Health briefs: New Aging Well classes offered

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is offering two new fitness classes at the Steamboat Springs Community Center.

Zumba Gold® is from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. Tuesdays through Feb. 24. This is beginning class.

A Balance class is from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Fridays. This class focuses on activities that enhance core strength to improve balance and prevent falls in a real-life situations.

There is a suggested donation of $5 per class for both new classes. For more information, visit or call 970-871-7676.

Radon test kits are available

January is Radon Action Month, so stop by the Routt County CSU Extension Office for a $5 radon test kit.

Radon gas is an odorless, colorless gas that can seep into your home through the foundation. It is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S., so it is important to know if your home has a radon problem.

Pick up your radon test kit at the CSU Extension Office at the annex building behind the Routt County Courthouse, 136 Sixth St., or call 970-879-0825.

Northwest Colorado VNA hosting recruitment event

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association’s new Volunteer Services Program is recruiting volunteers for expanded opportunities throughout the organization.

Opportunities include assisting with fundraisers and events, helping with activities and duties at the Rollingstone Respite House and The Haven Assisted Living facility, and helping with behind-the-scenes administrative or maintenance work. Positions can be tailored to volunteers’ unique skills and experience.

A recruitment event will be held 9 to 11 a.m. Jan. 29 at Library Hall at Bud Werner Memorial Library. Refreshments will be served. For more information about the Volunteer Services Program, visit or call Mindy Fontaine at 970-871-7609.

Tobacco Free Program goes through Feb. 10

The Tobacco Free Program provides peer support and help overcoming nicotine addiction and quitting smoking or using smokeless tobacco.

A new series of classes will be from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesdays now through Feb. 10 at the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association in Steamboat Springs, 940 Central Park Drive, Suite 101.

Participation is free. It is recommended participants attend all six classes, but drop-ins also are welcome. To sign up or speak to a Tobacco Cessation Counselor, call 970-871-7338.

Support groups to meet 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 970-871-7628 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 is 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 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 meets from noon to 1 p.m. Friday at Yampa Valley Medical Center’s Integrated Health, 3001 S. Lincoln Ave. The group is for those with cancer to learn techniques to manage stress and create a holiday plan. For more information, call Sara Ross at 970-875-2731.

VNA drop-in flu clinics are Thursdays

Flu cases are increasing in Colorado, and drop-in flu clinics are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursdays at the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, 940 Central Park Drive, Suite 101.

The vaccine is $21.50 for adults and children’s flu shots and $21.50 for children’s FluMist. Insurance will be processed, so bring your insurance cards.

It takes about two weeks for the vaccine to become effective. For more information, call 970-879-1632.

Open enrollment sessions for health insurance offered

Open enrollment sessions for health insurance will be held every Tuesday through Feb. 10 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Drop in for a one-on-one assistance from a certified health coverage guide. Learn more about qualifying for free or low-cost health insurance through Colorado Medicaid for adults, CHP+ for children or reduce-cost plans through Connect for Health.

Schedule an appointment by visiting

Baby and Me Tobacco Free Program offered through VNA

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is offering the Baby and Me Tobacco Free Program.

This free program offers four prenatal smoking cessation sessions. Expectant moms who quit smoking and stay smoke free during their pregnancy and after their baby is born will receive a monthly voucher for free diapers, for as many as 12 months.

For more information, call Hope Cook, RN, at 970-871-7622.

Casey’s Pond Senior Living in need of bingo prizes

Donations now are being accepted for jewelry, small stuffed animals or similar items to be used as bingo prizes at the Doak Walker House at Casey’s Pond Senior Living in Steamboat Springs.

Drop them off at the concierge desk or call Celia with questions at 970-457-4883.

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