Health briefs: Hospice daffodils sale is March 18 |

Health briefs: Hospice daffodils sale is March 18

The annual Hospice daffodils sale is coming up. Daffodils will be on sale for $5 per bunch, $24 for five bunches or $46 for 10 bunches on March 18 at the following locations:

• Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association

• City Market (Craig and Steamboat Springs)

• Ace at the Curve

• Hayden Mercantile

• Bonfiglio Drug

• Clark Store

They also can be purchased through March 14 at Contact Kendall Yeager at 970-871-7607 or with questions.

Casey’s Pond hosts free informational seminar

Casey’s Pond Senior Living will be hosting a free informational seminar titled “Living with Joint Pain.”

Join guest speaker and orthopedic surgeon Dr. Michael Sisk to learn about ways to improve joint pain and the ins and outs of joint replacement surgery. Light refreshments will be served during the event, which is from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Monday in the Community Life Room at Casey’s Pond.

Call 970-457-4870 to RSVP.

VNA offers immunizations for infants, preschool children at Hayden Valley Elementary

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association will offer immunizations for infants and preschool children (including those entering kindergarten) in the Hayden Valley Elementary School cafeteria from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. Monday.

All insurance is accepted. No child will be refused a vaccination because of an inability to pay a fee. If you have questions, contact the school nurse or call the VNA at 970-879-1632.

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. Pickup is at 8:30 a.m., and dropoff is at 3:30 p.m. at the parking lot at the Visiting Nurse Association office in Craig, 745 Russell St.

Reserve your spot one week before participating. This is private pay only; Medicaid will not be accepted for this special promotion. For more information and to register, call Karen Burley at 970-875-1888.

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:

Routt County

• LIFT-UP of Routt County: 1 to 3 p.m. Monday and March 10, 17 and 24

• Bud Werner Memorial Library: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday and March 14, 21 and 28

• The Hayden Granary: Noon to 2 p.m. Thursday and March 13, 20 and 27 as well as 1 to 3 p.m. March 15

Rio Blanco County

• Meeker Public Library: Noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday and March 12 and 26

• Rangely Town Hall: 9 a.m. to noon March 19

• Meeker Town Hall, 2 to 5 p.m. March 19

Moffat County

• Moffat County Library, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday and March 12, 19 and 26

VNA offers hepatitis 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 offers 6-week workshop starting Wednesday

Marchele McCarthy is offering a six-week workshop called “Finding Freedom from Old Habits and Negative Emotions,” starting Wednesday and continuing through April 9 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays.

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 to register or for more information.

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 or call LiveWell Northwest Colorado Community Coordinator Barb Parnell at 970-819-4110.

Winter Blast Triathlon continues March 28

The Winter Blast Triathlon Series at the Old Town Hot Springs continues March 28. The triathlon starts in the pool, heads up to the spin bikes and then to the treadmills. The cost for members is $30 per event, and the cost for nonmembers is $40 per event. Participants ages 12 to 15 must be with an adult. Register at the Old Town Hot Springs front desk. Email or 970-879-1828, ext. 311, for more information.

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.

Northwest Colorado VNA offers options to help quit tobacco

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association offers options for those looking to quite smoking. The VNA has counseling available to help tobacco users of all ages to quit using cigarettes or smokeless tobacco. Quitting tobacco usually takes multiple attempts, but studies show cessation support can significantly improve a person’s chance for success. Counseling helps tobacco users set quit goals in a judgment-free environment. Participants also may receive support for weight management, nutrition, heart health and stress control. There is no fee for this service. It is available in English and Spanish. To be connected with a cessation counselor in Steamboat Springs or Craig, call 970-871-7634.

Other programs the VNA offer include:

• The Colorado QuitLine, which offers free personalized cessation phone support for smokers. Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW.

• SmokefreeTXT program provides free personalized text message support. Text the word QUIT to IQUIT (47848).

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 Christian support group for parents of children have been called home by God is at 6:30 p.m. Monday 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. 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 970-819-6751 for more information.

• 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.

Veterans enrolled in VA health care program don’t need to take steps

Veterans who are enrolled in Department of Veterans Affairs health care programs — including the veterans health care program, the Civilian Health and Medical program or the spina bifida health care program — do not need to take additional steps to meet the Affordable Care Act coverage standards, according to a news release from the VA.

The new health care law will not change VA health benefits or out-of-pocket costs for those who are enrolled, according to the release. Veterans who are not enrolled in VA health care can apply at or by calling 1-877-222-8387.

For more information, call Routt County Veterans Affairs Officer Michael Condie at 970-879-5489.

Yampa Valley Medical Center celebrates heritage with book

Yampa Valley Medical Center will celebrate 100 years of hospital heritage with the publication of a history book in 2014, according to a news release. Christine McKelvie is researching and writing the book that will highlight 10 decades of medical care at the Steamboat Sanitarium, the Steamboat Hospital, Routt County Memorial Hospital and YVMC.

“Our hospitals have long been the heartbeat of the valley, and we owe much to the dedicated people who have provided a century of care to this community and region,” McKelvie said in the release. “This book will tell their stories.”

If you have an historic hospital photo or memory you would like to share, send an email to or call 970-870-1119.

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