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September/October 2017 | Our Health and Wellness Issue

SENIOR HEALTH

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For the Health of It Colorado continually ranks among the 10 healthiest states in the country according to the United Health Foundation. Though our aggregate rating is eighth, we still have the lowest rates for obesity and diabetes in the United States. That’s a good start, but there’s room for improvement. From physical to emotional wellbeing, self-care is an important part of enjoying life and no one understands that better than Longmont folks. Issues that plague the rest of the nation, like opioid abuse and athletic concussion, have also made an appearance in Colorado so what are we doing about it? The Danish concept of Hygge is adding a little emotional health to our fall and winter and a new hospital in town will be looking after our physical-selves. With weather getting cooler and days getting shorter, life gets busy and hectic, but take advantage of all of the healthy options here in Longmont and remember to take the time to take care of your whole self. - Misty Kaiser 4 LONGMONT MAGAZINE

ON THE SCENE

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ALTERNATIVE HEALTH Not an opioid in sight: Alternative therapies for pain management

Intercambio Uniting Communities

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FOOD

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Sports and Concussion Prevention

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HOME

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EDUCATION

Preparing your mental health first aid kit PAGE 50

BUSINESS

UCHealth Longs Peak Hospital set to open

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RECREATION

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COMMUNITY

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SAVE THE DATE Calendar of events

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ALTERNATIVE HEALTH

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Dr. Leigh Charley of Niwot’s Triad Wellness Center, which helps people manage or overcome pain with chiropractic, nutritional and homeopathic treatments. “Pain is often not the cause of the problem but the effect,” she said. “If you’re looking for health and wellness, get to the cause of the problem.” With more than half of heroin users claiming they turned to illegal drugs only after downing doctorprescribed opioids, according to Dr. Jessie Gaeta of Boston Healthcare for the Homeless, our national approach to pain management is critically in need of an adjustment – chiropractic or otherwise. Three local practices, including Longmont Spine and Physical Medicine and Café for Life Chiropractic and Massage Studio, as well as Charley’s wellness center, address pain through natural and scientific best practices. Dr. Milton Sniadach, medical director at Longmont Spine and Physical Medicine and an anesthesiologist specializing in pain management, said, “We don’t prescribe opioids here, and I’m proud of that.” Frequently prescribed pain-blocking opioids are OxyContin, Vicodin and Demerol, all highly addictive. Opiates, in contrast to opioids, do not contain synthetic ingredients. Examples include morphine and heroin. “When people try to withdraw from these, they suffer nausea, vomiting

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NOT AN OPIOID IN SIGHT Alternative therapies for pain management

to get off,” he said, “so that their natural opioids – endorphins and enkephalins – control the pain.” Endorphins and enkephalins are the body’s innate pain blockers. Longmont Spine chiropractor Dr. Steven O’Dell recalled a patient with a history of multiple spinal surgeries who daily swallowed opioids yet suffered chronic pain. “Through the multidisciplinary practice of our medical department, chiropractic, physical therapy and advanced laser treatment, he was able to get off those dangerous and addictive drugs,” O’Dell said.

and diarrhea, among other serious side effects,” Sniadach said. “That’s a terrible place to be.”

O’Dell uses chiropractic practices to treat mechanical pain, including spinal, lower back, knee and joint pain, as well as headaches, numbness and tingling. Pain management options include physical and cold therapy, laser therapy to reshape the spine and address muscle swelling and spasms, corrective traction to stop the irritation of nerve roots and stem cell regenerative treatments, which inject the patient’s healthy stem cells into a damaged area to speed healing.

While Sniadach admits “anesthesiologists give out more opioids than any other doctors,” he said, “We do it for surgery, but we found that opioids can actually cause chronic pain or worsen chronic pain.” Sniadach believes opioids may be administered for short bouts, as with surgery. “Then a person wants

Dr. Jessica Thompson of Café of Life Chiropractic and Massage Studio in Longmont came to chiropractic as a college student battling sinus infections and neck aches. “Not only did my neck pain resolve,” she said, “but the sinus infections as well, and I was amazed.” She hasn’t had a sinus infection in 22 years.

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In many cases, finding ways to address the root of pain rather than just treating the symptoms can help patients avoid long-term use of addictive medications. (Tim Seibert/Longmont Magazine)

Through her studio, Thompson hopes to bring the same relief to those in pain. She warns that opioids “mask pain,” resulting in persistent pain when the medicine wears off. “It is important to seek out structural causes for pain, and chiropractic can help correct those

so that the body functions better,” she said. “People should consider alternative methods of pain management because there is no risk of addiction to things like chiropractic and massage or acupuncture.”

