Should you go to the ER for COVID-19? Try the “walking alphabet test” first

By: Dr. Kari Williams – RMA (AMT), CPT (NHA), CET (NHA), BS (Nutrition), DC We’ve all been told not to overwhelm the healthcare system by going to the ER for possible COVID cases. Stay at home if you’re sick and only go to the hospital if you experience severe shortness of breath and other symptoms (listed below). On […]

Get Active: Exercise Technology Today

Guest Blog By Dr. Kari Williams, RMA (AMT), CPT (NHA), CET (NHA), BS, DC Thanks to advances in science, technology, and modern medicine, humans are living longer than ever.  Just because your body doesn’t work as well as it did when you were 20, it doesn’t mean you can’t continue to enjoy full and enriching […]

The Senior Bus: Connecting Seniors to Community and Critical Services

Are you, or someone you know, experiencing trouble with transportation? Across Colorado, hundreds of thousands of people have missed out on health care due to lack of transportation. Well, that doesn’t need to happen in Baca County! Residents of Walsh, Vilas, Springfield, and Campo can call the Senior Bus to schedule transportation right from their […]

Emergency Room Visit Prevention

Guest Blog By Dr. Kari Williams, RMA (AMT), CPT (NHA), CET (NHA), BS, DC  As listed on the eHealth Medicare site, reasons seniors commonly visit the Emergency Room can range from respiratory and cardiac symptoms to injuries associated with falls. Common reasons for ER visits among seniors and tips to reduce the risk, include:   Injuries and Accidents: as […]

Reduce Your Need To Visit The ER

Guest Blog By Dr. Kari Williams, RMA (AMT), CPT (NHA), CET (NHA), BS, DC  Visits to the emergency room are expensive and a tough decision to make. Even if you don’t spend the night, the cost can be staggering. According to the Health Cost Institute, the average emergency room visit was approximately $1,400.   What constitutes an emergency? […]

Telehealth 101: Here’s What You Need To Know

By Stacey Brake, BSN, 9Health Director of Health and Wellness What is telehealth? You may have heard this term before, and you may be hearing it more now with the pandemic. Telehealth is the process of having a visit with your healthcare provider over the phone, through text messaging, or through a video meeting instead of […]

Tips on Healthy Eating This Holiday Season

Guest Blog by Wendy Fisher, MPH, RD It’s holiday time again and the days between Thanksgiving and New Years’ can be filled with temptation. You don’t have to sacrifice taste or traditions to stay on track this holiday season. Here are some tips to help you enjoy the season without weight gain or bouncing blood glucose control.   BE REALISTIC  Instead […]

Helpful Tips To Improve Your Nutrition IQ

Nutrition Spotlight: Wendy Fisher, RD at Arkansas Valley Regional Medical CenterInterview by Kristin Richert      In a time where many of us are staying inside and leading more sedentary lifestyles, proper nutrition has become more important than ever. In addition to more energy, better nutrition can help boost your immune system, increase longevity, and lower your risk of (or help manage) diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and more.   […]

Mental + Physical Health, Better Together: Lower Arkansas Valley Therapist Heals the Whole Person

Patients with physical or mental health concerns can face many obstacles to good health. Barriers can be financial or access, particularly in the many medically underserved areas of our state. But there’s another barrier that may be less understood: the need for integrated “whole person” care.  One organization that understands the many factors that influence client health is […]