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The 2010 Guide to Healthy Living in Grand County

The 2010 Guide to Healthy Living in Grand County

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FitnessHealth
 guide to healthy living in Grand County
2010
The 
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 page 2 • 2010 Grand County Health & Fitness 
Couples, Family andIndividual Counseling 
Substance Abuse • Depression • AnxietyParenting • ADHD • Self-EsteemLife Transitions
970.531.3929
atekansik@gmail.com
 Amy Tekansik
, MA, LPC, NCC 
Licensed Professional Counselor 
~
What would you attempt to do if you knew youcould not fail?
HOME PRACTICE:Wheatridge & Frisco (21 years)YEARS EXPERIENCE:32
ADDRESSING ISSUES OF:
Sinuses | Larynx | Oral CavityUpper Pharynx and Structures of the Neck andFace, including Plastic Surgery
Call the Specialty Clinic at Kremmling Memorial Hospital
970.724.3115
 VISI TING GRAND COUN T Y ONCE PER MON TH
Dr. Michael A. Tralla, M.D. F.A.C.S.OtolaryngologyEar, Nose and Throat Specialist 
424 E.Agage Ave.
P.O.Box 409Granby,CO 80446
p:970.887.3334 www.skyhidailynews.com
Publisher
Kim Burnerkburner@skyhidailynews.com
Editor
Drew Munrodmunro@skyhidailynews.com
 Advertising Representative
Laurie Findley,lafindley@skyhidailynews.com
Page Design
Reid Armstrongrarmstrong@skyhidailynews.com
Printing
Colorado Mountain NewsMedia,Gypsum Colorado
By Gretchen Bergen
Grand County 
A lot happens in the small office behindthe Hot Sulphur Springs Library onMoffat Avenue.Parents bring babies forimmunizations,adults arrive for flu shots,and new mothers sign up for federal WIC(Women,Infants and Children) assistance.Grand County Public Health promotesthe health and well-being of GrandCounty in many ways.The departmenthelps prevent communicable diseases likepertussis (whooping cough),and preparesfor emergencies like pandemic flu out-breaks and wildfires.It’s also ground zerofor Grand County’s H1N1 flu vaccine.Public Health has three registered nurs-es (RNs),a WIC coordinator,two admin-istrative assistants,and an interpreter/com-munity education person for the Spanish-speaking population.Last year,GrandCounty Nursing Services became HomeHealth (medical) and Home Care (non-medical).Public Health Director BreneBelew-LaDue,RN,also oversees HomeHealth and Home Care,plus SeniorNutrition Services.
H1N1 and Immunizations
Since October,Public Health nurseshave given 3,700 H1N1 and seasonal flu vaccinations.Last year,Jan Carrasco,RN,established a county-wide immunizationcoalition with local doctors and healthcareproviders,which paved the way for asmooth rollout of H1N1 vaccine.PublicHealth’s Carrasco also immunizes adultsfor tetanus,pertussis and hepatitis B;organizes the annual flu shot program;andfollows up on individuals with communi-cable diseases to prevent outbreaks.
Helping the Uninsured
During economic hard times,thedemand on public health grows.AndGrand County is no exception.The coun-ty has a high rate of uninsured — 25 per-cent compared to the state’s average of 17percent.“When people lose jobs,they often losetheir health insurance,”explains Belew.“The most recent Grand County HealthAssessment showed that the No.1 issuethat the public is concerned about is accessto care.”Like many rural areas,Grand County has no community clinic for the uninsured. To fill the gap,Grand County’s RuralHealth Network created the award-win-ning ACHES & PAINS programs,whichPublic Health helps administer.ACHES(Advocacy for Children’s Health & Education Services) and PAINS (Partnersfor Adults In Need of Services) providemedical vouchers to uninsured childrenand adults with financial need.The pro-grams are funded by county agencies,pri- vate donations and state grants.All partic-ipating healthcare providers donate theirtime,or write off a portion of the bill.Since beginning in 2005,ACHES hasissued 289 vouchers to children,withdemand for the program increasing 30 per-cent from 2008 to 2009.Mobile medicaland dental vans served 165 children in2009;163 children in 2008;and 279 chil-dren in 2007.In 2009,the PAINS programserved 79 adults,increasing almost 40 per-cent from 2008.
 WIC,Prenatal Services andChildren’s Health Outreach
Currently,Public Health handles a case-load of 140 children and mothers with a Tuesday WIC clinic administered by Ellen Tinkum,plus once-a-month clinics inFraser and Kremmling.When childrenand parents apply for WIC,the RNs check their immunization records and assist withhousing and nutritional problems.KarenHadleyDike,RN,handles prenatal care forpregnant women,and helps mothers getthe care they need through Medicaid.Heading up Children’s Outreach,GailVanBockern,RN,visits daycare centersaround the county,educating directors andstaff about health issues like nutrition,immunizations and CPR.
Home Health
Home Health provides care for adultsand children requiring home medical careranging from physical therapy to post-operative rehabilitation.In 2008,the Stateof Colorado passed a law requiring allhome health agencies to be licensed.Today Grand County Home Health and GrandCounty Home Care are the only twolicensed home agencies in Grand County,according to Tina Strang,Home HealthAdministrator.Home Health’s new clinicalcoordinator and clinical staff help patientsand families make a smooth transitionfrom hospital to home.A physical thera-pist assists with both pediatric and geri-atric patients.“Previously,our concentra-tion was on Medicare patients,but we haveexpanded our focus to try to serve a largercommunity,”says Strang.
Home Care
Home Care provides non-medical assis-tance with personal care and homemakingservices to help keep people out of long-term care facilities.Home Care is availableto those on Medicaid and private-pay. These services are for a wide range of casesfrom elderly homebound patients to indi- viduals who need a little help with chores.Bathing,dressing,light housekeeping,changing bed linens and vacuuming are just some of the services Home Care pro- vides.
Senior Nutrition Services
Senior Nutrition Services provideshealthy,affordable meals to anyone overage 60 three days a week in Granby andKremmling.The program is funded partly by the Older Americans Act and StateFunds for Senior Services.“Seniors do nothave to qualify financially,”Strang empha-sizes.“The meals are fantastic with freshhomemade bread,and this is a great way tobuild a sense of community.”Home deliv-ered meals are also available to homeboundseniors.For more information,call 970-725-3288,or see www.co.grand.co.us
Getting to Know GC Public Health & Nursing Services
 
