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Table of Contents
Index of Advertisers
Index of Stories
Barrett Hospital & HealthCare Home Health........15
Barrett Hospital & HealthCare Walk-in Clinic........ 9
Barrett Hospital Obstetrics/Family Medicine........... 4
Dillon Dental Clinic..................................................... 3
Dillon Medical Clinic................................................... 2
Dillon Medical Supply...............................................14
Dillon Tribune............................................................13
Dilmart, The................................................................12
Good Life, The.............................................................. 5
Kindred Nursing and Rehabilitation.......................16
Legacy, The.................................................................... 8
Montana Skin Cancer & Dermatology Center.......11
Orme Family & Implant Dentistry............................. 2
Pioneer Federal Savings & Loan...............................10
Southwest Montana Community Health Center..... 7
State of the Heart Therapy........................................... 6
YMCA............................................................................ 9
Beaverhead County takes over WIC Clinic.............. 3
Family & Implant
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Dillon, MT 59725
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Laughter is good medicine.......................................... 6
Gut bacteria is good..................................................... 8
Short naps help............................................................. 8
Legislature considers Medicaid expansion................ 9
Norovirus on rise........................................................11
Legislature addressing tanning beds........................12
Winter workout options............................................14
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Free arthritis classes..................................................... 5
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120 S. Atlantic St. • Dillon, MT 59725
(406) 683-4400
Hours for your convenience:
Mon-Fri: 7:30 am - 5:30 pm,
Sat 10 am - 2 pm, Closed Sunday
Lab work available at clinic
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Beaverhead County now providing WIC Clinic
Anaconda-Deer Lodge Public Health has subcontracted
WIC services to Beaverhead
County Public Health (BCPH).
BCPH took over the staffing
of the program in October
2014. “This is a wonderful
opportunity for Public Health
to offer an important program
to our women and children in
Beaverhead and Madison counties”, stated Sue Hansen, Public
Health Director.
WIC is the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for
Women, Infants and Children.
This public health program is
designed to improve health outcomes and influence lifetime
nutrition and health behaviors
in a targeted, at-risk population. Nutrition is the cornerstone of the WIC program. WIC
provides supplemental foods,
healthcare referrals, nutrition
education, and breastfeeding
promotion and support to lowincome pregnant, breastfeeding, and postpartum women,
and to infants and children up
to age five who are found to be
a nutritional risk.
Public health
Beaverhead County Public Health Director Sue Hansen
(center) and her staff Debbie Robinson and Lilia Guillen will
now provide WIC services to the county. J.P. Plutt photo
Persons wishing to apply for
WIC need to contact BCPH to
set up an appointment. WIC
days are every Tuesday in
Dillon and the third Monday in
Sheridan located at Ruby Valley Hospital. BCPH is located
at 41 Barrett Street and the
contact number is 683-4771.
Persons applying for WIC
benefits must meet the following eligibility requirements:
Pregnant women; Breastfeeding women; Postpartum
women; Infants up to age
one; Children up to age 5; The
household must reside in Montana; The household income
is at or below current WIC
income guidelines or household meets adjunctive income
eligibility definition; Medicaid;
SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition
Assistance program)
; TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families);
Nutritional: Persons within the
household applying for WIC
have a nutritional risk 1 month
of check stubs is required for
proof of income.
WIC provides good food and
a whole lot more! WIC is a nutritional program that provides
nutrition and health education,
breastfeeding support, healthy
food and referrals to other services free of charge to Montana
families who qualify.
People interested in more
information about WIC can go
to the Montana WIC Program
website at http://wic.mt.gov.
A WIC prescreening tool can
be used to determine if a person may be eligible for WIC
benefits and takes less than 15
minutes to complete.
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Regular dental cleanings not only improve
Oral health, but also can decrease the risks
associated with several systemic diseases such
as diabetes and heart disease. Come and let
our professional hygienists, Carissa
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and Susie Nye, help you keep your family’s
teeth and gums in optimum health.
Justin H. Rhodes, DMD provides quality
dental care for children, teens and adults.
