12 Ways to Keep Smoke from Affecting You & Your Family
Jun 24, 2013
As of the morning of July 25th, 66,200 acres have been burned from the three fires burning on the west end of the Valley: West Fork Fire, Papoose Fire, and Windy Pass Fire.  With all those fires, the air quality in the Valley continues to suffer. A picture taken just North of the author's house...
4 Ways to Prevent West Nile Virus
Jun 17, 2013
West Nile virus (WNV) is a mosquito-borne illness that can affect Coloradans from late spring to mid-September.  In 2012, there were 131 cases of WNV reported in Colorado, resulting in five deaths. Symptoms While most people who become infected with WNV will experience very minor symptoms, one in...
Type 1 vs Type 2: What's the Difference?
Jun 13, 2013
Diabetes is a disease in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin, a hormone necessary to convert sugar, starches, and other foods into the energy needed for daily life.  In the San Luis Valley, we have a significantly higher death rate of diabetes than the rest of Colorado....
Prevent Diabetes with Diet & Exercise
Jun 13, 2013
If you have pre-diabetes, you are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes and also are at increased risk of developing heart disease. Pre-diabetes is a condition in which blood glucose levels are higher than normal, but not high enough to be classified as full-blown diabetes. Those with pre-...
6 Steps to a Healthier You
Jun 3, 2013
The American Cancer Society recommends the following guidelines for physical activity: Achieve and maintain a healthy weight. Engage in regular physical activity. Avoid inactivity and return to normal daily activities as soon as possible following diagnosis. Aim to exercise at least 150 minutes per...
Cancer Screening Recommendations
Jun 3, 2013
The following guidelines were compiled by the American Cancer Society. Breast cancer Yearly mammograms are recommended starting at age 40 and continuing for as long as a woman is in good health Clinical breast exam (CBE) about every 3 years for women in their 20s and 30s and every year for women 40...
Center High School Student Advocates for Healthy Relationships
May 30, 2013
The following article was written by a student at Center High School who is active in their anti-bullying campaign.  The author hopes to spread hope and encouragement to others from her experience in an unhealthy and abusive relationship.  As she says, ... there are too many great fish in the sea...
Cardiologist Talks About Atrial Fibrillation
May 28, 2013
J. Lee Grigsby, the Valley’s first full time cardiologist, explains how atrial fibrillation works and how they affect the heart during a recent lunch and learn at SLV Health. More than five million Americans are estimated to have atrial fibrillation, an irregular rhythm originating from the upper...
Stress Relaxation Techniques
May 10, 2013
Relaxation techniques are an essential part of stress management. If you’re an overachiever, you may put relaxation low on your priority list. Don’t shortchange yourself. There are active ways of achieving relaxation. Relaxation is invaluable for maintaining your health and well-being, and...
Stress Basics
May 2, 2013
Stress is a normal psychological and physical reaction to the ever increasing demands of life. Surveys show that most Americans experience challenges with stress at some point during the year. In looking at the causes of stress, remember that your brain comes hard-wired with an alarm system for...

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