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Health Briefs: The Haven is accepting new residents

The Haven Assisted Living Center in Hayden is accepting new residents. The 20-bed nonprofit assisted living facility is owned and operated by the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association.

Private and semi-private rooms are available. Services include meals, housekeeping, exercise classes and social activities. Additional amenities and care options are available. Medicaid is accepted. The Haven also offers respite care for adults who need temporary assisted living care.

For more information, call 970-875-1888 or visit havenseniorliving.com.

Movement and Exercise class offered in Hayden

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association hosts a Movement and Exercise class from 11 a.m. to noon Thursdays at The Haven Community Center. The gentle exercise class for older adults helps improve muscle strength, flexibility, balance, endurance and the risk of falls.

There is a $3 suggested donation per class. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call 970-871-7676.

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.

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

Bariatric support group meets semi-monthly

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.

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.

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 824-5204.

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