Offering implant dentistry, prosthetics and
extractions, as well as preventative measures
such as sealants, fluoride and other routine
care. We provide Nitrous Oxide, also known as
laughing gas, for your comfort.
Currently accepting
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Dillon Dental Clinic
Justin H. Rhodes, DMD
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600 Highway 91 South • Dillon, MT 59725
(406) 683-3000 • www.barretthospital.org
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Barrett Hospital &
HealthCare Offers
Our Family
Team Is Now
• Routine Prenatal Care
• Obstetrics Lab Panels
• Fetal Ultrasound
• New Parent Tours
• Labor Management
• Vaginal Deliveries
• Cesarean Deliveries
• Lactation Consultations
• Lactation Clinics
• Childbirth Preparation
• Well-Baby Checkups
Whether you are becoming parents for the
first time or the fourth time, Barrett Hospital
& HealthCare can meet your pregnancy—
and delivery—needs. If you are looking for
compassionate, quality care as you bring
your child into the world, Barrett Hospital &
HealthCare is here for you, offering quality
care close to home.
Our Family Medicine/OB Providers are
uniquely qualified to care for you from the
moment you find out you are pregnant and
beyond, caring for patients in all stages of life.
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Our Family Practice medical
staff are able to provide services
to every member of the family,
offering medical services from
pediatric to geriatric stages of life.
Service Examples:
Pediatric Care
• Well-Child Exams
• Immunizations
• Consults for Behavioral
• Nutrition
• Acute Illness
• Disease Management
• Weight Management
• Social Interactions/
Adaptive Concerns
• Eating/Nutritional Concerns
• Acute Illness
• Disease Management
Adult Care
• Wellness Screenings
• Acute Illness
• Disease Management
For appointments, please call
(406) 683-1188.
Free arthritis class helps regain movement
By M.P. Regan
Dillon Tribune staff
Regular exercise that requires you to use stiff, achy
joints may seem like the last
thing you’d want to do—or
could do, or should do—if you
suffer from arthritis.
But a free, bi-weekly class
in Dillon shows those afflicted
with the painful, often debilitating condition how they can
move through their discomfort—and revive parts of their
bodies and lives they may have
all but given up on.
“Many people with arthritis
are in so stiff and in much pain
that they believe moving will
just create more pain,” said
Cheyanne Sparks, who hosts
the one-hour Arthritis Exercise
Class two mornings a week at
her Spark Into Motion exercise
studio in downtown Dillon.
“But when you’re in pain and
actually come to this class and
do the simple moves through
your joints, your joints get
lubricated and you walk away
feeling better,” said Sparks,
who started the class three
years ago with help from the
national Arthritis Foundation
and is continuing it this year
through the Montana Arthritis
“People who wake up with
an ache in their shoulders and
come to class and move through
their stiff joint can leave with
the pain gone,” added Sparks,
who has recruited dozens of
area schoolchildren to exercise thousands of hours over
the past few years through
the local Walking School Bus
program she coordinates.
“I just really look forward
to every class,” said Vi Iverson,
a regular at the local Arthritis
Exercise Class. “It keeps me
The movements performed
during the class are subtle
and simple—many of the done
while sitting—yet can profound
effects on the people making
“I was surprised, because
all the exercises we did are
small and gentle, but they really make a difference,” said
Maggie Marting, who came
down from Twin Bridges to
Free range
Cheyanne Sparks (center) guides students through the gentle, yet highly beneficial movements that help loosen stiff joints in the free Arthritis Exercise Class she teaches twice a
week in Dillon. M.P. Regan photo
attend class in December.
“I’m very enthusiastic about
According to the Arthritis
Foundation, arthritis is not just
the normal aches and pains that
come with aging, but “a complex family of musculoskeletal
disorders consisting of more
than 100 different diseases
or conditions that can affect
people of all ages, races and
The three most common
of those diseases are osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis
and juvenile arthritis, which
afflicts children 16 and under.
