Health briefs: Weight-loss kiosk at the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association
Weigh and Win, a free community weight loss program, has installed a kiosk in the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association lobby. The program, aimed at reducing obesity rates in Colorado, provides cash incentives to participants who reach their weight-loss goals. Participants weigh in quarterly (every 90 days) at the kiosk. Between weigh-ins, they receive daily emails or texts with tips on healthy eating, exercise and overcoming weight-loss barriers.
Participation is free. The kiosk is available 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays at the Steamboat Springs VNA, 940 Central Park Dr., Suite 101.
Casey’s Pond Senior Living in need of bingo prizes
Donations now are being accepted for jewelry, small stuffed animals or similar items to be used as bingo prizes at the Doak Walker House at Casey’s Pond Senior Living in Steamboat Springs.
Drop them off at the concierge desk or call Celia with questions at 970-457-4883.
Free colonoscopies available for eligible adults
The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association has information about free colonoscopies for low income, eligible adults. Colorectal Cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths, but it is one of the most preventable cancers. Screening is the best way to reduce colon cancer risk. The American Cancer Society recommends regular screenings beginning at age 50. Individuals who have a family history of the disease may need to start earlier. A variety of low cost tests are available. Individuals should talk to their medical provider about their colon cancer risk and the best screening option. For more information about free colonoscopies through the Colorado Colorectal Screening Program, call 970-871-7658.
Shingles vaccine available
The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association has Zostavax vaccine available to prevent shingles. It is recommended for adults who are 60 and older. It also is available to adults 50 and older with a doctor’s prescription. Zostavax and other routine vaccinations are available during drop in immunization clinics, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursdays at the VNA in Steamboat Springs, 940 Central Park Drive, Suite 101. You can also make an appointment by calling 970-879-1632.
Residents may qualify for health insurance coverage
If you have had any of the following life change events in the last month, you may qualify for health insurance (reduced-cost plans) through Connect for Health Colorado outside the open enrollment period:
• Marriage, birth, adoption and placement for foster care.
• Your insurance plan or Medicaid coverage was canceled or ended.
• You changed jobs and lost employer-sponsored insurance.
• You gained citizenship or immigration status.
• You experienced a change in incarceration status.
• You moved to Colorado.
You can apply for health insurance through Colorado Medicaid or Child Health Plan Plus year round. For more information or to meet with a health coverage guide, call 970-871-1632.
VNA holds divorce support groups
The Northwest Colorado VNA is hosting a support group for adults coping with divorce. Meetings will focus on handling strong emotions and life transition, restoring one’s identity and self-esteem, effective communication and successful single parenting. The meetings will be offered twice on Tuesdays: Noon to 1 p.m. The meetings will be at the Rollingstone Respite House, 1500 Pine Grove Road.
The VNA also will host a support group for middle school-age students coping with divorce. Dates and times to be determined. For more information, call Katy Thiel at 970-871-7628.
Measles vaccination recommendations
The United States is experiencing a multi-state measles outbreak that started in California in December 2014. Measles is a highly contagious, viral illness. The CDC recommends the following individuals receive the vaccine:
• All children should get two doses of MMR vaccine, the first dose at 12 to 15 months old and the second dose at 4 to 6 years old. Special vaccination recommendations may apply to infants and children travelling internationally.
• Adults born after 1957 who do not have evidence of immunity (documentation of adequate vaccination or having had the illness) should have one or two doses of the MMR vaccine, depending on their risk. Teens and adults who are in a post-secondary school, work in a health care facility or are planning international travel have a higher risk of exposure and should have two doses. Children and adults can receive the second dose 28 days or more after the first dose.
For more information about measles vaccination, go to http://www.cdc.gov/measles/vaccination. The MMR vaccine is available at the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, 940 Central Park Dr., Suite 101. For more information, call 970-879-1632.
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