Health briefs: Yampa Valley Medical Center’s cardiac rehab program earns certification

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— Yampa Valley Medical Center’s cardiac rehab program recently earned certification from the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation, according to a news release.

During the yearlong, national certification process, cardiac rehab coordinator Susan Cowan measured outcomes for 40 patients from Steamboat Springs, Craig, Kremmling and McCoy.

Measured improvements included weekly physical exercise, which more than tripled from an average of 78 to 248 minutes per person, and quality of life, which increased 30 percent, according to the release.

When asked whether the program met participants’ individualized expectations, the release stated, 100 percent answered “yes.”

Cardiac rehab has been offered by the hospital since 1992. Cowan, a registered nurse, has been the coordinator since 1997. The program’s medical director is cardiologist Dr. Will Baker.

4-week meditation, book study starts Monday

Yampa Valley Medical Center’s Integrated Health is offering “Buddha’s Brain,” a four-week meditation and book study beginning Monday. This class will explore how to stimulate and strengthen the brain for more fulfilling relationships and a greater sense of inner confidence and worth.

The cost is $100 for four classes held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Mondays through Nov. 18. Call Integrated Health at 970-875-2731 to register.

VNA to host flu clinic in Hayden

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association hosts a drop-in flu clinic from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday at Hayden Town Hall. The cost is $25 for flu shots and $35 for Flu Mist. Cash and check are accepted, and attendees are asked to bring their insurance cards. For more information, call 970-871-7624 or go to www.nwcovna.org/flu.php.

Natural Grocers to host information session about breast cancer risk

A free class about how to reduce your risk of breast cancer as well as learn about risk factors and risk assessing thermal imaging is at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Natural Grocers, 355 Lincoln Ave. For more information, call 970-871-0100.

VNA hosts free cardiovascular screenings

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association provides free screenings including total cholesterol, LDL, HDL, triglycerides, blood glucose and body mass index at the following locations:

Monday: 3 to 6 p.m. at Hayden Town Hall, 178 W. Jefferson Ave.

Nov. 6: 4 to 6 p.m. at Hayden Valley Elementary School, 300 Breeze Basin Blvd.

Nov. 7: 4 to 6 p.m. at Hayden High School, 495 W. Jefferson Ave.

Nov. 12: 4 to 6 p.m. at Steamboat Springs High School, 45 Maple St.

Make an appointment by calling 970-871-7634.

Health insurance marketplace meetings scheduled

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is hosting a series of free information sessions to answer questions about the new health insurance marketplace, Connect for Health Colorado. A health coverage guide will attend the meetings for individuals, families and small-business owners interested in learning about their options for health insurance under new the legislation. The meeting dates are as follows:

Monday: 3 to 6 p.m. at Hayden Town Hall, 178 W. Jefferson Ave.

Nov. 6: 4 to 6 p.m. at Hayden Valley Elementary School, 300 Breeze Basin Blvd.

Nov. 7: 4 to 6 p.m. at Hayden High School, 495 W. Jefferson Ave.

For more information, call 970-871-7647.

Open enrollment for Medicare Part D lasts through Dec. 7

Open enrollment for Medicare Part D is through Dec. 7. Medicare beneficiaries are able to change plans during this time. Seniors should review their prescription drug plan and make sure it works with the prescriptions they are taking, said Betsy Packer, Routt County Council on Aging’s counselor and coordinator for the Colorado State Health Insurance Assistance Program.

The following open enrollment meetings will be held in Routt County:

Monday: 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Bud Werner Memorial Library, 1289 Lincoln Ave.

Nov. 6: 4 to 7 p.m. at Hayden Public Library, 220 E. Jefferson St.

Nov. 14: 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at Bud Werner Memorial Library

Seniors are asked to bring their prescription bottles. For more information or to register, call 970-819-6937.

To submit a health brief, email happenings@SteamboatToday.com.

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