Health

Beyond Pumpkin Spice: The Benefits of Cinnamon for Blood Sugar, Infections, and More
Sep25

Beyond Pumpkin Spice: The Benefits of Cinnamon for Blood Sugar, Infections, and More

As soon as the sun sets on the last day of summer, the world seems to explode with warm fall spices. We start to see cinnamon candles, baked goods, and bundles of cinnamon sticks as decor. While pumpkin spice takes center stage, it’s not actually the pumpkin you’re after – it’s the cinnamon with other warm spices that make your chilly nights extra cozy. You may think of it as a flavor enhancer, but the health benefits of cinnamon are...

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Dr. Fauci Just Said How You’ll Most Likely Get COVID
Sep15

Dr. Fauci Just Said How You’ll Most Likely Get COVID

It’s time to “hunker down.” Two modes of coronavirus transmission are significantly higher than thought. One underlying health condition is the very worst. And the government isn’t handling a few things wisely. The nation’s top infectious-disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, spoke with Harvard Medical School for its Grand Rounds video series on Thursday, and he took us all to school by sharing the very...

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Durango Farmers Market
Aug28

Durango Farmers Market

Looking for something to do?  The Farmers Market is open! 2020 Market Season – now until October 31st Saturdays TBK Bank Parking Lot 259 W 9th St Durango, CO 81301 8 AM to 12 Noon (9 AM in October) Social distancing plans in place! Everything local by locals. Get the tastiest and freshest fruits, veggies, meats, breads, and cheeses available. Plus pick up useful and high quality handmade items from our local artisans. Grab a...

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Bump-Outs Help Businesses On Main Avenue
Aug27

Bump-Outs Help Businesses On Main Avenue

Downtown Durango has launched its  Bump-Outs for Business program, designed to  help local businesses thrive despite the devastating economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. In June, the City of Durango, the Business Improvement District, and other local organizations teamed up to transform the layout of Main Avenue. Shops and restaurants between College Drive and 11th Street have now expanded by roughly 10 feet onto the street....

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Road to Recovery: 24/7 Fitness’ New Normal
Aug11

Road to Recovery: 24/7 Fitness’ New Normal

24/7 Fitness Gym rarely, if ever, reaches its capacity, but the workout center has instituted a number of changes to ensure that its clients are safe and well distanced to get their workout done safely.

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Axis Health and SJBPH partner to Provide Free COVID-19 Testing in La Plata County
Aug07

Axis Health and SJBPH partner to Provide Free COVID-19 Testing in La Plata County

Axis Health System (Axis) and San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH) are partnering to provide drive-through COVID-19 testing at the La Plata Integrated Healthcare clinic which is located at 1970 E 3rd Avenue in Durango next to the Durango Public Library. Drive-through community testing will be available Wednesday’s from 10am-4pm by appointment only. Testing will start on Wednesday, June 10th and continue through August 26th. Because...

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What regions pose biggest COVID-19 threat to Southwest Colorado?
Jul31

What regions pose biggest COVID-19 threat to Southwest Colorado?

New technology allows health officials to identify where visitors are coming from Through new technology, local health experts are able to better pinpoint what outside regions pose the biggest risk to Southwest Colorado for COVID-19, and the results boil down to two of Durango’s biggest tourist pipelines. Brian Devine with San Juan Basin Public Health said several new software applications have been developed by the state of Colorado...

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Promising Coronavirus Research Looks at Elderberry
Jul21

Promising Coronavirus Research Looks at Elderberry

Over the past few months our ability to successfully combat COVID-19 with medications has been disappointing. There was some early hope with hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin. More recent studies strongly suggest no benefit and maybe even increased mortality. Remdesivir, an anti-viral medication, is showing some benefit in early animal studies. Human studies are underway. The drawback to medications is that they are utilized once an...

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Fertility rate: ‘Jaw-dropping’ global crash in children being born
Jul21

Fertility rate: ‘Jaw-dropping’ global crash in children being born

The world is ill-prepared for the global crash in children being born which is set to have a “jaw-dropping” impact on societies, say researchers. Falling fertility rates mean nearly every country could have shrinking populations by the end of the century. And 23 nations – including Spain and Japan – are expected to see their populations halve by 2100. Countries will also age dramatically, with as many people...