Arthritis directly affects
more than 50 million Americans, according to the Arthritis
Foundation, and leads to almost
one million hospitalizations
per year. The leading cause of
disability in the U.S., arthritis
has an immense impact on our
overall economy, as well as
a devastating impact on the
day-to-day lives of millions of
The Arthritis Foundation
calls exercise “a valuable tool
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Laughter can be the best medicine
Though laughter is often
referred to as “the best medicine,” no definitive study has
been conducted to determine
the effects of laughter on overall human health, leaving open
the possibility that maintaining
a good sense of humor and a
positive attitude are just as
Arthritis class
important, if not more important, than finding time to laugh
each day. But even if laughter
is not medicinal, its benefits
can mimic those of exercise.
When a person laughs, his or
her pulse and blood pressure
increase, and people tend
to breathe faster when they
laugh. Faster breathing sends
more oxygen to the tissues,
which can help the heart and
lungs work more efficiently. In
addition, a Vanderbilt University study found that between 10
and 15 minutes of laughter can
burn as many as 50 calories.
Finding time to laugh may also
indirectly improve the body’s
immune system response, as
studies have suggested that
infection-fighting antibodies
might be more abundant in
people who can use humor to
combat stress.
a traditional gym format,”
said Sparks, adding that even
people who don’t suffer from
arthritis are welcome to attend the class and can benefit
greatly from it.
“Hey, this is a free class that
can really improve a person’s
life— more people should be
here,” said the ever-positive
Sparks, who just launched a
vigorous outreach effort to
recruit more people to attend
the class.
“We’ll be contacting churches, the Bicentennial Apartments, assisted living facili-
ties—everywhere we can to
get the word out that there is
a class that’s free that a lot of
people in the community can
benefit from.”
A one-hour session of the
Arthritis Exercise Class is held
at Spark Into Motion, Suite
#4 at 36 N. Idaho St. in downtown Dillon, each Monday and
Wednesday, 10:30–11:30 a.m.
The class is open to people
of all ages and abilities, even
those without arthritis. There
is no charge to attend. For more
information, contact Cheyanne
Sparks at (406) 531-1996.
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in the fight against arthritis.”
Sparks said her Arthritis
Exercise Class can also help
dispel the myth that you need
high-impact exercises to improve your physical condition.
“These exercises are lowimpact, but they have a lot
of benefits, like stabilizing
the joints, strengthening the
muscles and helping you regain
your balance,” said Sparks, noting that the gentle movements
can help people perform more
vigorous activities they may
have been foregoing due to
arthritis, such as taking walks
or lifting groceries.
“And they are all exercises
that people can continue to
perform in their homes.”
Looking to get more people
in on the class, Sparks is handing out Montana Arthritis
Program prescription pads
with the time, date, location
and name of the class to people
she thinks might gain a lot by
attending it.
“The Montana Arthritis
Program is really focusing on
bringing this gentle exercise
program to rural Montana to
give individuals better access
and opportunities outside of
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Center (CHC)
41 Barrett St, Dillon • (406) 683-4440
Megan Evans, MD
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The right bacteria in your guts is a good thing
Your guts are full of bacteria, and that’s not necessarily
a bad thing. In fact, it’s a very
good thing if it’s the right kind
of bacteria.
Good gut flora aid in the
production of vitamins and hormones, helps us digest food and
can stem the tide against bad
gut bacteria that can diminish brain function and mental
health, and cause swelling and
As is so often the case in
health matters, it’s a two-way
street. While beneficial gut
bacteria helps us digest food,
eating the right foods helps
generate better gut bacteria.
Whereas eating the wrong
kinds of foods and indulging
the wrong kinds of behaviors
can kill off good gut bacteria and foster the growth of
bad gut bacteria and cause
diabetes, cancer, hair loss and
graying, along with various
digestive disorders, such as
irritable bowel syndrome. And
bad gut bacteria has a way of
giving you urges to eat foods
that will feed it, thus giving you
more bad gut bacteria.
Bad gut flora can also foster
obesity, the cause of almost 20
percent of premature deaths,
according to a Columbia University study published in the
American Journal of Public
The good news: according
to a recent study published in
Nature, a change in diet can
bring about a dramatic change
in your gut bacteria within a
day. Or rather, that’s good news
if you make healthy changes to
your diet.
