Contributed Articles

Cottage Foods Law Explained
Understanding the Cottage Foods Law The following information was compiled by the Colorado Department  of Public Health and Environment's Division of Environment, Health and Sustainability.
Apps to Help You Manage Diabetes
The apps below are recommended by Healthline. According to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Enviornment, 8.6% of San Luis Valley residents have diabetes.  With rising diabetes rates, managing this condition is more important than ever. Check out these 13 apps to get a better handle on...
Surviving Incest: Marilyn Van Derbur Shares Her Story
Marilyn Van Derbur “It’s the secrets and the shame that keep us shackled.” says Marilyn Van Derbur.  “Everyone needs a safe person that they can turn to.  My mother was not a safe person.  I didn’t have anyone to tell as a child.”
Vote for a Healthier Future
This article was written in collaboration with Logan Shaver, Wellness Coordinator at San Luis Valley Health.
Maria Fernandez, Lymphoma Survivor
by Maria Lemma, published on Colorado Cancer Blogs May 26, 2011
4 Tips for Safe Wood Burning
By: Alamosa County Public Health Department With the arrival of colder weather, Alamosa County Public Health Department (ACPHD) has tips for seasonal burning in fireplaces and wood stoves.
Medicaid Expansion Explained
In the Valley, we know that prevention and access to health care services is essential for healthy communities.  Now it’s clear that the state government agrees.  On January 3rd, Governor John Hickenlooper announced plans to expand Medicaid for individuals with annual incomes less than $30,657 for...
Go Lite When You Grab A Bite
By the Center for Disease Control Families in America lead busy lives – balancing work, school, and play. Our busy schedules often mean eating more meals on the go. In 1960, over a quarter of the money spent on food in the United States was on food eaten away from home. By 2011, the money spent on...
4 Ways to Prevent West Nile Virus
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...
Try Something New for 30 Days
Matt Cutts, an engineer at Google, explains how trying just one new thing every day for a month was a fun, rewarding, and eye-opening experience for him. Something New! Have you always wanted to try yoga, kickboxing, or maybe golf? Cutts says 30 days is long enough to form a habit and stick with it...