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At Longmont Spine they offer a room full of different alternative therapies to correct the causes of pain, including corrective traction. (Tim Seibert/Longmont Magazine)

As part of its effort to “address the same problem from different approaches,” Longmont Spine examines patient nutrition, an unexpected turn for Sniadach as an anesthesiologist. “When I worked in the pain clinic at Kaiser,” he said, “we’d give epidural steroid injections, and for some, they’d get two years of relief, but others got just two weeks.” Sniadach noticed that those who received minimum relief consumed “an inflammatory diet.” He urges patients to avoid rice, potatoes, pasta, bread, alcohol and sugar to control pain. Charley likewise probes nutrition and lifestyle habits with her patients. “I use a hands-on biofeedback approach to find out what’s the highest priority for your body. It could be something you’re eating that’s toxic or putting on your skin or breathing,” she said. Charley eschews traditional drugs – which she believes “cover symptoms but don’t treat the problem” – and prescribes whole food supplements, homeopathic and herbal remedies and CBD oils and creams, which are derived from hemp, the non-psychedelic com10 LONGMONT MAGAZINE

ponent of marijuana. “My job is to remove the interference to healing so that your body can heal itself,” she said. Medical marijuana, including the CBD creams used by Charley, are a lifesaver for Coloradoans suffering from chronic pain, muscle spasms, arthritis, multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia and even tumors, said Ally Feiler, who owns Green Tree Medicinals, with stores in Longmont, Berthoud, Boulder and Northglenn. “I’ve seen kids who had 100 seizures

a day go to none in 48 hours after taking medical marijuana,” she said. “And for pain management, we have a lot of people with arthritis use salves and find they offer great benefit.” Feiler, who regularly lobbies state and federal agencies for the certification and standardization of medical marijuana, explained that compounds like CBD are isolated from the psychedelic part of the marijuana plant and has no effect on a person’s cerebral cortex.

Dr. Jessica Thompson includes accupuncture and massage in addition to chiropractic adjustments to help treat pain and other health issues. (Tim Seibert/Longmont Magazine)

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Feiler first used medical marijuana after she was diagnosed with cancer in 2012. Her doctor prescribed opiates post-surgery – and within minutes she was vomiting and in shock. “I didn’t know until then that I was severely allergic to opiates,” she said. “My only real option was medical marijuana.” Feiler believes marijuana helped her heal, both from surgery and from a damaged nerve in her arm that formerly restricted mobility. “We are creating medicines that will change the shape of human science,” she said. “The possibilities for pain management have exploded, and we’re currently setting

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Concussion Prevention With football season here, coaches are drawing up X’s and O’s. But one of their most important game plans? Safeguarding student-athletes from concussions and head injuries, and knowing how to respond if a player takes a hard hit. School officials in Colorado—including those here in Longmont—are increasingly focused on preventing and responding to concussions. Among the protections in place are mandatory trainings for coaches, a Colorado law that sidelines players who suffer head injuries, partnerships with health organizations and purchasing high-tech football helmets. September/October 2017

As a whole, people are much more informed about concussions than they were 10 or 15 years ago, says Rob Berry, director of athletics, activities and fine arts at St. Vrain Valley School District. A decade or so ago, kids might “get their bell rung” or see stars after a hard it, and then get right back in the game. “Now, our doctors, trainers and coaches know more and pull the kid out of the game and talk with parents about what to do next,” Berry said.

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“The more eyes we have on our athletes, the better.” To help prevent and properly treat concussions, St. Vrain Valley School District has a partnership with Front Range Orthopedics, Berry explained, and healthcare partners are assigned to each high school to be on-standby at practices and games. Also, Front Range Orthopedics lends a physician to be available at each football game.

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player at Grandview High School in Aurora, took a hit during a football game, collapsed on the field and never regained consciousness. A week prior he likely had sustained a concussion, but did not report his symptoms. He died from “Second Impact Syndrome.”

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the head or by a hit to the body that then causes the head and brain to rapidly move back and forth, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. These kinds of sudden movements can potentially cause the brain to bounce or twist in the skull, ultimately creating chemical changes in the brain. Sometimes, brains cells are stretched and damaged. Over the past decade, awareness surrounding concussions has been increasing. From a cultural standpoint, Will Smith’s 2015 movie “Concussion” put the dangers of head trauma in the spotlight, and critiqued the NFL. The NFL has increased its focus on head injuries—with measures 14 LONGMONT MAGAZINE

that include everything from new rules to prevent concussions and investing in helmet technology. Five years ago, the NFL pledged $30 million to the National Institutes of Health to advance brain research on concussions and brain trauma. Clark says the NFL’s increased concern surrounding player safety seems to have trickled down to state and local levels. Here in Colorado, Gov. John Hickenlooper signed into law the Jake Snakenberg Youth Concussion Act, which went into effect in 2012. The law requires coaches be trained on how to recognize concussions. It also requires players must be pulled from a game if it’s suspected they have a concussion. Subsequently, student-athletes can’t return to play without clearance from a medical professional. The law came about after an incident in fall of 2004, when Jake Snakenberg, a freshman football LongmontMagazine.com

Concussions make up about 1 in 10 injuries among high school athletes nationwide, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. The highest concussion rates for male athletes occur in football. For female athletes, soccer and basketball plays have the highest concussion rates.

