Health briefs: Adult activity and care program offered in Hayden
An Adult Activity and Care Program will be offered at the Haven Assisted Living Center, 300 S. Shelton Lane in Hayden.
The program provides a place for older adults to enjoy a fun and relaxing day outside of the home. Activities include: music, presentations, exercise, art, social events and health and wellness services.
The program will be available the following Tuesdays: March 4, 11, 18 and 25 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for $50 per day.
Free van transportation will be provided from Craig to Hayden. Pick up will be at 8:30 a.m. and drop off is at 3:30 p.m. at the parking lot at the Craig Visiting Nurse Association office, 745 Russell St.
Reserve your spot one week prior to participating. This is private pay only; Medicaid will not be accepted for this special promotion. For more information and to register, contact Karen Burley at 970-875-1888.
VNA offers heptatitis A and typhoid vaccines
Are you heading out of town for spring break? Don’t forget to make an appointment to get your hepatitis A and typhoid vaccinations before traveling to Mexico, Caribbean or Central America. Both diseases are prevalent in less developed countries and infection occurs by ingesting contaminated food/water. For more information call Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association at 970-879-1632.
McCarthy hosts 6-week workshop
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 email@example.com to register or for more information.
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. Feb. 24
• Bud Werner Memorial Library: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Feb. 21 and 28
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 http://www.nwcovna.org/livewell.php or call LiveWell Northwest Colorado Community Coordinator Barb Parnell at 970-819-4110.
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.
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 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 Heartbeat Suicide Survivor support group meeting is from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Yampa Valley Medical Center’s Integrated Health campus, 3001 S. Lincoln Ave. The group is for survivors to learn skills to help manage grief. Enroll by calling 970-846-8182.
• A depression, anxiety and bipolar support group meets from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday in Conference Room 2 at Yampa Valley Medical Center, 1024 Central Park Drive. The group provides support, education and tools to help with everyday life. Family and friends are welcome. Call 970-819-2232 for more information.
• A Parkinson’s care partners meeting for those who care for people with Parkinson’s disease is from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday. For the meeting location, contact 970-879-0518 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
• A cancer support group to help cancer patients deal with pain, nausea, fatigue and side effects is from noon to 1 p.m. Friday at the Integrative Health Center, 3001 S. Lincoln Ave., Suite A. For more information, call 970-846-4717.
• 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.
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