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Winter Bike to Work Day on Wed., Dec. 11 (2019)

On Wednesday, Dec. 11, hop on your bike and celebrate Winter Bike to Work Day! People who ride their bike (or other non-motorized form of transport) can stop at free breakfast stations located throughout Fort Collins. The event encourages people to bicycle for transportation; highlights Fort Collins' extensive bike routes; and demonstrates that bicycling is an easy, fun, and healthy means of traveling around the city.

Come visit any of the breakfast stations from 7:00 to 9:30am, offering coffee and a variety of free breakfast foods, quick bike maintenance, and more. For more information, visit the city's Bike Winter webpage.
 
Open Enrollment for Health Insurance Continues Until Jan. 15, 2020

The open enrollment period to sign up for health insurance through the Connect for Health Colorado Marketplace begins Nov. 1 and runs through Jan. 15. For those who are eligible, plans from the Marketplace offer financial assistance that reduces the cost of premiums, copays, and coinsurance. For example, financial assistance is available for an individual making up to $49,960 per year, or a family of four making up to $100,300.

Larimer Health Connect, a service of the Health District of Northern Larimer County, can make open enrollment easier by offering free and unbiased in-person assistance to help Larimer County residents learn about health insurance options, apply for financial assistance, and enroll in the plan of their choice for 2020. Larimer Health Connect will have extended hours during the week and walk-in (no appointment required) enrollment events on Saturdays.

Larimer Health Connect also can help qualifying people sign up for Health First Colorado (Colorado's Medicaid Program) or Child Health Plan Plus, both of which allow year-round enrollment.

During open enrollment, Larimer Health Connect is open 8am-5pm, M,W,F, and 8am-8pm T,Th. Walk-in service is available Saturdays, 9am-2pm, through Jan. 11. Appointments are available at 144 N. Mason St., Unit 7, Fort Collins, as well as in Loveland. More information and appointments are available at 970-472-0444, or larimerhealthconnect.org.

The Health District is a public agency 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.
 
Community Diabetes Update on Nov. 2, 2019
Please join us on Sat., Nov. 2, for the Community Diabetes Update. This event is for those with diabetes and the people who care for them. Presentations include
  • Get to the heart of the matter with diabetes and heart disease, with Dr. C. Patrick Green, UCHealth cardiologist;
  • Put one foot in front of the other, with Meghan Willis, UCHealth exercise physiologist; and
  • Ask the experts, with panelists including an endocrinologist, podiatrist, and registered dietitian.

  • At PVH Cafe F, 1024 S. Lemay Ave., Fort Collins. Doors open at 7:30 a.m. and the event runs 8:00 a.m. to noon. Cost is $15, which covers one person and a guest. Registration is required by calling 970-495-8205.
     
    Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is Oct. 26, 2019

    On Sat., Oct. 26, 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.

    National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible way of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the public about the potential for abuse of medications. Many people are not aware that medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the United States are increasing, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.

    As of early Oct., local drop-off sites have been confirmed at the following locations:
  • Fort Collins Police Services, 2221 S. Timberline Road, north parking lot, Fort Collins
  • Loveland Police Department, 810 E. 10th St., Loveland
  • Windsor Police Department, 200 N. 11th St., Windsor
  • Family Dollar Parking Lot in Wellington (Larimer County Sheriff's Office staff), 8099 6th St., Wellington

    The service is free and anonymous. Law enforcement officers will be present with the drug disposal boxes 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 medications for your pets. 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.

    Check the DEA website for additional information and other local drop-off sites.

    Information on environmentally sound disposal methods that minimize opportunities for misuse and protect the environment will be available at the Fort Collins collection site. Flushing medications down the toilet or throwing them in the trash could cause pollution of lakes, streams, and water supplies and pose potential 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 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Fort Collins Police Services lobby, 2221 S. Timberline Road. 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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    Community Invited to Share Views on Health Care (Oct. 2019)

    The Health District of Northern Larimer County is hosting public discussion groups to gather input on local health issues. Your feedback will help the Health District to better understand the health, and health-care needs, of local residents.

    Dates and locations:
  • Monday, Oct. 28, 5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m., Health District, 120 Bristlecone Drive (with Spanish interpretation). Dinner and childcare provided.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 30, 5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m., Health District, 120 Bristlecone Drive. Dinner and childcare provided.
  • Thursday, Oct. 31, 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m., Fort Collins Senior Center, 1200 Raintree Drive. (This group is to get input from older adults.) Lunch provided.

    All registered participants will receive a $20 gift card. Seating is limited, and registration is required. Register by contacting the Health District at 970-224-5209.

    The discussion groups are part of the Community Health Assessment, which the Health District has performed every three years since 1995. The assessment also includes a survey of Larimer County households that is currently underway. Information gathered during the Community Health Assessment helps guide the planning and design of programs and services at the Health District.

    If you would like more information about the Community Health Assessment, call the Health District at 970-224-5209 or visit www.healthdistrict.org/community-health-assessment.

    The Health District is a public agency that provides residents of northern Larimer County with dental, mental health, and preventive health care, end-of-life planning services, and connects people to more affordable health insurance and prescription options.
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