Health briefs: Anytime Fitness hosts free workouts in May
Steamboat Springs — Anytime Fitness of Steamboat Springs is hosting free workouts during the month of May at 10 a.m. every Saturday at Whistler Park.
The workouts will be led by certified personal trainers and are designed for people of every fitness level. They are open to all adults, not just Anytime Fitness members. The concept, inspired by grassroots efforts of a few Anytime Fitness clubs that regularly offer free outdoor boot camps, has grown into a nationwide campaign to promote physical fitness.
“We want our community to be as healthy and active as possible — and we hope that the Free Workouts Saturdays will show folks that exercise can be fun,” said Guy Coffey, owner of Anytime Fitness of Steamboat. “We hope this is the jumpstart and motivation to continue their own personal healthier lifestyle journeys.”
Anytime Fitness personal trainers Brady Worster, Becky Heath, Jim Gregoire and Jennifer Garrett will lead the workouts.
People of all ages and every fitness level are welcome to participate, and they should wear comfortable clothing and tennis shoes and bring a water bottle to the sessions.
Planned Parenthood can help with annual exam costs
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.
VNA reminds residents to protect themselves from Hantavirus
The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association advises precautions when cleaning areas inhabited by rodents. Hantavirus is a serious, potentially fatal respiratory illness carried primarily by deer mice. People can be infected by breathing in dirt and dust contaminated with deer mouse urine and feces. Most cases occur in the spring and summer. The illness can begin one to six weeks after exposure. Early symptoms are fatigue, fever and muscle aches and may also include headaches, dizziness, chills and abdominal problems. If a person experiences these symptoms and has potentially been exposed to rodents, they should seek medical attention immediately. Hantavirus can be prevented by cleaning up possible rodent food sources and nesting sites around the home, work area or campsite. For information about safely cleaning rodent areas, go to http://www.cdc.gov/rodents/cleaning.
Middle School to host health-related photo gallery
Steamboat Springs Middle School will host an art gallery featuring photos chosen from the Bettermeyv youth healthy living campaign. The gallery opening will be 4:30 to 6 p.m. Friday in the middle school arcade. Everyone is welcome. Bettermeyv is a social media campaign encouraging local middle- and high-school students to share photos of themselves and their friends being active and setting a positive example in our communities. Students post their photos to Instagram using the hashtag #bettermeyv. The project is a joint effort of Grand Futures Prevention Coalition and the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association. The middle school will host the gallery through mid-June. For more information about Bettermeyv, go to http://www.bettermyv.com or call Megan McCord at Grand Futures at 970-879-6188.
Support groups to meet this week:
• A bereavement support group meets from 1 to 2 p.m. Mondays 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 Christian support group for parents of children who have been called home by God is held at 6:30 p.m. Mondays at 27441 Brandon Circle. For more information, call 970-870-7879.
• 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 depression, anxiety and bipolar support group meets from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays 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 970-819-6751 for more information.
• The Steamboat Meditation Recovery Group meets at 5:30 p.m. Thursdays at the Buddhist Center of Steamboat Springs, 2250 Copper Frontage Road, No. 202. The group also has a recovery-based yoga beforehand at 4:30 p.m. 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.
• The Heartbeat of Steamboat support group meets from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays at the Rollingstone Respite House, 480 Rollingstone Drive. The group is for those who have lost a loved one or friend.
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