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Tip of the Week

Wellness Tip of the Week

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Spring has arrived! It may be time to open your windows to let in fresh air, but did you also know that certain house plants can help purify the air? Boston Ferns, English Ivy, Peace Lilies, Snake Plants, and Spider Plants are good choices. Click to learn more: NASA StudyNASA Guide to air-filtering house plants

Wellness News

January 25, 2017

Peer Navigator Project Launches at Denver Public Library

BHWP is partnering with the Colorado Mental Wellness Network in an innovative project that places “peer navigators” at the Denver Public Library. These peer navigators will work with patrons, particularly Denver’s homeless population, to help them find housing resources, mental health services, get an I.D., find substance abuse services and more.

BHWP will be providing evaluation support for this project. For more check out the media coverage here.

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November 30, 2016

Additional Research Shows It’s Never too Late to Quit Smoking

The American Journal of Preventive Medicine published research this week supporting the finding that “older adults who quit smoking in their 60s had a lower chance of dying in the years that followed than contemporaries who kept smoking.”

Not shockingly, the study found that “the earlier people quit the better, but there was still a benefit even for late quitters. Of those who quit in their 30s, 16 percent died. In their 40s: 20 percent. In their 50s: 24 percent. And in their 60s: 28 percent.”

To read NPR’s coverage of this research, go here.

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A Study in Wellness

JIM PAVLIK, M.A., Program & Policy Analyst

Coffee has been one of my favorite things since I was about 15 years old. For a brief, fleeting moment, I went through a Monty Python-inspired Anglophile phase, complete with scorched tea and cream. But once past that, I have been deeply into coffee ever since. And now that there’s a tiny Pavlik in the house, its importance to me has only been elevated.

Coffee, for most of my life, has had a pretty rough reputation. And that reputation was formed in American science’s seamy underbelly of improperly applied statistics.1 Basically, researchers either did not know to or did not care to separate out the harmful effects of smoking on health. That is, until recently, coffee drinking and smoking were companion behaviors. So, until the prevalence rate of smoking began its rapid fall in the late 90s, it was hard for researchers to find available pools of people who both drank coffee and did not or had not smoked.

This was doubly troubling because smoking seems to undo a lot of coffee’s protective health effects and in at least one area (lung cancer) the combination of the two seems to be worse than smoking alone (Drinking coffee seems to protect against lung cancer in those that do not smoke.

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Spotlight

Registration Open for May TTS Training

The RMTTS-C Program has opened registration for the May 15-18, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. The training will be held at the University of Colorado Downtown Denver Campus. The fee for all four days of training is $1,200 and includes breakfast, lunch, and certification.

Tobacco Treatment Specialists are an indispensable facet of healthcare organizations’ tobacco cessation services. Join the growing number of tobacco specialists working across the nation. This comprehensive program consists of 3 full days of training and one day of testing. Upon completion, you will be eligible to achieve the advanced certification of Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist.

Register for the May 15-18, 2017 training

More information on the RMTTS-C Program

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