To make changes for the
better in your gut bacteria, try:
*Eating foods that promote
the growth of good gut bacteria, like yogurt with live cultures (always check the label),
fruits, vegetables, miso and
buttermilk. Talk to your doctor
about customizing a diet that
promotes good gut bacteria.
*Cutting back on sugar.
Many bad gut bacteria thrive
on sugar.
*Laying off the stress. The
chemicals released in our
bodies when we are feeling
stressed can kill good gut flora
and severely impact digestion.
*Watching how you eat. Eating the right things the wrong
way can negatively impact
your gut flora. Eat slowly and
chew your food thoroughly.
Good digestion starts in your
*Cutting back on fried foods
and processed foods. Yet an-
other reason.
*Getting tested for food
allergies. Eating a food you’re
allergic to can wreak havoc
with your gut bacteria, and
with the rest of your body. So
if you suspect you’re allergic to
a particular food or just often
don’t feel right after eating,
check with your physician for
potential food allergies or other
digestive problems.
According to the National
Sleep Foundation, a short nap
of 20 to 30 minutes can improve
alertness and performance
without creating feelings of
grogginess or interfering with
nighttime sleep. A NASA study
that examined sleepy pilots and
astronauts found that those
who napped for 40 minutes
improved their performance
by 34 percent. While napping
can be beneficial, napping can
have a negative impact as well.
For example, those who nap too
late in the day may struggle to
get a decent night's rest later
that night, when the length and
quality of sleep may not be as
long or as strong as it would
had they not napped so late in
the day. Men and women who
find themselves suddenly need
naps despite no obvious cause
of fatigue should consult their
physicians, as this might be
indicative of a sleep disorder
or another medical condition.
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Montana Legislature considers Medicaid expansion
HELENA, Jan. 19 (AP) –
About 70,000 low-income Montanans would be covered under
an expansion of Medicaid as
long as the federal government
covers at least 90 percent of the
cost, the governor said Monday
in his proposal on the issue.
Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock unveiled the legislation
called the Healthy Montana
Plan with sponsor Rep. Pat
Noonan of Ramsay in a room
of about 100 supporters at the
Under House Bill 249, adults
making up to $16,105 a year and
a family of four earning up to
$32,913 would qualify under
the guidelines.
``These are Montanans who
struggle to make ends meet,’’
Bullock said, referencing
cooks, ranch hands and day
care providers. ``Studies show
that the vast majority of those
without access wake up every single morning and go to
Bullock’s proposal is based
on the Healthy Montana Kids
program, which provides coverage of children in low-income
families. It would expand
Medicaid in the same manner
to adults through competitive
state contracts with private
insurance companies for care
at negotiated rates.
Crystal Estelle of Havre is
one of the thousands of people
who would qualify for Medicaid under the bill. A single
mother of two children whose
job involves caring for disabled
people, Estelle could be treated
for rheumatoid arthritis and
diabetes if the bill passed.
``I work just as hard as
people working for a higher
wage,’’ said Estelle, who is also
a college student. ``I find it ridiculous that I do what I do and
cannot get health coverage.’’
Republican lawmakers rejected the expansion in 2013
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saying they feared the state
eventually would have to pony
up the costs.
A measure in Bullock’s bill
would terminate coverage if
federal funding dropped below 90 percent. However, that
doesn’t make Republican Sen.
Fred Thomas, chairman of the
Public Health Welfare and
Safety Committee, more willing to support the plan.
He said future legislatures
easily could change that provision and once a government
program starts, it’s nearly
impossible to repeal.
Earlier this month, Thomas
and other Republicans unveiled their own proposal
called the Montana Healthy
Family Plan. It would expand
Medicaid to as many as 15,000.
Thomas said he expects a
bill with the major elements of
that proposal to be introduced
in the next week.
``I think what we’re propos-
ing is an excellent compromise
and keeps Medicaid for society’s most vulnerable and uses
public dollars as efficiently as
we can,’’ Thomas said.
Thomas does like one section of the Bullock bill involving a mandatory fraud and
abuse reporting system and
said he thinks Republicans and
Democrats will be able to work
out a compromise.
