Health Briefs: 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, including 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, and participants need not to be present to win. Purchase tickets online at northwestcoloradohealth.org/rubberducky. Tickets are also available at Northwest Colorado Health, 745 Russell Street or Yampa Valley Bank, 435 Mack Lane. Volunteers are needed to help with pre-event ticket sales and other aspects of the race. For more information, call Mindy Marriott at 970-871-7609.
Wellness Wednesday releases new schedule
Wellness Wednesday takes place at The Journey at First Baptist Church each Wednesday. The program caters to Craig’s senior citizens. Following is the newly released schedule.
• CNCC Memoir Writing — 8:15 to 10:15 a.m.
Free class. Call 970-824-1135 to register.
• Senior Wellness Clinic — 9:30 a.m. to noon
Drop in. $3 suggested donation
• Introduction to Movement and Exercise — 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Drop in. $3 suggested donation
• Advanced Movement and Exercise —10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
$3 suggested donation
• Lunch — 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
$3 suggested lunch fee
• Pinochle — 1 to 3 p.m.
Report: Coloradans are losing weight
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 without charge to Colorado residents 18 and older. Through behavioral economics and gamification, the behavior change program has helped Coloradans lose more than 240,000 pounds since it was initially offered in 2011.
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. 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.”
For more information, call 970-824-3660 in advance. 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 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, visit healthychildren.org and type “insect repellent” in the search box.
West Nile virus is rare, but those who exhibit symptoms, including high fever, severe headache and stiff neck, are urges to contact a health care provider immediately. For more information, visit cdc.gov/westnile. Travel to some international destinations may include risk for Zika virus, which also is carried by mosquitoes. For more information, visit 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 in spring 2017.
Cappella Living Services, 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.
Yellow fever vaccine in short supply
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 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 Colorado clinics providing the yellow fever vaccine is available at colorado.gov/cdphe/international-travel.
Safety rules help prevent ATV accidents
Ninety-two percent of ATV-related deaths are the result of warned-against risks, such as youth riding adult-sized ATVs. Northwest Colorado Health and the ATV Safety Institute remind people to follow the Golden Rules for ATV Safety:
• Always wear a helmet and protective gear.
• Never ride on public roads.
• Never carry a passenger on a single-rider vehicle.
• Ride an ATV appropriate for age and readiness.
• Supervise riders younger than 16.
• Ride only on designated trails and at a safe speed.
For more safety information for young riders, visit atv-youth.org. Rider readiness checklists and a free online safety course is available at atvsafety.org.
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