Teen Suicide

Written By: Linda Marciel Prien Linda Marciel PrienFreelance Writer How to Move Beyond Taboo Thinking According to 2010 national statistics reported by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), suicide claims the lives of over 38,000 individuals in the United States each year. Suicide is ranked the 10th leading cause of death in the United […]


How is Your Vitamin Knowledge?

Vitamins and minerals are important for your body to function properly. Most of us eat the right foods in the right amounts, but many are increasingly adding supplementation to their diets. Vitamin supplements are not a substitute for a healthy diet; however, there are many good reasons for taking them, it is just important to know the facts. This FDA article has all you need to know about vitamin supplementation, how our bodies process them, how vitamins are regulated and the risk of taking more than you need. Check it out, and then tell us if you take vitamins, which ones, and how you think they help. Share with us on Facebook. Getting the care and information you need, when you need it, isn’t too much to ask.

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Vitamins and minerals are important for your body to function properly. Most of us eat the right foods in the right amounts, but many are increasingly adding supplementation to their diets. Vitamin supplements are not a substitute for a healthy diet; however, there are many good reasons for taking them, it is just important to […]


What Can Acupuncture Do For You?

Written By: Jacqui Strike, LAc, MSCTM, CMT Acupuncture is an alternative medicine methodology that originates from ancient China. It treats patients with thin, solid needles that are inserted into particular points on the body and helps with  symptoms like depression, headaches, back pain, PMS, allergies, and stress. Acupuncture is also great as a preventative medicine […]


What to Leave Off of your Holiday Menu


Preparing for a holiday meal is an important tradition. Friends and families gather, and excitement is in the air. Everyone’s favorite dishes are prepared, but in order to keep your gathering from being memorable in the wrong way, it’s important to take steps to protect yourself and your guests from food-borne illnesses.
Food safety is not always the first thing you think about when planning a holiday dinner. In preparing and consuming your Thanksgiving feast, specific steps can help reduce the risk of contamination. One of the first important steps is to make sure you freeze and thaw your turkey properly. The USDA has all you need to know about safe thawing of a turkey. You also want to make sure you are properly prepared. Jefferson County Public Health has some great tips on how to prevent food from becoming contaminated:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water before food preparation and after using your hands for various duties.
  • If you are ill, let someone else do the food preparation
  • Make sure all utensils are sanitized.
  • Wash all fresh fruits and vegetables.

Visit their website for more information on how to leave food-borne illness off your holiday menu. Getting the care and information you need, when you need it, isn’t too much to ask. What’s on your Thanksgiving menu? Share with us on Facebook.
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Preparing for a holiday meal is an important tradition. Friends and families gather, and excitement is in the air. Everyone’s favorite dishes are prepared, but in order to keep your gathering from being memorable in the wrong way, it’s important to take steps to protect yourself and your guests from food-borne illnesses. Food safety is […]


Winter Driving Tips to Keep You Safe

·   Check conditions before leaving for your destination. A list of free CDOT resources is listed below.
·   Help snowplow drivers do their jobs by giving them extra room and don’t pass a plow on the right.
·   Stay behind the plows. In bad weather, the safest place to drive is behind a snowplow, where you will find the clearest roads and the best traction. Make sure to follow plows at a safe distance.
·   Slow down! Even roads that have been treated with liquid de-icers may be slippery.
·   Don’t use cruise control during inclement weather.
·   Be sure to carry plenty of windshield wiper fluid as liquid de-icers may stick to your windshield.
·   Make sure your tires have good tread.
·   Be prepared. Have items like a scraper, snow brush, coat, hat, gloves, blanket, first aid kit, flashlight, and drinking water in your car. For a comprehensive list endorsed by CDOT, AAA Colorado, the American Red Cross, and Colorado State Patrol, visit www.coloradodot.info/travel/winter-driving/WinterDrivingKit.html
Road Condition Resources
·  Visit www.cotrip.org
·  Call 511
·  Free email/text message alerts at www.coloradodot.info. Click on the green cell phone icon in the upper right corner (standard text messaging rates do apply).
·  CDOT App: Text “CDOT” to 25827 or download “CDOT Mobile” from your App Store. Available on Droids and iPhones.
·  Twitter: @coloradodot

Stacey Stegman is the Director of Public Relations at the Colorado Department of Transportation, and has more than a decade of experience with the organization. 

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Stacey StegmanDirector of Public Relations at CDOT In Colorado, conditions can change from sunny skies to blowing snow within minutes. This unpredictable weather often catches us off guard and can make for a difficult drive.  By preparing yourself and your vehicle for the snow and ice, you will make the job a little easier for […]