Spotting concussion symptoms

Concussion symptoms can vary, says Colleen Dupuis, DO, and a family medicine and fellowshiptrained sports medicine physician with Banner Health. The most common symptom is a headache, she says. Older kids will often complain of headaches, neck aches and dizziness and feeling as the though the roof is spinning. Younger kids, though, are more likely to have a decreased appetite and trouble sleeping. Fatigue is also a common concussion symptom, and changes in mood is another symptom to be aware of, Dupuis says. According to the CDC, other concussion symptoms could include blurred vision, difficulty thinking clearly and sensitivity to noise and light. Dupuis says it’s also important to know that your student-athlete might not have any symptoms immediately following a head injury, September/October 2017


but those symptoms could appear 24 hours later. As concussions are being studied more, the medical field is learning better treatment options. It was once thought that if somebody suffered a concussion they needed to be woken up every two hours, Dupuis says. That’s not longer the case, she says. Unless a head injury happened late in the evening, right before somebody were to go to bed, there’s no need to awake them throughout the night, Dupuis explains. Rather, it’s best to let them get a good night’s rest.

Preventing head injuries on the field Once a year, all coaches and assistant coaches in the St. Vrain Valley School District go through a concussion training. Even volunteer coaches are required to do the training, Berry says. Additionally, the district continually evaluates its stock of helmets. Among the helmets used are Riddel, which have padding materials throughout the inside to help absorb impact energy. The helmets have received a top rating (five stars) from the Virginia Tech Helmet Ratings. The system awards more stars to helmets that reduce concussion risk.

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Return to play The Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado outlines a “graduated return to play” progression for student athletes who may have suffered a concussion. The athlete should continue to proceed to the next step if free of symptoms at the current step. There should be a 24-hour period between each step, the alliance says. If any symptoms re-occur, the athlete should drop back to the previous step and try to progress again after 24 hours of rest. The alliance says the progressions should be monitored by an appropriate healthcare provider with final clearance given to the student-athlete by the provider.

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The steps are as follows: • Light aerobic exercise such as brisk walking or stationary cycling for 15 to 20 minutes. • Sport specific exercise such as dribbling in soccer or running with a football with minimal resistance from other players for 30-45 minutes.

• Non-contact practice with the addition of resistance such as blocking pads in football for 1 to 2 hours. • Full contact practice. An example would be full pads and contact in hockey or football practice. • Competitive gameplay, including tournaments.

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BY EMMA CASTLEBERRY for LONGMONT MAGAZINE person is curled up by your side, or both.

How to incorporate the new trend of Danish comforts into your daily life A light snow is falling outside the window. You are wearing your comfiest pajamas and a pair of soft, warm socks. There is a fire burning in the hearth and a cup of tea in your hand. Perhaps your favorite book sits dogeared in your lap, or your favorite 18 LONGMONT MAGAZINE

This setting cultivates a sense of comfort, contentment, and—above all—coziness. There is a word that encompasses this sensation: hygge. Pronounced ‘hue-guh,’ hygge recently earned a spot in the revered Oxford English Dictionary, where it is defined as “A quality of cosiness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being (regarded as a defining character of Danish culture).” While hygge has long been a defining element of Danish culture, it is fairly new in the US. The New Yorker LongmontMagazine.com

reports that at least six books about the topic were published in the US last year, with a myriad of 2017 titles to follow. There is some science behind this new obsession. The United Nations conducts an annual World Happiness Report, in which they rank 155 countries on the happiness of their citizens. The first report was released in 2012 and Denmark has always ranked in the top 10, topping the list as the happiest country in the world in 2012, 2013, and 2016. As a defining characteristic of the Danish lifestyle, hygge is almost certain to contribute to improved emotional wellbeing. September/October 2017


Even if this is the first you have heard of this delightful new trend, you are in luck: the season of hygge is upon us. The cooler temperatures and shorter days of fall and winter encourage coziness. Autumn brings with it warm, fluffy clothes and blankets, more indoor time, rich, hot food and drink, and—one of the most important elements of hygge—more time with the friends and family we hold dear.

