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Health Briefs: Extension offers fact sheet on rainwater harvesting under new Colorado rules

FORT COLLINS — Colorado’s longtime ban on residential rain barrels has come to an end. Now most homeowners in the state are allowed to collect precipitation for later outdoor use.

Gov. John Hickenlooper recently signed House Bill 1005, which allows a maximum of two rain barrels — with a combined capacity of 110 gallons — are allowed at each household. The measure is to take effect on Aug. 10.

Rainwater collection, also called rainwater “harvesting,” is the process of capturing, storing and directing rainwater runoff and putting it to use. Water from roof gutter downspouts that is directed onto landscaped areas is not regarded as rainwater harvesting under this legislation.

Colorado State University Extension has created a fact sheet with additional details on rainwater harvesting. For more information, http://col.st/m17iBhttp://col.st/m17iB or or https://wp.me/p65FbT-9Cvhttps://wp.me/p65FbT-9Cv. .

http://col.st/m17iB or https://wp.me/p65FbT-9Cv.

Parkinson’s Support Group helps patients, caregivers

The Yampa Valley Parkinson’s Support NetworkYampa Valley Parkinson’s Support Network meets at 5 p.m. the second Monday of every month at Casey’s Pond in Steamboat Springs. All patients, caregivers and family members are welcome to attend. Discussions often include guest speakers and focus on quality of life issues, research updates and living well with Parkinson’s Disease. Contact Adrienne Hearne for more information at ahearne@nwcovna.org or 512-630-1373. meets at 5 p.m. the second Monday of every month at Casey’s Pond in Steamboat Springs. All patients, caregivers and family members are welcome to attend. Discussions often include guest speakers and focus on quality of life issues, research updates and living well with Parkinson’s Disease. Contact Adrienne Hearne for more information at ahearne@nwcovna.org or 512-630-1373.

Yampa Valley Parkinson’s Support Network meets at 5 p.m. the second Monday of every month at Casey’s Pond in Steamboat Springs. All patients, caregivers and family members are welcome to attend. Discussions often include guest speakers and focus on quality of life issues, research updates and living well with Parkinson’s Disease. Contact Adrienne Hearne for more information at ahearne@nwcovna.org or 512-630-1373.

Immunizations available at the VNA

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse AssociationNorthwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association provides low-cost immunizations to adults and children. For recommended immunization schedules, go to cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules. Travel vaccinations also are available. Call to make an appointment at the Craig VNA, 745 Russell Street. Same day appointments often are available. Call 970-824-8233. provides low-cost immunizations to adults and children. For recommended immunization schedules, go to cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules. Travel vaccinations also are available. Call to make an appointment at the Craig VNA, 745 Russell Street. Same day appointments often are available. Call 970-824-8233.

Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association provides low-cost immunizations to adults and children. For recommended immunization schedules, go to cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules. Travel vaccinations also are available. Call to make an appointment at the Craig VNA, 745 Russell Street. Same day appointments often are available. Call 970-824-8233.

Wellness Wednesdays’ May schedule in motion

Wellness Wednesdays at The Journey, designed especially for people age 50 and older, meet each week with the following lineup of events:

• CNCC Memoir Writing: 8:15 to 10:15 a.m. Call 824-1135 to register.

• Senior Wellness Clinic: 9:30 am to noon. Drop in. $3 donation

• Intro to Movement and Exercise: 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., $3 donation

• Advanced Movement and Exercise: 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., $3 donation

• Lunch and Guest Speaker: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., $3

• Pinochle: 1 to 3 p.m.

The menu and guest speaker schedule for the rest of May include the following:

•May 18: Sloppy Jane slider, coleslaw, fruit; guest speaker: Charity Neal, Northwest Colorado VNA

•May 25: Gino’s pizza; guest speaker to be determined.

VNA reminds residents to protect themselves from Hantavirus

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association advises precautions when cleaning — or just being in — areas inhabited by rodents. Hantavirus is a serious, potentially fatal respiratory disease carried primarily by deer mice, which can be abundant in rural areas. Cases and deaths from the virus have increased in Colorado over the past several years; most cases occur in the spring and summer.

People can be infected by breathing in dirt and dust contaminated with deer mouse urine and feces. The illness can begin one to six weeks after exposure. Early symptoms are fatigue, fever and muscle aches and may also include pain in the legs and back, headaches, dizziness, chills and abdominal problems.

If a person experiences these symptoms and has potentially been exposed to rodents, they should seek medical attention immediately. Hantavirus can be prevented by avoiding areas infested by rodents and following safety recommendations when cleaning up possible rodent food sources and nesting sites around the home, work areas or campsite. For information about safely cleaning rodent areas, go to cdc.gov/rodents/cleaning/.

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 meetup.com/yampavalleysolemates.

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.

VNA offers clues to understanding infants’ hunger cues

Babies use their bodies and make noises to communicate when they need to eat, learn, play or rest. Newborns’ cues can be hard to read because they are still learning to control their bodies. Watching your baby can help you learn what he or she needs. When a baby is hungry, he or she may:

• Suck on his hand or wrist

• Bend his arms and legs

• Make sucking noises

• Move his mouth or tongue

• Search for the nipple or turn to you

• Be more alert

When baby is full, he or she may suck slower or stop sucking, relax his hands and arms, turn away from the nipple or push away. These tips are from the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, in partnership with the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment’s Early Childhood Obesity Prevention Program. Breastfeeding support, nutrition counseling and supplemental healthy foods are available for qualified families through the VNA’s Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program. People who are interested can call 970-871-7653.

Hepatitis A vaccination recommended for travel

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association recommends people planning travel to international destinations including Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America receive a Hepatitis A vaccination. Hepatitis A can be spread by eating or drinking food or water contaminated with the virus. Other vaccinations may be recommended depending on the destination. Individuals planning to travel abroad should receive any needed vaccinations at least one month prior to travel. Travel and routine immunizations are available at the Northwest Colorado VNA, 745 Russell St. To make an appointment, call 970-824-8233.

Report: Connect for Health Colorado sparks insurance savings

DENVER — The average monthly savings on health insurance purchased through Connect for Health Colorado this year is $294 a month, according to an analysis released by the state health insurance marketplace, up from an average $228 a month last year.

The savings come in the form of a federal tax credit applied to monthly insurance premiums for qualifying individuals and families who enroll in health insurance through Connect for Health Colorado. Not only has the average monthly tax credit increased, but the number of Coloradans who have qualified for the tax credit has risen 35 percent, according to the report.

Overall, Coloradans received $184 million in tax credits in 2015, when a total of 152,470 individuals and families signed up through the state marketplace.


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