Bullock said he’s willing to
work with lawmakers to find
a solution but those who offer
something significantly less
than what the state could are
not bringing a real plan.
``It’s just essentially a deflection,’’ Bullock said.
In response Thomas said,
``We’re here to drill down on
the issues that need to be addressed, not just for spending
more government money.’’
The District of Columbia
and 27 states have expanded
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• Open 5 days a week • Most forms of insurance accepted
• Basic diagnostic and preventative services including lab work, x-rays,
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Partial list of conditions
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• Colds
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Excluding some forms of skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most
common form found in men, according to the American Cancer Society.
Prostate Cancer is a frightening disease because
the exact cause of it is not known. Some studies have
shown that overweight men may have a slightly lower
risk of prostate cancer, but that they may have a higher risk of prostate cancers that are likely to be fatal.
Others have found that diets high in certain vegetables and fish may result in a lower risk of prostate
Risk Factors
Defining specific risk factors for prostate cancer has
been a challenge for medical professionals, as there
are no certain causes of the disease. Physicians and
cancer organizations do, however, acknowledge that
men have a greater chance of getting prostate cancer
if they are 50 years or older or are African American.
In addition, men with a father, brother or son who
has prostate cancer may possess a bigger risk for the
Many easily recognizable symptoms usally trigger
the diagnosis of prostate cancer, although some men
afflicted with the disease never suffer from any symtoms at all.
Difficulty in starting urination, weak or interrupted
flow of urine, difficulty in emptying the bladder completely and continuous pain in the back, hips or pelvis are all potential warning signs, according to the
American Cancer Society.
Find out more symptoms from your doctor, and be
sure to consult him or her if you suffer from any of
the symptoms mentioned.
Screening for prostate cancer is a topic of great debate among medical professionals. Many urge men
to consult their physicians to discuss the benefits and
risks of prostate cancer screenings.
The obvious benefit is early detection of the cancer
that kills more than 25,000 men per year, according
to the American Cancer Society.
Organizations like the U.S. Preventive Services
Task Force, however, recommend against prostatespecific screenings because of the potential risk of
false positive test results and mild to serious side effects from treatment.
The choice to get screening or not is something
you should weigh carefully with the advice of your
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Norovirus on the rise; take precautions now
The Department of Public Health and
Human Services (DPHHS) is reporting
multiple outbreaks of gastrointestinal
illness, primarily norovirus, prompting
state health officials to issue advice on
steps everyone can take to stay healthy
this winter.
“Norovirus is easily spread, but there’s
easy ways to limit
further outbreaks by
following basic prevention tips, such as
proper hand washing
with soap and water
several times a day,”
said DPHHS Director
Richard Opper. “This
is the most effective way to protect yourself and others against norovirus.”
Noroviruses are the most common of
the viruses that cause gastroenteritis. The
usual symptoms of gastroenteritis include
diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, and stomach
pain. There is no specific treatment for
this illness and most individuals recover
in 1 to 3 days. The illness can last longer
and be more severe in young children,
older persons, or persons who have other
health conditions.
Since October 2014, 11 diarrheal illness outbreaks have sickened nearly 300
people throughout Montana and caused 11
hospitalizations. Traditionally, the month
of January is when most of these outbreaks usually occur
in Montana.
Most of the outbreaks have occurred
in assisted living and
nursing homes, in
addition to outbreaks
in the community setting as well.
“Diarrheal illnesses are usually transmitted by ingesting a
contaminated product or touching a contaminated object, which could simply be
shaking hands or using shared restrooms”,
says DPHHS epidemiologist Dana Fejes.
Norovirus and other related illnesses
can best be prevented by following these
prevention tips:
Practice proper hand hygiene: Wash
your hands carefully with soap and water,
especially after using the bathroom or
changing diapers and always before eat-
Health officials stress importance of careful hand
washing, food preparation
to prevent possible exposure
ing or preparing food. Alcohol-based hand
sanitizers are not a substitute for washing
with soap and water.
Take care in the kitchen: Carefully wash
fruits and vegetables, and cook oysters
and other shellfish thoroughly before eating them.