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i Berthoud carin rries Magic Fairy Candles, a locally C handmade line of han soy candles with unique scents like pear, amber orange and Fraser fir, to help you get in the hygge zone. “When they burn, the candle melts and creates a body massage oil that can be used on your skin,” says Gena Feldman, owner of Indigo Sky. Magic Fairy Candles also has a brick and mortar location of their own on Main Street in Longmont.

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While physical objects like candles, rugs, and hot tea can contribute to a sense of hygge, the concept is not defined by material things. It is intended to encompass the unadulterated joy that results from surrounding ourselves with the people we love and enjoying simple, meaningful comforts with them.

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RECREATION

By LINDA THORSEN BOND for LONGMONT MAGAZINE

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It is possible that goat yoga started because a reporter was yearning to write “upward goat on a downward dog.” That’s the kind of great phrase that could start a movement. — Continued on page 26 LongmontMagazine.com

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Goats like climbing on elevated things, which includes people in yoga poses. (Julia MacMonagle/Mother Ranch)

CNN attributes the goat yoga craze to No Regrets Farm in Albany, Oregon, where a rancher told a yoga instructor if she wanted to teach classes she’d have to let the goats join in. The goats were charming, yoga devotees came, reporters wrote eloquently and goat yoga was born. So it came to pass that all across America people now toss their yoga mats on the ground and as they twist and stretch into position, baby goats crawl upon them. Of course, once goat yoga started, Coloradans had to have it. The Mother Ranch offers classes on the northeast side Longmont. And as sure as little tiny baby goats are born everyday, more ranchers are thinking about it. Julia MacMonagle, her husband and son moved to the Mother Ranch a year ago, and the ranch is her childhood dream come true. She grew up reading veterinarian James Herriott’s novels starting with “All Creatures Great and Small” and other books 26 LONGMONT MAGAZINE

that made her yearn to be surrounded by animals.

Mary Kennedy from Lafayette introduced Julia to goats. An animal massage therapist who loves goats, Mary said they are funny, spontaneous and affectionate. “Goats are just hysterical,” she said. “When Julia moved onto her farm, I told her she had to get goats!” Then Mary got one of her favorite yoga teachers, Anne-Alex Packard, together with Julia, and the rest, as they say, is Longmont goat yoga history. Anne-Alex lives in Erie and teaches goat-free yoga at the Longmont and Lafayette YMCAs and at Soul Tree Studio in Lafayette. When Mary told her about yoga teachers who were mixing goats with their Salutations to the Sun and Moon, Anne-Alex jumped right on the idea. “I was excited to teach goat yoga when Mary sent me some info about it,” she said. “It looked like a crazy thing I’d resonate with. I love being out at Mother Ranch. What LongmontMagazine.com

Julia and her husband, Brad, have created feels like a sanctuary for Mother Earth Activities.” Mother Earth and yoga, that’s a natural. But with goats? “I enjoy leading people through a yoga class with these animals for two main reasons,” Anne-Alex explained. “First, we sometimes get too serious in our ‘self-improvement’ practices and in life. Goat yoga is a kooky challenge to get back our sense of humor and be playful, yet stay mindful. To take care of ourselves with poise if there is something that isn’t in our comfort zone.” The second reason is a little more, well, earthy. Anne-Alex said, “It’s a challenge to stay calmly, if appropriate, in an uncomfortable position amidst distraction, lunacy, and sometimes the effluvia of life.

Raven, one of the goats at Mother Ranch, snuggles up for a pet during a quiet moment.(Julia MacMonagle/ Mother Ranch)

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Curiosity brings Raven in for a closer look.(Julia MacMonagle/Mother Ranch)

Gracefulness in an ungraceful situation—that’s yoga for you. The Bhagavad-Gita (yogic scriptures) calls it ‘skill in action’.” Mary agreed. “Yoga is about being centered in chaos. In a fun way, goats are all about chaos. It takes you out of your comfort zone to have a goat jump on your back. It’s so different, it’s heart-opening. Goat yoga is just a joyful experience.” Among the 25 animals and 15 chickens at the Mother Ranch, there are six Nigerian dwarf goats including babies Raven, Alaska and Denali, so named because their father was called Yukon.

