Health briefs: Steamboat Running Series Mountain Madness run/walk is July 4 |

Health briefs: Steamboat Running Series Mountain Madness run/walk is July 4

Mountain Madness run/walk to benefit VNA

The Steamboat Running Series Mountain Madness run/walk will begin 7:30 a.m. Saturday, July 4 in the Steamboat Springs Parks and Recreation Parking lot, 245 Howelsen Parkway. The event will be on paved roads and includes a half-marathon run and 10K run/walk. Entries are $20 to $35 and include post-race food, prizes for winners and a raffle entry. All proceeds will benefit the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association. Pre-registration is available until 8 p.m. July 2 at Registration on the day of the event ends at 7 a.m.

Divorce support groups available

The Northwest Colorado VNA hosts a support group for adults coping with divorce. Meetings focus on handling strong emotions and life transition, restoring one’s identity and self-esteem, effective communication and successful single parenting. Meetings are Tuesdays, noon to 1 p.m. at the Rollingstone Respite House, 1500 Pine Grove Road. For more information, call Adrienne Hearne at 512-630-1373.

Planned Parenthood can help with annual exam costs

Planned Parenthood can cover the cost of an annual exam for women who are uninsured or underinsured, according to a news release. Call 970-879-2212 for information or to make an appointment or stop by the health center on 11th Street between Lincoln Avenue and Oak Street.

Hepatitis A vaccination recommended for travel

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association recommends people planning travel to Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America receive a Hepatitis A vaccination. Hepatitis A can be spread by eating or drinking food or water contaminated with the virus. Hepatitis A and other routine vaccinations are available during drop in immunization clinics, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursdays at the VNA in Steamboat Springs, 940 Central Park Drive, Suite 101. Other vaccinations may be recommended depending on the international destination. These are available by appointment with the VNA’s travel clinic: 970-879-1632.

Baby and Me program helps pregnant women be smoke-free

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association’s Baby and Me Tobacco Free program helps expectant moms quit tobacco with four prenatal smoking cessation sessions and incentives. Smoking during pregnancy increases risk of miscarriage, premature birth, birth defects and infant death. Program participants who quit smoking and remain smoke free throughout their pregnancy and after their baby is born receive monthly vouchers for free diapers, for up to a year. For more information, call Hope Cook at 970-871-7622.

VNA advises 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 your doors and windows covered with intact screens. Do not leave screenless doors or windows open in the evening.

· If you have bats in your house, call a professional trapper with experience removing bats from homes.

· Keep your pets up to date on rabies vaccines. Call your veterinarian if you are unsure of your pet’s vaccination status.

· If you are exposed to a bat, if possible, safely collect the animal using a shovel (do not use your hands, even if you are wearing gloves) and contact the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association at 970-824-8233.

· If you are bitten by a bat or awake to find a bat in the room where you are sleeping, contact your medical provider and the VNA (the public health agency for Moffat County).

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