Health briefs: Tickets available for Rubber Ducky Race
Steamboat Springs — Tickets available for Rubber Ducky Race
Northwest Colorado Health (formerly Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association) will host the Rubber Ducky Race for Hospice Sept. 10. Tickets are $10. The race will start at 11 a.m. at the Fifth Street Bridge. A celebration, including children’s activities and food vendors, will follow at West Lincoln Park. There will be $5,000 in cash prizes, including a $1,500 grand prize. All proceeds benefit Northwest Colorado Health hospice program. Participants need not be present to win.
Purchase tickets online at northwestcoloradohealth.org/rubberducky. Tickets are also available at Northwest Colorado Health, 940 Central Park Drive, Suite 101, or Yampa Valley Bank, 600 South Lincoln Ave. Volunteers are needed to help with pre-event ticket sales and other aspects of the race. For more information, call Mindy Marriott at 970-871-7609.
Avoid mosquito bites and West Nile virus
Northwest Colorado Health advises precautions against mosquitoes, which can carry West Nile virus.
Participate in The Longevity Project
The Longevity Project is an annual campaign to help educate readers about what it takes to live a long, fulfilling life in our valley. This year Kevin shares his story of hope and celebration of life with his presentation Cracked, Not Broken as we explore the critical and relevant topic of mental health.
• Drain standing water where mosquitoes lay eggs. Empty old tires, cans, flower pots, clogged rain gutters, rain barrels and toys where puddles occur.
• Limit outdoor activities, or take precautions during dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active.
• Dress in long sleeves and pants during active mosquito areas.
• Insect repellents containing DEET are effective in repelling mosquitoes. Always follow label instructions and precautions. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends not using insect repellent on children younger than two months old and not using repellents containing more than 30 percent DEET on children. For tips on safely using insect repellents on children, visit healthychildren.org and type “insect repellent” in the search box.
West Nile virus is rare, but those who exhibit symptoms, including high fever, severe headache and stiff neck, are encouraged to contact your health care provider immediately. For more information, visit cdc.gov/westnile. Travel to some international destinations may put you at risk for Zika virus, which also is carried by mosquitoes. For more information, visit cdc.gov/zika.
Grief support group held in Hayden
Northwest Colorado Health hosts a grief education and support group 6 to 7:30 pm Wednesdays at The Haven Community Center in Hayden, 300 South Shelton Lane. The group is open to anyone coping with the loss of a friend or a loved one. For more information or to RSVP, call 970-846-8319.
Alzheimer’s Association sponsors support groups
The Alzheimer’s Association sponsors free caregiver information and support groups in Steamboat Springs for those caring for someone with dementia, whether 24/7 or long-distance. These groups offer caregivers the opportunity to gather with others facing similar challenges in a safe, confidential setting. Benefits include finding community resources, understanding challenging behavior, sharing strategies and giving and receiving encouragement. For more information, call 970-879-8942.
The spouse caregiver support group meets from 2 to 3:30 p.m. the first Thursday of each month at Rollingstone Respite House, 1500 Pine Grove Road.
A new family and friends caregiver support group also meets from 3 to 4:30 p.m. the third Thursday of each month, also at Rollingstone Respite House.
Variety of 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.
• A Christian support group for parents of children who have been called home by God meets at 6:30 p.m. Mondays at 27441 Brandon Circle. For more information, call 970-870-7879.
• 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.
• A depression, anxiety and bipolar support group meets from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays in Conference Room 2 at Yampa Valley Medical Center, 1024 Central Park Drive. The group provides support, education and tools to help with everyday life. Family and friends are welcome. For more information, call 970-819-6751.
• 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 hosts recovery-based yoga 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.
• The Heartbeat of Steamboat support group meets from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays at the Rollingstone Respite House, 480 Rollingstone Drive. The group is for those who have lost a loved one or friend.
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