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Julia allowed me to visit her menagerie so I could experience goat yoga for myself. She and I each

carried one of the doelings (baby female goats) into the barn. The barn was open on two sides and the floor was covered with 3 to 4 inches of wood shavings. Chalkboards on the walls were decorated with affirmations like “Happy birthday!’ and “Calm.” When I sat on the floor, Alaska and Raven came over like puppies, wanting to be petted and nibbling at my shirt. But when I stretched out on my stomach, Alaska climbed on my back and walked around on me with her little pointed hooves. I am not sure why she wanted to do that, but one theory is that goats are curious and they like to climb on things that are elevated. Then Alaska hopped off me and stepped away from the yoga mat. She released a stream of urine into the wood shavings then pooped out a pile of pellets. I’m surprised this didn’t bother me but I was obviously in tune with the Bhagavad-Gita. Well, we were in a barn, on the floor, and Alaska was probably wondering what I would do next.

I chose to do a seated long-leg forward bend pose, which got the goats off my back. What a time we live in, I thought. I just had a goat climb me like the Himalayas. And I hadn’t even thought to put that on my bucket list. As Mary said, “If this is a fad, we might as well enjoy it. All we have is the present—and this is so much fun. I look around in yoga and all the people are smiling. The joy of the little goats is infectious. Maybe it’s not in everyone’s comfort zone, but it is just so much fun!” For information go to themotherranch.com/goatyoga.html and inthepresenceofanimals.com.

Gigi tries her own version of the post with the rest of the class. (Julia MacMonagle/Mother Ranch)

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13892 N. 115th Street, Longmont, Classes cost $30 for 1.5 hours and space is limited, so registration is required. For available class dates and to register visit themotherranch.com/goatyoga.html .

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Healthy doesn’t have to be hard. In fact, it can be tasty, fun and stylish all at once. These picks from area retailers can take your healthy routine from dull to delightful.

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This line of probiotic drinks from Kevita is a wonderfully refreshing way to get your gut-friendly probiotics. Fruity flavors like Mojita™ Lime Mint Coconut, Pomegranate, and Lemon Ginger are perfect for a post-workout pick-me-up and 4 billion CFUs with 4 strains of probiotic will make your body even happier. (Available at Niwot Market, 7980 Niwot Rd., Niwot)

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If you’ve never used one of these bad boys you’ve been missing out. Whether you’re a desk jockey with back pain or an athlete with a stiff hip, Gaiam’s Restore Deep Tissue Foam Roller massages deep, while it stimulates blood flow and soothes your aches faster. Each roller includes an exercise guide so you can treat what ails you. ($34.98, Available at gaiam.com.)

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Speaking of desk jockeys, here’s a term you should know: Active sitting. If sitting is the new smoking, active sitting is one solution. Gaiam’s Classic Balance Ball Chair combines the ergonomic and core-strengthening fit ball with the convenience of lockable casters and added back support. It helps keep your spine aligned for better posture and engages those all important core muscles even as you sit. ($79.98, Available at gaiam.com.)

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Mat in a Sling The Manduka® Go Play Yoga Mat Sling is like a satchel that also holds your yoga mat. The eco-friendly sling is weatherand water-resistant and gives you a convenient place to carry towels, straps, keys or whatever you need for your workout while still leaving your hands free. (Available at Dick’s Sporting Goods, 210 Ken Pratt Blvd., Longmont)

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Fall Gardening Tips from The Flower Bin Fall is an important time for your garden. It is a time to clean up and edit this year’s plantings, and to prepare and plan for next year. Here are some questions that we hear at The Flower Bin: Can I still plant perennials now? Absolutely, fall is still great for planting perennials. Most of the high heat and stress of the summer is done, but the soil is still warm for growing roots, and the days are long, with less intense light. Roots are what you want to grow in the fall, not a lot of new foliage. Which perennials are good for fall planting? Most perennials can be planted in the fall, an exception might be cool season perennials and grasses because they go dormant early, and you want good rooting for winter survival. Mums and Asters are eye-catching because they are in full bloom in the fall. They like a spot with at least 6 hours of full sun. Water by hand to get them established; there is no substitute for the attention of the gardener in the first crucial few weeks after planting. You can still feed until mid-September or apply a slowrelease fertilizer; then we recommend switching to Root Stimulator, and reducing the frequency of waterings as the plants go dormant. Water over winter! Of course, fall is the time for planting tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, and other bulbs for spring flowers!! That includes iris!! Pansies and violas are great for fall planting because they can be seen blooming in the snow, and through the spring, until it gets too warm for them. Can I transplant/divide perennials now? Cut the foliage back before you dig, trim roots, and replant using Root Rally and Root Stimulator, to support the plant, not fertilizer. You don’t want to push lots of top growth; that would weaken the plant as it prepares for dormancy. Making new roots below ground, will strengthen it. Roses - How to take care of my roses now? Deadhead, prune out dead canes, maybe selectively prune back canes that are wild and in your way. Prune out no more than 1/3 of the live growth on the bush. Do any severe pruning while the plant is dormant over winter. Spring is the time to evaluate how much the canes have died-back over the winter, and prune back to live buds. You can wrap the plant in burlap for winter protection. Be sure to cover the graft of any grafted roses with mulch. Trees – What about the Trees? Just like with the roses, prune out dead branches. Wrap the bark, mulch the roots, discontinue fertilizing, but apply some Root Stimulator. Water over winter!! Soil Prep - Fall garden soil preparation? This is a topic for an entire article by itself. Some people prefer to leave the microorganisms intact in the soil, some turn the soil. Some layer plant material over the soil to compost in place, some sow a cover crop to be turned under in the spring, some leave the soil uncovered. Our recommendation is to have the soil covered in some fashion to reduce weeds and conserve moisture. Next year’s garden? Now the fun begins!! Paid Advertisement 30 LONGMONT MAGAZINE

