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Health briefs: Natural Grocers hosts talk on how negative thoughts affect health

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Natural Grocers hosting talk on negative thoughts

Natural Grocers will host “Negative Thoughts Affect Your Health,” featuring Dr. Kristen Van De Carr, DC, at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 12, at the store, located at 355 Lincoln Ave. The presentation will look at how the body responds to negative thoughts on a cellular level and provide an in-depth look at how thought patterns may manifest disease.

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 TV and other screens at least one hour before bedtime, and keep your child’s room a screen-free zone.

• Put 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 ages 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.

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 the community, 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. An upcoming happy hour event is scheduled for May 26. RSVP for the event at or 970-879-8855.

Lyme disease support group sets 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 meets the first Sunday of each month at Bud Werner Memorial Library to offer support and love to those who are suffering. For more information, visit

VNA reminds residents to protect themselves from Hantavirus

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association advises precautions when cleaning — or just being in — areas inhabited by rodents. Hantavirus is a serious, potentially fatal respiratory disease carried primarily by deer mice, which can be abundant in rural areas. Cases and deaths from the virus have increased in Colorado over the past several years, and most cases occur in the spring and summer. People can be infected by inhaling dirt and dust contaminated with deer mouse urine and feces. The illness can begin one to six weeks after exposure. Early symptoms are fatigue, fever and muscle aches and may also include pain in the legs and back, headaches, dizziness, chills and abdominal problems. If a person experiences these symptoms and has potentially been exposed to rodents, he or she should seek medical attention immediately. Hantavirus can be prevented by avoiding areas infested by rodents and following safety recommendations when cleaning up possible rodent food sources and nesting sites around the home, work areas or campsite. For information about safely cleaning rodent areas, visit

Natural Grocers hosts talk on turmeric spice

Natural Grocers nutritional health coach Alicia McLeod will host “Turmeric, the Spice of Life,” at 5 p.m. May 19 at the store, located at 355 Lincoln Ave. The wonderful yellow spice of turmeric has been consumed for its health benefits for thousands of years. Combining turmeric with certain spices or healthy fats can help your body absorb curcumin, the active component of turmeric. Learn how to use turmeric in more than just curry.

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 the first meeting.

• A Parkinson’s support group meets at 4 p.m. Mondays 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 offers a recovery-based yoga beforehand 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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