Health briefs: Weekly exercise class for older adults begins Thursday in Hayden
Steamboat Springs — The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association will host a Movement and Exercise class from 11 a.m. to noon beginning Thursday at The Haven Community Center. The gentle exercise class for older adults helps improve muscle strength, flexibility, balance and endurance and helps reduce the risk of falls. There is a $3 suggested donation per class. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call 970-871-7676.
VNA immunization clinics offered
The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association provides low-cost immunizations to adults and children. These include vaccines for flu, measles, mumps and rubella, chicken pox, shingles, pneumonia, HPV, meningitis, tetanus, diphtheria, whooping cough and hepatitis A and B. Individuals also can receive TB testing at the VNA. Immunizations or TB tests are available by appointment or during drop-in clinic hours from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursdays at the Steamboat Springs VNA, 940 Central Park Drive, Suite 101. For more information, call 970-879-1632.
VNA offers options to help residents quit tobacco
The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association has multiple options available to help smokers and smokeless tobacco users address complex factors of nicotine addiction that make quitting very difficult. Smoking cigarettes or using chew, snuff and other types of smokeless tobacco can have serious, potentially fatal, heath consequences. Tobacco cessation support can significantly improve a person’s chances of quitting for good. All services are free and available in English and Spanish.
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.
• The VNA offers one-on-one counseling with a Tobacco Cessation Counselor and a Tobacco Free support group. Call 970-871-7696.
• The Colorado QuitLine provides cessation phone or online support. Free nicotine patches and gum are available. Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW or visit http://www.coquitline.org.
• CO Quit Mobile provides personalized text message support. Sign up at http://www.coquitmobile.org.
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 offers birth control, STD screenings
The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association’s Community Health Center offers low-cost birth control, STD screenings for men and women, Pap tests, breast exams and general women’s health care based on income. Women age 40 to 64 may qualify for free Pap tests and breast exams. For more information or to make an appointment, call 970-879-1632.
Weight-loss kiosk available at VNA
Weigh and Win, a free community weight loss program, has installed a kiosk in the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association lobby. The program, aimed at reducing obesity rates in Colorado, provides cash incentives to participants who reach their weight-loss goals. Participants weigh in quarterly — every 90 days — at the kiosk. Between weigh-ins, participants receive daily emails or texts with tips on healthy eating, exercise and overcoming weight-loss barriers.
Participation is free. The kiosk is available 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Steamboat Springs VNA, 940 Central Park Drive, Suite 101.
Support groups scheduled to meet 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 970-871-7628 prior to attending your first meeting.
• A Christian support group for parents of children have been called home by God is at 6:30 p.m. Mondays at 27441 Brandon Circle. For more information, call 970-870-7879.
• 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.
• 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. Call 970-819-6751 for more information.
• 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 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.
• 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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The Longevity Project event, sponsored by Steamboat Pilot & Today, has shifted from in-person to virtual. The keynote speaker Kevin Hines contracted COVID-19, and he will now be presenting his talk remotely.