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Health briefs: Hepatitis A vaccination recommended for travel

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Hepatitis A vaccination recommended for travel

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association recommends people planning travel to international destinations, including 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. Other vaccinations may be recommended, depending on the destination. Individuals planning to travel abroad should receive any needed vaccinations at least one month prior to travel. Travel and routine immunizations are available by appointment. Call 970-879-1632.

VNA offers tips for snowmobile safety

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association reminds residents to enjoy snowmobiles safely and to encourage young riders to follow key safety rules.

• Always wear a helmet, eye protection and proper clothing.

• Become familiar with the snowmobile and operate at safe speeds.

• Stay to the right side of trails on corners and hills.

• Stop before crossing roads, and always cross at a right angle to traffic.

• Stay on trails and in areas snowmobiling is permitted. Respect other people’s property.

• Never ride alone; always let someone know your route, destination and return time.

• Become familiar with the terrain, and use extra caution at night.

• Avoid travel on frozen bodies of water.

• Listen to weather forecasts. Carry emergency supplies, and learn basic survival skills.

• Never consume alcohol or drugs before or during snowmobiling.

Youths age 10 to 16 who wish to operate a snowmobile on public lands must be certified through a snowmobile safety training course approved by Colorado Parks and Wildlife or supervised by someone who has taken the training. For more information about safety certification courses, call 303-791-1920. Learn more about snowmobile safety at

Tai Chi classes offered for older adults

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association’s Aging Well program hosts Tai Chi classes for older adults Tuesdays at the Steamboat Springs Community Center. Beginning Tai Chi is from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., and advanced Tai Chi is from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Everyone is welcome. There is a $3 suggested donation. For more information, call 970-871-7676.

Cooking with lutein class offered

Natural Grocers is sponsoring “Cooking with the power of lutein” from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 24 at the store, 335 Lincoln Ave. Nutritional health coach Alicia McLeod will discuss foods to supercharge eye, brain and skin health. Flat screen TVs produce it, as do fluorescent light bulbs. You may not realize it, but you are constantly being exposed to blue light which can damage an important part of our eye, known as the retina. Learn how lutein, a powerful phytonutrient, can protect you from the damaging effects of blue light and more.

Variety of support groups 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 970-871-7629 prior to attending the first meeting.

• A Parkinson’s support group meets at 4 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 meets from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesdays at Advocates Building Peaceful Communities. Call Diane at 970-879-2034 before attending.

• The Steamboat Meditation Recovery Group meets Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. at the Buddhist Center of Steamboat Springs, 2250 Copper Frontage Road, No. 202. The group also has a recovery-based yoga at 4:30 p.m. 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 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.

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