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Health briefs: Library’s health perspectives session focuses on dementia

Yampa Valley Health

Bud Werner Memorial Library presents a free Health Perspective Series talk focusing on dementia at 7 p.m. Monday, June 12 in Library Hall. Peggy Watson, an expert in non-pharmacological behavior management for dementia and the author of two books on dementia, including "Dementia: Loving Care with a Therapeutic Benefit," will give a presentation for caregivers, friends, medical professionals and anyone who wants to learn more about dementia.

Learn about the stages of dementia and evidence-based interventions to improve interaction and engagement. Find strength in understanding the dementia journey, and empowerment in the knowledge that there are ways to manage this disease. The evening includes a question and answer session, and Watson’s books will be available for purchase. Visit steamboatlibrary.org/events for more information.

Support group begins weekly meetings

Adult Children of Alcoholics is a fellowship of persons who desire to recover from the effects of growing up in an alcoholic or otherwise dysfunctional family. Meetings are held at 8:30 a.m. Saturdays upstairs at 437 Oak Street. For more information, call 970-846-5061 or visit acawso.org.

Program for Moms now using eWIC card

The Colorado Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children has switched from paper checks to a debit-style eWIC card.  WIC provides nutrition education, breastfeeding support and supplemental nutritious foods to pregnant women, mothers and children who qualify.

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Allocations for WIC-approved foods are added to participants' eWIC cards. The card eliminates confusion and check out time in the grocery store. Research has found WIC increases duration of pregnancies and reduces infant mortality and low birthweight and helps prevent nutrition deficiencies in children. Woman and children in WIC also are more likely to receive prenatal care and/or have a regular source of medical care.

WIC is offered at Northwest Colorado Health in Steamboat Springs and Craig. For more information, visit northwestcoloradohealth.org/wic or call 970-871-7677.

Share your healthy recipes with the Steamboat Today

The Steamboat Today publishes simple, healthy recipes in the Yampa Valley Health section of the newspaper on Monday. Anyone who has a recipe that is easy-to-fix and made from commonly found ingredients is welcome to share it with the paper. Forget the fussy soufflé or the dish requiring fenugreek seeds, we're looking for basic recipes that will inspire people to cook. Email recipes to Karen Massey at karen.massey@colostate.edu or send them to Massey at the Routt County Extension Office, P.O. Box 772830, Steamboat Springs, CO 80477.

Precautions advised during tick season  

Northwest Colorado Health advises precautions against ticks and tick-borne diseases during spring and summer months. Tick bites in Colorado can result in Colorado Tick Fever, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, tularemia, Tick-borne Relapsing Fever. Ticks should be removed from skin as soon as possible. If you remove a tick from a person or a pet, wash your hands immediately. If you become ill after a tick bite or exposure to ticks, seek prompt medical attention. Ticks are commonly found in wooded or brushy areas with tall grass. They may also inhabit rustic mountain cabins where chipmunks and other rodents may have visited. Wear protective clothing – long-sleeved shirts and long pants – and do thorough tick checks after being in areas where ticks may be present. For information on how to safely remove a tick that has settled into the skin, go to cdc.gov/ticks.

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