 2010 Grand County Health & Fitness • page 3
 The Surgical Team at Kremmling Memorial Hospital pictured left to right:David Solawetz, Ken Callihan, Deb Menhennett, Robin Renfroe,Debbi Pope & Irm Mannix (not pictured).
Call the Kremmling Memorial Hospital Specialty Clinic at 724-3115 for more information.
Visiting Specialty PhysiciansFrequent Grand County for You!
CARDIOLOGY 
Dr. Baker 
-treadmill Stress Testing Referrals,Cardiac Rehabilitation Referrals, EchoCardiogram
INTERNAL MEDICINE
Dr. McCaulley 
-Colonoscopy & EGD
DERMATOLOGY/PLASTICSURGERY 
Dr. Sulentich
-Medical & Cosmetic plastics-Botox - Skin Lesions
OTOLARYNGOLOGIST 
(Ear, Nose & Throat)
Dr. Tralla
-Sinus Surgery, Nose & Throat Surgery, Tonsilectomy, Ear Tube placement
GENERAL SURGEON
Dr. Medina
-Hernia Repair, Gall Bladder removal,Biopsy, Vasectomy 
PULMONOLOGY 
Dr. Lindquist 
-Breathing issues
UROLOGY 
Dr. VanOverenDr. Childs
-Prostate issues, Cystoscopy,Bladder issues, Male Infertility & Sexual Dysfunction
ORTHOPEDICS
Dr. Bomberg
-Shoulders, Knees, Handsand Feet Also available in Granby at  Timberline Family Practice
CHIROPRACTIC
Dr. Shaw
(970) 724-9002
Most all procedures performed in theDepartment of Surgery at Kremmling Memorial Hospital.
MANY PROCEDURES ARE OFFERED IN OFFICE.
Physical, Occupational, Cardio & Pulmonary Rehabilitation also available.
By Reid Armstrong 
Sky-Hi Daily News
 W 
ith all the talk these days of get-ting kids up off the couch,away from the TV and video games,one GrandCounty group is doing something tointroduce children to a way of enjoyingthe outdoors in winter.Grand Nordic Ski Club offers free les-sons to the public and,particularly,to young children at the area’s three largestNordic centers.The lessons promoteNordic skiing as an family-oriented activ-ity that children can enjoy for the rest of their lives.“If you can walk,you can cross-country ski,”Diana Lynn Rau,president of GrandNordic.Nordic skiing burns calories and worksoff energy and anxiety.It’s easy on the joints.It develops and tones muscles andprovides a cardiovascular activity at any level,whether walking or sprinting.“It gets the kids off their duffs,”Rausaid “It gets them outside,learning how todeal with cold and teaching them how tofeel comfortable in the out-of-doors.” The program is offered to children ages1-15,but the majority of students arebetween the ages of 3 and 10.GrandNordic provides the children with trailpasses,equipment and instruction as partof the deal.“Our programs teach children how tocontrol their environment,how to dressproperly and how to deal with cold,”Rausaid.It must be working.So popular hasNordic skiing become among GrandCounty’s youth that nearly one-third of East Grand Middle School — nearly 70students — signed up for the Nordicteam this year. The Fraser Valley MetropolitanRecreation District also runs an educa-tional Nordic ski program through Fraserelementary school.The program outfitskids in grades K-5 and shuttles them toMorning Star Ranch for lessons twice a week.It’s one of the rec district’s mostpopular programs,said parks and recre-ation director Scott Ledin.Once the kids have a solid foundationin Nordic skiing,there is a world toexplore out their back door.GrandCounty has some of the best cross-coun-try skiing in the nation,even in a dry year. With two competition-level Nordic cen-ters and some 70 percent public lands,there more than 300 kilometers of groomed trails between the county’s fivemajor Nordic ski areas:Devils ThumbRanch,Snow Mountain Ranch,GrandLake Nordic Center,SolVista and LatigoRanch.Volunteers also groomtrack along theGranby to Fraser Trail and Grand Park maintains trails for public use in Fraser.Plus,there are countless trails andunmaintained roads,offering hundreds of miles of wilderness to explore in Rocky Mountain National Park and the ArapahoNational Forest.Nordic skiing provides some of the best,low-impact exercise available.It is family-friendly — even the dog can participate— and relatively inexpensive compared todownhill skiing.“It encourages families to be outsideand to be active,together.”Raus added.And,it builds pride and enjoyment of  what we have here in the county.”
— Reid Armstrong can be reached at 970-887-3334 ext.19610 or rarmstrong@sky-hidailynews.com.
Nordic skiing gets kids outside, into a healthy habit
Friday ski school at Devil’s Thumb. For more information go to www.grandnordic.org.

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