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Health briefs: 6-week workshop to focus on meditation, relaxation

Marchele McCarthy is offering a six-week workshop called "Finding Freedom from Old Habits and Negative Emotions," starting March 5 and continuing on Wednesday evenings through April 9 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

The workshop will focus on meditation, relaxation, and other mindfulness techniques to work with difficult emotions and habitual patterns.

The cost is $150. Call 970-846-8504 or email to register or for more information.

Casey’s Pond Senior Living hosts free seminar, luncheon

Casey's Pond Senior Living is hosting an "Active Longevity in our Elder Years" seminar and luncheon. The event is free and is from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday in the Community Life Room.

The seminar will talk about physical fitness, mental stimulation and social interaction to keep the older generation feeling young and healthy. Join a panel of aging experts to learn more about living long and healthier lives are we age beyond 75.

RSVP by calling 970-457-4870.

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Teen Council offers Zumba, yoga classes for high school students

Teen Council offers Zumba and yoga classes at Sundance Studio at a discount for high school students to try and increase physical fitness opportunities. The cost is $5 per session, and they are being offered Wednesday. Zumba starts at 4:15 p.m. and yoga is at 5:15 p.m.

VNA offers free blood pressure checks for National Heart Month

In honor of National Heart Month, the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association will offer free blood pressure checks and free body mass index calculations from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 24 at 940 Central Park Drive, Suite 101 in Steamboat Springs, and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 19 at 745 Russell St. in Craig. For more information, call Lindsay at 970-871-7634.

Health insurance marketplace meetings scheduled

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is hosting a series of free information sessions to answer questions about the new health insurance marketplace, Connect for Health Colorado. A health coverage guide will attend the meetings for individuals, families and small-business owners interested in learning about their options for health insurance under new the legislation. The meeting dates are as follows:

• LIFT-UP of Routt County: 1 to 3 p.m. Monday and Feb. 24

• Bud Werner Memorial Library: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday and Feb. 21 and 28

• Yampa Valley Medical Center, Room 2: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday

• Yampa Valley Medical Center, Room 2: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday

• Yampa Valley Medical Center, Room 2: 9 to 11 a.m. Friday

VNA offers birth control, STD screenings

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association's Community Health Center is offering low-cost birth control, STD screenings (for men and women), pap smears, breast exams and general women's health care based on income. All income levels are welcome. Make an appointment in Steamboat by calling 970-879-1632 or in Craig by calling 970-824-8233.

LiveWell program to help families with healthy eating

LiveWell Northwest Colorado is helping families be healthy by working to improve eating habits and to be more physically active through the "Let's Go! 5-2-1-0" program. The program sets the goal each day of eating five or more fruits and vegetables, watching two or fewer hours of TV, getting an hour or more of physical activity and drinking zero sugary drinks. For more information about the program, visit or call LiveWell Northwest Colorado Community Coordinator Barb Parnell at 970-819-4110.

Winter Blast Triathlon Series continues Feb. 28

The Winter Blast Triathlon Series at the Old Town Hot Springs continues Feb. 28 and March 28. The triathlon starts in the pool, heads up to the spin bikes and then to the treadmills. The cost for members is $30 per event and $80 for the series, and the cost for nonmembers is $40 per event or $110 for the series. Participants ages 12 to 15 must be with an adult. Register at the Old Town Hot Springs front desk. Email or 970-879-1828, ext. 311, for more information.

Support groups to meet this week

• A bereavement support group meets from 1 to 2 p.m. Monday at Rollingstone Respite House. The group is open to anyone grieving the loss of a loved one. Call 970-871-7628 prior to attending your first meeting.

• A Parkinson’s support group meets at 4:30 p.m. Monday at the United Methodist Church of Steamboat Springs, 736 Oak St. For more information, call 970-875-1088.

• A domestic violence support group for women is from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesdays at Advocates Building Peaceful Communities. Call Diane at 970-879-2034 before attending.

• A cancer support group meets from noon to 1 p.m. Friday at Yampa Valley Medical Center’s Integrated Health, 3001 S. Lincoln Ave. The group is for those with cancer to learn techniques to manage stress and create a holiday plan. For more information, call Sara Ross at 970-875-2731.

• The Steamboat Meditation Recovery Group meetings Sundays at 5:30 p.m. at the Buddhist Center of Steamboat Springs, 2250 Copper Frontage Road, No. 202. The group will explore recovery through meditation, book study and all open discussion. Meetings are open to all faiths and addictions. For more information, call 720-670-8642.

HPV vaccine offered through VNA

January is Cervical Health Awareness Month. Protect yourself or your family from cancers caused by HPV for just $21.50 for uninsured and underinsured individuals. The HPV vaccine is for ages 9 to 26 for males and females.

Call Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association in Craig at 970-824-8233 or in Steamboat Springs at 970-879-1632 to make an appointment.

Planned Parenthood can help with costs of exam

Planned Parenthood can cover the cost of an annual exam for women who are uninsured or underinsured, according to a news release. Call 970-879-2212 for information or to make an appointment or stop by the health center on 11th Street between Lincoln Avenue and Oak Street.

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