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Rubber Ducky Races in Craig, Steamboat celebrate community, hospice

On Saturday, hundreds of bright yellow rubber ducks will bob along the lazy Yampa River toward their destination at Loudy-Simpson Park. Tickets in hand, children, parents and community members will eagerly await, hoping their ducks make the speediest journey. The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is hosting the first annual Craig Rubber Ducky Race benefiting the organization’s Hospice and Palliative Care program. The fun family event and post-race party will be a celebration of community and the many people Hospice has touched in Moffat County.

VNA: Spit it out for good

Being free to enjoy life without the urge to dip is a good reason to quit chew. It’s also nice to smile for the camera without being self-conscious about stained teeth, mouth sores and receding gums. Perhaps even more persuasive are the cancers – oral, esophageal, stomach and pancreatic – that can occur from continually using smokeless tobacco.

Tamera Manzanares: Prevention key to men’s health

Guys: If you make it to 100, you will be surrounded by women.

Aging Well: Aging Well says goodbye to page

Today is the final day the Aging Well page will appear in the Steamboat Today. The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association introduced the page five years ago to promote its new Aging Well program, developed to improve the health of adults 50 and older in our region.

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Aging Well: Pedaling for fitness and fun

The advantages of living in a biking community — with clubs and advocacy organizations, bike shops, health professionals and experienced riders eager to help — make the sport less intimidating and more accessible to beginners interested in biking toward better health.

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Aging Well: More older adults stepping up, giving back

Every Wednesday, Virginia Elliott dons a pink button-down jacket and heads to The Memorial Hospital in Craig, where she takes flowers to patients, answers visitors’ questions and fills in where help is needed.

Aging Well: Prevent falls with simple changes

A dim hallway, a bit of frayed carpeting, a poorly placed piece of furniture: These details may present only small safety hazards in many households. But when a person has poor vision or balance or copes with other health challenges, the risk that seemingly harmless clutter or flaws within a home will cause that person to fall or injure themselves increases dramatically.

Aging Well: Simple practices can prevent foodborne illness

A group of 10 older adults brought plenty of cooking experience to the Haven Community Center during a lunchtime event. Even so, questions during “food safety bingo” stumped at least a few of them.

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Aging Well: Community Health Resource center helps people find accurate information

The Community Health Resource Center, located in a small office in Yampa Valley Medical Center, exists to help people build knowledge and sift through information surrounding a health topic.

Aging Well: Instructors empower others to feel better

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles about Aging Well fitness and wellness class instructors in Routt and Moffat counties. This feature appears once per month on the Aging Well page. This week features Kathy Shea and Annette Zuber.

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