Health

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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Petition: Colorado & COVID-19: do something different!
May12

Petition: Colorado & COVID-19: do something different!

COVID-19 is rapidly spreading throughout the United States, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is neither transparent nor up-to-date. It is likely that hundreds of people in the greater Denver area are carrying this novel disease due to the constant flow of skiing/snowboarding tourism as well as our big international airport. They are likely experiencing mild symptoms or are asymptomatic and unaware. This...

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The Risks – Know Them – Avoid Them (Written by an esteemed immunologist)
May12

The Risks – Know Them – Avoid Them (Written by an esteemed immunologist)

Please read this link to learn about the author and background to these posts. It seems many people are breathing some relief, and I’m not sure why. An epidemic curve has a relatively predictable upslope and once the peak is reached, the back slope can also be predicted. We have robust data from the outbreaks in China and Italy, that shows the backside of the mortality curve declines slowly, with deaths persisting for months. Assuming...

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COVID-19 Testing Updates for La Plata County
May12

COVID-19 Testing Updates for La Plata County

Free COVID-19 testing is now available through a SJBPH and Mercy Medical Center partnership. Official COVID-19 Information for Southwest Colorado: San Juan Basin Public Health Coronoavirus Information and San Juan Basin Public Health’s Facebook Page *If you live in Southwest Colorado and have been/still are exhibiting coronavirus-related symptoms San Juan Basin Public Health is asking that you fill out a brief and anonymous survey:...

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Durango Continues to Provide Outdoor Outlets Amid Crisis
May08

Durango Continues to Provide Outdoor Outlets Amid Crisis

It’s a true blessing to be living in Durango during these times. We have beautiful scenery, great warm spring/summer weather, and access to the great outdoors close by. But what, exactly, is open, and what is closed? We aim to help! Here is an update of current In-Town outdoor closures/openings from the City Of Durango: City of Durango open space, parks and trails are OPEN. Residents are encouraged to continue hiking, biking,...

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Durango Farmers Market Open for Business
May08

Durango Farmers Market Open for Business

Durango, Colorado is a community that is tightly woven and significantly strives to better one another and grow as a whole. That is the overall goal of the Durango Farmers Market! The farmers market will be open for business once again starting Saturday, May 9th and will continue until October. The vendors from this market are not only just from Durango, but also the entire region! La Plata, Montezuma, Archuleta, San Juan CO and San...

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Enjoy your Spring Blue Sky Day!!
May06

Enjoy your Spring Blue Sky Day!!

Enjoy your Spring Blue Sky Day!!      We are blessed in SW Colorado with many days of sunshine per year.  Along with roughly 300 days of sunshine annually comes the bright blue sky!  Nothing like it to bring cheer and good will.      SW Colorado has awesome mountain views in almost all directions.  Beautiful Durango is surrounded by 3,000,000 acres of national forest and twelve mountains over 14,000 feet tall.  A river runs through...

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Centura-Mercy Regional Medical Center Launches Community COVID-19 Testing
May01

Centura-Mercy Regional Medical Center Launches Community COVID-19 Testing

Centura – Mercy Regional Medical Center is now providing seven-day-a-week community COVID-19 testing to La Plata County residents, beginning immediately and continuing for as long as needed. “As access to supply improves, we have progressively increased COVID-19 testing. We have now expanded testing to rural communities with limited testing access as Colorado moves towards easing shelter-in-place restrictions,” stated Dr. Shauna...

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Get Your Sunlight! Sunlight Kills Coronavirus Quickly, Says Top DHS Scientist
Apr25

Get Your Sunlight! Sunlight Kills Coronavirus Quickly, Says Top DHS Scientist

Coronavirus can be destroyed by ultraviolet rays from the sun, a top U.S. scientist announced at a briefing from the White House coronavirus task force Thursday. William Bryan, science and technology advisor to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) secretary, said in a press briefing that sunlight has a significant impact on the pathogen. “Our most striking observation to date is the powerful effect that solar light appears...

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A Love for Weeds: Garden Pest Appreciation
Apr24

A Love for Weeds: Garden Pest Appreciation

Good day all! It has been a wonderfully sunny spring this year! With this fantastic weather comes the natural explosion of wide variety of weeds. This makes maintaining gardens and yards a lot more trouble than it needs to be. In this part of Colorado we see a great deal of leafy greens pop up such as Dandelions, Curly/Yellow Dock, Common Mallow, Prickly Lettuce, and so much more. The plants I’ve just listed are known to many...

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Benefits of CBG (Cannabigerol)
Apr24

Benefits of CBG (Cannabigerol)

About CBG Cannabigerol (CBG) is one of more than 120 identified cannabinoid compounds found in the cannabis plant.  It was first discovered in 1964 as a component of hashish. It was later discovered in that CBGA (cannabigerolic acid) is the first cannabinoid formed in plants–cannabis’ first expression.  CBGA is then converted into other cannabinoids, primarily tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) or cannabidiol (CBD), leaving about 1%...

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