- Health District Offers Free Cholesterol Tests to Residents in Feb. (2018)
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.
- Open Enrollment for Health Insurance Continues Through Jan. 12, 2018
Larimer Health Connect is a free service that helps people find the best options for health insurance to meet their family's health needs and budget. Our trained staff provides free, impartial, in-person assistance finding health insurance, including plans from the Connect for Health Colorado Marketplace. We can also determine your eligibility for Health First Colorado (Colorado's Medicaid Program) and CHP+.
We can help you shop for coverage and complete the application process for health insurance offered through the Marketplace, as well as go over the financial assistance options that are available only through Connect for Health Colorado. We cannot offer advice on what plan to choose, but we can answer your questions about your options. To make an appointment, call 970-472-0444. Open enrollment for 2018 health insurance coverage is Nov. 1, 2017-Jan. 12, 2018.
With the headlines out of Washington, you might have questions about what the latest developments mean for you and your health coverage. Call us, and we can help.
Larimer Health Connect is a project of the Health District of Northern Larimer County, a public special district dedicated to improving the health of our community. For information, visit the Larimer Health Connect website.
- 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.
- Winter Bike to Work Day on Dec. 13 (2017)
On Wednesday, Dec. 13, Fort Collins will celebrate Winter Bike to Work Day. People who ride their bike that day will find 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.
- 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.
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