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Health briefs: Casey’s Pond plans happy hour events

Yampa Valley Health

Casey’s Pond hosts community happy hour

Casey’s Pond Distinctive Senior Living hosts a happy hour from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on the last Thursday of each month at the community, 2855 Owl Hoot Trail. Food, wine and beer are available along with the opportunity to see old friends or meet new ones. Attendees can learn more about life at Casey’s Pond and receive a tour of the community. Upcoming happy hour events are scheduled for April 28 and May 26. RSVP for the event at info@caseyspond.org or 970-879-8855.

Lyme disease support group meeting

Lyme disease has been a topic of conversation, both nationally and internationally, in the past few months. Though Lyme disease is less common in Colorado, people still suffer from the sometimes debilitating disease of chronic lyme. A new support group in Steamboat Springs has been created to allow individuals and families to rally together to find solutions for the illness. The group will meet the first Sunday of each month at Bud Werner Memorial Library to offer support and love to those who are suffering. For more information, visit nwcoloradolymesupport.org.

VNA offers healthy sleep tips for children

Good sleep is essential for healthy growth and development. Research shows children who do not get enough sleep can be irritable and are more likely to be obese and do poorly in school. The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association offers the following tips to help children sleep well:

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· Establish regular naptime and bedtime routines.

· Avoid cutting back on naps to get children to sleep through the night — they will get overtired and sleep poorly.

· Turn off TV and other screens at least one hour before bedtime and keep your child's room a screen-free zone.

· Put your child to bed drowsy to help them learn to fall asleep on their own. Learning to fall asleep independently will help them to put themselves back to sleep when they wake at night.

· Do not put them to bed with a bottle or sippy cup — it's bad for their sleep and their teeth.

· Help your child sleep with a cool room (less than 75 degrees), a bedtime story and calming music.

· The National Sleep Foundation recommends toddlers ages one and two get 11 to 14 hours of sleep (including naps). Children ages 3 to 5 should get 10 to 13 hours of sleep.

The Northwest Colorado VNA's Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program offers nutrition counseling, supplemental healthy foods, breastfeeding support and additional education for qualified families. For more information, call 970-871-7653.

Variety of support groups meeting 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 970-871-7629 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 meets Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. at the Buddhist Center of Steamboat Springs, 2250 Copper Frontage Road, No. 202. The group also has a recovery-based yoga beforehand at 4:30 p.m. 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.

• The Heartbeat of Steamboat support group meets Thursdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Rollingstone Respite House, 480 Rollingstone Drive. The group is for those who have lost a loved one or friend.