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Health briefs: Natural Grocers hosts skin protection talk

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Natural Grocers hosts skin protection talk

Nutritional Health Coach Alicia McLeod will host “Protect Your Skin from the Inside Out” at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 14, at Natural Grocers, 335 Lincoln Ave. The talk will explain why sunscreen is not enough and explore how good food and nutrition savvy can help protect skin from the sun.

Learn to understand infants' hunger cues

Babies use their bodies and make noises to communicate when they need to eat, learn, play or rest. Newborns’ cues can be difficult to read because they are still learning to control their bodies. Watching your baby can help you learn what he or she needs.

When babies are hungry, they may suck on their hands or wrists, bend their arms and legs, make sucking noises, move their mouth or tongue, search for the nipple or turn to you or become more alert.

When babies are full, they may suck more slowly or stop sucking, relax their hands and arms or turn or push away from the nipple.

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These tips are from the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, in partnership with the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment's Early Childhood Obesity Prevention Program. Breastfeeding support, nutrition counseling and supplemental healthy foods are available for qualified families through the VNA's Women, Infants and Children program. Call 970-871-7653 for more information.

Casey’s Pond hosts community happy hour

Casey’s Pond Distinctive Senior Living hosts a happy hour from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on the last Thursday of each month at Casey's Pond, 2855 Owl Hoot Trail. Food, wine and beer are available, along with the opportunity to see old friends or meet new ones. Attendees can learn more about life at Casey’s Pond and receive a tour of the community. Upcoming happy hour events are scheduled for April 28 and May 26. RSVP for the event at or 970-879-8855.

Lyme disease support group meeting

Lyme disease has been a topic of conversation, both nationally and internationally, in the past few months. Though Lyme disease is less common in Colorado, people still suffer from the sometimes debilitating disease of chronic lyme. A new support group in Steamboat Springs has been created to allow individuals and families to rally together to find solutions for the illness. The group will meet the first Sunday of each month to offer support and love to those who are suffering. For more information, visit

VNA offers healthy sleep tips for children

Good sleep is essential for healthy growth and development. Research shows children who do not get enough sleep can be irritable and are more likely to be obese and perform poorly in school. The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association offers the following tips to help children sleep well:

• Establish regular naptime and bedtime routines.

• Avoid cutting back on naps to get children to sleep through the night — they will become overly tired and sleep poorly.

• Turn off the TV and other screens at least one hour before bedtime, and keep your child's room a screen-free zone.

• Put your children to bed drowsy to help them learn to fall asleep on their own. Learning to fall asleep independently will help them put themselves back to sleep when they wake at night.

• Do not put them to bed with a bottle or sippy cup — it's bad for their sleep and their teeth.

• Help your child sleep with a cool room (less than 75 degrees), a bedtime story and calming music.

• The National Sleep Foundation recommends toddlers age 1 and 2 get 11 to 14 hours of sleep (including naps). Children age 3 to 5 should get 10 to 13 hours of sleep.

The Northwest Colorado VNA's Women, Infants and Children program offers nutrition counseling, supplemental healthy foods, breastfeeding support and additional education for qualified families. For more information, call 970-871-7653.

Variety of ongoing support groups meeting 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 970-871-7629 prior to attending your first meeting.

• A Parkinson’s support group meets at 4 p.m. Monday at the United Methodist Church of Steamboat Springs, 736 Oak St. For more information, call 970-875-1088.

• 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 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.