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Why Exercise Alone Can’t Take Off Weight
Jul17

Why Exercise Alone Can’t Take Off Weight

You exercise and exercise, but the weight still doesn’t come off the way you’d like. Find out why you have to attend to your nutrition first before exercise can have an impact.

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Proteins + Veggies + Dietary Fat = Health
Jul03

Proteins + Veggies + Dietary Fat = Health

Jolie Ensign, nutritionist with Habit, recommends that you keep a journal about the foods you eat, not to count calories, but to observe how foods make you feel mentally and physically.

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Workplace Safety and Health Concerns and Paid Sick Leave a Right for All Amid COVID-19
Jul02

Workplace Safety and Health Concerns and Paid Sick Leave a Right for All Amid COVID-19

On average, 112 occupational deaths occur in Colorado annually, and thousands of workers are injured or become sick from work-related exposure, according to the  Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. As businesses prepare to reopen,  Durango’s face-covering order has been extended indefinitely to curb the second wave of the coronavirus outbreak. Meanwhile, Democrat lawmakers emphasize that protecting essential...

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Hottest day ever recorded north of the Arctic Circle; reached 100.4 F; 80 years faster than expected
Jun23

Hottest day ever recorded north of the Arctic Circle; reached 100.4 F; 80 years faster than expected

Even if a small fraction of the Arctic seafloor carbon is released to the atmosphere, we’re fucked. Climatologist Dr. Jason Box, Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland We all have our hands full at the moment, with multiple catastrophes occurring at once. Before scrolling past the headline of this diary, I implore you to explore this diary, as the vigil we keep over the climate crisis has accelerated beyond our wildest...

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A Reminder that Durango’s Face-Covering Order has been Extended Indefinitely
Jun23

A Reminder that Durango’s Face-Covering Order has been Extended Indefinitely

The city of Durango extended its mandatory face-covering order indefinitely in response to the coronavirus pandemic. On Tuesday, June 16th, Durango City Council voted unanimously to extend the order, which had been scheduled to end Friday. Face coverings have been hotly debated locally and nationally. Councilors made the decision after considering public input, business needs, tourism concerns and the most recent research available...

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Durango Farmers Market Open
Jun11

Durango Farmers Market Open

Did you know that the farmers market is open for business in 2020? 2020 Market Season – now until October 31st Saturdays – TBK Bank Parking Lot 8 AM to 12 Noon (9 AM in October) Social distancing plans in place! The Market will be funtioning as a “food chain supplier” or basically, a local out-door grocery store! We will not be focusing on the “community gathering place” environment we normally...

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City Issues Mask Mandate thru June 19
May29

City Issues Mask Mandate thru June 19

Citing safety and the support from local businesses, the Durango City Council agreed to issue an emergency order that requires anyone entering a business or public building in town to wear a mask.    

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Can you get the virus from a surface?
May28

Can you get the virus from a surface?

As lockdowns lift, many more Americans are going to come in contact with surfaces that other people have touched: doorknobs, tabletops, shopping bags and more. And I know that many people find these situations confusing. The early scientific advice seemed to encourage people to treat surface contact with utmost seriousness. More recently, research has suggested that few people get the virus this way. The main transmission mechanism...

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City of Durango issues Face Covering Order
May28

City of Durango issues Face Covering Order

Interim City Manager Amber Blake, pursuant to the emergency declaration related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) health crisis, has issued order #2020-08 requiring all persons shall to wear a Face Covering when entering, waiting in line to enter and while in the following locations within the City of Durango: Any place of business engaged in any sales or other transactions of any kind to the general public and any place that offers...

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As a Reminder, Free Testing is Available to All Coloradans
May28

As a Reminder, Free Testing is Available to All Coloradans

Ten weeks after the coronavirus’s presence first was confirmed in the state, any Coloradan with COVID-19 symptoms can now get tested, for free, whether or not they have health insurance, Gov. Jared Polis announced Monday. That’s a major change. In the initial months of the pandemic, testing was limited largely to front-line health workers and people who already were hospitalized with suspected COVID-19, or who had severe enough...

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Coronavirus Tracker Reports Decline in New Cases
May26

Coronavirus Tracker Reports Decline in New Cases

Courtesy of the New York Times. This coronavirus tracker shows a soft decline in new cases over the last several weeks. Let’s keep this up! See the tracker HERE    

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