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Walk your way to better health Visit your doctor virtually Resolving conflict

November 2019


Feature: Walk your way to better health .......... 3 The human balance system ....................... 4 Hygge: A warm way to winter wellness .......... 5 Keep your hearing trails well traveled ............... 6 Take to the links with a disc this fall ............... 7 Do HIIT to get fit ......... 8 Know how to properly dispose of sharps ....... 9 Virtual visit: 24/7 care for anyone in Colorado .................. 10 Fall brings new services to the Wellness Cottage ................... 11 Get well at the Aspire Spa ...........................14 Life is better with diabetes education ... 15 Mindful diversion ...... 16 Estes Park Health pediatrician shares the dangers of vaping ..... 17 Cannabis an effective, safe way to deal with health issues ............ 18 Conflict resolution: How do we reshape reality? .................... 19 Recipe: Savory butternut squash quinoa salad ....................... 20 The mountains are calling ...................... 21

Get Well, Live Well Estes

A publication of the Estes Park Trail-Gazette Publisher: Mike Romero Editor: Tyler Pialet Trail-Gazette Editor: Tyler Pialet Advertising: Daniel Sewell Cover photo by Tyler Pialet

Rick Martinez / Estes Park Trail-Gazette

Welcome to Estes Park, where wildlife is abundant and the wellness opportunities are plentiful.

Welcome to Estes Park

By Lisa Von Bargen Estes Valley Recreation and Park District

when they are actually referring to Type 2 diabetes. The Mayo Clinic defines Type 2 diabetes as, “developing when the body becomes ello from the Estes Valley Recreation and resistant to insulin or when Park District! I am the the pancreas is unable to produce enough insulin. Exactly Community Engagement why this happens is Manager here at EVRPD. I unknown, although genetics am also the mom of a son and environmental factors, who was diagnosed with Type One diabetes (T1D) 14 such as being overweight and years ago. November is T1D inactive, seem to be contributing factors”. In a nutshell, awareness month, so this is T1D and Type 2 diabetes my opportunity to share have different issues with some information, dispel a insulin; T1D’s can’t make misconception or two and insulin but can use it if injectpass along some tips from those who are living with this ed, and Type 2’s make insulin but can’t use it effectively. chronic disease. Now, for what T1D and T1D is an auto-immune disease that attacks beta cells in Type 2’s have in common: exercise helps. For T1D’s, the pancreas, eliminating its ability to produce insulin, cre- exercise acts like insulin, burning calories and reducating insulin dependency. This means frequent monitor- ing blood glucose levels. I witnessed this firsthand as my ing of blood glucose levels son monitored his BG levels and administering insulin after swimming or skiing. He doses via shots or a pump. had to reduce his insulin dose Frequently, people refer to to a fraction of the usual level diabetes as a generic term



to avoid hypoglycemia...what we call a “low”. For Type 2’s, exercise increases insulin sensitivity, allowing the body to use the insulin that it is producing more efficiently and reduce the chances of developing metabolic disorders such as heart disease. Here at the Estes Valley Community Center, we offer exercise opportunities that range from lap swimming and water walking to aerobics, yoga, weight training and recreational sports including golf, disc golf, volleyball, basketball, pickleball and more. We also offer classes on healthy cooking and baking. Whether you are managing T1D or Type 2, there are plenty of activities that are both beneficial to your health and fun! If you aren’t familiar with our facility, stop by 660 Community Dr. for a tour with one of our guest services members. They will be happy to share all the advantages of a membership with us.

Walk your way to better health By the Trail-Gazette

the Medical Journal of Australia, which focused on a large, here are more benefits community-based participant to taking a leisurely group of people aged 55 to 80, evening stroll around found a correlation between your neighborhood or on the time spent walking and time treadmill than you might be spent in hospitals. The more aware of. you walk, the study suggests, According to a swath of the less time you might be studies on the subject, incorspending in a hospital bed. porating a moderate walking “An extra 4300 steps per routine to your daily schedule day is not much,” said Dr. can reduce your risk of heart Ben Ewald, the study’s disease and stroke, boost author, in a 2017 article your mood and improve your describing his research. “It’s memory. just 40 minutes walking, But that’s not all. Walking which might include going to has been proven to help main- the shops, picking up kids, or tain weight, strengthen bones taking the stairs at work. It and muscles, and helps battle doesn’t have to be ‘exercise,’ depression. although higher intensity Research shows that modactivity for those who enjoy it erate daily walking can has greater health benefits.” reduce the risk of stroke in A good daily walking goal is both men and women. A about 10,000 steps, according study published by the Ameri- to the American College of can Heart Association shows Sports Medicine. As Dr. that regardless of pace, walk- Ewald suggests, it’s not diffiing was identified as a major cult to garner about half that “stroke-prevention” strategy, goal by just going about your especially for older populaTyler Pialet / Estes Park Trail-Gazette day. But if you want to experiKati and Chris Waldenburg of New Jersey take a sunrise stroll tions. ence the transformative See WALK, pg. 22 around Lake Estes. Another study, published in


A group of people walks along the Lake Estes trail on a snowy morning.

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The human balance system

Stunning, complex interaction with our environment By Robert Scrivner, PT, DPT For the Trail-Gazette


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Town Trustee Patrick Martchink demonstrates balance with a client.

If you are having trouble with Balance our staff is skilled in both the diagnosis and treatment of neuro-muscular, vestibular, visual, and cardiovascular systems



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or most of us, the afternoon walk down the driveway to collect our mail is an effortless task – we move through our environment on autopilot as we admire the spectacular surrounding views or internally debrief about the day’s events. Our bodies are packed with powerful sensors that are constantly collecting information about our environment to allow us to move safely and effectively within it. The brain integrates this information and seamlessly coordinates with our muscles to create a response that keeps us upright and oriented to the world around us. It doesn’t take much, however, for this complex system to malfunction, leading to dizziness, nausea, vertigo, and the possibility of falls which may cause serious injury. The human body utilizes three systems to maintain balance and keep us upright as we move throughout the world: the visual system (our eyes), the vestibular system (deep within our ears), and the somatosensory system (sensors embedded in our muscles and joints). When all three of these systems are functioning the way they are supposed to, the brain and central nervous system take in all of this sensory information and combine it to create an internal “picture” or awareness of where and how our body is oriented relative to the world around us. The brain (particularly the thalamus) is our body’s “grand central station” where all of this complex information is

