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Health briefs: LiveWell launches new health campaign

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LiveWell launches new awareness campaign

LiveWell Colorado is launching a major public awareness campaign called No More 24, which will educate Coloradans about the state's health paradox.

Colorado's great quality of life attracts healthy, educated adults, yet the state struggles to provide the same healthy environment for the children born and raised here, according to a news release from LiveWell.

Colorado ranks 24th in the nation for children's level of physical activity, with nearly 55 percent of children not getting the recommended amount of physical activity each week.

The goal of this summer's public education campaign is to educate Coloradans about the health and educational benefits of physical activity for Colorado’s youth, ultimately empowering more advocates for reducing childhood obesity. The public education campaign will run through Sept. 11.

Reports from Routt County students indicate that most get at least 45 minutes of activity outside of the school day. While each school district has been implementing action-based learning in the elementary classrooms, PE class time is often limited. Only South Routt Elementary School continues to offer daily PE classes for all students.

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Both Hayden and South Routt have District Health Advisory Councils that are working on revising their local wellness policies to meet newly released final rules, and parents are an important part of the revision process. To become involved, contact Kristi Brown at kbrown@haydenschools.org or kbrown@southrouttk12.org.

Free cardiovascular screenings offered for seniors

Northwest Colorado Health will offer free cardiovascular and diabetes screenings for older adults from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16 at the American Legion in Hayden, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 22 at the South Routt Community Center in Oak Creek and from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25 at the Steamboat Springs Community Center. Drop-ins are welcome. The Routt County Council on Aging offers Senior Eat and Greet lunches at noon on these dates. There is a $3 suggested donation for seniors 60 and older. To make reservations, call 970-879-0633.

Steamboat counselor earns play therapy credential

Sophia Berkley, a licensed professional counselor in Steamboat Springs, has earned the registered play therapist, or RPT, credential conferred by the Association for Play Therapy, according to Kathryn Lebby, the groups chief executive officer.

To become registered play therapists, applicants must earn a traditional master's or higher mental health degree. They must also accumulate 150 hours of play therapy training, two years and 2,000 hours of clinical experience, 500 hours of supervised play therapy experience and be licensed or certified by their state boards of practice.

Play therapy continues to gain popularity as an effective modality by which licensed mental health professionals, school counselors and school psychologists use theories and techniques in developmentally appropriate ways to better communicate with and help clients, especially children.

APT is a national professional society formed in 1982 to advance the field of play therapy. It sponsors research, training, and credentialing programs to assist the professional development of its nearly 6,000 member psychologists, social workers, counselors and marriage and family therapists in more than 25 nations.

Additional information is available at a4pt.org.

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