Health briefs: Immunizations offered this week at Steamboat Springs High School
Steamboat Springs — The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association will provide routine immunizations for all ages from noon to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday in the Steamboat Springs High School commons.
Vaccines will be available for measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), pneumonia, HPV, meningitis, tetanus, diphtheria and whooping cough (Tdap) and hepatitis A and B.
Please bring your insurance card. Immunizations are $21.50 for those without insurance. However, no one will be refused a vaccine due to an inability to pay. Cash or checks will be accepted. Bring vaccine records if you have them.
For more information, call 970-879-1632.
VNA advises awareness during tick season
The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association advises residents be aware of ticks and tick-borne diseases during spring and summer months, when ticks are most active.
Tick bites in Colorado can result in Colorado Tick Fever, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Tick-borne Relapsing Fever.
Ticks should be removed from the skin as soon as possible. People who remove ticks from a person or a pet need to wash their hands immediately. If you become ill after a tick bite or exposure to ticks, seek prompt medical attention. Ticks are commonly found in wooded or brushy areas with tall grass. They may also inhabit rustic mountain cabins where chipmunks and other rodents may have visited. Wear protective clothing — long-sleeved shirts and long pants — and do thorough tick checks after being in areas where ticks may be present.
For information on how to safely remove a tick that has settled into the skin, go to http://www.cdc.gov/ticks.
Anytime Fitness hosts free workouts in May
Anytime Fitness of Steamboat Springs is hosting free workouts Saturdays during the month of May at 10 a.m. 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, 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 should wear comfortable clothing and tennis shoes and bring a water bottle to the sessions.
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, improves balance and confidence, reduces stress and encourages relaxation. Tai Chi for Health: Practice the Art is from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays with Nancy Smith. The classes are free, but a $3 donation is suggested. For more information, call 970-871-7676.
Support groups 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 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
• 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 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 cancer support group to help cancer patients deal with pain, nausea, fatigue and side effects is 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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