processed and an output is generated. As we practice and master a given task, our nervous systems learn to integrate the information from these three systems perfectly; seamlessly adjusting to accept more information from one system or the other based on the circumstances. When these systems are working perfectly, and the nervous system is well trained, we are able to execute incredibly complex and stunning feats. The great dancer Misty Copeland effortless floats across the stage in a perfectly oriented Grande Jeté. Tommy Caldwell shifts his left hip slightly inward to maintain his balance on a dime-edge 1,600ft off the ground. We are wired for balance in an intricate and inexplicable way. This intricacy means that if we experience deterioration of one of these systems (eyes, ears, joints or muscles) or an impaired processing center (the brain and nervous system), it’s likely that the “picture” that keeps us oriented may be significantly affected. Events such as a stroke, car accident, or joint replacement can profoundly affect the way these systems interact with one another. Simple aging, or even getting a new eye-glass prescription can affect our vision and vestibular systems, wreaking havoc on our sense of stability. That’s not even to mention a whole host of other ways in which different medications or health conditions (diabetes or highblood pressure) may affect these systems. Physical therapists are See BALANCE, pg. 6

Hygge: a warm way to winter wellness

By Kurtis Kelly Estes Valley Library

Libraries are filled with perfect accompaniments to hygge season. s the calendar brings us into that Books in all forstretch of long winter nights, mats to give us there’s every reason to embrace hours of cozy the season and welcome winter’s opporenjoyment. Cooktunities for peace and relaxation—and books with some healthy comfort foods. I only healthy yet hearty recently discovered the popular term recipes. And we for this: hygge. Courtesy photos have a Library of Leave it to our Scandinavian friends Estes Valley Library Things with kits to have coined the essential word that’s Kurtis Kelly is the to bring creative been defined as “coziness of the soul” Library’s delight to winter and “taking pleasure from the presence communications nights. How about of soothing things”. We of non-Nordic specialist. a Knitting Kit, a origins may have trouble pronouncing it, but it’s what we rejoice in—that satis- Scrapbooking Kit, or a Tibetan Singing Bowl to enjoy by home fires? fying experience of lighting a fireplace If you’re ready to unite hygge with after a walk in the woods, maybe with See HYGGE, pg. 23 some candles and hot cocoa.



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Keep your hearing trails well traveled

By Cory Workman, Au.D. Community Hearing Center


all is one of my favorite times of year. Change is inevitable in life but in the fall the beauty of change is on full display. The colors of the Estes Valley know no limits and the resulting display is spectacular. Fall is also a time of change for us residents of the Valley. The hustle and bustle of the tourism season starts to wane and we settle in for the winter cold and snow. This change of seasons reminds me of the changes in the seasons of our lives and where those changes may lead us. Let me explain.

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Recent research has indicated that untreated hearing loss can contribute to the decline related to dementia. Researchers found that leaving hearing loss untreated leads to social isolation, a

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decrease in mental acuity, and higher rates of depression. However, with early detection and appropriate treatments the effects of hearing loss can be minimized. Hearing loss may be a challenge and a change in our lives, but it should not stand in the way of doing the things we love to do. Early detection is as simple as calling your local, friendly audiologist and completing a hearing test. A hearing test gives a good picture of not only what sounds you may be missing, but also can assess your ability to understand speech in both quiet and background noise. During this time, strategies for improving your communication can be discussed. You may be a candidate for hearing aids and if so, there are many options for all budget needs. Starting early is key to keeping your ears and hearing healthy. Your hearing, just like a muscle has to be exercised to be in top shape. Imagine the pathways from your ear up to the speech and language

parts of your brain is like a trail. If a trail is frequently traveled it will stay clear and be easy to find. The speech and language pathways of your brain are the same. With hearing loss the pathways of the brain processing speech and language are not stimulated as much and thus the “trail” is not traveled as frequently. Your ability to understand speech and language, especially in more complicated situations, becomes more difficult over time. When we keep our hearing “trails” healthy our ability to understand speech stays clear and strong. So as you travel the many beautiful trails of the Estes Valley during this fall season don’t forget the “trails” of your ears! Keeping your ears healthy with early detection of hearing loss and appropriate use of assistive devices to keep your ears and your brain healthy and strong. So, when you get back off the trails consider contacting your local, friendly audiologist today to get started on the path to better hearing.

Balance from page 4 skilled health-care providers with advanced training in screening each individual system (including neuromuscular, vestibular, visual, and cardiovascular systems) to determine which systems are functioning correctly and which ones may need to be “up-trained” to return to full functioning. At MedX of Estes Park, our staff is skilled in both diagnosis and

treatment of these systems. If you’re having difficulty with balance, or feel like you just don’t have the “edge” you once did, give us a call to schedule a balance screen. We’ll help you determine which system needs a little extra attention, and we’ll design a customized, individual training plan to help you restore your systems to full functioning.

Take to the links with a disc By Lisa Von Bargen Estes Valley Recreation and Park District


isc Golf is a fast-growing sport whose modern version was introduced by “Steady” Ed Headrick, according to the disc Golf Association (DGA). Headrick, who was an executive at Wham-O, was the creator of the Frisbee. He introduced a type of golf game using that Frisbee, but coined the term disc Golf to avoid trademark infringement issues. By the time of his death in 2002, Headrick had designed over 200 disc Golf courses as well as being the founder of the disc Golf and the Professional Disc Golf Associations. The Estes Valley Recreation and Park District (EVRPD)

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A group of disc golfers show off their discs on the Lake Estes 9hole course.

introduced disc Golf this year at the Lake Estes 9-Hole Course that enjoys the spectacular backdrop of Rocky Mountain National Park. Three sets of tees for both traditional and disc Golf allow players to vary their level of difficulty; providing beginners a forgiving place to learn

while offering more experienced players a challenge. The course hosted its first disc Golf Tournament this past May. Assistant Golf Professional Austin Logan commented, “The competition was close, with a winning score of 58 for 18 holes”. disc Golf participation by locals as

well as visitors exceeded the expectations for the first year. One of the benefits of playing disc Golf at the Lake Estes 9-Hole Course are the amenities typically only available in traditional golf settings. Players can rent motorized carts, purchase snacks and beverages as well as apparel and souvenir items from the pro shop. Another unique aspect of the course is the local wildlife. The elk, particularly during the fall rut, take over the course. PGA Professional and Manager of Golf Services for EVRPD stated, “Typically, we remove the baskets from midSeptember through October, to protect our baskets and the rutting elk. We had to remove the baskets a few days early this year due to a bull elk uprooting them”. This closure See DISC, pg. 8

