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Health Briefs: Senior Social Center plans walking groups

As spring descends, walking groups are starting to rise up. The Senior Social CenterSenior Social Center is planning 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. is planning 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.

Senior Social Center is planning 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 FoundationArthritis Foundation, are slated to meet at 9 a.m. at the Loudy Simpson Park, beginning on Monday. 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 later walks may take place at other sites., are slated to meet at 9 a.m. at the Loudy Simpson Park, beginning on Monday. 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 later walks may take place at other sites.

Arthritis Foundation, are slated to meet at 9 a.m. at the Loudy Simpson Park, beginning on Monday. 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 later 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. They can also register on-site on the first day.

Wellness Wednesdays’ May schedule takes shape

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 & Exercise: 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., $3 donation

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

•Lunch & Guest Speaker: 11:30 am to 12:30 p.m., $3

•Pinochle: 1 to 3 p.m.

The menu and guest speaker schedule include the following:

•May 4: Tilapia, garden salad, whole wheat roll, carrot cake; guest speaker: Jennifer Riley, The Memorial Hospital

•May 11: Italian bean and tuna salad over lettuce, wheat break, angel food cake; guest speaker to be determined.

•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/.

Parkinson’s Support Group helps patients, caregivers

The 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: ahearne@nwcovna.org or 512-630-1373.

Immunizations available at the VNA

The 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 St. Same day appointments often are available. Call 970-824-8233.

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.

Report Shows Positive Impact of Colorado’s Medicaid Expansion on Economy

DENVER – According to a statement from the Colorado Health Foundation, a report examining the economic and budgetary impact of Medicaid expansion in Colorado reveals that, in the two years since implementation, expansion in the state has had a positive effect on the economy at no expense to the General Fund.

The analysis, “Assessing the Economic and Budgetary Impact of Medicaid Expansion in Colorado: FY 2015- 16 through FY 2034-35,” says that Colorado has added 31,074 jobs, increased economic activity by $3.8 billion and raised annual household earnings by $643 due to the state Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act.


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