Craig health briefs for Dec. 11 | CraigDailyPress.com

Craig health briefs for Dec. 11

Craig Daily Press Staff Report

VNA offers low cost FluMist for children

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association has low cost FluMist available for children who do not have insurance. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends individuals six months and older receive a flu vaccination every year.

To make an appointment for flu or other routine immunizations, call 970-824-8233. If you are insured, please bring your insurance card.

Online giving and Christmas Auction at Yampa Valley Pregnancy

Yampa Valley Pregnancy & Family Center can now receive online giving on its website. Visit yvpfcenter.org and click on "Financial Giving Options," then "Make a Donation." You also can have part of your purchase price donated to the Pregnancy & Family Center via Amazon Smile or City Market by following the links on its website.

The Center is also offering items for auction on its website through Dec. 22. It hopes to raise extra funds by offering extra items donated for the Chili Supper last month as Christmas gift options. Enter bids through the website.

“There is so much happening at the Pregnancy & Family Center right now it’s hard to keep up with all the great changes," said Executive Director Vicki Van Couvering. "A big thank you to Yampa Valley Gives for offering online giving for us. Check our website often to see what’s new!”

Bariatric support group meets semi-monthly

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Renewed Lifestyles, a bariatric support group, meets at 6 p.m. the first Tuesday and third Thursday of each month at The Journey at First Baptist Church in the basement.

Help is available for insurance enrollment

Individuals who need health insurance or need to renew their plans must do so by Jan. 31, 2016. Be aware of the following important information:

 There are new plans and prices every year. Financial help is available to lower monthly costs.

 Free in-person assistance is available to help you find the right plan.

 If you're already enrolled, you need to renew your plan to retain coverage. Be sure to review your options.

 There are tax fines for not having health insurance.

 You must enroll or renew your plan by:

  • December 15, 2015 for coverage beginning January 1, 2016

  • January 15, 2016 for coverage beginning February 1, 2016

  • January 31, 2016 for coverage beginning March 1, 2016

For assistance in enrolling in health insurance, contact a Health Coverage Guide at the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association at 970-871-7324.

Drop-in open enrollment assistance also is available 5:30 to 7 p.m. Dec. 14 and Jan. 14, 2016 at YampaCare Family Medicine, 595 Russell St.

Parenting class offers tools, free dinner, free childcare

Connections 4 Kids is offering a free Incredible Years parenting class to parents of preschool-age kids, kindergarteners and first-graders, featuring tools to support the social, emotional and academic development of their children.

Free dinner and free professional childcare are provided for each class.

The class will run from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. every Tuesday for 14 weeks starting Jan. 19 at East Elementary School. It will be offered in both English and Spanish, and is open to parents regardless of which school their children attend.

The Incredible Years program offers instruction on how to create more positive relationships with your children, effective tools for discipline and new ideas for helping your child to grow and learn.

The registration deadline is Dec. 19. For more information or to sign up, contact Betsy Overton at Connections 4 Kids at 970-824-1081.

Yampa Valley Pregnancy & Family Center receives grant

Yampa Valley Pregnancy & Family Center received a 2015 Community Grant from Yampa Valley Community Foundation in Steamboat Springs. The funds will be used to upgrade the Earn While You Learn program modules, purchase clothing racks for the Practical Needs Store and to provide diapers, formula and other infant and toddler items to community members raising infants and toddlers and pregnant teens and women.

“We are so grateful and excited to receive this grant. We are using the funds to upgrade our Earn While You Learn modules, something we have wanted to do for three years," said the center's executive director Vicki Van Couvering. "Thank you Yampa Valley Community Foundation.”

Yellow fever vaccine shortage

The yellow fever vaccine, recommended or required for travel to some international destinations, is in short supply. Anyone planning travel to a yellow fever risk area should contact the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association's travel clinic to verify the vaccine is available. If possible, travelers should do this at least one month prior to departure.

Contact the VNA's travel clinic at 970-871-7336. A list of all Colorado clinics providing the yellow fever vaccine is available at colorado.gov/cdphe/international-travel.

VNA offers Hayden grief support group Wednesdays

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association will host a grief education and support group from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays beginning this week 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, please call 970-871-7682.

VNA offers drop-in flu clinics

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association offers the following weekly flu immunization clinics. All ages are welcome.

• 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. every Thursday at 745 Russell St. in Craig

For all clinics, bring Medicaid, Medicare or other insurance card. Low cost immunizations are available for uninsured individuals, and cash or checks are accepted. For more information, call 970-871-7624.

TMH Clinic offers flu immunizations

The Memorial Hospital Medical Clinic offers flu shots on a walk-in basis every day during regular hours from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Payment is due at the time of service. If a patient has insurance and would like it to be billed through insurance, they can call to schedule an appointment with their provider.

Pregnancy Center offers perishable foods, new fundraiser

Yampa Valley Pregnancy Center now offers Earn While You Learn participants up to $25 in perishable foods — such as produce, meat and dairy — for those who earn 12 Baby Bucks.

The center also now participates in AmazonSmileAmazonSmile, a fundraising program that donates a portion of individual Amazon.com purchases to the Pregnancy Center. , a fundraising program that donates a portion of individual Amazon.com purchases to the Pregnancy Center.

AmazonSmile, a fundraising program that donates a portion of individual Amazon.com purchases to the Pregnancy Center.

Anyone who shops on Amazon.com can support the center by making purchases through smile.amazon.comsmile.amazon.com instead of the regular Amazon website, and select Yampa Valley Crisis Pregnancy Center, Inc., as the charitable organization you want to support. instead of the regular Amazon website, and select Yampa Valley Crisis Pregnancy Center, Inc., as the charitable organization you want to support.

smile.amazon.com instead of the regular Amazon website, and select Yampa Valley Crisis Pregnancy Center, Inc., as the charitable organization you want to support.

No separate or additional Amazon account is necessary. Your shopping cart, wish list, wedding or baby registry and other account settings will remain the same.

The Pregnancy Center is also experiencing a shortage of high chairs and strollers and is looking for donations of those items in good condition.

For more information, visit the Pregnancy Center at 25 W. Victory Way or call 970-824-5204.

Weigh and Win program offers incentives for healthy living

Weigh and Win, a free community weight loss program, has installed a kiosk in the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse AssociationNorthwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association lobby in Craig. lobby in Craig.

Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association lobby in Craig.

The program, aimed at reducing obesity rates in Colorado, provides cash incentives to participants who reach their weight-loss goals, as well as monthly prize drawings for participating. Participants weigh in quarterly (every 90 days) at the kiosk.

Colorado residents 18 and over can sign up for free and will receive daily coaching on healthy eating and active living by email or text message. The coaching includes tips for weight loss, daily exercise and meal plans, weekly grocery shopping lists and more.

The kiosk is available 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Craig VNA, 745 Russell Street. Participants can enroll at the kiosk, at http://www.weighandwin.comhttp://www.weighandwin.com or by texting JOIN to 303-500-1702. or by texting JOIN to 303-500-1702.

http://www.weighandwin.com or by texting JOIN to 303-500-1702.

For more information, visit http://www.weighandwin.comhttp://www.weighandwin.com or call 970-875-1880. or call 970-875-1880.http://www.weighandwin.com or call 970-875-1880.

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