Health briefs for March 22, 2014: WIC expanding regional services |

Health briefs for March 22, 2014: WIC expanding regional services

As part of National Nutrition Month, Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association would like to celebrate the work being done through Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children. WIC is a nutrition education, breastfeeding support, and supplemental food program. The program serves low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and postpartum women, infants and children to age 5.

Highlights from 2013 include 283 women, 267 infants and 327 children served across Moffat and Routt Counties; provide over $333,000 worth of healthy foods to young families in Moffat and Routt; partnering with many community organizations like Connections 4 Kids, LiveWell and more; and promoting breastfeeding among new mothers in the region, increasing beyond the WIC state average.

WIC also will be expanding services to Jackson County, increasing the kinds of classes it already offers and will feature a lactation management training seminar in Steamboat Springs April 23 and 24.

For more information on any of WIC's programs, call 970-871-7653.

Anti-tobacco contest for Moffat County teens

As part of the Kick Butts campaign by Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association and Grand Futures Prevention Coalition of Moffat County, Moffat County Teen Council's social media photo contest runs through March 29.

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Teens are encouraged to submit photos of how they can fight Big Tobacco at Tobacco companies spend billions advertising their products each year in the U.S., much of which is targeting teens.

Participants should be creative in displaying how they refuse to be victims of tobacco.

A winner will be announced on March 31 and will receive a $100 grand prize.

For more information, call 970-871-7627 or 970-824-5752.

Hayden facility offers services to Craig seniors

The Haven, 300 South Shelton Lane, in Hayden, will hold a special promotion in March for those who would like to try out the Adult Activity and Care Program, which provides older and disabled adults a safe, engaging place to be during the day, as well as meals, help with personal and medication needs and other services while caregivers work or take needed time for themselves.

These services are designed to provide regular support for working families and caregivers during the week, as well as respite for caregivers needing a break from providing full-time care to a loved one. Social interaction with other older adults also will help prevent the loneliness and isolation prevalent among elderly individuals.

Activities include music, exercise, art, social events and health and wellness services.

They will be available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays in March. The cost is $50 per day, with free van transportation provided from Craig to Hayden.

Pick-up is at 8:30 a.m. at the parking lot at the Craig Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association office at 745 Russell St., with drop-off at 3:30 p.m. at the same spot.

Participants are asked to reserve their spot one week prior to attending. It is private pay only, and Medicaid will not be accepted for this special promotion.

For more information and to register, contact Karen Burley, Director of The Haven, at 970-875-1888.

Social Services to address local insurance questions

A health coverage guide will be available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays at the Craig branch of the Moffat County Libraries to answer questions about Colorado's health insurance marketplace, Connect for Health Colorado. Bring your questions and drop by during lunch.

The deadline to register for insurance of any kind is March 31.

If you are interested but unable to attend or for more information, call 970-824-8282, ext. 2030.

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