National Drug Facts Week - Shatter the Myths

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When teens are given the scientific facts about drugs they can be better prepared to make good decisions for themselves and they can share this information with others.  National Drug Facts Week began in 2010 by National Institute on Drug Abuse scientists to promote educational events and opportunities for teens to learn about drug use and addition.  Follow the hashtags #drugfacts or #NDAFW this week to shatter the myths surrounding drug use.

Free Radon Test Kits at Kiowa County Public Health

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Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper has proclaimed January as Radon Action Month. Kiowa County Public Health is doing its part by making no-cost radon testing kits available.

Radon is a colorless, odorless gas that is radioactive and has been linked to lung cancer. Over half of Colorado's homes have radon levels exceeding federal standards. Radon can be found in all of Colorado's counties.

To obtain a free radon test kit, stop by the Kiowa County Public Health Office at 1309 Maine Street in Eads, or call Andrea Morgan at 719-438-5782 for more information.

Tips for Flu-Free, Healthy Travel this Winter

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Whether traveling to warmer weather or a snow-filled adventure, make sure flu is not your travel companion.

It's not too late to get a flu vaccine if you haven't already done so. It takes about two weeks for the vaccine to provide protection, so get vaccinated well before your trip to reduce your risk of catching and spreading flu.

Wherever you may be going this winter, protecting yourself and others from flu is important. Here are some useful tips for staying healthy during the winter months.

Before Your Trip

Senior Health - Staying Motivated to Stay Active

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Physical activity is a great way for older adults to gain substantial health benefits and maintain independence. To make physical activity a routine habit , choose activities and exercises that are fun, motivate you, and keep you interested.

Keep it going. If you can stick with an exercise routine or physical activity for at least 6 months, it's a good sign that you're on your way to making physical activity a regular habit. Choose activities:

From the Extension Agent’s Desk – Small Steps to Health and Wealth

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If you are like me, which I hope you aren't, you're having a little trouble getting your pants buttoned in the morning after an amazing Thanksgiving feast.  I'm also thinking ahead to the Christmas Parties and of course Christmas Day and how all that yummy food is going to affect my physique.  In contrast, as my belly gets bigger, my finances will become smaller with the purchasing of presents and various other charitable giving. 

3 Tips for Managing High Blood Pressure During the Holidays

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(Family Features) Managing blood pressure can be difficult, especially during the holidays and winter months. A change in routine, family visits, traveling, illness, holiday menus and financial concerns can all conspire to derail your best efforts at keeping chronic conditions, like high blood pressure, under control.

If you are one of the millions of American adults with high blood pressure, it is vital to keep your blood pressure stable. Drastic changes can put you at risk for heart attack or stroke.