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Walk for Homeless Awareness Day, Dec. 8, 2018

Take part in the family-friendly Mission to Hope Walk to raise funds for the Murphy Center for Hope. This 8/10-mile walk starts at 8 a.m. at Catholic Charities Mission and ends at the Murphy Center, where community members can tour the facility and learn about on-site agency partners. Coffee and breakfast treats will be available. Entry fees are $25 per person, or $250 for a team of 12. Get your team together and join us for this event in support of the Murphy Center! Details at murphycenter.org/events.
 
Great American Smokeout on Nov. 15, 2018

The American Cancer Society marks the Great American Smokeout on the third Thursday of November each year by encouraging smokers to use the date to make a plan to quit, or to plan in advance and quit smoking that day. The Great American Smokeout challenges people to stop using tobacco and helps people know about the many tools they can use to help them quit and stay quit. By quitting - even for one day - smokers will be taking an important step toward a healthier life.

Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the United States, yet nearly 38 million Americans still smoke cigarettes.

The health benefits of quitting start immediately from the moment you stop smoking. Quitting while you are younger will reduce your health risks more, but quitting at any age can give back years of life that would be lost by continuing to smoke. For general information from the American Cancer Society, go to www.cancer.org.

Locally, the Health District of Northern Larimer County offers group classes and individual support, as well as free nicotine patches, gum, or lozenges while you're in the program. Our experienced Tobacco Treatment Specialists have a positive, supportive approach with proven techniques for quitting smoking/quitting tobacco use. Sliding-fee scales are available for Health District residents. For details about our Quit Tobacco program, call 970-224-5209. Or visit the Health District website.
 
Rabies in Larimer County (Oct. 2018)

As of mid-Oct. 2018, the Larimer County Department of Health and Environment has confirmed that 35 skunks, 6 bats, and a coyote have tested positive for rabies in Larimer County. So far, the skunks have been found in Berthoud, Loveland, Fort Collins, Timnath, Wellington, and Carr. The bats were found in Loveland, Johnstown, and Fort Collins. The coyote was north of Buckeye Road.

Rabies can infect any warm-blooded mammal, but in Larimer County it is most commonly found in bats and skunks. Skunk rabies may pose a greater risk to pets and people because -- as ground-based animals -- they may interact more with people and pets than a rabid bat would.

If you see a skunk, bat, or another animal that's behaving strangely, keep your distance and call the Larimer Humane Society's animal control number at 970-226-3647, #7. Unusual skunk behavior can include being out during the daytime, being aggressive, turning in circles, or appearing tame and unafraid of people or pets.

The Department of Health and Environment reminds pet owners to keep their animals' rabies vaccinations up to date to prevent lengthy and costly quarantines -- or even euthanasia -- if pets have an encounter with a rabid animal. Livestock owners should check with their veterinarians about rabies vaccinations for their horses, cattle, and other livestock.

Ways to protect you and your family:
  • Do not feed or touch wildlife.
  • Teach children to observe wildlife from a distance and to notify an adult if there is a wild animal in the area or if they are bitten or scratched.
  • Eliminate food sources for wild animals by not feeding pets outdoors, closing pet doors (especially at night), and tightly closing garbage cans and feed bins.
  • Ensure that your pets, horses, and livestock are up to date on their rabies vaccinations.

  • For the latest information on rabies in Larimer County, visit the county website.
     
    Community Conversations: Aging in Larimer County (Oct. 2018)

    As our community ages, older adults will need access to resources and services to maintain their independence and quality of life.

    The Larimer County Office on Aging develops a new strategic plan every four years to add, update, or adjust programs and resources already in place.

    Fort Collins and Loveland residents are invited to participate in community conversations to share their vision of what makes Larimer County a great place to age in place. What is your vision for aging in Larimer County? For example, what suggestions do you have for improving our transportation system? What services are needed to help you remain independent in your home?

    Loveland residents are invited to share their vision, opinions, and suggestions on the future of aging at a community conversation hosted by the Larimer County Office on Aging on Oct. 15, 2018, at 1:00pm, at the Chilson Center in Loveland.

    Fort Collins residents can share their ideas on Oct. 24, 3:00pm, at the Fort Collins Senior Center, 1200 Raintree Drive.

    To register for either of these community conversations, call the Larimer County Office on Aging at 970-498-7792.
     
    Overdose Awareness Day Aug. 31, 2018

    Join us on August 31, 2-8pm, at Civic Center Park in Fort Collins. Find out how people in Larimer County are working together against the opioid epidemic and addiction overall. Learn about local resources, get trained on Naloxone, eat some food, listen to local musicians, and help us end the stigma around addiction. There will also be an art memorial and a candlelight vigil for those lost and impacted by addiction. This event is hosted by Larimer Court Support, Northern Colorado AIDS Project, the Health District of Northern Larimer County, and Good Day Pharmacy. For more information, visit the Facebook page: facebook.com/events/644338312594846/.
     

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