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Health briefs: Natural Grocers hosts ‘quick classes’

Yampa Valley Health

Natural Grocers hosts ‘quick classes’

Nutritional Health Coach Alicia McLeod will host a series of 30-minute food classes through the next two weeks at Natural Grocers, 335 Lincoln Ave.

Eggs-Beyond Breakfast will take place from 4:30 to 5 p.m. July 11 and will focus on free-range and pasture-raised eggs.

It’s Zucchini Zoodle Time! takes place from 4 to 4:30 p.m. July 17. Learn about the versatile zucchini vegetable and discover exciting ways to cook with zucchini and use it as a substitute for other foods.

Got Chocolate takes place from 4:30 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, July 20. Discover everything there is to know about chocolate, and try samples.

Avoid mosquito bites and West Nile virus

Northwest Colorado Health (formerly Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association) advises precautions against mosquitoes, which can carry West Nile virus.

• Drain standing water in places mosquitoes lay eggs. Empty old tires, cans, flower pots, clogged rain gutters, rain barrels and toys in which puddles occur.

• Limit outdoor activities or take precautions during dusk and dawn hours when mosquitoes are most active.

• Dress in long sleeves and pants in active mosquito areas.

• Insect repellents containing DEET are effective in repelling mosquitoes. Always follow label instructions and precautions. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends not using insect repellents on children younger than two months old and not using repellents containing more than 30 percent DEET on children. For tips on safely using insect repellents on children, visit, and type “insect repellent” in the search box.

West Nile virus is rare, but those who experience symptoms, including high fever, severe headache and stiff neck, are advised to contact a health care provider immediately. For more information, visit Travel to some international destinations may include risk for Zika virus, which also is carried by mosquitoes. For more information, visit

Yellow fever vaccine shortage

The yellow fever vaccine, recommended or required for travel to some international destinations, is in short supply. Anyone planning travel to a yellow fever risk area should contact the travel clinic at Northwest Colorado Health (formerly Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association) to verify the vaccine is available. If possible, travelers should do this at least five weeks prior to departure. For more information, call 970-871-7336. A list of all Colorado clinics providing the yellow fever vaccine is available at

Take precautions with bats, which may carry rabies

Rabies is a potentially deadly virus transmitted through the saliva of an infected animal. Some bats have tested positive for rabies in Northwest Colorado. Follow these precautions to avoid exposure to potentially infected bats or other wild animals.

• Never touch a wild bat or any other wild animal.

• Teach children who find a bat to leave it alone and tell an adult.

• Keep doors and windows covered with intact screens. Do not leave screenless doors or windows open in the evening.

• If a bat is discovered inside a house, call a professional trapper with experience removing bats from homes.

• Keep pets up-to-date on rabies vaccines. Call the veterinarian to keep track of pets’ vaccination status.

• If exposed to a bat, if possible, safely collect the animal using a shovel (do not touch a bat, even if wearing gloves) and contact the Routt County Department of Environmental Health at 970-870-5588.

• In the event of a bat bite, of if a bat is discovered in a room where people sleep, contact a medical provider and Northwest Colorado Health at 970-879-1632.

For more information, visit

Variety of support groups meet 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 before attending.

• The Yampa Valley Parkinson’s Support Network meets at 5 p.m. the second Monday of every month at Casey’s Pond. For more information, call Adrienne at 512-630-1373.

• 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.

• 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 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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