Making Billings Dementia Friendly

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While people tend to assume that people with dementia live in nursing homes, many with early stage dementia live successfully in the community by making adjustments and taking safety precautions. The effort to help Billings become “dementia friendly,” involves training community members to recognize signs of dementia and learn how to respond to common situations.

Advocating for Public Health

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Guided by the Board of Health’s legislative policy agenda, RiverStone Health promotes health and disease prevention, injury and violence prevention and the availability of health care.

Resolve to Improve Your Health

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Make 2019 a time to include more exercise and healthier foods in your life. If you’re unsure where to start, remember Healthy By Design’s 5-2-1-0 message.

Five or more fruits & veggies. Two hours or less of screen time. One hour of physical activity. Zero sugary drinks & more water.

Reading Sharpens Minds

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Reading to children and by children benefits their brain development and other aspects of their lives from infancy onward, as this column by Dr. Samuel Ward points out.

New Babies Bring New Worries

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Along with the joys of motherhood comes some worry. Shannon Hauck, a Registered Nurse with Nurse-Family Partnership at RiverStone Health, offers some advice for new moms.

Caring for the Homeless

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Join Healthcare for the Homeless at the Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day ceremony at 12:15pm on Friday, December 21, on the Yellowstone County Courthouse Lawn. The brief outdoor ceremony recognizes the needs of the homeless in our community on the winter solstice, the shortest day and longest night of the year.

What parents should know about e-cigarettes

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Claire Oakley, our Director of Health Promotion, offers insights into what parents need to know to help their children and teens avoid using e-cigarettes and the harmful effects of nicotine.

Testing & Treating HIV

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A physician with the Montana Family Medicine Residency explains HIV risk factors and treatment. Last year, 691 people in Montana were living with HIV/AIDS. During the first nine months of this year, 16 Montanans were newly diagnosed with HIV infections, including seven in Yellowstone County.

Helping Child Victims

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The Yellowstone Valley Children’s Advocacy Center opened in 2012 to meet the needs of children who have been victims of crime. The Center, which is now housed on the RiverStone Health campus, provides a safe space for children to be interviewed by specially trained child forensic interviewers.

Regulating Body Art Studios

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Body art studios are inspected at least once a year by Registered Sanitarians with RiverStone Health to check for safe and sanitary conditions. Since tattoos and piercing break the skin, unsafe and unsanitary practices can lead to scarring, nerve damage and infections, as this Billings Gazette column points out.

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