Health briefs: Free cardiovascular screenings offered
Steamboat Springs — VNA offers free cardiovascular screenings
The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association provides cardiovascular screenings, including blood pressure, BMI, a cholesterol panel, a glucose screening and personalized education regarding a person’s risk for heart disease. There is no charge for the service. For more information or to make an appointment, call 970-871-7634.
VNA offers Well Body class
The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association offers a Well Body class from noon to 1 p.m. Mondays at the Steamboat Springs VNA, 940 Central Park Drive, Suite 101.The class helps participants achieve health goals with nutrition information, weight loss strategies and tools to make lasting lifestyle changes. The class is free. For more information or to sign up, call 970-871-7634.
Weight-loss kiosk installed at Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association
Weigh and Win, a free community weight loss program, has installed a kiosk in the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association lobby. The program, aimed at reducing obesity rates in Colorado, provides cash incentives to participants who reach their weight-loss goals. Participants weigh in quarterly (every 90 days) at the kiosk. Between weigh-ins, they receive daily emails or texts with tips on healthy eating, exercise and overcoming weight-loss barriers.
Participation is free. The kiosk is available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Steamboat Springs VNA, 940 Central Park Drive, Suite 101.
Take precautions with live poultry
Individuals should take precautions when handling chicks, ducklings, goslings and baby turkeys due to possibility of salmonella infection. Salmonella can result from handling live poultry, poultry cages and bedding. Children are more susceptible to the illness, and children age 5 and younger should not handle young birds. Individuals who have touched live poultry or areas where the birds live and roam should thoroughly wash their hands with soap and water and clean any equipment or materials involved in raising or caring for poultry, such as feed and water containers. Never bring live poultry inside a house. For more information, call the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association at 970-879-1632.
Free colonoscopies available for eligible adults
The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association has information about free colonoscopies for low-income, eligible adults. Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths, but it is one of the most preventable cancers. Screening is the best way to reduce colon cancer risk. The American Cancer Society recommends regular screenings beginning at age 50. Individuals who have a family history of the disease may need to start earlier. A variety of low-cost tests are available. Individuals should talk to a medical provider about their colon cancer risk and the best screening option. For more information about free colonoscopies through the Colorado Colorectal Screening Program, call 970-871-7658.
Hepatitis A vaccination recommended for travel
The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association recommends people planning travel to Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America receive a Hepatitis A vaccination. Hepatitis A can be spread by eating or drinking food or water contaminated with the virus. Hepatitis A and other routine vaccinations are available during drop-in immunization clinics from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursdays at the VNA in Steamboat Springs, 940 Central Park Drive, Suite 101. Other vaccinations may be recommended depending on the international destination. These are available by appointment with the VNA’s travel clinic. Call 970-879-1632 for more information.
Shingles vaccine available
The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association has the Zostavax vaccine available to prevent shingles. It is recommended for adults who are 60 and older. It also is available to adults 50 and older with a doctor’s prescription. Zostavax and other routine vaccinations are available during drop-in immunization clinics from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursdays at the VNA in Steamboat Springs, 940 Central Park Drive, Suite 101. Individuals can also make an appointment by calling 970-879-1632.
Residents may qualify for health insurance coverage
If you have experienced any of the following life change events in the past month, you may qualify for health insurance (reduced-cost plans) through Connect for Health Colorado outside the open enrollment period:
• Marriage, birth, adoption and placement for foster care.
• Your insurance plan or Medicaid coverage was canceled or ended.
• You changed jobs and lost employer-sponsored insurance.
• You gained citizenship or immigration status.
• You experienced a change in incarceration status.
• You moved to Colorado.
You can apply for health insurance through Colorado Medicaid or Child Health Plan Plus year-round. For more information or to meet with a health coverage guide, call 970-871-1632.
VNA holds divorce support groups
The Northwest Colorado VNA is hosting a support group for adults coping with divorce. Meetings will focus on handling strong emotions and life transition, restoring one’s identity and self-esteem, effective communication and successful single parenting. The meetings will be offered from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesdays. The meetings will be held at the Rollingstone Respite House, 1500 Pine Grove Road.
The VNA also will host a support group for middle school-age students coping with divorce. Dates and times to be determined. For more information, call Katy Thiel at 970-871-7628.
Baby and Me program helps pregnant women become smoke-free
The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association’s Baby and Me Tobacco Free program helps expectant moms quit tobacco with four prenatal smoking cessation sessions and incentives. Smoking during pregnancy increases risks of miscarriage, premature birth, birth defects and infant death. Program participants who quit smoking and remain smoke free throughout their pregnancy and after their baby is born receive monthly vouchers for free diapers for up to a year. For more information, call Hope Cook at 970-871-7622.
Parkinson’s exercise class offered Fridays
The Parkinson’s exercise class consists of exercises developed by neuroscientist Becky Farley (www.pwr4life.org) and Gary Sobol (who has Parkinson’s and is the founder of GZ Sobol’s Parkinson’s Network: http://www.parkinsonsnetwork.org) to specifically address Parkinson’s symptoms (eg., dexterity, rigidity, balance, bradykinesia, voice softness). The class participants warm up their muscles, focus on big, powerful movements and loud voices, and work together as a group to encourage one another, share tips and revel in good humor.
The classes are from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Fridays at the United Methodist Church of Steamboat Springs, 736 Oak St. Use the alley entrance. Occasionally, classes will be held at Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp.
The first class is free of charge, and after that, it’s $10 for drop-ins and $80 for a 10-punch card. Care partners are admitted for free. Contact Jacqueline Teuscher at 303-829-2869 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Eva Gibbon at 970-846-9887.
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.
Tai chi classes offered through Aging Well program
The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association’s Aging Well program is offering a tai chi class at the Steamboat Springs Community Center.
Tai chi helps strengthen bones and muscles, improve balance and confidence, reduces stress and encourages relaxation. Tai Chi for Health: Practice the Art is offered from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays with Nancy Smith. The classes are free, while a $3 donation is suggested. For more information, call 970-871-7676.
• 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 domestic violence support group for women is held 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. Tuesdays 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. 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 970-819-2232 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. Thursdays. For the meeting location, contact 970-879-0518 or email@example.com.
• 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.
• 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. The group will explore recovery through meditation, book study and open discussion. Meetings are open to all faiths and addictions. For more information, call 720-670-8642.
• A cancer support group to help cancer patients deal with pain, nausea, fatigue and side effects is held from noon to 1 p.m. Fridays at Integrated Health, 3001 S. Lincoln Ave., Suite A. For more information, call 970-846-4717.
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