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Do HIIT to get fit By Chazz Glaze Salud Family Health Centers

the workout as a whole: If you’re doing it right, you shouldn’t need to go over 30 o, you’re hitting the minutes to get results, but gym to try and (insert you should feel exhausted fitness goal here, for after those 30 (or less) minexample: lose weight, tone utes. up, train for a race, etc), but Here are some examples of have you tried doing HIIT at good HIIT exercises: the gym? If you want to maxi• Kettlebell swings. mize your results in mini• Burpees. mum time, it’s the best meth• Jumping squats. od for it. • Any other plyometrics. • Strength training moves What is HIIT? that combine legs and arms. High-intensity interval • Squat + overhead press. training (HIIT) is when you • Lunges + bicep curl. alternate between short • Deadlift + upright row. bursts of high-energy exer• Fast cardio. cises and recovery moves or getting benefits. what burns more gas: driving • Sprinting. periods of rest. The high-inon the highway at 55 mph for What are the • Mountain climbers. tensity intervals are short, 30 minutes or scooting benefits? • High knees. generally anywhere from 10 through stop-and-go traffic That said, HIIT is definitely to 45 seconds; the recovery HIIT programs have been for 30 minutes? The latter. a less-is-more program. periods can be anywhere proven to have numerous Similarly, our bodies burn Doing it once a week is from half to twice as long, benefits, including the followmore calories more quickly enough to get benefits; twice depending on your fitness ing: with interval training. is ideal. However, HIIT level, goals and time. For • Increased metabolism, How do you do it? should not be done more example, a running HIIT both during and after your Technically, a high-intensi- than three times a week workout might involve sprint- workout. ty interval should get your because your body needs ing the curves of a track and • Weight loss. heart rate working at 80–95% time to recover in between. walking the straightaways. A • Improved insulin sensiof your maximal heart rate. As with any exercise proHIIT workout focused on tivity. strength training might • Stimulation of beneficial But if you don’t have a heart gram, talk to you doctor before beginning a HIIT regiinvolve 10 burpees followed growth and stress hormones rate monitor, you can rate your level of exertion on a men. Always begin with a by a set of bicep curls. The for recovery. one (almost no effort) to 10 proper warmup and appropribasic idea is to blast your • Improved muscle tone/ (impossible to keep going) ately cool down after you’re heart rate up and then allow strength. scale and aim for the 8–9 finished. And mostly imporit to come back down. • Better performance. range. Remember: The idea tantly, remember “high intenBecause they’re so intense, • Increased endurance. sity” is different for everyHIIT workouts are usually • Improved cardiovascular is to go hard, but only for a short period. Keep your one. If you’ve never ran less than 30 minutes. And if system. before, are recovering from you’re really pressed for • Perhaps most important- high-intensity intervals short, especially to begin. If an injury or are adjusting to time, you can follow the ly, time saved. Tabata method (20 seconds Many of these benefits may you can perform an exercise altitude, jogging or walking uphill could qualify as highly of work followed by 10 secseem the same as other types for longer than a minute at the same intensity, it’s not intense. Push yourself, but onds of rest) and squeeze in of exercise, but I like to really high intensity. The don’t push yourself over the an effective workout in as lit- explain it this way: Imagine tle as four minutes while still your body as a car. Now, same goes for the duration of edge.


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keeps our players safe too! The 9-Hole course will reopen to both traditional and disc Golf on Nov. 1. The fee for disc Golf during the winter

is $5 for unlimited play and includes a rental disc. Hours are 8 a.m. to noon, and if the weather is cooperative, a little longer. If there are no employ-


ees at the course, you may play for free! If you have never played disc Golf, stop by and give it a try – it’s an inexpensive game to start and an

easy game to learn that promotes physical activity and recreation. For more info, call 970-586-8176 or visit

Know how to properly dispose of sharps By Estes Park Health For the Trail-Gazette


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stes Park Health has had many questions recently about the proper disposal of “sharps”. Sharps is a medical term for devices with a sharp point or edges that can cut or puncture the skin. Many people use sharps at home, work or while traveling to manage medical conditions like diabetes, cancer, arthritis, blood clotting disorders and more. Each year approximately nine million sharps users will administer at least three billion injections outside of a health care facility. Estes Park Health Patient Care and Safety Committee wanted to share some impor- Sharps is a medical term for devices with a sharp point or edges that can cut or puncture the tant disposal tips with the skin. Many people use sharps at home, work or while traveling to manage medical conditions like See SHARPS, pg. 23 diabetes, cancer, arthritis, blood clotting disorders and more.


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Virtual visit: 24/7 care for anyone in Colorado By Katie Kerwin McCrimmon UCHealth


he night before Jessica Ennis was flying to a wedding in Tennessee, she started getting symptoms of a urinary tract infection. “Oh my gosh,” she thought to herself. “What am I going to do?” Not getting treatment right away would make for a lousy trip and could lead to an even more serious infection. Ennis woke up the next morning and started brainstorming about how to get medical help before she needed to catch her plane. Then, she remembered that UCHealth offers video chats with providers called Virtual Visit. Ennis hopped on to her My Health Connection app, scheduled a visit for late morning and video chatted with a doctor as her husband drove her to the airport. “It was a huge lifesaver. I couldn’t have gotten in at my doctor in time,” Ennis said. She said she loved both the care and the convenience. “They were so amazing. I got to see the doctor’s face. He saw me. He asked all the important, clarifying questions. He wanted to be sure I didn’t have a fever and that it wasn’t a kidney infection or gall stones,” she said. Once she arrived in Huntsville, Alabama, Ennis stopped at the first Kroger grocery store, and got her prescription filled and began to experience relief. She began to feel better by the time she

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Jessica Ennis did her Virtual Visit on her phone while her husband drove her to the airport. She loved the care and the convenience.

