‘Omega Oh My’ looks at the benefits of fish oil at Natural Grocers Englewood on Tuesday, January 17. The FREE event starts with a class from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., followed by a New Year, New You tasting fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Learn how to support your brain, eyes, weight, immune system, joints and heart health with fish oil. The Englewood location will also be giving away a new bike. No purchase necessary, just fill out an entry form that day. 9670 E. Arapahoe Rd., Englewood.
Health & Fitness
The Acupuncture Lounge in Capitol Hill is hosting a wellness event with FREE acupuncture treatments on Thursday, January 19 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Acupuncture is a safe, effective and drug-free option for a variety of ailments. Reservations are required to secure a spot. If you want to give it a go, call 720-446-0178. 750 E. 9th Ave., Ste. 108, Denver.
Wouldn’t it be great, if you could talk to a nurse any time you had a question about your child’s health? Of course, there’s no better resource than Children’s Hospital Colorado. The hospital offers a great community resource with its ParentSmart Healthline at 720-777-0123. Concerned parents can receive FREE health care advice from a registered nurse on more than 290 pediatric topics. The help line is available 24 hours a day, providing access to expert pediatric care and, most of all, peace of mind. The ParentSmart Healthline has been serving families in the Rocky Mountain region for nearly 20 years and receives an average of 25,000 calls a year.
Looking for a FREE yoga class in Denver or Boulder? There are hundreds around town. Many classes run on a regular basis, but there are fun, special gatherings, too. How do you find them? We’d love to do it at MHOTC, but don’t have the time or space. We suggest you check out Unlimited Yoga which finds and compiles information on FREE yoga classes held by studios and organizations every week in the the Denver metro area and now Boulder County. The coming week’s classes are listed front and center on the website. If you want links to each class, as well as directions (via Google map), you’ll need to sign up for the FREE Unlimited Yoga newsletter which comes via email with listings every Sunday for the coming week. There is a separate page and email newsletter for Boulder County. Sign up for one or both.
Children are heading back to school soon, which means that the bugs causing childhood diseases are back in business. There are no-cost and low-cost ways to get children from infants to 18 years immunized for everything including measles, mumps, polio and Hepatitis A & B. But if you miss the monthly events, you can still visit walk-in clinics. Typically immunizations start at about $25 per shot, but you can also pay what you can afford, and no child is turned away for inability to pay. It’s very important that you bring your child’s immunization record every time. Several clinic now also offer vaccines for adults. To find a low-cost clinic near you check out the Colorado Children’s Immunization Coalition. Here are few of the clinics we found: [Read more…] about No-Cost & Low-Cost Immunizations for Tots to Teens
Boulder Parks & Rec has a new FREE summer-long fitness series through August 27 at the historic bandshell in Civic Center Park. On Saturdays from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., Fitness For Living conducts a heart-pumping and sometimes wacky boot camp-style workout. Bring a yoga mat and sunscreen. The wonderful Boulder Farmers’ Market is on adjacent 13th Street, so you can refuel on natural and delicious fare at the market’s food court. On Mondays from 7 to 9 p.m., Free Motion- the Movement Center leads Movement Nibdays featuring DJ mixes of music from many genres, including club, disco, ecstatic, pop, soul and more. Get moving yourself or sit and enjoy the energetic vibe. Wander Yoga owner Nikki Williams leads Sunrise Vinyasa Yoga on Fridays from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Bring a yoga mat, sunscreen and water. Civic Center Park is just east of Broadway between Canyon and Arapahoe, Boulder.
It’s no secret, regular exercise, even just walking, improves your health. It also reduces your risk of heart and lung diseases, cancer and diabetes. Once a month at 8 a.m., physicians with National Jewish Health give a 10-minute talk about a health topic and then lead an easy one-mile walk, while they answer any medical questions on your mind.
Walks take place at Crestmoor Park (off of S. Locust and Cedar – near Alameda, meet by the tennis courts) or Bible Park (off Yale between Monaco & Quebec, meet near the baseball diamond) in Denver.
Participants can also enjoy FREE coffee & breakfast, blood pressure checks and giveaways. No registration is required. The walk takes place rain, snow or, hopefully, shine.
Here’s the rest of the 2016 schedule:
- Saturday, August 20 – Crestmoor Park – Topic: Pulmonary Hypertension
- Saturday, September 10 – Bible Park – Topic: COPD & Emphysema
- Saturday, October 8 – Crestmoor Park – Topic: Asthma
- Saturday, November 5 – Bible Park – Topic: Sleep Apnea
- Saturday, December 10 – Crestmoor Park – Topic: Smart Holiday Eating
We’re big fans of Denver B-cycle! It’s such a fun way to explore the city and get in some exercise at the same time. For bargain bikers, the bicycle sharing system just introduced its Flex Pass. It’s the best way to get more value from a membership. Enjoy half-hour rides from any of the 87 stations for only $3. The pass is active as soon as your purchase is confirmed — just use your credit card at any kiosk until your B-Fob arrives. With your B-Fob, go directly to the dock and check out any bike. It’s the flexible and affordable option for quick trips around town. The annual membership is just $15. Then, each half-hour ride is just $3 — that’s 1/3 of the walk-up price. For more information, click here.