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YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE LATINO TO CELEBRATE

COMMUNITY

Community events bring many cultures together Plans are taking shape now for this year’s National Hispanic Heritage Month, which actually spans two months, from September 15 to October 15. The annual event pays tribute to the many generations of Hispanic Americans who have contributed to the cultural fabric of our country and our society. Seventeen percent of the nation’s population identifies as Hispanic or Latino. In Boulder County, Hispanic or Latino residents account for nearly 14 percent of the population. This is the second largest demographic group in our community, second in size only to the Anglo population. But within this group there is just as much diversity September/October 2017

BY L.L. CHARLES for LONGMONT MAGAZINE as when you combine all the residents of European origin and call them “Anglo.” There are many pathways to this place, and many stories to tell. LongmontMagazine.com

This year’s theme is “Shaping the Bright Future of America” (“Dar forma al future brillante de America”). Longmont Magazine recently visited with some of the people and organizations that are involved year round with actually shaping this bright future. These are just a few examples. As you will see, the underlying common thread is inclusiveness, and everyone – regardless of his or her origin – can make a connection.

¡Hablemos! Let’s Talk!

The Longmont Public Library is host to several free programs that bring Spanish-speaking and non Spanish-speaking residents together to improve their language skills and

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The Spanish p Conversation Group welcomes Spanish speakers of all levels to make new friends and have fun at the Senior Center. (C. Nathan Pulley Photography/You belong in Longmont)

get to know others who share the same interest. The cultural exchanges that result have been the starting point for many friendships and an understanding that, yes… it’s a small world after all. The ¡Hablemos! Let’s Talk! discussion group was organized by Jana Kopp, Adult Services Librarian. Kopp says that she became interested in Latino culture while finishing her Library Science degree. She subsequently took four semesters of Spanish at Front Range Community College to help her turn her personal interest into something that serves the community. The ¡Hablemos! group meets Tuesdays from noon to 1 p.m. and Thursdays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and anyone can join by just showing up. “We have a wide range of ages and levels of ability,” Kopp says. “We’ve had everyone from kids to seniors, and the topics of conversation are just as wide ranging.” Attendees might be an au pair who wants to improve her communication skills, or someone who is preparing for travel in South America. The group currently skews towards Englishspeaking participants, and Kopp says 32 LONGMONT MAGAZINE

songs in both Spanish and English. Recommended ages are kindergarten through fifth grade and the program is completely drop-in—no registration necessary. they are working on trying to create more of a balance in this regard. Some of the meetings have a specific theme, or they use conversation starter cards to suggest a topic. Sometimes the group plays Spanish Scrabble or card games. “Spanish isn’t spoken the same in every country,” Kopp explains. “So we are often discovering different vocabularies and local slang. And the learning experience works both ways here. We know that there’s a kind of vulnerability when we try to learn something new. But in this group, everyone is an expert in their native language and they are helping someone else at the same time they are learning. It can be very empowering.”

Bilingual Storytime

For kids and their parents, looking for a fun bilingual experience to enjoy together, the Longmont Public Library also hosts Bilingual Storytime/Cuentos Bilingües. Every second Monday of the month from 6 to 6:45 p.m. a bilingual librarian reads stories, rhymes, and sings LongmontMagazine.com

Spanish Conversation Group

For those who want to practice the Spanish they already know, the Longmont Senior Center hosts a Spanish Conversation Group on Fridays from 1:30 to 3 p.m. This group welcomes all levels, though no instruction will be given and all conversation is in Spanish, making it the perfect place to immerse oneself in the language for real-world speaking experience. Having a conversation with others who may not be native English speakers in their own language fosters cultural understanding and helps to form new friendships.

