Health briefs: Rubber Ducky Race Sept. 10 |

Health briefs: Rubber Ducky Race Sept. 10

Yampa Valley Health

Rubber Ducky Race for Hospice is Sept. 10

Northwest Colorado Health will host the Rubber Ducky Race for hospice Sept. 10 in downtown Steamboat Springs. The race starts at 11 a.m. at the Fifth Street Bridge. The finish line is at West Lincoln Park.

Ticket holders of the first 25 ducks will win a total of $5,000 in cash prizes. The grand prize is $1,500, and participants need not be present to win. Winners will be posted in the park following the race.

Tickets are $10, and all proceeds benefit hospice care in the Yampa Valley. Tickets are available at Northwest Colorado Health, 940 Central Park Drive, Suite 101, and Yampa Valley Bank, 600 S. Lincoln Avenue. They can also be purchased online through Sept. 9 at

Tickets will be available the day of the race starting at 9 a.m. at the Fifth Street Bridge. For more information, call 970-871-7609.

Self-compassion workshop planned

Licensed Professional Counselor Marchele McCarthy will hold a four-week workshop on self compassionfrom 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays from Sept. 20 through Oct. 11. Participants will learn why people often fall into a trap of anxiety, self-doubt, depression and apathy and will learn hands-on tools to mindfully transform negative emotional patterns to create more kindness, joy and health in their lives.

Registration is required, and space is limited. Cost is $125. Contact McCarthy at or 970-846-8504.

Physical therapist starts new practice

Physical therapist Jennifer Kerr, PT, DPT, SCS, has started a new practice at Align Physical Therapy, Pilates and Wellness, at 702 Oak Street. She will provide general orthopedic PT, orthotics, running gait evaluation and bike fit. She offers free initial screenings and accepts most insurance plans. Call 970-870-0100 to schedule an appointment.

REPS seeks Emergency Department volunteers

Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide is collaborating with the Yampa Valley Medical Center to increase the number and presence of volunteers in the hospital emergency department assisting suicidal patients.

The SPA program, created by REPS, enlists advocate volunteers who give information and support to patients admitted to the ED for suicidal ideation or attempted suicide. SPA volunteers are trained in both REPS and hospital procedures and can volunteer to be on call for as little as one 12-hour shift per month or as many as two shifts per week.

For information on SPA and to learn more about volunteering, contact REPS at or Pam Bosch, hospital volunteer coordinator at

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