On average, a person will gain 1 to 2 pounds every holiday season that they never lose. Over time, those pounds add up! Kaiser Permanente incentivizes weight-loss resolutions with its Weigh and Win program that helps all Coloradans 18 and older, not just those insured though Kaiser, lose weight and maintain that weight loss with the prospect of cash rewards for success. Enroll online, visit a Weigh and Win HEALTHspot Kiosk for an initial weigh-in (for locations, click here), benefit from online coaching, progress tracking and receive regular e-mails with tips for proper nutrition and exercise. The program requires a quarterly return visit a kiosk for follow-up weigh-ins. Those who have shed pounds may be eligible to receive an incentive of $15 to $150 based on the amount of weight loss. Only those with a BMI of 25 or greater at the initial weigh-in are eligible to earn the cash rewards for losing weight per the established incentive scale. Those with a BMI of less than 25 may still participant in the program and can be eligible for HEALTHpoints prizes by accruing points through program participation. We know you have lots of questions, like we did — check out their FAQ page for more details. Weigh and Win is funded by Kaiser Permanente Colorado, in an effort to improve community health by making an effective weight management program accessible to the general public.
We know finding deals at the grocery store can be lots of work, but also knowing what to buy for a healthy (or restricted) diet can be just as daunting a task. Well, King Soopers is trying to make it easier for customers with registered dietitians on staff. They can show you ways to improve blood pressure, manage diabetes, lose weight or just how to eat healthier in general. The staff offers in-store events, including classes and store walk-throughs, to help make navigating the aisles for healthy choices easier. In addition, they can coordinate custom nutrition events for community and employer groups. Otherwise, just rally up at least four friends or family members and they will schedule a class or walk-through just for you. (Unfortunately, they no longer offer one-on-one consultations.) To get tasty healthy recipes, easy tips on healthy living or to learn more about their events, go to www.kingsoopers.com/healthmatters or contact them at email@example.com or call 303-778-3023. Here’s to your good health!
The Sam’s Club pharmacy has always been a good option for low-cost prescriptions. Now the warehouse store has expanded its prescription savings program so that Plus and Business Plus members save even more money. New savings on generic prescriptions, some of which are available for FREE or at a discounted cost of $4 or $10 at specified quantities, are now available in all Sam’s Club locations with pharmacies. This new benefit is part of Sam’s Club Extra Value Drug List (EVDL), through which Sam’s Club Plus and Business Plus members also receive 10% to 30% savings on select brand name medications. Five generic prescriptions at specified quantities are available for FREE in 35 states, including Colorado. These medications include Donepezil (Aricept), Vitamin D 50,000IU, Pioglitazone (Actos), Finasteride (Proscar) and Escitalopram (Lexapro). In addition, more than 200 generic prescriptions in specified quantities are available for $4 and more than 400 generic prescriptions are available for $10. Members with an active Plus membership can use the prescription discount benefit by presenting their Plus membership card along with a valid prescription. Learn more here.
Looking for affordable dental care? You don’t have to wait for the occasional free dental day. If you have a child, he or she is your ticket to dental care. Through Metro Community Provider Network (MCPN), children ages 0 to 18 and their parents, as well as pregnant women, individuals with HIV/AIDS or diabetes, eligible adults over age 60 and more can receive low-cost dental care. Prices vary based on services provided. MCPN accepts Medicaid and CHP+/Delta Dental. They also change individuals on a sliding scale based on your financial status. No insurance? No problem. And, there’s more good news. MCPN is expanding its clinic locations. Choose from Jeffco Family Health Services Center, 7495 W. 29th Ave., Wheat Ridge, 303-239-9964. Arvada Health Center & Dental, 11005 Ralston Rd., Ste. 102, Arvada, 303-431-0844. North Aurora Family Health Services, 3292 Peoria St., Aurora, 303-360-6276. And opening soon – Pine Tree Health Center and Dental, 17866 Cottonwood Dr., Parker. For more information or to book an appointment call 303-360-6276.
Whether you’re new to meditation or been practicing for years, check out this FREE meditation group that meets Mondays from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Learn new meditation techniques or just practice your own with like-minded individuals. Meditation can help you reach an alpha level of mind which brings you closer to communicating with your subconscious. By using creative visualization effectively, people have been able to change their lives for the better. The sessions begin with 15 minutes of discussion and preparation for meditation followed by 30 minutes of meditation and then 15 minutes of debriefing. For more information, call 720-378-8080. 3435 Albion St., Denver.
Walgreens is offering more than $10 million worth of FREE flu shot vouchers to people who do not have health insurance coverage and are unable to afford a flu shot on their own. Each voucher is good for one free flu shot at any Walgreens pharmacy, subject to the terms and conditions on the voucher. To find out if you are eligible and where you can get a free flu shot voucher, call 1-800-925-4733. (Some additional instructions: When you call, push 4 on your phone to be connected to an Operator. He or she will ask for some personal information and then, if you qualify for the free shot, someone will get back to you within 2 business days with instructions on how to get the voucher and which location to use.) The vouchers are being given away on a first-come, first-served basis — while supplies last.
It’s not normally “our deal” to post any medically-related savings or promos, but we found a “secret” we just couldn’t keep to ourselves. Anyone can use Sam’s Club Pharmacy with no membership required. We called the corporate office and it’s true. You can flash your prescription to the checker at the entrance (or just tell them you’re going to the pharmacy) and you’re in. Note: Without a Sam’s Club membership, you can only use the pharmacy – no other purchases allowed. As with most warehouse stores, Sam’s Club offers excellent deals on prescription prices. They also accept most insurance plans.