Health briefs: Medicare counseling available |

Health briefs: Medicare counseling available

Yampa Valley Health

Medicare counseling available

The Area Agency of Aging of Northwest Colorado has opened an office at 3001 S. Lincoln Ave., Suite E, at which the organization will provide Medicare counseling. Free and confidential counseling is available for anyone with questions about Medicare. To learn more, call 970-819-6401.

Volunteers needed for race

Northwest Colorado Health (formerly Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association) is seeking volunteers to help with the Mountain Madness half-marathon and 10K on July 2. Volunteers are needed to help with registrations, aid stations and other details. Proceeds from the run/walk event, held by the Steamboat Springs Running Series, benefit health and wellness programs at Northwest Colorado Health. For more information about the race, visit Those interested in volunteering are asked to call Mindy Marriott at 970-871-7609.

Northwest Colorado Health urges ATV safety

Ninety-two percent of ATV-related deaths are the result of warned-against risks, such as youth riding adult-sized ATVs. Northwest Colorado Health (formerly Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association) and the ATV Safety Institute remind riders to follow the Golden Rules for ATV Safety:

• Always wear a helmet and protective gear.

• Never ride on public roads.

• Never carry a passenger on a single-rider vehicle.

• Ride an ATV appropriate for the rider’s age and readiness.

• Supervise riders younger than 16.

• Ride only on designated trails and at a safe speed.

For more safety information for young riders, visit Rider readiness checklists and a free online safety course is available at

Talk on improving muscle health planned

Natural Grocers nutritional health coach Alicia McLeod will host “Maintaing Muscle Mass” from 4 to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 26 at the store, 335 Lincoln Ave.

After age 30, people can lose 3 to 8 percent of their muscle mass each decade. McLeod will discuss how to maintain muscle mass now and into the future with key foods and supplements recommended by science-based research.

Variety of support groups meeting this week

• 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 970-871-7629 prior to attending.

• 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.

• A Heartbeat Suicide Survivor support group meets 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 held from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Thursdays. For the meeting location, contact 970-879-0518 or

• 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 hosts 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.

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