Health briefs: County sees success in Women, Infants and Children program

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March is National Nutrition Month, and the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is celebrating the great work being done through the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children.

WIC is a nutrition education, breastfeeding support and supplemental food program. The program serves low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and postpartum women, infants and children to age 5.

Highlights from 2013 include:

• 283 women, 267 infants and 327 children were served across Moffat and Routt counties.

• The local WIC program was able to provide more than $333,000 worth of healthy foods to young families in Moffat and Routt counties.

• It partnered with Connections 4 Kids in Moffat County to give each child their own portioned MyPlate.

• It worked with LiveWell in Routt County to provide families the ingredients to make a new recipe.

• It partnered with First Impression’s Cavity Free at Three Coordinator to offer an oral health screening day in VNA’s Steamboat Springs clinic.

• It partnered with the Family Development Center to provide Colorado Bright Beginnings visits to our WIC families.

• Breastfeeding is a top priority for WIC. Eighty-six percent of moms initiated breastfeeding, and WIC increased the rate of exclusive breastfeeding for 3 months to 22 percent from 9 percent in 2012.

In 2014, services will be expanded to Jackson County. The VNA also will be highlight the 5-2-1-0 campaign, resume prenatal breastfeeding classes, start Colorado Bright Beginnings classes, plan to develop an infant feeding class and is in the process of organizing grocery store tours with local Cooking Matters instructors through LiveWell.

The Colorado WIC Program also is sponsoring a two-day Lactation Management Training in Steamboat Springs on April 23 and 24. If you are a health care professional who interacts with breastfeeding mother-baby pairs and would like more information about the training, you can go to www.teachsourceinc.com for more details.

Free legal seminar about Medicaid is this week

Cantafio Eddington presents a free legal seminar on Medicaid and asset preservation at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at The Steamboat Grand.

Presenting lawyers will be Mark J. Fischer and Richard K. Sans Soucy.

Learn strategies to preserve your estate in the face of high-cost nursing home care.

The event will take place in the Spring Creek conference room at The Steamboat Grand. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call Shauana at 970-879-4567 or visit www.cantafiolaw.com.

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:

Routt County

• LIFT-UP of Routt County: 1 to 3 p.m. Monday and March 24

• Bud Werner Memorial Library: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday and March 28

Rio Blanco County

• Meeker Public Library: Noon to 2 p.m. March 26

• Rangely Town Hall: 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday

• Meeker Town Hall, 2 to 5 p.m. Wednesday

Moffat County

• Moffat County Library, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday and March 26

Hospice daffodils sale is Tuesday

The annual Hospice daffodils sale is coming up. Daffodils will be on sale for $5 per bunch, $24 for five bunches and $46 for 10 bunches Tuesday at the following locations:

• Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association

• City Market (Craig and Steamboat Springs)

• Ace at the Curve

• Hayden Mercantile

• Bonfiglio Drug

• Clark Store

Contact Kendall Yeager at 970-871-7607 or kyeager@nwcovna.org with questions.

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 of the home. Activities include: music, presentations, exercise, art, social events and health and wellness services.

The program will be available the following Tuesdays: March 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. Pick up will be at 8:30 a.m. and drop off is at 3:30 p.m. at the parking lot at the Craig Visiting Nurse Association office, 745 Russell St.

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

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 Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association at 970-879-1632.

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 continues March 28

The Winter Blast Triathlon Series at the Old Town Hot Springs continues 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 the cost for nonmembers is $40 per event. 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 help with annual exam costs

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 Visiting Nurse Association

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.

Support groups to meet this week

• 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 Heartbeat Suicide Survivor support group meeting is from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Yampa Valley Medical Center’s Integrated Health campus, 3001 S. Lincoln Ave. The group is for survivors to learn skills to help manage grief. Enroll by calling 970-846-8182.

• A depression, anxiety and bipolar support group meets from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday 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 970-819-2232 for more information.

• A Parkinson's care partners meeting for those who care for people with Parkinson's disease is from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday. For the meeting location, contact 970-879-0518 or sherilu1@gmail.com.

• A cancer support group to help cancer patients deal with pain, nausea, fatigue and side effects is from noon to 1 p.m. Friday at the Integrative Health Center, 3001 S. Lincoln Ave., Suite A. 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.

Veterans enrolled in VA health care program don't need to take steps

Veterans who are enrolled in Department of Veterans Affairs health care programs — including the veterans health care program, the Civilian Health and Medical program or the spina bifida health care program — do not need to take additional steps to meet the Affordable Care Act coverage standards, according to a news release from the VA.

The new health care law will not change VA health benefits or out-of-pocket costs for those who are enrolled, according to the release. Veterans who are not enrolled in VA health care can apply at www.va.gov/healthbenefits or by calling 1-877-222-8387.

For more information, call Routt County Veterans Affairs Officer Michael Condie at 970-879-5489.

Yampa Valley Medical Center celebrates heritage with book

Yampa Valley Medical Center will celebrate 100 years of hospital heritage with the publication of a history book in 2014, according to a news release. Christine McKelvie is researching and writing the book that will highlight 10 decades of medical care at the Steamboat Sanitarium, the Steamboat Hospital, Routt County Memorial Hospital and YVMC.

"Our hospitals have long been the heartbeat of the valley, and we owe much to the dedicated people who have provided a century of care to this community and region," McKelvie said in the release. "This book will tell their stories."

If you have an historic hospital photo or memory you would like to share, send an email to christine.mckelvie@yvmc.org or call 970-870-1119.

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