Loteria Makes Learning Fun

The Longmont Public Library is also home to a monthly “Mexican Bingo” game known as Loteria. The game is believed to have originated in Italy in the 1400s, made its way to Spain and subsequently became popular in 18th-century Mexico. You may already recognize some of the iconic art found on loteria cards (especially September/October 2017


L “ i ¡Hablamos! at the Longmont Public Library gives people a chance to delve into Hispanic culture with games, discussions and more. (shutterstock.com)

esting,” explains Amy Fontenot, Bilingual Children’s Librarian. “I had the art on my walls at home before I even knew what it was.” Fontenot says she was interested in Spanish from a young age and studied it in high school. After

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traveling through Central America for a year, she lived in Puerto Rico for a decade. Upon returning to the U.S. she promised herself she would do

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Six years ago, she came up with hosting a Loteria game on the last Monday of every month, and it’s been going strong ever since. The games start at 6 p.m. and you never know what to expect. “Sometimes we have twelve people, and sometimes

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volunteers and interested people are always encouraged to apply. Visit the website, intercambio.org, for information on this and other volunteer opportunities.

The Senior Center throws an annual multicultural party for the whole family. Bring your dancin’ shoes and a dish to pass. (C. Nathan Pulley/You Belong In Longmont.)

we have fifty,” she laughs. “We have everyone from two-year-olds to grandparents; three generations of one family playing the game. It’s always fun. Many of these people grew up playing Loteria so it’s a way to share the tradition with their kids.” Betting is a traditional part of the game, and in this case, the currency is chocolate coins. Prizes can include sweets, herbs, bilingual books or a food item that is unique to Latino cooking. This can trigger a conversation on how the item is prepared and used, Fontenot says. “We get all the prizes here in Longmont. I am intent on supporting these local Latino businesses.” There will be a special Dia de los Muertos night in October. Four rounds are played each evening, and the volunteer “callers” announce the icons on each card that is drawn. If there are a lot of English-speaking players present, Fontenot will ask, “Who can interpret this?” When a winner has filled up their card, they yell “¡Loteria!” or “¡Buenas!” to claim their prize.

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Communities has worked to help recently arrived immigrants make a cultural transition to their new home. Acquiring a basic fluency in English is an important gateway to success for many of these people. The organization offers English classes at over 200 locations in Boulder County. Rachel Fuchs, Director of Programs for Intercambio, reports that approximately 1,000 people are served each year by these classes. About 400 of these live in Longmont. “We have about 350 volunteer teachers who participate each year, and a third of these have been involved for at least two years. They come from diverse backgrounds, but many are retired people who are looking for meaning ways to connect across cultures. Many were also teachers in their professional lives and continue to serve in that role,” Fuchs says. Volunteers don’t have to have prior teaching experience, and they don’t even have to speak Spanish. Many of the students come from non-Spanish speaking countries, Fuchs says. Intercambio provides training for all LongmontMagazine.com

Get Ready for a Fiesta Celebrate Hispanic culture with some good ol’ fashioned rock and roll at the Senior Center on September 14. Get out your oxford loafers and poodle skirts for a night full of 50s fun. Fiesta Rock & Roll de los 50’s features a potluck meal, music from from “Bailes de Mi Tierra” and DJ Raffa and multicultural fun for all. The shin-dig gets hopping from 6 to 8:30 p.m. and the cost is $2. They do ask that guests register in advance by calling 303-651-8411, or stopping by the Senior Center. Don’t forget to show off your culinary skill by bringing your favorite dish to share! Whether you are Hispanic or not, Hispanic Heritage month is a great time to get out and meet someone from another culture, forge new paths of connection and bring a renewed sense of community to Longmont. September/October 2017


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families. Intercambio notes that the inability to effectively communicate in English, a misunderstanding of U.S. cultural norms, and a lack of resources and connections are the biggest barriers to immigrants’ full participation in society. To help newcomers, Intercambio’s English and cultural integration classes focus on practical information related to employment, the public school system, health care, social services, transportation, and commerce. Intercambio’s cultural workshops and citizenship training also are massively important to those in need.