Do not prepare food while ill: People
who are ill with diarrhea should not
prepare food for others while they have
symptoms and for 3 days after they recover from their illness.
Clean and disinfect contaminated surfaces: After an episode of illness, such as
vomiting or diarrhea, immediately clean
and disinfect contaminated surfaces by
using a bleach-based household cleaner
as directed on the product label.
Wash laundry thoroughly: Immediately
remove clothing or linens that may be
contaminated with vomit or fecal matter
and wash with detergent at the maximum
length available cycle.
Stay home when you are ill: Avoid close
contact to others while you are ill with
More information is available at: http://
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Two bills would limit or end tanning bed use by minors
HELENA, Jan. 20 (AP) ––
Two Montana lawmakers are
attempting to limit or deny access to tanning beds for those
under 18.
Sen. Roger Webb, R-Billings, introduced Senate Bill 125
Monday in the House Public
Health, Welfare and Safety
Committee. Webb’s bill would
ban anyone under the age of
18 from using tanning devices.
Rep. Ellie Hill, D-Missoula,
seeks to require parental consent before minors may use
tanning beds in House Bill 130,
which she introduced in the
House Judiciary Committee
last week.
Under HB 130, a signed
consent form would allow a
minor to tan up to 12 times in
one year and require the use of
protective eyewear. The form
would expire one year after the
signature date.
On Tuesday, Webb said he
was confident he had secured
the four votes needed to pass
out of committee the ban on
under-18 tanning, and he was
lobbying for a fifth. Hill said
she, too, believed Webb’s ban
could pass out of the Senate
committee and possibly the
Senate as a whole. But should
it reach the House, Hill said,
Webb’s ban would be amended
to include her parental consent
``I think that the majority of
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that parents have a right to
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in a way they see fit,’’
Hill said.
Hill’s bill is basically identical to tanning
regulations proposed
in 2013 and 2009, according to documents
electronically filed in
Montana Legislature
In 2013 as well as
this session, legislators cited individual
liberty in their opposition to any restrictions
on minors’ access to
tanning, Webb and
Hill said.
For that reason, Hill said,
the best chance for tanning
regulations to become law
would be a compromise between an all-out ban and unrestricted access.
``I want to see some legisla-
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I think that’s the consensus.’’
Webb compared parental
consent for youth tanning to
parental consent for underage
drinking or smoking. In all
cases, he said, consent doesn’t
make right the action.
``I’m the first one to say, `I
don’t like Uncle Sam telling me
what to do,’ but it is what it is,’’
Webb said.
Joseph Levy, a representative of the American Suntanning Association, testified in
favor of the bill to require
parental consent. Webb said
no tanning salons were represented at the meeting on
the proposed tanning ban for
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Winter workout options in SW Montana
A Latin dance-based exercise that’s as much a party as
a workout, Zumba simultaneously burns calories and generates good times for people at
all levels of fitness and dance
“I tell everyone starting out
to just use their feet and take
it from there,” said Heather
Schipman, who teaches Zumba
two evenings a week in the
ballroom on the second floor
of City Hall.
“You set your own pace and
can take it everywhere from
low impact to high intensity.
It’s fun. Everybody messes
up, I mess up. But don’t be
afraid to try it. Nobody’s going to watch you or judge you.
Just come have fun and laugh,
because laughing burns calories, too,” said Schipman, who
recommends that participants
dress in comfortable, movable
clothing, and not worry about
any fashion code beyond that.”
Schipman said she first
encountered Zumba at the University of Montana Western,
where the Wellness Center still
offers classes in it (see Group
Classes section above). And
was so enthused about it, she
went through the strenuous
process of becoming a certified
Zumba instructor.
You can join Heather for
Zumba classes on Tuesdays
and Fridays in the ballroom
above City Hall, starting at 7
p.m. Classes last about 45 minutes to an hour and cost $5 per
person. For more information,
call Heather Schipman at (406)
Winter exercise options
While many New Year’s
resolutions focus on losing
weight and getting back into
shape, the timing of them—in
the dead of winter, with its
usually chilly weather and often icy conditions—can make
enacting those resolutions all
the more challenging.
