More than 900,000 people across the country suffer heart attacks each year according to the Centers for Disease Control, and heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women. For this month’s Healthy Conversation, we’re talking heart health. KRCC’s Andrea Chalfin is joined by Lieutenant Colonel Karl Brewer, an internist at [...]

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Shortly after Colorado Springs City Council passed the downtown no-solicitation ordinance, we began a Big Something series exploring the ways in which this ban is perceived by the people it affects. Our first piece featured interviews with a local street musician and a self-described “houseless” man, both of whom expressed frustration with the ordinance [...]

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January is national Cervical Health Awareness Month. Joining KRCC’s Andrea Chalfin for this month’s Healthy Conversation is Lt. Col. Anthony Sullivan, chief of OB/GYN at Evans Army Community Hospital at Fort Carson. Sullivan says primarily, the most common issue when it comes to the cervix is abnormal pap smears. We begin by talking about [...]

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Shortly after Colorado Springs City Council passed the downtown no-solicitation ordinance, we began a Big Something series exploring the ways in which this ban is perceived by the people it affects. Our first piece featured interviews with a local street musician and a self-described “houseless” man, both of whom expressed frustration with the ordinance [...]

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A lot of people take dietary supplements, everything from a multivitamin to herbs. For this month’s Healthy Conversation, KRCC’s Andrea Chalfin is joined by sports dietician Major Trisha Brooke Stavinoha to talk about how these supplements have the potential to create unintended consequences. We start by talking about what a dietary supplement is.

For [...]

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End of life issues are often challenging, but hospice can help provide assistance to both the patient and his or her family. For this month’s Healthy Conversation, KRCC’s Andrea Chalfin is joined by Doni Grebenstein from Evans Army Community Hospital at Fort Carson to talk about hospice and palliative care. She starts by explaining [...]

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October is breast cancer awareness month. Joining us for this month’s Healthy Conversation is Colonel Mike Woll, Chief of Surgery at Evans Army Community Hospital at Fort Carson. We begin by talking about why it’s so important to bring awareness to breast cancer every October.

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September is Fruit and Veggies, More Matters month. Joining us for our Healthy Conversation is Lieutenant Colonel Elizabeth North, a registered dietician at Evans Army Community Hospital. We begin by talking about just how many servings of fruit and vegetables we’re supposed to get in a day.

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As awareness about the critical role bees play in agriculture grows, so has interest in backyard bee keeping. For KVNF in Paonia and the iSeeChange project, Julia Kumari Drapkin looks into questions that North Fork Valley beekeepers have about bee swarms this year.

KVNF and KRCC are both Rocky Mountain Community Radio [...]

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August is designated as National Breastfeeding Month, drawing attention to the natural, physical way in which mothers nourish their children. For this month’s Healthy Conversation, KRCC’s Andrea Chalfin is joined by nurse and board certified lactation consultant Lori Yoshimiya from Evans Army Community Hospital to talk about the process, challenges, and very personal nature [...]

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June is Men’s Health Month. KRCC’s Andrea Chalfin recently sat down with Lt. Col. Dave Haight, who is an Army Family Practice Physician at Fort Carson, to talk about some of the less obvious reasons to pay attention to men’s health.

For more information:

Centers for Disease Control: Men’s Health
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The National Interagency Fire Center recently reported that unusually high temperatures and dry conditions, combined with light winter snowpack, are heightening the risk for extreme wildfires in Western Colorado, particularly as temperatures increase through June. Traditionally, mid-May marks the start of wildfire season on the Western Slope, but this year there was an earlier [...]

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Springtime seemed to arrive quickly this year. A new project from Rocky Mountain Community Radio member station KVNF called iSeeChange takes a look at the phenomenon. Julia Kumari Drapkin spoke with both citizens and scientists about the early spring, and has this story.

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The National Institute for Mental Health estimates about one in five American adults suffers from some form of mental illness. While May is Mental Health Awareness month, we’re bringing you something a little different for our Healthy Conversation. Fort Carson recently hosted a media day to highlight some of the behavioral health programs in [...]

