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Health Briefs: Colorado Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association urges consumers to buy local

Craig Daily Press Staff Report

— The Colorado Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association (CFVGA) is pleased to join the celebration of August as Colorado Proud month and is calling on Coloradans to buy local, fresh fruits and vegetables. Colorado Proud kicked-off on Aug. 1 at Colorado Day held at History Colorado in Denver as way for the Colorado Department of Agriculture to help Colorado ranchers and farmers promote the wholesome food raised in Colorado. The campaign urges Coloradans to eat local and eat fresh and “add color” to their plates by eating fruits and vegetables harvested in Colorado. For a directory of Colorado produce growers, as well as to find recipes, nutrition information and a crop calendar showing seasonal availability of Colorado produce, visit:

Walking groups under way

Community members are invited to join Yampa Valley SoleMates walking group at 4 p.m. on Thursdays. The free group will meet at the ice rink at Loudy-Simpson Park. Yampa Valley SoleMates provides opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to walk together for health and social benefits. Groups are led by trained walking companions in an effort to ensure safe and enjoyable walks, according to organizers. For more information, go to

The Senior Social Center is also offering two walking groups designed for people 50 and older: Walk With Ease and Walk & Get Fit. The programs cost $1 per walk for Senior Social Center members, and $3 for non-members.

Walks through the Walk With Ease program, which comes from the Arthritis Foundation, are slated to meet at 9 a.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays, usually at the Loudy Simpson Park. According to the Senior Social Center, this walking group “can teach you how to develop an exercise routine that fits your unique needs.” People can take a six-week group class or use a Walk With Ease workbook. The leader is Glenna Grandbouche. Some walks may take place at other sites.

The Walk & Get Fit program is for people who “want to add some strengthening exercises” to their walks. It meets at 6 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, starting on Tuesday, at the Craig Cemetery. The leader is Tammy Workman.

People may register on the second floor of the Bell Tower Building, and they can contact Jackie Camp for more information at 970-326-3188.

Natural Grocers hosts talk on foods for fitness

Nutritional Health Coach Alicia McLeod will host “Foods for Fitness” from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Monday, August 29 at Natural Grocers, 335 Lincoln Ave.

McLeod will discuss foods to help you go the extra mile and foods that hold you back. Learn which foods best support an active body and discover new recipes for before, during and after exercise.

Rubber Ducky Race tickets for sale

Northwest Colorado Health (formerly Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association) will host the Rubber Ducky Race for Hospice Aug. 27. Tickets are $10. The race will start at 11 a.m. at the Ranney Street Bridge. A celebration with children’s activities and food vendors will follow at Loudy Simpson Park. There will be $1,000 in cash prizes including a $500 grand prize. All proceeds benefit Northwest Colorado Health’s Hospice program. You don’t need to be present to win. Purchase tickets online at You also can get tickets at Northwest Colorado Health at 745 Russell St. or Yampa Valley Bank at 435 Mack Lane. Volunteers are needed to help with pre-event ticket sales and other aspects of the race. Call Mindy Marriott for more information at 970-871-7609.

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