Cyrus McCrimmon / UCHealth

When patients use Virtual Visit, they get to consult with pros like Dr. Chris Davis, an emergency medicine specialist who manages virtual care for UCHealth.

reached Chattanooga, the wedding destination. “We’re so lucky to have so


many advances in technology. It’s a great option to be in the comfort of your own

home and not have to leave, but still get high quality health care. I’m thrilled UCHealth is offering this service,” she said. And the communication with Ennis’ regular primary care provider was also seamless. Immediately after her online visit, Ennis’ medical record was up to date and her regular doctor was in the loop. While Ennis frequently uses her My Health Connection app to ask her provider questions and request refills, patients don’t necessarily need to be tech savvy to do a Virtual Visit. And, they don’t need to be current UCHealth patients. Any adult in Colorado with See VIRTUAL, pg. 23

Fall brings new services to the Wellness Cottage By Melissa Roberts The wellness Cottage


he Wellness Cottage on Manford Avenue currently consists of two businesses, Estes Park Acupuncture and Reverie Beauty and Bodywork. Owners, Melissa Roberts and Brooke Claasen came together in the spring of 2018 with the intention of enhancing our community’s access to wellness services. Their goal has been to create a space for healing and self renewal, using their respective services. Services include acupuncture, Chinese herbs, B12 injections, massage therapy, facials, lash extensions, and more. Collagen induction therapy (CIT), also called microneedling or microchanneling, is a new service for the Wellness Cottage. All practitioners at the Wellness Cottage, Melissa, Brooke and Logan, are trained in this leadingedge procedure for skin rejuvenation. CIT is a minimally invasive procedure that involves the use of a device that contains fine needles that vibrate to puncture the skin at specific depths to simulate a controlled skin injury. Each puncture creates a channel that triggers the body to fill and repair these microscopic wounds by producing collagen and elastin, a substance that keeps your skin firm and youthful looking. CIT will keep your skin looking and feeling younger by activating your body’s natural regenerative ability to help tighten and lift skin, while minimizing many common skin problems. This service stimulates your body’s

Courtesy photo The Wellness Cottage

natural ability to generate new healthy skin rather than utilizing destructive inflammatory techniques like many treatments in the aesthetic industry. This results in a virtually no downtime after treatment and happier, healthier skin. At the Wellness Cottage, we combine our CIT treatments with acupuncture or massage, making the treatments more relaxing and more holistic in nature. Our goal is to nourish and stimulate your beauty from the inside out. We believe that beauty starts with health. We offer guidance on herbs, nutrition, lifestyle, and we use high-quality skin care products to nourish and support the best version of you. For any questions, or to see if you are a candidate for CIT, please call or text: • Melissa Roberts, MSOM, L Ac (970) 577-9725. • Brooke Claassen, LMT, LE (402) 304-6691. • Logan Morris, LMT, LC (303) 304-1342.

Left to right: Logan Morris, LMT, LC; Brooke Claassen, LMT, LE; Melissa Roberts, MSOM, LAc





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Ice Nine Kills

November 4 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

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In a sea of subculture sound - alikes and would - be social media stars, ICE NINE KILLS stand tall as passionate artistic trailblazers. For over a decade, ICE NINE KILLS has built a thrilling new world for their band and their growing legion of fans. “INK” summons the most captivating elements of metal, punk and melody with theatricality, cinematic obsession, and literary fascination, creating a thrilling vision. After a decade of studio adventures and live showmanship, ICE NINE KILLS joins the ranks of likeminded hard rock acts like Avenged Sevenfold, Slipknot, and Marilyn Manson, in terms of the combination of music and lifestyle and cult - band reverence.


November 22 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Before changing the Electronic Music game in South Africa as GoldFish, Dominic Peters and David Poole were mild - mannered students by day – that blew the roof off house parties by night. Their trail - blazing live show, which mixed tireless house beats with multiple live instrumental performances earned the attention of a swelling house and electronic music fan base. As their fame grew, so did their scope, scouring obscure sources for unique and cheeky samples that they twisted into endlessly fun hooks and choruses. Stirring African rhythms and Sax melodies into the mix helped Goldfish evolve a truly unique house sound. A consistent string of chart - topping hits — and a live show that has seen countless festival appearances from Coachella to Glastonbury — has helped GoldFish become one of the most enduring and influential groups in live electronic music.

Classical Concert Sundays: The Park / Reeves Duo November 24 @ 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm

Stanley Live and The Central City Opera are excited to announce the second performance in the Classical Concert Sundays series! Join us for an afternoon of song and story at The Historic Stanley Hotel. Ms. Park artfully weaves together her brilliance as a violin virtuoso with her passion for music education and community outreach. A founding member of the Lark Duo and a frequent collaborator with friends and colleagues, Ms. Park has a passion for bringing world - class performances and music education into local communities, all while providing support to the next generation of musicians. Equally adept as an orchestral musician, Ms. Park serves as Principal Second Violin of Central City Opera, Acting Principal Second Violin of the Boulder Philharmonic, and performs frequently with the Colorado Symphony and Colorado Ballet and Opera Colorado orchestras.

Gregory Alan Isakov (Sold Out) December 13 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Many musicians have day jobs to make ends meet. However, few artists maintain the lifestyle kept by Gregory Alan Isakov. The Colorado - based indie - folk artist is a full - time farmer who sells vegetable seeds and grows various market crops on his three - acre farm, while also tending to a thriving musical career. $1 from each ticket sold for this show will support Project Worthmore. Project Worthmore provides opportunities for refugees through six programs — Community Navigation, English Language, Worthmore Clinic, Family Partnership, Delaney Community Farm, and the Yuh Meh Food Share — which assist refugees in becoming self - sufficient and improving their quality of life.

Railroad Earth

December 27 & 28 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm

Railroad Earth is a bluegrass - influenced American band formed in Stillwater, New Jersey in 2001. The band’s music combines elements of progressive bluegrass, folk, rock, country, jazz, celtic and other Americana influences. Recognized as “carrying on the tradition of improvisational, genre - spanning music laid forth by the Grateful Dead,” Railroad Earth is known for lyrical songwriting and extensive live improvisation. The band takes its name from the Jack Kerouac prose poem “October in the Railroad Earth.” The band also has a song of the same name. Stanley Live and AEG Presents are thrilled to announce Railroad Earth, live at The Stanley Hotel. “Oh Mama ain’t it good to be alive, where you’re mountain top and feeling high”

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The Pavilion features a 250-seat glass door auditorium and over 8,000 square feet of banquet space set against a private pond. Now open, the stunning new Pavilion is available for one-of-a-kind weddings, receptions, celebrations, or corporate events.