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April is Alcohol Awareness Month, and joining me is Kimberly Henry, who manages the Army Substance Abuse Program at Fort Carson. I began by asking her to put alcohol abuse by soldiers into perspective.

For more information:

Centers for Disease Control
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (and [...]

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates about 1.7 million people in the U.S. sustain a traumatic brain injury each year, and 35% of them are caused by falls. Joining us this month for our healthy conversation is Robin Wininger, who is the Regional Education Coordinator for the Defense and Veterans [...]

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Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. That’s according to the Centers for Disease Control. Joining me this month to talk about heart health is Colonel Robert Rudolphi, a general internist at Evans Army Community Hospital at Fort Carson.

More information can be found at the American [...]

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The Centers for Disease Control estimates around 50% of all prescribed antibiotics are actually unnecessary. Joining me this month to talk about the issue is Lt. Col. Steve Ford, Director of Pharmacy Services at Evans Army Community Hospital.

For more information, visit the Centers for Disease Control.

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This month for our health series, we’re going to talk about eye health. We’re joined by Major Brett Nelson, an ophthalmologist and chief of refractive surgery at Evans Army Community Hospital at Ft. Carson. We begin by talking about the most common eye issues.

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November is diabetes awareness month, and we’re joined by Dr. Jill Diede, a family nurse practitioner and the Chief of the Disease Management Clinic at Evans Army Community Hospital at Ft. Carson. We spent most of the conversation talking about Type II Diabetes because it’s the most prevalent form of diabetes.

For more information, [...]

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We continue our medical series with Ft. Carson specialists by talking about breast cancer. We’re joined by Lt. Col. Matthew Mayfield, who heads the general surgery department and oversees the breast surgery clinic at Evans Army Hospital. We begin by addressing why breast cancer awareness continues to be so important.

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This month we’re beginning a new medical series here on KRCC with specialists from Fort Carson, aimed at highlighting various health observances. Medical conditions are certainly not exclusive to military personnel or the civilian world. To kick off the series, Colonel Jimmie Keenan, Commander of Evans Army Community Hospital, talks about an issue that’s [...]

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October 23, 2014 | NPR · Frustrated scientists argued Wednesday that making nasty viruses even worse in the lab provides crucial insight into preventing pandemics. Others say it just ups the risk a lab germ will start one.
 

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October 23, 2014 | NPR · Amber Vinson, 29, the second of two nurses diagnosed with the disease after treating an Ebola patient at a Dallas hospital, has no sign of the virus as of late Tuesday.
 

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October 23, 2014 | NPR · A man identified as 32-year-old Michael Zehaf-Bibeau was killed by police in a Parliament building in Ottawa. He’s being described as a recent convert to Islam.
 

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October 23, 2014 | NPR · Where’d the term “red tape” come from? Why are the Simpsons yellow? And is there a rhyme for orange? We answer these pressing questions — and more — in a new look at your old friend Roy G. Biv.
 

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October 23, 2014 | NPR · The author of Reading Lolita in Tehran returns, this time with a paean to the importance of literature in a democratic society. Reviewer Heller McAlpin says Azar Nafisi may be preaching to the choir.
 

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October 23, 2014 | NPR · In a candid interview, the ever-innovative pianist traces the lines between Buddhist chants, Sly Stone and Miles Davis, while shedding new light on some hard facts about his past.
 

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October 23, 2014 | NPR · Soused matches Walker’s spellbinding compositions and voice with Sunn O)))’s metallic abyss. Like the album, Gisèle Vienne’s short film is bewildering and fraught with terror that’s unspoken.
 

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October 23, 2014 | NPR · In a candid interview, the ever-innovative pianist traces the lines between Buddhist chants, Sly Stone and Miles Davis, while shedding new light on some hard facts about his past.
 

October 22, 2014 | NPR · Steven Ellison has built an impressive reputation among critics and fans in the know for mixing hip hop, jazz and electronica into something original. But even for the aforementioned followers, the new album from Ellison — better-known as Flying Lotus — is a surprise. It’s all about death, not as something to be mourned but as a journey to be anticipated.
 

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