Exercise, trail reports and more

As the new year begins, residents and visitors to northern Colorado have many new ways to be healthy and enjoy the great outdoors.

Cancer patients offered gym membership, workout support 

Studies have shown that engaging in exercise is very beneficial for those undergoing cancer treatments. Physical activity can keep muscles from atrophying, boost blood flow and strengthen cardiovascular health, as well as improve mental factors such as self-esteem and social interaction.

That's why Miramont Lifestyle Fitness, a community-oriented and premier fitness center in northern Colorado, is offering free memberships to cancer patients and a workout buddy for six months through its Cancer Wellness Program. There is no date range for the complimentary membership program; cancer patients may sign up at any time.

“Miramont has devoted a great amount of time and energy to fighting against cancer in our community,” says Miramont Owner Cliff Buchholz. “We have the utmost respect for local cancer patients and want to encourage them in all possible ways.”

In addition to its Cancer Wellness Program, Miramont has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the UCHealth Cancer Center and nonsmoking lung cancer research at The University of Colorado Cancer Center through its Colorado Moves to End Cancer program. The program has included a spin-a-thon, cocktail party, yoga activities and many more events that have gathered the community in support of local cancer fighters. In 2016 alone, the program raised $82,000 total.

For more information, call 970-282-1000 or visit www.miramontlifestyle.com.

NoCo trail reports easy to access

Have you ever geared up for a hike and traveled all the way to a trailhead only to find it closed for mud or trail work? Have you ever tried to check ahead, but found it difficult because you have to go to multiple websites to get an accurate report?

The frustration of an unexpected or unknown trail closure can now be avoided by checking www.NoCoTrailReport.org, which covers trails managed by Larimer County Natural Resources, City of Fort Collins Parks and City of Fort Collins Natural Areas. The interactive map at www.NoCoTrailReport.orguses red, yellow and green color coding to indicate when trails in Larimer County are closed, useable with caution and open. Click on a section of trail to get details explaining the closures and cautions. 

The site can be "pinned to your home screen" on a phone or tablet to act like an app. For an iPhone, launch the Safari app, connect to www.NoCoTrailReport.org, tap on the "Share" button and tap on "Add to home screen." For phones that use the Android operating system, create a bookmark to the URL by opening www.NoCoTrailReport.org, tap the menu button and add the page to your bookmarks. Open your bookmarks list using the menu button and find the new bookmark you just added. Press down and hold on the bookmark until you see a menu, then tap "add to home screen."

NoCo Trail Report is a collaboration between City of Fort Collins and Larimer County to provide comprehensive and official trail information for some of the most loved trails in the area.

Horsetooth Reservoir is No. 3 on list of America's Best Lakes

Horsetooth Reservoir took third place on a list of America’s Best Lakes published by the popular social media platform Foursquare.

Foursquare allows users to virtually “check in” at locations via their mobile devices and provide reviews and rankings of these places. Horsetooth Reservoir has received a score of 9.5 out of 10. This score puts Horsetooth Reservoir third on Foursquare’s list of America’s Best Lakes, behind only Lake Harriet in Minneapolis, Minn., and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir in New York, N.Y., which both scored 9.6. (Horsetooth Reservoir has since earned a score of 9.6 since the list of America’s Best Lakes was first published earlier this year.)

“Placing third on this list is an indication that visitors really enjoy Horsetooth Reservoir,” says Gary Buffington, Larimer County Department of Natural Resources director. “Our staff works hard to provide visitors with fun, safe experiences at Horsetooth, and this ranking is further affirmation that we’re doing just that.”

Foursquare users who have visited Horsetooth Reservoir have provided glowing reviews of the water body, such as “Fishing is good and the cabin rentals are nice” and “Absolutely beautiful! Make sure to take a drive around the north side of the reservoir for more serene scenes!”

The list of America’s Best Lakes can be viewed at https://foursquare.com/foursquare/list/americas-best-lakes

The Bureau of Reclamation owns Horsetooth Reservoir and lands around the reservoir. Larimer County manages recreation on Horsetooth Reservoir through an agreement with the Bureau of Reclamation.

Weld County Health Department receives national accreditation

The Weld County Department of Public Health and Environment (WCDPHE) recently achieved national accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB). The national accreditation program works to improve and protect the health of the public by advancing and transforming the quality and performance of the local public health departments. The Weld County Health Department is one of fewer than 200 health departments nationally that have thus far achieved accreditation through PHAB since the organization launched in 2011. The Weld County Health Department is only the fourth local health department to become accredited in Colorado.

“We are pleased and excited to be recognized for achieving national standards that foster effectiveness and promote continuous quality improvement,” says Mark E. Wallace, WCDPHE director. “The accreditation process helps to ensure that the programs and services we provide are as responsive as possible to the needs of our community. With accreditation, the health department is demonstrating increased accountability and credibility to the public, funders, elected officials and partner organizations with which we work.”

To receive accreditation, a health department must undergo a rigorous, multi-faceted, peer-reviewed assessment process to ensure it meets or exceeds a set of quality standards and measures. 

“Whenever you see our seal of accreditation, you will know that the Weld County Health Department has been rigorously examined and meets or exceeds national standards that promote continuous quality improvement for public health,” says Eric Aakko, health department spokesperson and accreditation coordinator. “By continuing to improve our services and performance, we can be sure we are meeting the public health needs of those we serve as effectively as possible.”

The Weld County Health Department provides a range of services, from immunizations to birth and death certificates, to restaurant food safety, to air and water quality monitoring, to youth drug use prevention, and disease outbreak investigations and response. For more visit www.weldhealth.org.