Health briefs: Meditation workshop offered |

Health briefs: Meditation workshop offered

Meditation, mindfulness workshop offered

Marchele McCarthy, LPC, will be offering a workshop entitled “Finding Freedom from Old Habits & Negative Emotions” on Wednesdays from 5:30 to 7 pm April 8 to May 20 (no class on April 22 during spring break). Participants will learn meditation, mindfulness and tools to work with negative emotions and habitual patterns. Registration is required, and space is limited. Cost is $175. Contact Marchele McCarthy at 970-846-8504 or to register or for more information.

Kick Butts Day events planned at schools

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association and Grand Futures Prevention Coalition will provide information about the dangers of tobacco use and youth-targeted tobacco advertising during the Teen Career and Job Fair, which will be held 2 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 18 at Steamboat Springs High School. AmeriCorps school-based mentors and Partners in Routt County will be hosting similar events at Soroco, Hayden and Steamboat Springs middle schools. Kick Butts Day is a youth-focused campaign encouraging kids to stand up to big tobacco companies by avoiding or quitting tobacco products. For more information about the events, call Grand Futures Prevention Coalition at 970-879-6188.

VNA continues to offer Well Body class

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association offers a Well Body class from noon to 1 p.m. Mondays at the Steamboat Springs VNA office, 940 Central Park Dr., Suite 101.The class helps participants achieve their health goals with nutrition information, weight loss strategies and tools to make lasting lifestyle changes. The class is free. For more information or to sign up, call 970-871-7634.

Blood drive taking place at Yampa Valley Medical Center

Bonfils Blood Center will hold a blood drive at Yampa Valley Medical Center from 12:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday, April 2. Donations will take place inside the conference rooms at YVMC. For more information or to schedule an appointment, visit

Residents may qualify for health insurance coverage

If you have had any of the following life change events in the last month, you may qualify for health insurance (reduced-cost plans) through Connect for Health Colorado outside the open enrollment period:

· Marriage, birth, adoption and placement for foster care.

· Your insurance plan or Medicaid coverage was canceled or ended.

· You changed jobs and lost employer-sponsored insurance.

· You gained citizenship or immigration status.

· You experienced a change in incarceration status.

· You moved to Colorado.

You can apply for health insurance through Colorado Medicaid or Child Health Plan Plus year round. For more information or to meet with a health coverage guide, call 970-871-1632.

Support groups:

• 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. Tuesday 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. 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 970-819-2232 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. Thursday. 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 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 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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