Still, there are plenty of
local opportunities to elevate
your physical fitness when the
temperature drops.
Aquatic Fitness
Exercising in water burns
fat, increases muscle tone and
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cardio vascular health, and
offers a full-body workout—
while putting far less stress
on joints than most terrestrial
exercises do.
Aquatic exercise can take
many forms—from lap swimming, to water aerobics, to
water walking, to resistance
exercises, to just treading
You can do all that and more
at the Southwestern Montana
Family YMCA’s indoor pools,
which are open seven days a
For youngsters, aged two
and up, who are just getting
their feet wet in the aquatic
world, the Y offers Swimming
Lessons in half-hour evening
sessions, with the next sessions
happening Feb. 9–19 and March
16–26. Non-members can participate, though they will pay
a higher fee than members do
for the lessons.
For more information about
water exercise opportunities
at the Southwestern Montana
Family YMCA, call 683-9622.
Ice Skating
Frozen water also offers a
great venue for winter exercise. Ice skating can do wonders for balance and coordination, while toning leg and core
muscles. The activity takes
some time to get the hang of,
and years to master. But you
can have a lot of fun with it,
even the first time you go out.
Some people like to skate
on frozen ponds or lakes, but
uneven ice conditions can
make those places difficult
to navigate. And unstable ice
can crack or buckle and send
a skater into the dangerous,
frigid water.
Fortunately for local skating enthusiasts and those
looking to give ice skating a
try, the City of Dillon recently
installed a new ice skating
rink at The Children’s Park
on East Center Street across
from Vigilante Park. The rink
is open every day (weather
conditions permitting), from 8
a.m. to 6 p.m. To get the latest
on conditions, call the City of
Dillon at 683-4245.
Weekend ice skating has
been going on at the skating
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pond in Bannack State Park
for years. But unseasonably
warm spells of winter weather
this year have caused the park
to close the pond to skating on
some weekends. So if you’re
heading out to Bannack State
Park just to skate, you’d be
wise to check before leaving
to make sure you can skate
that day by calling (406) 8343413. Bannack State Park is
located 25 miles southwest of
Dillon, about four miles from
Highway 278.
Outdoor Walking and Hiking
While temperatures may
sometimes dip below the point
where it’s comfortable to stay
outside for more than a few
minutes at a time, and icy
streets and sidewalks can make
walking outside treacherous,
you can still walk safely and
comfortably most days in most
places during the winter in
southwestern Montana—if you
properly prepare.
“You can still walk on most
trails around town this time
of year—some are icy, but a
lot of good walking can be
done in ice-free areas,” said
Dr. Dan Downey, president of
Beaverhead Trails Coalition, a
local group dedicated to promoting walking and bicycling
while making it safer and more
“You need to be very alert
for ice, and maybe take a walking stick or ski pole or two with
you. And if there is ice, then
wearing ice creepers can be
very helpful—they are kind of
like tire chains for your shoes,”
said Downey, an orthopedic
surgeon based in Dillon.
Downey said the Kennedy
Walking Trail by Barrett Hospital is almost always a good
place to get in some healthy
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Winter workout
that, with proper instruction,
just about anyone can perform
in a class or on their own in a
relatively small space inside
their homes.
The University of Montana
Western’s School of Outreach
offers a tai chi chuan class designed to accommodate people
of all ages. The class began in
January but can be joined on
any day it takes place, by anyone, including non-students.
Just make sure to dress for
ease of movement and to preregister.
Tai Chi Chuan class meets
Tuesdays and Fridays, 9:30–
10:30 a.m., in the Wellness
Center on the first floor of the
Business Technology Building
on the University of Montana
Western campus. For more
information on fees and class
details, call 683-7537 or email
Group classes
Getting together regularly
with an instructor and other
people looking to exercise can
be a fun and motivating way
to lose pounds while gaining
friends and fitness.
