Public Health

Obesity rates rise in La Plata and Montezuma counties

Too much fat and sugar may be catching up with residents in La Plata and Montezuma counties, causing obesity rates to rise slowly but steadily, a report by County Health Rankings found. About 17...

DATE: April 15, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mercy aims to lower costs by assisting frequent ER patients

Gordon Nunziato visited the emergency room 10 times in four months last year. He was homeless, abusing alcohol and facing serious kidney and liver conditions, among other health problems. He used...

DATE: April 10, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Residents identify top health concerns in two-county region

Suicide, affordable housing and substance abuse are the top three health concerns for residents in La Plata and Archuleta counties, a public health survey found. San Juan Basin Public Health...

DATE: April 8, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Teen birth rates decline, but sexually transmitted diseases rise in Southwest Colorado

The good news: Many sexually active teens are successfully preventing pregnancies in Colorado and La Plata County. The bad news: Sexually transmitted diseases are a growing problem among high...

DATE: April 8, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

MS Society rebuilding to help patients live active, independent lives

Durangoan Ian Altman was diagnosed 20 years ago with multiple sclerosis. But he hasn’t let the diagnosis slow him down. Altman continues to ski and rock climb, and he is now a teacher and...

DATE: April 3, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Southwest Memorial financial recovery is on track

A financial recovery effort at Southwest Memorial Hospital is gaining momentum, officials said during a public forum Wednesday. About 40 residents and hospital staff attended the quarterly joint...

DATE: April 1, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Health may improve as regional poverty rates fall

Child poverty rates are falling in the region, a positive sign for long-term public health, according to new health rankings. Social and economic factors, such as child poverty and educational...

DATE: March 24, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Study to examine effectiveness local program focused on helping families

About 120 families every year get personalized help to become healthier, earn more money, parent better and achieve other goals at the La Plata Family Centers Coalition. Over the next three years,...

DATE: March 24, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Nonprofit looks at ways to improve housing options for those in need

More affordable housing, professional help finding affordable housing and more financial assistance for those at risk of losing their housing could help more residents find homes or stay in them....

DATE: March 21, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mercy orthopedic surgeon preserves hip joints to prevent replacement

Surgically repairing hip joints can relieve persistent pain and possibly prevent hip replacements later in life. One common source of persistent pain in a hip joint can be a tear in the labrum,...

DATE: March 21, 2019 | CATEGORY: Health

Schools rethink discipline, with focus on learning and empathy

Regional schools are looking at new methods for dealing with troubling behavior, including adopting restorative practices that turn disciplinary actions into learning experiences that promote...

DATE: March 17, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Can Fort Lewis College students bring ‘real food’ to campus menu?

Students have worked for years to bring responsibly sourced food to the dining hall at Fort Lewis College, and in the process, are learning the challenges of what it takes to shift an institution....

DATE: March 15, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

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