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Get well at the Aspire Spa By The Stanley Hotel For the Trail-Gazette


he Stanley Hotel had a big year in its wellness department. New adventure classes, yoga classes and spa options are just a few of the new offerings this year. This summer, the Aspire Spa at The Stanley opened its doors for business. The new facility was in the works for over three years. The new construction included a $5M, 10,000 sq. ft. spa and fitness center, which connects directly to The Aspire lobby. Included in the spa are eight treatment rooms that will be used for massage, skin and facial treatments, and special hand and feet care. The spa features a brand new 12-person steam room and sauna, perfect for a cold and snowy evening. Outdoors, a new pool, hot tub and fire pit area give guests the chance to relax in a highend resort environment. The facility also includes a 2,500 sq. ft. fitness center with a group work-out area. Atop the building is a large wellness and relaxation deck complete with fire tables, an urban Aspen tree landscape and comfortable lounge furniture from Restoration Hardware. The breathtaking views from the deck feature vistas of Longs Peak, Lake Estes, the Mummy Range, Lumpy Ridge, and the historic Stanley buildings on campus. While the spa will provide a great new amenity for hotel guests, locals will also be able to purchase day passes to use the facilities as well as to attend classes and programs. Renowned outdoor outfitters Kent Mountain Adven-

Quinn Brett leads the yoga class offerings at the Stanley Hotel.

ture Center and The Stanley Hotel recently partnered to offer world-class adventures and luxury hospitality under one roof. Building on a successful three-year partnership, Kent Mountain Adventure Center a dedicated activity and retail center in the lobby of the Aspire building on The Stanley campus this year. The new location coincides with the completion of the Stanley’s brand-new, 7,000 sq. ft. Aspire Spa, which opened this summer. The Kent Mountain Adventure Center and Stanley relationship started in 2016 as a way to better serve each other’s customers both looking for all-inclusive packages to stay and play in Estes Park. Over the subsequent years, the program has grown to include year-round activities for hundreds of guests ranging from family-friendly hikes in Rocky Mountain National Park to The Bucket-Lister – a two-day package that includes one night at The Stanley and one night sleep-


ing in a climbing port-a-ledge suspended hundreds of feet above the ground. “It’s become a regular occurrence to see Kent Mountain Adventure Center vans pulling in and out of The Stanley Hotel,” said outfitter owner Harry Kent. “We’re thrilled to now have a dedicated home in The Aspire. It’s an exciting new chapter in our 32-year history operating in the Estes Park community.” The new Kent Mountain Adventure Center location at The Aspire created an expanded guest experience that includes all-inclusive guided outdoor adventures, luxury hotel accommodation, and access to the generous facilities of the Aspire Spa. The partnership also includes a new focus on group and corporate team building as well as youth and family activities. “What’s better than jumping in a hot tub after a long day on the trail or getting a massage and relaxing on the rooftop with a glass of wine?”

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said Stanley spokesperson Jill Schaldweiler. “We’re creating a seamless resort ecosystem that’s uniquely Colorado and guaranteed to draw guests from around the country, maybe the world.” Included in the new Aspire space is the addition of an indoor rock-climbing wall, which is exclusively operated by Kent Mountain Adventure Center. The space is designed to engage beginner climbers and serve as a yearround all-weather climbing experience for intermediate and advanced climbers. The new Aspire facilities also include a wellness and outdoor education classroom where Kent Mountain Adventure Center and Stanley customers can take course in backcountry safety, avalanche awareness, health and wellness workshops, and other wilderness education. “We’ve put a new flag in the ground that Estes Park is Colorado’s number one backcountry adventure hub. This is just the latest step of a 32See ASPIRE, pg. 20

By Kati Blocker UCHealth

Life is better with diabetes education


arla Norvell realized something was wrong when her hair started falling out and she inadvertently lost 40 pounds in just a few months. For about seven years, Norvell, 55, had prediabetes blood glucose levels, but she wasn’t able to avert the serious chronic disease. In Aug. 2017, she was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. “At first there was a lot of worrying and a lot of guilt,” Norvell said. “But now I understand there is more I can do.” Type 2 diabetes is a condition in which the body stops using insulin properly. There are ways to help prevent it – by making lifestyle changes to control the disease – and gaining more understanding through a diabetes prevention program. “People will think that diabetes is basically an eating disorder and if you start eating right you can cure yourself. But it’s not that simple,” said Stacey Fox, a diabetes nurse educator with UCHealth Diabetes and Medical Nutrition Therapy. “It’s a physical and metabolic problem made more difficult by our modern-day lifestyle, where everything is at our fingertips. It is how much your body is making insulin and how it is responding to it. The body just can’t overcome that.”

Through diabetes education, Norvell began to understand how important it was for her to continue to learn

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Karla Norvell feels people have the wrong idea that you can’t enjoy the things you love if you have diabetes. But she’s learned it’s about being smart, and learning what that means for you through diabetes education.

about her chronic disease. “You have to take diabetes seriously,” she said. “It’s a major thing in life — and you’re going to have it your whole life. I’m amazed at how many people are not informed about their diabetes because they have not sought out diabetes education.” In fact, fewer than 7% of people with Type 2 diabetes receive diabetes education in their first year after diagnosis, Fox said. “Studies and data show that when someone attends classes or diabetes education, it can result in a .6% reduction in their A1C — that’s just through diabetes education alone,” she said. “Then of course, medication and lifestyle changes can improve that number even more.”

Last year, Norvell attended the UCHealth Fall Community Diabetes Update. The halfday annual workshop, which occurs on Nov. 2 this year, provides the most recent research and information about diabetes management. “Living well with diabetes can be a lot of work,” said Susan Stauffer, a registered nurse with UCHealth Diabetes and Medical Nutrition Therapy. “We want to provide our community with the latest information and available tools that can make managing diabetes easier.” For Norvell, it provided more insight into a disease that is so case-by-case. “You have to learn what’s right and what works for you,” Norvell said. “Everyone is different,”

Fox continued. “And that’s why committing these few hours to diabetes education really can make the difference long term.” This year Norvell said she hopes not only to attend again but also to bring a friend with diabetes, so they too can benefit from the information. “The update was incredible, as it packed in a lot of information, with doctors covering all different specialties, and people asked good questions that I hadn’t thought about before.” After the 2018 event, Norvell decided she could take an even more active role in managing her diabetes and she oined the UCHealth comSee DIABETES, pg. 22


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According to the 2007 Larimer County Waste Composition Study, 26% of the Landfill trash was not divertible.

