

Free and low-cost health screenings address some critical health issues, including heart disease, diabetes, colon cancer, prostate cancer, mental health and more. 9Health Fairs also offer eye health/vision screenings, bone density, height/weight screening, and other screenings, depending on location.

Thousands of 9Health Fair volunteers serve people from communities around the state. 9Health Fair uses phlebotomists, registered nurses, physician assistants, medical doctors, emergency medical technicians and other medical professionals to help administer a variety of health screenings and draw blood. Spanish-speaking volunteers are available to help with on-site interpretation and translation.

To ensure proper hydration for an easier blood draw, participants are encouraged to bring their own water to drink at the 9Health Fair.

All 9Health Fair locations include a $35 Blood Chemistry Screening, which gives you information on your blood sugar (glucose), cholesterol, triglycerides, and may show warning signs of diabetes, heart disease and other concerns. Other low-cost screenings include a $20 Blood Count Screening and a $25 Colon Cancer Screening Take-Home Kit.

For more 9Health Fair information, please visit www.9healthfair.org or call 1-800-332-3078 (toll-free).
 
Elder Care Resource Day Set for April 1 (2017)

The Elder Care Network of Northern Colorado presents the annual Elder Care Resource Day on April 1 at the Fort Collins Senior Center, 1200 Raintree Drive. Registration starts at 7:30am, and workshops take place from 8:00am to 1:45pm.

This year's topics include Advocating for an Older Adult, Advance Directives and End-of-Life Care, When Aging Parents Can't Manage Their Money, Senior Housing Options, Mental Health and more.

Registration is required. A $10 donation per person is suggested. You may register online, or download the registration form and mail it in. Go to www.eldercarenet.org. Registration includes three sessions, handouts and lunch. For more information, visit the website or call 970-495-3442.

The Elder Care Network is a group of organizations/individuals who work to support seniors by providing resources and information for seniors and caregivers.
 
Free 8-Week Series for Parents Addresses Mental Health, Substance Use (March 2017)

The CAYAC (Child, Adolescent and Young Adult Connections) Team is hosting a free, 8-week, drop-in parent education speaker series on mental health and substance use. The series runs Wednesdays, Feb. 22 through April 19, 5:30-6:30 p.m., at the CAYAC office, 1302 S. Shields St., A1-3, Fort Collins.

Topics include:
  • Feb. 22 -- What are psychiatrists, psychologists and therapists? -- Jan Warner, NP, Mountain Crest and CAYAC
  • March 1 -- Navigating the School System and CAYAC -- Sharon Kreider, Poudre School District and CAYAC
  • March 8 -- Anxiety -- Marybeth Rigali-Oiler, Ph.D, Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychologist
  • March 22 -- Substance Use in Schools -- Sgt. Jarad Sargent, Fort Collins Police Department
  • March 29 -- ADD and ADHD -- Marybeth Rigali-Oiler, Ph.D., Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychologist
  • April 5 -- Sexuality and LGBTQ Issues -- Kimberly Chambers, NoCo Splash
  • April 12 -- Depression and Suicide -- Elizabeth Sutphin, LCSW, Connections and CAYAC
  • April 19 -- Cutting -- Kristen Cochran-Ward, LCSW, Connections and CAYAC

  • Participants can attend a single session or the whole series. There is no charge, but reservations are required. Dinner is provided. For more information or to reserve a space, email Katherine, kchu@healthdistrict.org.

    CAYAC is a service of Connections, a partnership of the Health District of Northern Larimer County and SummitStone Health Partners providing answers, options and support for mental health and substance use challenges. The CAYAC Team includes staff from the Health District, SummitStone Health Partners and Poudre School District.
     
    Free Cholesterol Tests in February for Health District Residents (2017)

    To help northern Colorado residents keep track of their cholesterol, the Health District regularly offers cholesterol testing at locations across Fort Collins. During American Heart Month in February, 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 20-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 February, 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.
     
    Flu Cases Increasing Rapidly - But There's Still Time to Get a Flu Shot (Jan. 2017)

    2017's flu season is taking off in Larimer County and across Colorado. So far this season, 26 county residents have been hospitalized with influenza - 21 of these have been since the beginning of the year. Visits to physician offices for respiratory symptoms are also increasing.

    This season the predominant type of influenza has been A(H3N2), which is likely to be more severe in older adults. The average age of local residents hospitalized is 58; the median age is 65. Six nursing homes/assisted living facilities in Larimer County have been affected. Some hospital systems have implemented restrictions on visitors.

    Dr. Adrienne LeBailly, Larimer County Health Department Director, stressed that even though most influenza cases are occurring in older persons, people of any age can still get very ill from the flu - especially if they have health conditions that put them at risk for flu complications. That's why she recommends flu shots for anyone over 6 months old. The component in this year's vaccine against the A(H3N2) flu has changed from prior years' vaccines and should provide better protection.

    The Health Department recommends that those who have not yet had a flu vaccination get one soon, because it takes about two weeks to provide protection. The vaccine is especially important for pregnant women and people with chronic diseases. Vaccination is the best way to help prevent the flu. But it's also very important to wash hands often, cover coughs and sneezes, and stay home when you are sick to avoid spreading flu in schools and the workplace.

    For more information on flu and flu vaccination, go to the CDC website. For information on Health Department's immunization clinics, go to the Health Department webpage.
     

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