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Health Briefs: 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 – 10:15 am. Call 824-1135 to register.

•Senior Wellness Clinic: 9:30 am – Noon. Drop in. $3 donation

•Intro. to Movement & Exercise: 10:30 – 11:30 am, $3 donation

•Advanced Movement & Exercise: 10:30 – 11:30 am, $3 donation

•Lunch & Guest Speaker: 11:30 am – 12:30 pm, $3

•Pinochle: 1—3 pm

The menu and guest speaker schedule include the following:

•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 AssociationNorthwest 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/. 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/.

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

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.


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