By Judi Smith For the Trail-Gazette

Mindful diversion

bags (dishwasher proof silicone versions); k-cups and paper coffee pot filters; water nce we are mindful of bottles; flimsy shopping everyday items that bags; take-out boxes; “discontribute to greenposable” paper (or plastic) house gases, it becomes cups, dishes and flatware; more and more difficult to vacuum cleaner bags; and ignore what we already Styrofoam (in any form). We know. Protection of the earth only buy long term use LED is also protection of our indi- light bulbs for the house and vidual health. Since realizing we have cut our disposable that my innocent, but still battery use by 50% -- little by thoughtless, actions contrib- little. ute to the detriment of our But it is not enough. environment, and that what I According to the 2007 Lardo can affect the world at imer County Waste Composilarge, I have become more tion Study, 26% of the Landfill willing to spend time (and trash was not divertible. In a sometimes finances) to corsimilar study in 2016, this rect my behavior – gradually. non-recyclable, non-comSince the fires and floods postable garbage constituted of 2013, members of my 49% of the Landfill additions. household have gradually This growth could appear cut our use of paper towels devastating, until you realize (terrycloth bar towels); that the goal here is to reduce Kleenex (large men’s handthe Landfill contributions to kerchiefs); both “ziplock” 100% non-compostable, nonbaggies and paper lunch recyclable items for which



there are no other options. Consider that recyclables in the landfill decreased despite the addition of C&D materials, which Larimer County plans to recycle in the future. Then notice that food and yard waste decreased to half what it was in 2007. So -- we are doing something right! But it is not enough. The biggest diversion problem in Estes is the organics. With no public composting option, yet, we know that any Estes Park decrease is not from a Larimer County solution. Individual households and businesses are resolving this issue by themselves. How? Both yard waste and food waste were reduced by half. This must be the result of either a true, overall, reduction in disposal, or an increase in diversion. Yard waste reduced from 7% to 4% and food waste from 13% to

6% -- county wide. Perhaps, here in Estes, the increased participation of restaurants in the Crossroads program might be a factor? Perhaps Larimer County households are wasting less food? Perhaps there is increased composting participation in Loveland and Fort Collins? Future plans for the Larimer County Wasteshed Program include not only C&D recycling, but yard waste composting and also windrow composting for food waste. However, there is no plan to collect any of these three additions in Estes Park. The methane produced from organic waste decomposing in the Landfill is 21% more hazardous than carbon monoxide. We must find other ways to eliminate this deadly greenhouse gas. Please feel free to contribute ideas.

Estes Park Health pediatrician shares the dangers of vaping

By Estes Park Health For the Trail-Gazette

out of the e-cigarette is not actually vapor; it’s an aerosol, like hairspray. What that is atricia Aldridge, MD, is doing when coating the lungs a crusader for stopping is still unknown. vaping in our commuThere are now six reported nity and especially with our deaths in Colorado and 15 youth. Here is what she would nationally from vaping. There like to share. are also more than 450 possiVaping, or electronic cigable cases of lung disease rettes have sky-rocketed in caused by electronic cigapopularity. The most concernrettes. You may wonder how Patricia Aldridge, MD, is a ing population of growing people die from e-cigarettes. crusader for stopping vaping users is adolescents. ElecThe lung disease described in our community and tronic cigarettes are being from vaping ranges from an especially with our youth. advertised as safer than tradi- Here is what she would like to unusual type of pneumonia to tional cigarettes. Unfortunate- share. Acute Respiratory Distress ly, the opposite is true, as eviSyndrome (ARDS). In ARDS, denced by the recent wave of rettes increase heart rate and the structure of the memblood pressure, damage arter- branes in the lung break vaping-related illnesses and deaths. Nicotine and the oth- ies and harm the developing down so that oxygen cannot brain directly. What comes er toxic chemical in e-cigacross from the lungs into the


bloodstream. Sometimes even with a breathing machine this process cannot be controlled, treated or reversed resulting in permanent lung damage or death. The cases of lung disease have worsened quickly. If you use e-cigarettes and experience difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, chest pain, diarrhea, vomiting, fatigue, fever please see your healthcare provider, call 970586-2200 for the Estes Park Health Physician Clinic. Important truths that you should know: • Electronic cigarettes DO contain nicotine. In fact, one manufacturer’s pod contains as much nicotine as 20 cigaSee VAPING, pg. 22

Think the golden years aren’t golden? Think again.

Top 10 reasons being older is better 10. Young people learn from your wisdom. 9. Embarrassment is no longer a concern. 8. Having common sense. 7. You don’t need to do the dumb things you had to do when you were young, like worry about what people think. 6. You can get fatter and you don’t care. 5. Life teaches you the things you need to know. 4. Naps anytime. 3. No work, school, or alarm clocks. 2. Senior discounts! 1. People are friendlier when you have gray hair!


Cannabis an effective, safe way to deal with health issues By the Trail-Gazette Sponsored by CBDepot

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Cannabidiol, or CBD and delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, are two of the most widely known cannabinoids present in marijuana, and they both have different effects. THC is the compound in marijuana that produces a high when consumed, while CBD is unlikely to get an individual high, but has exploded in use for its health benefits across the country. There are no known side effects of CBD, and THC has ones like dry mouth, red eyes, short-term memory loss and issues with coordination. Both CBD and THC can help with health issues, whether physical or mental, but THC is the only com-

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pound that a user will experience a high with. Both CBD and THC can be smoked, taken as an oil, supplements or gummies, and can also come in a topical form. CBD has been used for everything from migraines and depression, to seizures, mental disorders and insomnia. THC can treat most of the same conditions, and both compounds can help with pain, nausea and anxiety. It is important to know what you are taking and how much the dosage is. You can stop into stores like CBDepot in Estes Park or Kind Care in Fort Collins to have your questions answered about CBD or THC so that you can make an informed purchase.

Conflict resolution: How do we reshape reality?

By Denise Lord Estes Valley Restorative Justice Partnership


t programming earlier in the month, I was asked for tangible ways to reengage those who have made mistakes, with an emphasis on what support services might enable those individuals to change. While there is a lot that a responsible party can do in these situations (and restorative justice can play a huge part in), it prompted consideration for the part we, as individuals in this community, can play. Have you ever been in a situation where someone continued to think of you in a less than flattering way despite your best efforts to resolve a situation? Would you be more or less willing to change if you knew you would be thought of the same way regardless of your future interactions? Too often we distance ourselves from others by thinking that, while they clearly did something wrong, we somehow are above human error. When we make mistakes, we tend to associate it with a poor decision. However, when those we are in conflict with do the same, we link it to character — more specifically, a flaw in their character. And if we continue to see people in this light, it does not provide an opportunity for those individuals (or even the situation) to change. Why would someone want to reform, if they are forever seen as their biggest mistake? A person’s potential is far

Denise Lord is the executive director at the Estes Valley Restorative Justice Partnership.

beyond their most regretful behavior. If they are only being measured on the past, their worth is tied to their previous interactions and not the prospect of a different future. So, what is it that we can do in these situations? First, recognize that we are all human. Just as we make mistakes, others do as well. If our mistake was out of character, we can give that benefit of the doubt to the other person as well. Second, refrain from jumping to the conclusion that a person is bad just because their behavior was bad. By separating the deed from the doer, we can recognize the negative impact of an action without assigning negative value to the person’s worth. Third, enable individuals to reestablish themselves. By not holding on to an instance that was terrible as defining of an individual, it provides the opportunity for something different and creates an environment more receptive to change. If what we want is a different outcome, would it not behoove us to consider the

influence of our role in potentially changing a situation? By examining our own behavior, we can consider if we have locked ourselves into a way of thinking/communicating/interacting that blocks resolution. We have the power to create meaningful change, opening up the door for possibilities that encompass more than the previously undesirable behavior. Yet if we continue to perceive others as inherently different, we cut off that possibility for ourselves and the other person as well. If perception shapes reality, are we willing to reshape the way we perceive (and receive)?

