Steamboat briefs: Residents encouraged to take health needs survey |

Steamboat briefs: Residents encouraged to take health needs survey

Residents encouraged to take health needs survey

Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association and Yampa Valley Medical Center are seeking input about health needs in local communities.

Residents can share their feedback by taking an online survey or attending community forums being held in Routt and Moffat counties. Information from the Community Health Needs Assessment will be used to design programs and solutions to improve residents’ wellbeing.

The survey takes 10 to 15 minutes to complete and is available until Nov. 15. Completing the survey makes participants eligible to win a $50 gift certificate to City Market.

To take the online survey, visit Paper surveys are available at the Steamboat Springs VNA, 940 Central Park Drive, Suite 101.

All answers are confidential.

Residents can also share their input at the following community forums. The first 10 people to arrive at each forum will receive $25 gift certificates.

■ 6 p.m., Tuesday, at Yampa Valley Medical Center

■ 6 p.m., Thursday, at Yampa Valley Medical Center, for Spanish speakers

■ 6 p.m., Nov. 2, at The Haven Community Center

■ 6 p.m., Nov. 3, at South Routt Community Center

Oaktoberfest returns to Oak Creek at 5 p.m. today

Oak Creek’s third annual Oaktoberfest will be held from noon to 5 p.m. today on Main Street. The festival offers fun for the all with pumpkin decorating, cookie decorating, games, a hay maze, a hay ride, local food and music.

YVSC set to host Green Building Tour at noon today

Yampa Valley Sustainability Council will host its seventh annual Green Building Tour from noon to 4 p.m. today. The tour will begin and end at the Routt County Justice Center. This year’s theme is Mountain Modern, and three energy-efficient residences will be toured. Tickets are $15 for one and $25 for two, and the tour is limited to 40 people. To purchase tickets, visit

VNA offers tips to help avoid foodborne illnesses

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is advising precautions to avoid foodborne illness, particularly through the summer and fall.

Each year, one in six Americans are sickened from consuming foods or beverages contaminated with disease-causing microbes or pathogens. The VNA recommends the following precautions to reduce the risk of contracting foodborne illness.

■ Always wash your hands with soap and water before preparing food.

■ Cook meat, poultry and eggs thoroughly. Use a food thermometer to measure internal temperature of meat.

■ Wash hands, utensils and cutting boards after they have been in contact with raw meat or poultry and before they touch another food.

■ Refrigerate leftovers that won’t be eaten within four hours. Bacteria can grow quickly at room temperature.

■ Wash produce in running tap water. Remove outermost leaves of a lettuce or cabbage. Bacteria can grow well on the cut surface of a fruit or vegetable. Take care not to contaminate produce while slicing on a cutting board, and don’t leave cut produce out for many hours.

■ Keep food away from flies and insects.

Common symptoms of foodborne illness include vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, fever and chills. Avoid preparing food for others if you have these symptoms. Pregnant women, the elderly and those with weakened immune systems are at higher risk for severe infections and should not to consume under-cooked animal products. Contact a healthcare provider if you think you have a foodborne illness. For more information, visit

Local Sunday school expands student programs

The Har Mishpacha Sunday School program is expanding its program for kindergarten to third-grade students and fourth- to seventh-grade students, which will be held at 5 p.m. every Sunday at Emerald Mountain School in Steamboat Springs. Classes will be led by Cindy Ruzicka and Tamar Taye.

A welcoming social for current and interested parents of prospective students will be held at 5 p.m. today at Emerald Mountain School. For more information, email Ruzicka at Har Mish-pacha is the Jewish congregation of Steamboat Springs.

Steamboat Springs Girl Scouts look for volunteers

The Steamboat Springs Girl Scouts are looking for volunteers. For more information, contact Nancy Mucklow at 970-846-2630 or

Supplies available to local art educators at Art Depot

Local arts educators now have access to recycled or donated art supplies through the new Create Space program at the Steamboat Springs Arts Council at The Art Depot. For more information, email info@steam, call 970-879-9008 or visit

Food bank in Hayden will distribute food as needed

The Hayden Community Food Bank and outreach ministry of Hayden Congregational Church will distribute food on an as-needed basis. Call Theresa Stivers at 970-276-2507.

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