Health briefs: Chemotherapy support group meeting is this week

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Integrated Health offers a “Side Effects of Chemotherapy” support group meeting from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday.

Attend the Q-and-A session with Kristi Tullis and Terri Chapman as they provide information on managing side effects of chemotherapy treatment.

The event is free and will be held at 3001 S. Lincoln Ave., Suite A.

Natural Grocers hosts nutrition seminar

A nutrition seminar and cooking demo will be available for all those who are interested at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Natural Grocers, 335 Lincoln Ave.

The seminar is titled “The Primal Smoothie — Health and Delicious Nutrition On the Go.” Participants can learn how to increase the nutrient density of their diet every day with supercharged smoothies.

The seminar is presented by Alicia McLeod, a nutritional health coach, and is free and open to all.

Kiwanis Club to host YVMC CEO Frank May as speaker

Later this year, the Yampa Valley Medical Center will celebrate 100 years of health care in the Yampa Valley. From the first health care facility started by Doc Willett to the Steamboat Springs Hospital Association, from Routt County Memorial Hospital to YVMC, the region has seen growth not only in facilities but the number of services offered.

The Kiwanis Club will host Frank May, CEO of YVMC, as its featured speaker during its regular meeting at the Steamboat Springs Community Center on Tuesday. Join the club and learn more about the accomplishments and future direction of our local medical center. Lunch begins at noon, and the free presentation begins at 12:30 p.m. For more information, call Bud Romberg at 970-879-0064.

Lunch during the meeting is available through the Routt County Council on Aging. There is a suggested donation of $3 for anyone 60 and older, and the cost is $6 for anyone younger than 60. Reserve your lunch 24 hours in advance by calling 970-879-0633.

VNA offers free blood pressure checks for National Heart Month

In honor of National Heart Month, the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association will offer free blood pressure checks and free body mass index calculations from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday at 940 Central Park Drive, Suite 101 in Steamboat Springs.

For more information, call Lindsay at 970-871-7634.

Adult activity and care program offered in Hayden

An adult activity and care program will be offered at the Haven Assisted Living Center, 300 S. Shelton Lane in Hayden.

The program provides a place for older adults to enjoy a fun and relaxing day outside the home. Activities include music, presentations, exercise, art, social events and health and wellness services.

The program will be available the following Tuesdays: March 4, 11, 18 and 25 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for $50 per day.

Free van transportation will be provided from Craig to Hayden. Pickup will be at 8:30 a.m., and dropoff is at 3:30 p.m. at the parking lot at the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association office in Craig, 745 Russell St.

Reserve your spot one week before participating. This is private pay only; Medicaid will not be accepted for this special promotion. For more information and to register, call Karen Burley at 970-875-1888.

Support groups to meet this week in Routt County

• A bereavement support group meets from 1 to 2 p.m. Monday 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 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 Caregiver Cancer Support Group is from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday in the community room at Natural Grocers, 355 Lincoln Ave. For more information, call 970-846-4717.

• The Steamboat Meditation Recovery Group meetings Sundays at 5:30 p.m. at the Buddhist Center of Steamboat Springs, 2250 Copper Frontage Road, No. 202. 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.

VNA offers hepatitis A and typhoid vaccines

Are you heading out of town for spring break? Don’t forget to make an appointment to get your hepatitis A and typhoid vaccinations before traveling to Mexico, Caribbean or Central America. Both diseases are prevalent in less developed countries, and infection occurs by ingesting contaminated food/water. For more information, call the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association at 970-879-1632.

McCarthy offers 6-week workshop starting March 5

Marchele McCarthy is offering a six-week workshop called “Finding Freedom from Old Habits and Negative Emotions,” starting March 5 and continuing Wednesday evenings through April 9 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

The workshop will focus on meditation, relaxation, and other mindfulness techniques to work with difficult emotions and habitual patterns.

The cost is $150. Call 970-846-8504 or email marchele@marchelemccarthy.com to register or for more information.

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:

• LIFT-UP of Routt County: 1 to 3 p.m. Monday

• Bud Werner Memorial Library: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday

VNA offers birth control, STD screenings

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association’s Community Health Center is offering low-cost birth control, STD screenings (for men and women), pap smears, breast exams and general women’s health care based on income. All income levels are welcome. Make an appointment in Steamboat by calling 970-879-1632 or in Craig by calling 970-824-8233.

LiveWell program to help families with healthy eating

LiveWell Northwest Colorado is helping families be healthy by working to improve eating habits and to be more physically active through the “Let’s Go! 5-2-1-0” program. The program sets the goal each day of eating five or more fruits and vegetables, watching two or fewer hours of TV, getting an hour or more of physical activity and drinking zero sugary drinks. For more information about the program, visit www.nwcovna.org/livewell.php or call LiveWell Northwest Colorado Community Coordinator Barb Parnell at 970-819-4110.

Winter Blast Triathlon Series continues Friday

The Winter Blast Triathlon Series at the Old Town Hot Springs continues Friday and March 28. The triathlon starts in the pool, heads up to the spin bikes and then to the treadmills. The cost for members is $30 per event and $80 for the series, and the cost for nonmembers is $40 per event or $110 for the series. Participants ages 12 to 15 must be with an adult. Register at the Old Town Hot Springs front desk. Email aquatics@sshra.org or 970-879-1828, ext. 311, for more information.

Planned Parenthood can offer assistance to women

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.

Northwest Colorado VNA offers options to help quit tobacco

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association offers options for those looking to quite smoking. The VNA has counseling available to help tobacco users of all ages to quit using cigarettes or smokeless tobacco. Quitting tobacco usually takes multiple attempts, but studies show cessation support can significantly improve a person’s chance for success. Counseling helps tobacco users set quit goals in a judgment-free environment. Participants also may receive support for weight management, nutrition, heart health and stress control. There is no fee for this service. It is available in English and Spanish. To be connected with a Cessation Counselor in Steamboat Springs or Craig, call 970-871-7634.

Other programs the VNA offer include:

• The Colorado QuitLine, which offers free personalized cessation phone support for smokers. Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW.

• SmokefreeTXT program provides free personalized text message support. Text the word QUIT to IQUIT (47848).

HPV vaccine offered through VNA

January is Cervical Health Awareness Month. Protect yourself or your family from cancers caused by HPV for just $21.50 for uninsured and underinsured individuals. The HPV vaccine is for ages 9 to 26 for males and females.

Call Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association in Craig at 970-824-8233 or in Steamboat Springs at 970-879-1632 to make an appointment.

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

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