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Health briefs: Counselor will hold one-day mindfulness retreat

Counselor will hold one-day mindfulness retreat

Marchele McCarthy, licensed professional counselor, will hold a one-day mindfulness retreat to rejuvenate your body, mind and spirit.

The retreat will be held in a beautiful setting in Columbine (about 30 miles north of Steamboat) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, August 3. The retreat will include meditation, a mindful hike, personal reflection exercises and creative arts. This retreat offers the opportunity to pause, find compassion for oneself and uncover your authentic self.

The cost for the day is $150 and includes all materials, lunch and snacks. If you are interested, please contact Marchele at 970-846-8504 or Registration is required and space is limited.

Take precautions to avoid foodborne illness

Each year, one in six Americans get sick from consuming foods or beverages contaminated with disease-causing microbes or pathogens. The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association recommends the following precautions to reduce your risk of foodborne illness.

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· Always wash your hands with soap and water before preparing food.

· Cook meat, poultry and eggs thoroughly. Use a food thermometer to measure internal temperature of meat.

· Wash hands, utensils and cutting boards after they have been in contact with raw meat or poultry and before they touch another food.

· Refrigerate leftovers that won't be eaten within four hours. Bacteria can grow quickly at room temperature.

· Wash produce in running tap water. Remove outermost leaves of a lettuce or cabbage. Bacteria can grow well on the cut surface of a fruit or vegetable. Take care not to contaminate produce while slicing on a cutting board, and don't leave cut produce out for many hours.

· Keep food away from flies and insects.

Common symptoms of foodborne illness include vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, fever and chills. Avoid preparing food for others if you have these symptoms. Pregnant women, the elderly and those with weakened immune systems are at higher risk for severe infections and should not consume undercooked animal products. Contact your healthcare provider if you think you have a foodborne illness. For more information, go to

VNA advises precautions with bats, which may carry rabies

Rabies is a potentially deadly virus transmitted through the saliva of an infected animal. Some bats have tested positive for rabies in Northwest Colorado. Follow these precautions to avoid exposure to potentially infected bats or other wild animals:

• Never touch a wild bat or any other wild animal.

• Teach children who find a bat to leave it alone and tell an adult.

• Keep your doors and windows covered with intact screens. Do not leave screenless doors or windows open during the evening.

• If you have bats in your house, call a professional trapper with experience removing bats from homes.

• Keep your pets up to date on rabies vaccines. Call your veterinarian if you are unsure of your pet's vaccination status.

• If you are exposed to a bat, if possible, safely collect the animal using a shovel (do not use your hands, even if you are wearing gloves) and call the Routt County Department of Environmental Health at 970-870-5588.

• If you are bitten by a bat or wake to find a bat in the room where you are sleeping, call your medical provider and the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association (the public health agency for Routt County) at 970-879-1632.

For more information about rabies, go to

Support groups meeting this week:

• A bereavement support group will meet 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. Tuesday at Advocates Building Peaceful Communities. Call Diane at 970-879-2034 before attending.

• The Steamboat Meditation Recovery Group meets at 5:30 p.m. Thursday 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.

• A Caregiver Cancer Support Group is from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday in the community room at Natural Grocers, 355 Lincoln Ave. For more information, call 970-846-4717.