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Health briefs: Hepatitis A vaccine recommended before international travel

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.

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 Casey's Pond, 2855 Owl Hoot Trail. Food, wine and beer is 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.

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:

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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 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 (lower than 75 degrees), a bedtime story and calming music.

• The National Sleep Foundation recommends toddlers ages 1 and 2 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 program offers nutrition counseling, supplemental healthy foods, breastfeeding support and additional education for qualified families. For more information, call 970-871-7653.

Grief support group held in Hayden

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association hosts a grief education and support group form 4 to 5:30 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at The Haven Community Center in Hayden, 300 South Shelton Lane. The group is open to anyone coping with the loss of a friend or a loved one. For more information or to RSVP, call 970-846-8319.

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 the first meeting.

• 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 Heartbeat Suicide Survivor support group meeting is held 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 meets from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday. For the meeting location, contact 970-879-0518 or sherilu1@gmail.com.

• 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.

• 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 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.