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Health District Board of Directors Candidates Forum Set for April 6 (2016)

Candidates for the Health District of Northern Larimer County board of directors will participate in the League of Women Voters Candidates Forum at the Fort Collins City Council Chambers, 300 Laporte Ave., on Wednesday, April 6.

The forum will begin at 7 p.m. Members of the audience are requested to arrive by 6:45 if they wish to submit any written questions for the candidates.

The forum will be shown live on Fort Collins City Cable 14 and will be repeated several times in the weeks leading up to the election. When available, the schedule will be posted at fcgov.com/cable14.

Running are Robert Calhoun, 66, a licensed psychologist; Faraz Naqvi, 55, a physician focused on elderly care, skilled and assisted living care and management of health professionals; and Deirdre Sullivan, 41, a program supervisor for CanDo and Vida Sana at UCHealth Community Health Improvement and a facilitator with the Family Leadership Training Institute at Colorado State University Extension. These candidates will compete in a May 3 election for two open seats on the Health District board.

To view candidate profiles and learn more about the election, including how you can vote by mail, visit healthdistrict.org/2016-election.
 
Project Homeless Connect on April 8 (2016)

Project Homeless Connect is a one-day event providing free services and referrals to people who are homeless or who are at risk of becoming homeless.

This year's Homeless Connect will be held on Friday, April 8, 2016 from 8:00am to noon at the Northside Aztlan Center, 112 E. Willow St. in Fort Collins. Breakfast will be available at 8:00am, and lunch will be served from 11:00am to 1:00pm. Participants will be paired with volunteers to help them navigate through the services during the event.

Free services include:
  • Bike Repair
  • Bus Passes
  • Children's Activities
  • Clothing and Shoes
  • Counseling
  • Dental Screenings
  • Eye Exams
  • Food Basics Package
  • Government Services
  • Haircuts
  • Homeless Gear
  • Housing Information
  • Legal Services
  • Medical Screenings
  • Pet Services/Food (Pets Welcome)
  • Veterans Services

  • Some services may request identification, so please bring any identification you may have, such as a photo ID, and/or two pieces of mail with the same address.

    For more information call United Way 2-1-1 at 970-407-7066 or visit www.homeward2020.org.
     
    Great American Smokeout on Nov. 19 (2015)

    The American Cancer Society marks the Great American Smokeout on the third Thursday of November each year by encouraging smokers to use the date to make a plan to quit, or to plan in advance and quit smoking that day. The Great American Smokeout challenges people to stop using tobacco and helps people know about the many tools they can use to help them quit and stay quit. By quitting - even for one day - smokers will be taking an important step toward a healthier life.

    Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the United States, yet more than 42 million Americans still smoke cigarettes, or 1 in every 5 adults. In addition, about 13 million people smoke pipes or cigars.

    The health benefits of quitting start immediately from the moment you stop smoking. Quitting while you are younger will reduce your health risks more, but quitting at any age can give back years of life that would be lost by continuing to smoke. For general information from the American Cancer Society, go to www.cancer.org.

    Locally, the Health District of Northern Larimer County offers a tobacco treatment program to help smokers quit. We have six-week classes that are held periodically throughout the year on Wednesday evenings. The next class starts Jan. 20, 2016. If you don't want to wait for this class, give us a call because individual counseling is always available. For details about our Step Free from Tobacco program, call 970-224-5209. Or visit the Health District website.
     
    November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month (Nov. 2015)

    Along with other hospices across the country, Pathways Hospice will be celebrating National Hospice and Palliative Care Month in November. This month-long event serves to increase awareness of the benefits and options people have with hospice care during the end of life. What makes this year particularly meaningful is that November also marks the 10-year anniversary for the Pathways Hospice Grief and Loss Counseling Center.

    Pathways Hospice is inviting the public to an open house to learn how we help the community. The open house is on Friday, November 6, 6:30-8:00pm at the Pathways Grief and Loss Counseling Center, 305 Carpenter Road in Fort Collins. Attendees will discover why Pathways staff members chose to dedicate their careers to caring for patients during end of life, take a tour of the center and learn about the many bereavement programs Pathways Hospice offers families and their loved ones.

    The Pathways Grief and Loss Counseling Center has become a tremendous support to northern Colorado. In 2014, the center provided bereavement support, education and counseling to more than 6,000 people. Also last year, we provided more than 500 counseling sessions, and 165 children received support through programming.

    Pathways Hospice itself has become an exemplary model for other hospice organizations. We have a full-time medical director, and we have increased service at McKee Medical Center to six beds. Most recently, the Center was honored by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization with Level IV status within the "We Honor Veterans" program, recognizing our commitment and service to veterans.

    About Pathways Hospice: Established in 1978, Pathways Hospice is a nonprofit agency providing exceptional hospice care in the last months of life, palliative consultation and counseling for those with long-term serious illness, and community-wide grief support for residents of Larimer and Weld counties. For more information, go to pathways-care.org.
     
    Health District Offers Free Cholesterol Tests in Sept. (2015)

    In recognition of National Cholesterol Education Month, the Health District of Northern Larimer County is offering free cholesterol tests in Sept. to all district residents.

    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 will run the cholesterol test and will also check blood pressure and provide health education materials. The test itself takes about 5 minutes, and the nurse will explain your results, assess risk for diabetes and heart attack, and provide follow-up recommendations.

    A complete list of screening dates and locations is available at healthdistrict.org/heart or by calling the Health District at 970-224-5209. Appointments are strongly recommended. Walk-ins accepted only at specific sites. An 8-hour fast is recommended, and water and medications are permitted.

    The Health District encompasses the northern two-thirds of Larimer County and includes the cities of Fort Collins, Timnath, Laporte, Wellington and Red Feather Lakes. A map of district boundaries is also on the Health District website. Cost for those living outside the Health District boundaries is $15.
     

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