*The University of Montana
Western Wellness Center hosts
group fitness classes open to
anyone in the community from
Jan. 12 through May 8 at different times of the day, including:
--Early morning. Tabata
offers high-intensity training
in intervals lasting a few minutes and designed to maximize
cardio and muscular benefits
for participants, on Mondays,
Wednesdays and Fridays, from
6 a.m. to 6:45 a.m.
--Lunch break. You can
burn some calories in a different class each weekday, from
12:10–12:55 p.m., with Step/
Interval on Mondays, Cardio/
Pilates on Tuesdays, Cross
Training on Wednesdays, Step/
Pilates on Thursdays and Cardio Blast on Fridays.
--After work. From 5:30 to
6:30 p.m., you can take Yoga
on Mondays and Wednesdays,
and on Tuesdays and Thursdays try Zumba, a dance-based
The classes all take place in
the Wellness Center, on the first
floor of the Business Technol-
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Outdoor fun
Downhill skiing provides an excellent activity to stay in shape and enjoy a fun time in the
ogy Building on the University
of Montana Western campus,
and are open to all community
members, including those not
employed or attending classes
at UMW. For more information on fees and hours or class
details, call 683-7389 or email
*Spark Into Motion, located
in Suite #4 at 36 N. Idaho St.
in downtown Dillon, offers
several physical and mental
fitness classes, including:
--Yoga for all levels, at different times of the day, with
classes in Gentle, Beginner,
Mixed Levels, Morning and
Noon Yoga.
--Cardio/Strength Intervals
builds power, endurance and
confidence through low-impact
exercises designed to alleviate pain in the lower back
and knees and get your heart
--Emotional Wellness provides a support group and
licensed counselor to help participants to overcome psychological drawbacks and develop
healthy habits.
For more information about
classes at Spark Into Motion,
call (406) 531-1996.
*The Southwestern Montana
Family YMCA offers a wide
array of winter group exercise
classes, including:
--Daily Burn, an intense
combination of cardio and
strength training, with some
stretching and core work appropriate for all fitness levels.
--Cross Fitness, a quick,
full-body workout designed
to engage multiple muscle
groups, with workouts modified to accommodate all levels
of strength and overall fitness.
--Fit for Life, a 45-minute
class that covers all aspects
of fitness and designed to have
a minimal impact on participants’ joints while offering a
big, beneficial impact on their
overall health.
--Biker Blast, a high-energy
workout on stationary bikes
that gets participants motivated and sweating (be sure to
bring a towel and some water
to drink) and invites all fitness
levels to attend (while noting
that class sizes will be limited).
--Gentle Yoga offers an introduction to basic yoga poses
for yoga beginners, and those
limited by stiff or sensitive
joints or other physical challenges.
- - Vi n y a s a Yo g a m o v e s
steadily through more advanced yoga postures to build
stamina, strength, balance,
flexibility and mental focus,
with all fitness levels invited
to attend and move at their
own pace.
--Stability Ball/High Intensity Interval Training pushes
participants to explore their
fitness potentials through exercises that work all their muscle
groups, with all fitness levels
invited to attend.
For more information about
group exercise classes at the
Southwestern Montana Family
YMCA, call 683-9622 or stop
by the Y at 75 Swenson Way
in Dillon.
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Bridging the Gap
Between Hospital &Home
Our nursing and rehabilitation center offers
short-term rehabilitative as well as long-term
care – a full range of medical, nursing,
rehabilitation and social services to treat and
support each of our patients and residents.
Many of our patients go home after a few
weeks and, for those who are unable to
return home right away, we provide safe,
compassionate care in an environment that
fosters independence and dignity.
Our patients benefit from:
• An interdisciplinary clinical
team to provide a comprehensive
approach to patients’ needs
• Room reservation prior to
surgery, providing a more
seamless transfer from the
• Just like home
• Easy admission, with patients
accepted 24/7, every day.
• On-site case management services
• Comprehensive patient and
family education
• Consistent reporting and tracking
in patient satisfaction and
quality outcomes, demonstrating
our dedication to continual
• Access to rehabilitation therapy
up to seven days a week
• Respite care & long-term care
• Hospice care and transfers to the
nursing home
Nursing and Rehabilitation
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