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Health briefs: Cooking class will feature smart foods for kids

Cooking class will feature smart foods for kids

Natural Grocers Nutritional Health Coach Alicia McLeod will host “Smart foods for smart kids” from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, May 8, at the store, located at 335 Lincoln Ave.

According to the event description, children’s brains require specialized, smart nutrition. Their daily diet can help support a healthy attention span, give them stable energy levels throughout the day and provide their bodies will all foods necessary for a healthy, growing brain. The event is a cooking class that will teach recipes and tricks.

Mother’s Day themed coffee at Casey’s Pond

Casey's Pond will be host a special Mother's Day Free Coffee event from 8 to 10 a.m. Friday, May 6, at Casey’s Pond, 2855 Owl Hoot Trail, in partnership with Steamboat Springs Coffee and Tea Company. Treat mom to tasty coffee, yummy treats from Chef Charles and special mini manicures provided by the Comb Goddess.

Parkinson's Support Group helps patients, caregivers

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The Yampa Valley Parkinson's Support Network meets at 5 p.m. the second Monday of every month at Casey's Pond. All patients, caregivers and family members are welcome to attend. Discussions often include guest speakers and focus on quality of life issues, research updates and living well with Parkinson's Disease. For more information, contact Adrienne Hearne at ahearne@nwcovna.org or 512-630-1373.

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 perform poorly in school. The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association offers the following tips to help children sleep well.

• Establish regular naptime and bedtime routines.

• Avoid cutting back on naps to get children to sleep through the night — they will become overly tired 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 children 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 age 1 and 2 get 11 to 14 hours of sleep (including naps). Children age 3 to 5 should get 10 to 13 hours of sleep.

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

Hepatitis A vaccination recommended for travel

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association recommends people planning travel to international destinations — including Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America — receive a Hepatitis A vaccination. Hepatitis A can be spread by eating or drinking food or water contaminated with the virus. Other vaccinations may be recommended depending on the destination. Individuals planning to travel abroad should receive any needed vaccinations at least one month prior to travel. Travel and routine immunizations are available by appointment. Call 970-879-1632.


Variety of ongoing support groups 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 970-871-7629 prior to attending the first meeting.

• A Christian support group for parents of children who have been called home by God meets at 6:30 p.m. Monday at 27441 Brandon Circle. For more information, call 970-870-7879.

• A domestic violence support group for women meets 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 at 5:30 p.m. Thursdays 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 open discussion. Meetings are open to all faiths and addictions. For more information, call 720-670-8642.

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