Grand County, give the gift of health this year |

Grand County, give the gift of health this year

Eric Murray / Voice of Your Hospital
Kremmling, Colorado

Good health is something everybody wants so this year focus on giving gifts that support proper exercise, diet and positive mental outlook. Here are just a few ideas to show you care and help you finish your shopping list.

Body work

Instead of facing lines at the malls, simply open the phone directory under any one of these categories, call then ask for a gift certificate: massage, chiropractic treatments, acupuncture, reflexology or even Reiki. These disciplines all keep the body feeling good and keep blood and energy flowing. All of these approaches are said to boost the immune system and keep muscles and joints moving better. A spa treatment package would be well received by almost anyone ” especially moms, I’d bet.


There is finally a video game that encourages fun and fitness: Wii Fit by Nintendo. By stepping up on an exercise board, the program monitors your balance and recommends fitness activities such as yoga, strength training and aerobics. You can go skiing, walk a tight rope and a lot of other activities while watching your performance on your TV screen.

Exercise balls, bands and yoga mats are affordable and easy to use in the home. Buy an instructional video to accompany these gifts and you’ll be hearing “thank you” long after Christmas.

Mental Health

Books, CDs, and DVDs can inspire, calm and refocus people. Be sure to understand the personality you are buying for if you go this route. To be safe get them a gift certificate.

There are many great medical doctors who have published recently. Dr. Oz is a forward thinking physician and author who might inspire your loved one ” he inspired Opra after all. Dr. Grossman, longevity doctor and former Grand County physician also has published materials available on how to live a healthier, longer life. Let’s not forget Deepak Chopra, (who many don’t realize is an M.D.), with some very practical tips on living a happy and healthy life style.

Health monitors

If you are concerned about high blood pressure of loved ones you might consider a blood pressure monitor. This equipment might help the receiver focus on better diet and stress management. These can be beneficial, however the most accurate readings are those taken by health care professionals. (The hospital in Kremmling and Timberline Family Practice in Granby offer free blood pressure checks by simply walking in and asking.)


Perhaps scheduling an appointment with a registered dietitian will help a loved one organize their eating menus and schedules. Healthy cookbooks and instructional videos also abound and could be just the right gift for someone who is struggling with weight management or for those who simply love the art of cooking and the enjoyment of eating.

Help them to stop smoking

Encourage those you love who have the mentally addictive habit of smoking by encouraging them to see a family practice physician. There are new methods of smoking cessation available that might just set them on a path of healthier living and breathing.

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