Our role is an important one. Our ability to recognize that the way we engage actually influences how others play is crucial in reshaping reality. If you are interested in further exploring how power and dynamic influence interactions, please join us for the last program in our series with the Estes Valley Library for Conflict Resolution Month: When Cultures Meet. The daylong workshop will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 30, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., in rooms 201/202/203 of Estes Park Town Hall, located at 170 MacGregor Ave. Registration is required at

Mental health and addiction services for adults, children and families. Serving Medicaid clients at no charge.

(970) 494-4200 OFFICES IN: Fort Collins | Loveland | Estes Park


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The Historic Crags Lodge.

Recipe: Savory butternut squash quinoa salad By Phil Berry

2 cups Tri-Colored Quinoa 2 cups Arugula ½ cup Balsamic Vinegar Reduction

Executive chef, Historic Crags Lodge


his fall, treat yourself to a savory butternut squash quinoa salad. This item is currently not on our menu, but it is a great healthy fall meal.

You’ll need: 1 Butternut Squash

To prepare:

Cut Butternut Squash in half and remove seeds Preheat oven to 325 degrees, place Butternut Squash facedown on sheet and bake for 30-45 min. ie until soft. Let cool and remove skin. Cook Quinoa as directed.

Reduce Balsamic Vinegar in saucepan until it is thick as honey Mix Arugula and cooked Quinoa. Slice Butternut Squash into bite sized pieces. Place Quinoa and Arugula in the center of the dish, add slices of Butternut Squash around the center and drizzle Balsamic Vinegar Reduction over the top. Enjoy!

Aspire from page 14

year journey with many more big announcements soon to come,” said Kent. Also new this year at the Stanley is a new yoga class taught by Quinn Brett, which kicked off in September with a rooftop patio session at the Aspire. Schladweiler said one of the key missions with the new rooftop patio is having a wellness space there. The way the furniture is organized leaves a great portion of the roof open to wellness

activities, like yoga and tai chi, she said. Brett is not only a wellknown favorite in town, but is also a highly regarded yoga instructor. She has recently put out an adaptive yoga series for people with spinal injuries or disabilities. “We are most excited to be able to take wellness to a whole new level by having a space like this that is available for the community and Courtesy photo / The Stanley Hotel for our guests,” Schladweiler The view from the rooftop of the Aspire Spa. said.


The mountains are calling By Charley Dickey For the Trail-Gazette


ost people enjoy hiking in the summer when it’s warm and good weather is plentiful. I love it also, but there is a different kind of enjoyment when you’re hiking in the winter. Some of the advantages are the lack of people on the trails and the pristine beauty of the mountains and landscape. Some of the disadvantages are the lack of people on the trail and the inherent dangers of variable weather conditions. Hiking in the winter requires a lot more preparation than throwing on a pair of shorts, trail shoes, and a bottle of water. You must always be prepared to spend the night on the mountain. That requires taking with you the proper equipment to do so. A quick search on the internet will help you decide what you should take. Snow conditions may warrant crampons and ice axes, or you may only need micro spikes. Nowadays, it is foolish to not have some type of communication device in case trouble arises. Cell service is not always available in the mountains. There are many training classes available on avalanche awareness, winter camping, and map & compass reading. Many are free. I highly recommend these courses if you have not taken them recently. If you are hiking or climbing in a steep snow area, an avalanche beacon can potentially save your life in the event you are covered up in snow. All these comments are meant to help you have a safe and memorable hike. Remember – research where you are going, don’t go alone,

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Charley Dickey hiking near Chasm Lake in the snow.

and tell someone where you are going, the route you are taking, and when to expect you back. There is nothing more

beautiful than knocking the snow off your tent and opening your door to the beauty the mountains hold. The sound of snow crunching

under your footsteps with a background sound of complete silence is serenity at its finest. Enjoy all the seasons the mountains have to offer.


Diabetes from page 15

prehensive diabetes education program. This program takes patient education a step further. After she was referred to the program by her doctor, Norvell met one-on-one with a registered nurse. Then she was given the option to attend a two-day comprehensive diabetes education workshop, where she got a deep dive into the physiology of

diabetes, myths and facts about the disease, information on short- and long-term complications of uncontrolled diabetes, and tips on how to prevent those complications, as well as medication options. “We really get the class talking, and people begin to learn from each other,” Fox said. “There are so many different pieces to the puzzle that it’s really up to the per-

son living with diabetes to find the pieces that really connect and work for them.” The second day is all about nutrition and its impact. Participants learn about food groups and how they influence blood sugar levels. “I haven’t had to make huge sacrifices,” Norvell said. “People have the wrong idea that you can’t enjoy anything. It’s just about being

smart, and you need to learn what that means for you.” “People feel less overwhelmed and gain more selfconfidence when they receive diabetes education,” Fox said. “This is not a ‘Lone Ranger’ disease. The more people you have surrounding you and helping you deal with the issues that arise and problem solve, the better the outcomes.”

