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    • September 27, 2013
    • Health Insurance Changes for Coloradoans

    • Healthcare insurance in Colorado is changing. As of October 1st, many Coloradans will be eligible, based on income, to reduce the cost of private health insurance through . Many will also be newly eligible for in 2014. Additionally, eligible children and pregnant women will still be able to get insurance through (CHP+). The have issued the following helpful tips regarding the new insurance exchanges launching this fall: If you don’t already have health coverage, the Health Insurance Marke... MORE →
    • September 23, 2013
    • East Lionshead Circle Road Closure

    • A short section of East Lionshead Circle will be closed from Sept. 23-27 to allow for completion of repair work to the existing two eastern most paver crosswalks along East Lionshead Circle in front of the Lionshead Welcome Center. All vehicular access east of this location will be required to access via West Meadow Drive and through the Dobson Ice Arena and Library Plaza; this generally includes the Vail International, Lodge at Lionshead and Treetops commercial upper parking garage. All access ... MORE →
    • September 5, 2013
    • On-site Physical Therapy Now Available at The Westin Riverfront at Beaver Creek

    • Howard Head Sports Medicine – the official physical therapy provider for the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Olympic Team – provides innovative healing techniques performed by highly gifted physical therapists, helping patients rebuild and return to the activities that they love to do.Physical therapy services now available at Howard Head Sports Medicine at The Westin Riverfront include Active Release Technique, Aquatic Therapy, Hand Therapy, Manual Therapy, Oncology Therapy, Post-Operative Therapy, Re... MORE →
    • August 30, 2013
    • Surfing for Nutrition?

    • Author Katie Mazzia MS, RD, CDE is a nutritionist at Vail Valley Medical Center. The Internet can be an awesome resource for food and nutrition information; however, not all of it is reliable or credible. Below are some of my favorite nutrition blogs and websites you can trust and might even give you a fresh perspective, inspire you to cook more, or try a new food! Nancy Clark’s blog on sports nutrition: Digestive Nutrition: Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutrition: Make sense of ... MORE →
    • August 15, 2013
    • Diet & Inflammation

    • Author Katie Mazzia MS, RD, CDE is a nutritionist at Vail Valley Medical Center. Inflammation is an important part of the healing process following an injury. It’s easy to see inflammation taking place when we have an injury, with the area becoming noticeably red, warm, and swollen although some inflammation is not noticeable. It can occur during infection, immunologic reactions, obesity, poor diet and is sometimes a part of our genetic predisposition. Acute inflammation leads to repair of the ... MORE →
    • August 9, 2013
    • Get to Know Eagle County’s Only Certified Women’s Health Physical Therapist: Stephanie Drew

    • Having practiced physical therapy for 10 years, including work with orthopaedic patients, Stephanie Drew has specialized in women’s health at Howard Head Sports Medicine since 2009, helping transform the lives of both women and men of all ages dealing with sensitive problems in the body’s nether regions. Drew is one of just 194 physical therapists in the United States with a board certification in women’s health. What exactly does this mean? Let her tell you. She will be the first to say that “i... MORE →
    • July 23, 2013
    • Year One: Success

    • One year ago, the Vail Valley Surgery Center in Edwards opened with high hopes. The vision was the beautiful new center would better serve the entire valley's medical needs, offering excellent surgical treatments in a warm and friendly mid-valley location, easily accessible from both ends of Eagle County.The success was not certain though. Would the valley's residents agree with the vision?Apparently so. Since its opening in June 2012, the Vail Valley Surgery Center – Edwards has performed more ... MORE →
    • June 25, 2013
    • The Best Health Apps for Eating, Sleeping and Working Out

    • Katie Mazzia MS, RD, CDE is a nutritionist at Vail Valley Medical Center. She suggests the following great apps to reach your fitness and nutrition potential.Seafoodwatch (free)Ever wonder which fish are sustainable, safe, eco-friendly, wild caught and not full of contaminants? Check this app out to select the best choices! (free)Which foods should you buy conventional vs. organic? This app ranks food based on pesticide residue. (free)This is a wildly popular app that grades your food A-D base... MORE →
    • June 25, 2013
    • Professional Pains

    • We spend at least a third of our lives working, so it’s not surprising our jobs affect our health. Work-related health problems are typically thought of as caused by accidents, toxic chemicals or jobs that threaten one’s safety, such as being a fisherman, which currently has the highest fatality rate among U.S. occupations. (There’s a reason why a reality show about fishermen is called “Deadliest Catch.”)What many don’t think about is how non life-threatening environments, such as working in an ... MORE →
    • June 24, 2013
    • Nourishing Medicine

    • Getting sick or having an accident that results in surgery is a major life event. But sometimes a stay in the hospital is just the beginning of what can be a long road to recovery. Being laid up at home, fragile and tired, can be difficult and seem interminable. There’s a reason chicken noodle soup is used almost medicinally when people are under the weather — it’s both comforting and nutritious, the perfect balance for someone in recovery. Because no matter how skilled the surgeons are, a body... MORE →