Health briefs: Health Equity Learning Series viewing party is Thursday

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The Northwest Colorado Community Health Partnership will host a Health Equity Learning Series viewing party from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at Library Hall at Bud Werner Memorial Library.

Spend time with others interested in health equity to learn from nationally renowned presenters sharing knowledge and increasing awareness so that all people may have fair and equal opportunities to lead healthy, productive lives regardless of race, ethnicity, income or where they live. This will be a livestreamed event with Manuel Pastor, Ph.D., professor of American studies and ethnicity at the University of Southern California.

Following the presentation, there will have a community-based discussion to relate topics from the livestream to the Yampa Valley. Free lunch will be provided. Contact Janie Dunckley with questions and to RSVP at 970-871-7602 or jdunckley@nwcovna.org.

Heartbeat of Steamboat support group starts May 15

The first meeting of Heartbeat of Steamboat, a support group for those who have lost a loved one or friend, will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. May 15 at the Rollingstone Respite House, 480 Rollingstone Drive. Meetings will be held the first and third Thursdays of each month. Call Ronna at 970-819-2232 before attending.

SportsMed at YVMC hosting fitness classes in May

SportsMed at Yampa Valley Medical Center will host fitness classes in May. Spring fitness will last five weeks beginning May 6 and will meet from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. The class will be instructed by Marty Melland and David Grinnell.

Circuit Pilates classes also will be held for five weeks beginning May 17. It will meet from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturdays and from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays. The classes will be instructed by Peggy VanVliet, a certified mat Pilates instructor.

Each set of classes costs $100 for all 10 classes. Call SportsMed at 970-871-2370 to sign up.

The Steamboat Institute hosts discussion on future of health care

The Steamboat Institute will be hosting a discussion of the future of health care in the U.S. from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Strings Music Pavilion. Doors open at 5 p.m.

“Imagine: The Power to Choose Your Health Care” is free and open to the public. A cash bar will be available.

Speakers will include Rituparna Basu, an analyst at the Ayn Rand Institute who specializes in Ayn Rand’s ethics of rational egoism to public policy issues and her research and writing focus on health care policy. Jill Vecchio, M.D., also will speak. Vecchio is a board-certified radiologist specializing in women’s imaging and currently practices in the Denver metro area. Vecchio has read the entire Affordable Care Art and works with state and federal legislators regarding health care policy and issues.

CDC reports high number of measles cases in US

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the United States is experiencing a high number of reported measles cases, many of which originated during international travel.

A total of 129 measles cases have been reported in the U.S. in 2014, the highest number reported since 1996.

Of these cases, 34 were imported from other countries, such as the Philippines.

The Philippines has been experiencing an explosive outbreak of measles, with approximately 20,000 confirmed or suspected cases reported during January and February, including 69 deaths.

Measles is a highly contagious, acute viral illness that is transmitted by contact with an infected person through coughing and sneezing. After an infected person leaves a location, the virus remains contagious for as long as two hours on surfaces and in the air. Measles can cause severe health complications, including pneumonia, encephalitis, and death.

CDC recommends international travelers, school-age children and college students receive two MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccinations. Children between ages 1 and 3 years old should receive one dose of MMR but two doses if they are traveling internationally.

For more information on getting vaccinated against measles, call the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association in Craig at 970-824-8233 or in Steamboat Springs at 970-879-1632, or contact your health care provider.

Donations accepted for bingo prizes at Casey's Pond

Donations now are being accepted for jewelry, small stuffed animals or similar items to be used as bingo prizes at the Doak Walker House at Casey’s Pond Senior Living in Steamboat Springs.

Drop them off at the concierge desk or call Celia with questions at 970-457-4883.

Residents should beware of hantavirus during spring cleaning

Hantavirus is a serious respiratory disease carried by deer mice (brown on top and white underneath with large ears). Steamboat residents should be careful when doing spring cleaning and before opening up cabins, buildings, sheds and barns. People can become infected when you inhale dirt and dust contaminated with deer mice droppings.

To help prevent this, air out rodent-infested buildings or areas at least 30 minutes before cleaning. Use a solution of household bleach (one cup of bleach per gallon of water) to spray materials you have used for cleaning mouse droppings. For more information, visit www.cdc.gov/hantavirus.

Be careful around small rodents that could carry rabies

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association reminds residents to be careful with small rodents that can have rabies. Raccoons, skunks, foxes, coyotes, bats and other types of wildlife can have rabies and never should be touched.

Other information about rabies:

• Rabies is a deadly disease transmitted through the saliva of an infected animal, usually from bites.

• Not all bats have rabies, but most human cases in the U.S. are caused by bats.

• Bat bites leave a small wound but require urgent medical attention. If bitten, wash the wound with soap and water and call your doctor.

For more information, visit www.cdc.gov/rabies.

Northwest Colorado VNA offers support group

Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is starting a support group for parents grieving the loss of an infant.

This group will meet weekly and offer support to any parent who has experienced the premature loss of an infant through miscarriage or other circumstances.

Call Katy Thiel at 970-871-7628 to register for this group. A date and location have not yet been determined.

Support group meets Wednesdays for children grieving the death of a loved one

Poogie’s Place/Cole’s Cowboy Corner, a program of Hospice, will be starting a children’s support group for kids ages 12 to 15 who are grieving the death of a loved one.

This group will use art as a means of learning about and finding ways to cope with a death. During the children’s group a subsequent parent’s group will be offered for parents to explore ways to deal with your own grief and to learn ways to help your children deal with their grief.

The group will meet at 5 p.m. Wednesdays at the Rollingstone Respite House. The start date will be determined at time of registration.

This group is free, but donations are accepted. Call Katy Thiel at 970-871-7628 for more information and to sign up.

Parkinson's exercise class is Wednesdays

A Parkinson’s exercise will start for people with Parkinson's disease or those who would like to improve balance. The class includes seated warm up, standing exercises for balance, strength and agility, and group camaraderie.

The classes will run from1:30 to 2:45 p.m. Wednesdays at the United Methodist Church of Steamboat Springs at Eighth and Oak streets. Use the alley entrance.

Costs are $10 for drop in or $80 for a 10-punch card, and care partners are free.

Contact Jacqueline Teuscher at 303-829-2869 or jacqueline.teuscher@gmail.com or Eva Gibbon at 970-846-9887 for more information.

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.

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).

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 Christian support group for parents of children have been called home by God is at 6:30 p.m. Monday 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. 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 970-819-6751 for more information.

• 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.

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

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