Community walks slated for Wednesday and Thursday
The Walk2Connect program and Northwest Colorado HealthNorthwest Colorado Health are inviting community members to walking groups happening throughout Craig on Wednesday and Thursday. Everyone is welcome to join the walks at a conversational walking pace. For a full schedule of walks, go to are inviting community members to walking groups happening throughout Craig on Wednesday and Thursday. Everyone is welcome to join the walks at a conversational walking pace. For a full schedule of walks, go to http://www.meetup.com/yampavalleysolemateshttp://www.meetup.com/yampavalleysolemates or call 970-871-7696. or call 970-871-7696.
Northwest Colorado Health are inviting community members to walking groups happening throughout Craig on Wednesday and Thursday. Everyone is welcome to join the walks at a conversational walking pace. For a full schedule of walks, go to http://www.meetup.com/yampavalleysolemates or call 970-871-7696.
Avoid mosquito bites and West Nile virus
Northwest Colorado Health (formerly Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association) advises precautions against mosquitoes, which can carry West Nile virus.
· Drain standing water where mosquitoes lay eggs. Empty old tires, cans, flower pots, clogged rain gutters, rain barrels and toys where puddles occur.
· Limit outdoor activities or take precautions during dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active.
· Dress in long sleeves and pants in active mosquito areas.
Participate in The Longevity Project
The Longevity Project is an annual campaign to help educate readers about what it takes to live a long, fulfilling life in our valley. This year Kevin shares his story of hope and celebration of life with his presentation Cracked, Not Broken as we explore the critical and relevant topic of mental health.
· Insect repellents containing DEET are effective in repelling mosquitoes. Always follow label instructions and precautions. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends not using insect repellent on children younger than two months old and not using repellents containing more than 30 percent DEET on children. For tips on safely using insect repellents on children, go to http://www.healthychildren.orghttp://www.healthychildren.org (type “insect repellent” in the search box). (type “insect repellent” in the search box).
http://www.healthychildren.org (type “insect repellent” in the search box).
West Nile virus is rare, but if you have symptoms including high fever, severe headache and stiff neck, contact your health care provider immediately. For more information, go to http://www.cdc.gov/westnilehttp://www.cdc.gov/westnile. Travel to some international destinations may put you at risk for Zika virus, which also is carried by mosquitoes. For more information, go to . Travel to some international destinations may put you at risk for Zika virus, which also is carried by mosquitoes. For more information, go to http://www.cdc.gov/zikahttp://www.cdc.gov/zika..
Take precautions with bats, which may carry rabies
Rabies is a potentially deadly virus transmitted through the saliva of an infected animal. Some bats have tested positive for rabies in Northwest Colorado. Follow these precautions to avoid exposure to potentially infected bats or other wild animals:
· Never touch a wild bat or any other wild animal.
· Teach children who find a bat to leave it alone and tell an adult.
· Keep your doors and windows covered with intact screens. Do not leave screenless doors or windows open in the evening.
· If you have bats in your house, call a professional trapper with experience removing bats from homes.
· Keep your pets up to date on rabies vaccines. Call your veterinarian if you are unsure of your pet’s vaccination status.
· If you are exposed to a bat, if possible, safely collect the animal using a shovel (do not use your hands, even if you are wearing gloves) and contact Northwest Colorado Health (formerly Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association) at 970-824-8233.
· If you are bitten by a bat or awake to find a bat in the room where you are sleeping, contact your medical provider and Northwest Colorado Health.
New Grand Junction Assisted Living/Memory Support Community scheduled to open spring 2017
Cappella of Grand Junction, a new assisted living and memory support community, has celebrated the start of construction. The senior living community will feature 40 assisted living and 26 memory support apartment homes and is scheduled to open spring of 2017.
Cappella Living Services (CLS), a Colorado-based senior living organization partnered with Confluent Development, LLC for the development of Cappella of Grand Junction. The community was designed by Rosemann and Associates, LLC Architectural Firm and will be built by Bradbury Stamm Construction.
Colorado Grower Addresses Center for Produce Safety Research Symposium
SEATTLE — Colorado Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association (CFVGA) President Robert Sakata, Sakata Family Farms, Brighton, Colo., participated in a panel at the Center for Produce Safety (CPS) Research Symposium May 29 on animal intrusion and on-farm pathogen detection. He was the sole grower on a panel of researchers and government agency representatives who discussed research relating to keeping produce safe from contamination by wild animals, especially birds, according to a news release from the CFVGA.
Sakata emphasized the importance of doing research to help growers reduce risks of food borne contamination.
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 travel clinic at Northwest Colorado Health (formerly Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association) to verify the vaccine is available. If possible, travelers should do this at least five weeks prior to departure. Call 970-871-7336. A list of all Colorado clinics providing the yellow fever vaccine is available at colorado.gov/cdphe/international-travel.
Presentation reaches out to grieving fathers
Author Kelly Farley will discuss his book “Grieving Dads: To the Brink and Back Again,” 7 p.m. July 6 at Northwest Colorado Health (formerly Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association – VNA). The event is an opportunity for fathers grieving the loss of a child to find support and share stories with other parents experiencing similar loss. Please RSVP to Sandy Beran at 970-871-7682. For more information about Kelly Farley, go to http://www.grievingdads.comhttp://www.grievingdads.com..
Report: Coloradans are Losing Weight
DENVER, June 21, 2016 – Colorado civic health program, Weigh and Win, is entering its sixth year of statewide programming with 75,000 participants. Thanks to a continued partnership with Kaiser Permanente, daily health coaching and cash rewards for weight loss will continue to be offered for free to Colorado residents 18 and over. Through behavioral economics and gamification, the behavior change program has helped Coloradans lose over 240,000 pounds since it was initially offered in 2011.
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