health

First human cases of West Nile virus reported for 2018; take precautions to avoid bites

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The first two human cases of West Nile virus in Colorado in 2018 have been reported in Weld and Delta counties. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment reminds people that preventing mosquito bites is the No. 1 way to avoid getting any mosquito-borne illness.

National Immunization Awareness Month: Put Vaccines on your Back-to-School List

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As the school year approaches, we join with partners nationwide in recognizing August as National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM). The Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management reminds parents and guardians to check their children's vaccination records. If your children need vaccines, make sure they are on your back-to-school list.  Following the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) immunization schedule is one of the most important things parents can do to protect their children from serious disease.  

Here is what to do:

LCC Foundation Secures Funding for EMT Scholarships

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Emergency Medical Technician - Basic certificate offered this fall at Lamar Community College

The Lamar Community College Foundation recently secured $10,000 in funds from the Robert H. Rawlings Foundation to maintain scholarships for Emergency Medical Services students for the upcoming academic year.  These scholarships can help individuals interested in completing the Emergency Medical Technician-Basic certificate this fall.

Dear Dietitian – Confusion about Whole Grains

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Dear Dietitian,

I am confused about whole grains. Some information tells me to eat lots of whole grains, but others say it is fiber that is important in a healthy diet. Which is it?
--Ray

Dear Ray,

This is a good question. I recently bought a loaf of bread that advertised "20 g of whole grains per serving" and "a good source of fiber."  Keep in mind that this is advertising. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), a whole grain must contain all the components of a grain kernel: the bran, germ, and endosperm.