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Health briefs: Adult Children of Alcoholics meetings Saturdays

Adult Children of Alcoholics meetings Saturdays

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 mothers 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. 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.

Parkinson's Support Group helps patients, caregivers

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. 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.

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Take precautions to avoid foodborne illness

Each year, one in six Americans get sick from consuming foods or beverages contaminated with disease-causing microbes or pathogens. Northwest Colorado Health recommends the following precautions to reduce the risk of contracting foodborne illness.

• Always wash hands with soap and water before preparing food.

• Cook meat, poultry and eggs thoroughly. Use a food thermometer to measure internal temperature of meat.

• Wash hands, utensils and cutting boards after they have been in contact with raw meat or poultry and before they touch another food.

• Refrigerate leftovers that won't be eaten within four hours. Bacteria can grow quickly at room temperature.

• Wash produce in running tap water. Remove outermost leaves of a lettuce or cabbage. Bacteria can grow well on the cut surface of a fruit or vegetable. Take care not to contaminate produce while slicing on a cutting board, and don't leave cut produce out.

• Keep food away from flies and insects.

Common symptoms of foodborne illness include vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, fever and chills. Those experience such symptoms should avoid preparing food for others. Pregnant women, the elderly and those with weakened immune systems are at higher risk for severe infections and should not consume undercooked animal products. Contact a healthcare provider in the event of foodborne illness. For more information, visitcdc.gov/foodsafety/facts.