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Health District Board Election Cancelled: Number of Candidates = Number of Open Spots (March 2018)

The Health District of Northern Larimer County has cancelled the May 8 election for board of directors after the number of candidates equaled the number of open seats. Three people filed for candidacy by the state-mandated deadline of March 3. They included one incumbent running for re-election and two newcomers.

The new and returning board members are:
    Michael D. Liggett, 67, Fort Collins, an attorney and partner in the law firm Liggett, Johnson and Goodman in Fort Collins. First elected to the Health District board in 2014, he currently serves as its president
    Molly Gutilla, 39, Fort Collins, an assistant professor at the Colorado School of Public Health at Colorado State University
    Joseph W. Prows, 36, Fort Collins, a physician with Associates in Family Medicine in Fort Collins
All three are expected to be sworn in at or before the next regular board meeting on May 22.

The Health District is governed by a five-member board of directors. Members serve staggered, four-year terms and are elected at-large from the community. Elections are held every two years in even-numbered years.

The Health District is a special district that provides residents of northern Larimer County with dental, mental health, preventive health, and advance care planning services, in addition to connecting people to more affordable health insurance and prescription options. For more information, visit the Health District's website at healthdistrict.org.
 
Mental Health Speaker Series, Feb. - April (2018)

The community is invited to a free mental health education series, along with dinner, hosted by Connections. In this seven-week series, you will learn about important mental health issues in our community and how you can help yourself and others who may be dealing with these issues. Sessions will be led by licensed clinicians. Feel free to attend one or all of these.

Topics include:
  • 2/28 Eating Disorders -- Learn about the complex issues surrounding eating disorders and how to bridge mind, body, and spiritual healing.
  • 3/7 ADHD -- An overview of depression in adults.
  • 3/21 Anxiety -- Learn what anxiety is and what to do about it. Strategies to prevent, minimize, and cope with the anxious mind.
  • 3/28 Opioids -- What does the opioid crisis look like in our community?
  • 4/4 Couples Communication -- Learn key principles in communicating as a couple.
  • 4/11 Trauma -- The effects of trauma in people's lives and on their brain.
  • 4/18 QPR - Question, Persuade, and Refer -- Suicide information and prevention training.

  • Meets Wednesday evenings, 5:30-6:30pm at the Health District, 120 Bristlecone Drive in north Fort Collins. For more information and to reserve a space, email Brian at blothrop@healthdistrict.org. The series is hosted by Mental Health Connections, a partnership of the Health District and SummitStone Health Partners.
     
    Start 2018 Smoke-Free!

    Every year, people all across the country make New Year's resolutions to change and improve their lives. Many of these people renew their commitment to quitting smoking, one of the best things you can do for better health.

    If you are one of those who would like to make 2018 the year that you finally kick the habit for good, there are some steps you can take to improve your chances of success:
  • First, start by making the decision to believe that you can quit smoking. One of the most important characteristics of successful "quitters" is their belief that they truly have the ability to quit smoking.
  • Remind yourself that quitting smoking is an adventure. If you approach it with this attitude, planning for that adventure can be good experience.
  • Pick a quit date. You may wish to contact your doctor for information on smoking-cessation medications/nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) products, such as gum or patches.
  • Enroll in a quit-tobacco program to increase your chances of success. See the information below about the Health District's Quit Tobacco program.
  • Work to improve your nutrition and increase your physical activity. Breaking out of old patterns will help improve your health and fuel your success.
  • Finally, no matter how important it is to you to quit smoking, no matter how confident you are of your ability to succeed, your desire to quit is secondary unless you step up and just do it! Don't give up. Most smokers try several times before they are finally successful at giving up smoking for good. Quitting smoking is a process. Even lapses along the way can be used as learning experiences. Remind yourself that you can quit smoking.

  • It's a new year, it's a new beginning, and it's a great time to make that resolution to quit that tobacco habit! Best wishes for a happy, prosperous, and smoke-free New Year!


    The next Health District Quit Tobacco class begins Wednesday, Jan. 17, 6:00-7:30pm, at the Health District offices, 120 Bristlecone Drive in north Fort Collins. The six-week class includes free nicotine replacement patches, gum, or lozenges.

    If you are unable to attend this class, we offer classes periodically throughout the year, and individual counseling is also available by appointment.

    The cost for the program for residents of the Health District is $10-$100 per person, depending on income. Out-of-district residents pay $100. A "buddy discount" of 25 percent is available for district residents who enroll in the program with a friend or family member.

    For more information and to register, call 970-224-5209 or visit healthdistrict.org/quitsmoking.
     
    Older Driver Safety Awareness Week, Dec. 4-8 (2017)
    It is a fact of life that people age. And, with increasing age can come changes in physical, cognitive, and sensory abilities that can challenge a person's continued ability to drive safely. Although these changes are a part of normal aging, they occur individually and at different rates. Just as one plans for retirement, it's important to plan for transportation needs as driving skills decline.

    When families get together over the holidays, this might provide an opportunity to have a nonthreatening conversation with our loved ones. When an older driver must make adjustments to drive safely or can no longer do so, families and friends can help if they have information about community resources.

    Many occupational therapists are specially trained to evaluate a person's overall ability to operate a vehicle safely and can provide rehabilitation, if necessary. Specialists work with older adults as well as their families and caregivers, offering individualized assessment. They can identify each person's unique challenges and find strategies that will help them drive safely as long as possible.

    In the Fort Collins area, organizations that can help evaluate the skills of senior drivers include CNS Adaptive Driving Solutions and Pro31 Safe Senior Driver. In addition, the City of Fort Collins is offering classes during the week of Dec. 4-8 to help older drivers, families, and caregivers navigate this potentially difficult topic. For information, go to p. 67 of the Winter 2018 Recreator.

    The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) is promoting Older Driver Safety Awareness Week, Dec. 4-8. AOTA recognizes the importance of mobility and transportation for older adults to remain active in the community, and AOTA works to ensure that transportation will not be a barrier.
     
    Family Safety & Emergency Preparedness Expo on Oct. 7 (2017)

    Learn how to prepare yourself and your family for emergencies, and join us in reflecting on and commemorating 40+ years of disaster events in Larimer County, by attending the annual Family Safety and Emergency Preparedness Expo.

    The event starts at 10 a.m. on Oct. 7 at the Thomas McKee 4-H Building at The Ranch in Loveland. This event is free and open to the public. Families can attend educational classes, stock up on preparedness supplies, learn lifesaving skills, win prizes, tour emergency vehicles, enjoy activities with your kids, and much more. The Expo also presents an opportunity for attendees to meet local emergency services workers.

    We hope that this event will inspire county residents to be more prepared, have access to resources, and continue looking to build a brighter future for all. The Expo is presented by Larimer County, Weld County, Loveland Fire Rescue Authority, Loveland Office of Emergency Management, Poudre Fire Authority, Fort Collins Office of Emergency Management, Larimer County Sheriff's Office, and the American Red Cross. We look forward to seeing you there.

    Visit the Expo Facebook page for more information.
     

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