Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the U.S., yet about 42 million Americans still smoke cigarettes. KSJD's Jeff Pope talks with Midge Kirk from the Montezuma County Health Department about why tobacco use remains a big health issue in the U.S., and about the Great American Smokeout, an event which is held each year in November to encourage smokers to use the date to make a plan to quit.
The demands of caregiving can be overwhelming, especially if you feel you have little control over the situation or you’re in over your head. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Linda Carter, Marketing Director at C&G Health Care Management, about how caregivers can get help managing the needs of their loved one, and make sure they take good care of themselves too, at the 4th Annual Montezuma-Dolores Caregiver Forum on November 13th.
In this episode of Pandora's Box, host Joanie Trussel talks with Trisha Sheehan, regional field manager at Moms Clean Air Force, about when a train crash occurred outside of her town and led to the toxic contamination of her family when vinyl chloride that was being transported on that train was released into the air.
Hunger is an issue that affects communities across America, and especially children who need good nutrition. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with community health organizer Gretchen Groenke and Kristen Tworek, Director of the Good Samaritan Center in Cortez, about how local food pantries and farmers are working together to bring fresh food to those who need it most.
Our society often falls short when dealing with aging and the physical and mental challenges that it brings. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Susan Ullman, a Physical Therapist who directs the rehabilitation clinic at Vista Mesa Living Residence in Cortez, about how we can grow old in healthier, more compassionate ways that lead to more appreciation and happiness.
For more on the Conscious Aging Workshops that Susan is offering through the month of October 2014, please call 970-779-0979.
The effect of domestic violence on the children who experience it can be devastating and long-lasting. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Lisa Henry, a licensed professional counselor, about how domestic abuse starts and becomes cyclical, how it impacts children in homes where abuse occurs, and about a local program pffered by Renew and the Four Corners Child Advocacy Center that is working to curb domestic violence and the trauma it causes.
The Women’s Cancer Coalition is a group of professionals, community members, and cancer survivors who promote awareness and education. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Tiffani Waters and Sue Thompkins, board members from the Women's Cancer Coalition, about how women can better prevent and detect cancer, programs offered to help women get screenings, and the Pretty In Pink Fashion Show that raises money to fund these programs.
A recent report from the state of Colorado shows the impact that poverty is having on children in Montezuma County. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Vangi McCoy, Coordinator at the Montelores Early Childhood Council, about how growing up poor can adversely affect the education, health, and futures of our kids.
The term "organic" is widely used in food labeling, but what does it really mean? In this episode of Pandora's Box, co-host Lyn Patrick and KSJD's Tom Yoder discuss how the term "organic" is defined, how organic food is certified, and why eating organic food is beneficial to your health.