Health Briefs: Natural Grocers to host talk on healthy party foods
Nutritional Health Coach Alicia McLeod will host a talk called “Elevate your party favorites” from 4 to 5 p.m. Sunday, July 31 at Natural Grocers, 335 Lincoln Ave. in Steamboat. Attendees will learn how to make party foods more healthy, without searching for completely new recipes or eating unfamiliar foods.
Sunset Meadows prepares Nifty 90s celebration
Staff members at Sunset Meadows are preparing the annual Nifty 90s Birthday Celebration for residents who are 90 years old and older. This year’s celebration is scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m. on Aug. 10.
Myranda Marshall, office assistant at Sunset Meadows, said the celebration includes dinner, desert, prizes, songs and other activities. The theme, she said, will revolve around superheroes.
“They love it,” Marshall said of the residents. “They’re usually excited for the parties.”
Marshall said people can also make financial donations for the celebration, or donate gift cards and other small gifts.
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.
· 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.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/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 http://www.cdc.gov/zika.
New Grand Junction assisted living 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.
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