Walk from page 3 health benefits associated with walking, it’s important to get in around 30 minutes of consecutive walking each day. Walking has also been proven to improve brain function and memory, especially in aging populations. And it’s also believed to reduce depression and boost mood, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA). The ADAA suggests that a “10minute walk may be just as good as a 45minute workout” when it comes to relieving anxiety and depression. Another study, published in the U.S. National Library of Medicine, shows that your mood and level of self-confidence can be increased by walking for just 12 minutes a day. To compound that even further, Stanford researchers determined that walking stimulates one’s creativity. “Walking opens up the free flow of ideas, and it is a simple and robust solution to the goals of increasing creativity and increasing

physical activity,” the study states. So even just taking a few minutes in the morning to take a walk around your neighborhood or going on a planned walk around Lake Estes, there are many health and wellness benefits to walking that don’t always meet the eye. And what better place to walk yourself to good health than Estes Park? The Department of Health and Human Services recommends people get 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity each week. If you’re new to routine walking but would like to incorporate it into your daily schedule, it’s OK to start slow and work your way up. If you can’t walk the recommended 30 minutes a day, start with five minutes a day and work your way up each week until you can walk for 30. Make sure you wear comfortable shoes and attire. Warming up your joints before you walk is also recommended, as well as cooling down after you’re

done. And always be sure to stretch. With the weather starting to cool down, grab your jackets and walking shoes and get outside to walk your way to better health. Here is a short list of some popular walks to take in Estes Park. Lake Estes Trail: Take a stroll around one of Estes Park’s treasures as you are surrounded by towering mountain landscapes and abundant wildlife. Knoll Willows Trail: Take a trip back in time on the Knoll Willows Trail, located in the heart of downtown Estes Park. Here you will meander over the Black Canyon Creek up to the remnants of the Birch Family cabin, which overlooks the town of Estes Park and the continental divide. Downtown Riverwalk: Take a stroll through downtown along the Estes Park Riverwalk where you will pass by restaurants, sculptures and other historic remnants of the town.

Vaping from page 17 rettes. Because the amount of nicotine in e-cigarettes is so high, a person builds a tolerance more quickly and that results in an earlier and stronger addiction. • E-cigarettes are NOT recommended as a way to quit smoking. In fact, people who use e-cigarettes may be more likely to start smoking traditional cigarettes. • Bystanders CAN breathe in the toxic aerosol from an

e-cigarette. • The amount of nicotine in one pod is enough to kill a toddler if eaten. • E-cigarettes are not regulated by the FDA, so the products contain varying amounts of nicotine, THC and other toxic chemicals like antifreeze. That means that the pod or liquid used today may have a lot more nicotine than the one used yesterday. Therefore, the effect on the


heart and blood vessels will change from use to use. • Labeling of all ingredients is not currently required since e-cigarettes are not regulated, so the label may not include all the toxic chemicals that are actually contained. Vaping ingredients bought on the street may have even more drugs and chemicals added. • E-cigarettes have different names and difference forms. Some vaping devices

are shaped like flash drives, regular cigarettes, ball point pens, personal vaporizer and electronic hookas. The vaping industry is currently delivering on its third-generation of vaping devices. Please get the facts and talk with your teens and pre-teens about vaping. If you have any concerns or questions, contact your health provider. If you vape, talk to your health provider about quitting.

Virtual from page 10

access to a computer, tablet or smart phone can use Virtual Visit, even those who don’t have health insurance. There’s a flat fee of $49 for visits if a patient doesn’t have insurance. The service is available 24/7. Dr. Chris Davis, the medical director for Virtual Health at UCHealth, said the tool is ideal for a particular set of complaints including: coughs, colds and flu, pink eye, sinus infections, sore throats, urinary tract infections and vomiting and diarrhea. Providers can prescribe medications, but will not dole out opioids or other pain pills. Patients should not use Virtual Visit if they are having a medical emergency such as chest pain or trouble breathing, Davis said. “This is convenience care,” Davis said. “We can connect you with a provider and be done with your visit in less

Sharps from page 9

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Jessica Ennis did her Virtual Visit on her phone while her husband drove her to the airport. She loved the care and the convenience.

than 30 minutes, then you can pick up your prescription within an hour.” Ennis and her husband have two young children. Like all parents with young children, the family is busy. In the past, they’ve tried getting urgent care from a company that sends providers to the house. But, Ennis said,

she much preferred her Virtual Visit. “This will be my first line of defense in the future,” she said. “It really could not have worked out better.” Schedule an appointment or learn more about other conditions that can be treated using Virtual Visit at

Hygge from page 5

your wellness goals, the Library has some special titles to put you in the perfect frame of mind. “The Little Book of Hygge” is an easy-to-browse book that will inspire you to think about how candles and lamps can improve your mood. And how positive touch—whether snuggling with a loved one or a favorite pet—can release oxytocin to reduce stress, fear, and pain. Charlotte Abrahams builds on these ideas in her book, “Hygge”, where she describes the joys of celebrating simplicity and focusing on the present moment. She writes of hygge-inspired exercise: “Nothing beats the exhilaration of running over frozen fields, the air sharp in

your throat, the wind bringing tears to your eyes, and when the sun shines on the frosty dogwoods, I know that all is right with the world.” “How to Hygge” by Signe Johansen takes these lyrical ideas and gives practical ways to build hygee into your day-to-day living—from how you plan your day to how you arrange your home. And as the hygge philosophy reminds us, “No one ever regrets being active outdoors, especially if there’s a delicious reward at the end of it …” You can find some hygge recipes with emphasis on natural ingredients in “Scandinavian Comfort Food”, like Spicy Pumpkin Soup with Croutons, and Nordic Qui-

noa Salad, a Roast Pork with Potatoes and Apple Relish, and a Kale and Pancetta Tart. Finally, if you find that long winter nights leave you craving more light, you’ll find a great resources in the Library of Things: try the Verilux Happy Light—especially suitable for days when sunshine is in shorter supply. Happy Lights are commonly used to treat what’s called seasonal affective disorder. The kit offers an easy way to try out the device before buying an expensive machine. May hygge—and your hometown library—help you connect with winter wellness, along with a good book, and some cocoa by candlelight.

Community to ensure we keep our community safe. Here are some tips for properly disposing of used sharps: • Sharps should always be placed in a strong, plastic container. • Sharps should never be thrown loosely into the trash or toilet. • Sharps that retract after use, or are very small, should be disposed of like all other sharps. • Sharps should never be recycled. • Estes Park Health will take used sharps in the Emergency Department. Check at the Emergency Department Admissions Desk for directions. Sharps should not be placed in the Medication Take-Back Station located in the Estes Park Health Physician Clinic. Estes Park Health employees and volunteers are not allowed to handle sharps for any person but will direct you to the proper sharps disposal container in the Emergency Department. There are also two locations in Northern Colorado for sharps disposal: Larimer County Landfill, 5887 S. Taft Hill Rd., Fort Collins, CO 80526 and Northern Colorado Health Network, 400 Remington St. Suite 100, Fort Collins, CO 80525. These locations require that sharps are brought in approved sharps containers. Sharps are not accepted in other containers or loose. For additional sharps education, please visit and make sure you know how to properly dispose of sharps for yourself, a family member and your pet.



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Estes Park Wellness Guide 2019  

Estes Park Wellness Guide 2019