By DARREN THORNBERRY for LONGMONT MAGAZINE Since 2001, Intercambio has been helping immigrants in Boulder County improve their quality of life. As they reached out to immigrant communities, founders Shainis and Shawn Camden learned that language was not the only barrier — immigrants expressed feelings of deep loneliness and alienation. To mitigate the difficult cultural transition, Intercambio hosted– events and gatherings to build a sense of community, and to give back to Boulder County. 36 LONGMONT MAGAZINE

La Fiesta World Party 2016 put people in a dancing mood. (Sonia Soglia Photography/Intercambio)

Today, the nonprofit organization’s mission remains to improve immigrant lives through English education and unite communities across cultures. Both volunteers and donations are crucial gifts to Intercambio, which has been uplifted for 16 years by much love and goodwill. One of Intercambio’s most important services is offering affordable English classes to adults in convenient locations in their neighborhoods at times that work for working LongmontMagazine.com

The 2-hour cultural workshops focus on driving inclusivity through community awareness. Businesses and other organizations can participate in customized training programs to “build confidence interacting with diverse groups.” Increasing cultural sensitivity in this way leads to better communication, creating better, more productive relationships in the community. Other classes aid those immigrants who are ready to pursue citizenship with valuable information to prepare them for the citizenship exam and subject specific classes further immigrants’ community integration. ClassSeptember/October 2017


es on subjects like pronunciation, community involvement, computers and US culture, held throughout the year, get more in-depth on some of the more difficult aspects of weaving into life in United States. All of these important services wouldn’t be possible without community support, whether financial or through a gift of time—volunteering. Though Intercambio accepts and encourages donations through their website at any time, there are two major annual fundraisers, Comedy for Cambio in the Spring and La Fiesta World Party in the Fall. Comedy for Cambio is an annual stand-up comedy show in its fifth year. Comedians and other entertainers keep guests laughing while raising

La Fiesta World Party 2016 is one of two major annual fundraisers for Intercambio. (Sonia Soglia Photography/Intercambio)

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safer, stronger and more prosperous when we can all communicate and connect,” says Lee Shainis, executive director and founder of Intercambio. “La Fiesta was our first and is our largest yearly event to bring everyone together.” La Fiesta live bands make it impossible to sit still. Party-goers learn salsa, cumbia, merengue, and more. And that’s not to mention the Zumba party! Food trucks feature Colombian arepas, Middle Eastern falafels, and wood fired pizza. And this year welcomed the inaugural World Market with shops for artisanal homeware, jewelry, fashion and accessories, skin care and paper goods showcasing global cultures. “Although one of our goals for (La

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English classes are one way Intercambio contributes to the community. (Intercambio)

Fiesta) is to raise $40k to support our English classes and cultural awareness programs, the main goal of the event is really to bring diverse cultures together,” says Intercambio marketing and development coordinator Maye Cordero. “We want to connect immigrants with the wider

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community in a fun event, open to the entire family.” Jenny Desmond, events manager at Intercambio says, “We connected with several great nonprofits and local businesses who celebrate diversity and promote the benefit of bringing

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Volunteer teachers give immigrants access that they might not otherwise have to English classes. Teachers don’t need to speak Spanish and previous experience isn’t necessary. What is needed is time, commitment, patience and above all, a desire to help empower others by giving them a voice.

Conversations contribute to cultural sensitivity and a greater confidence within the community at large. (Intercambio)

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As consumers started to realize the concept of cheese trays and cheese- and wine-tasting parties, the idea of quality cheeses became more and more popular. Cheese Importers has since added additional products to its line-up, including a variety of oils, spices, chocolates and select meats.

Located in an historic building in the heart of Longmont, Cheese Importers is serving up artisanal cheeses, specialty foods, and hometown customer service to everyone who walks through its doors. The business has been around for more than 40 years, beginning its journey as a wholesale cheese supplier to local restaurants and markets. Back in the 1960s and 70s, owners Linda and Lyman White were disappointed with the quality of bland and over-processed cheeses, and decided to do something about it. Previously employed in the natural food industry, the Whites could clearly see there wasn’t anything very natural about the cheese American’s were being fed. They opened Cheese Importers to give cheese lovers the best quality cheeses they could find. For the first year or so, the couple

By TERRY CHANCE for LONGMONT MAGAZINE devoted their time to searching out

Lyman and Linda opened their first retail store at 33 S. Pratt Parkway They moved to their current location, 103 Main St., in August of 2012, which also offers housewares, soaps and perfumes, and even a French-inspired bistro where customers can enjoy a Parisian breakfast, quiche, soups, sandwiches and salads, along with wine and of course, cheese.

the best, and most flavorful natural cheeses, imported from artisanal cheese makers, and supplying small shops and café’s around the region. But the public wanted more and began showing up at the warehouse wanting to purchase the same tasty delicacies for their families.

Lyman was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident in 2010, but Linda continues to work full-time in the business. And with help from their daughter Clara Natasha and son Samm, business is thriving. “Customers wanted to buy great

(Above) Deliciously different cheeses from around the world stack the shelves at Cheese Importers. (Tim Seibert/Longmont Magazine)

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cheese and we were one of the first to bring unique, natural cheeses to Colorado.” Clara Natasha said, They’ve come to realize that owning a successful business in Longmont is something special. “The best part is that we get to share our passion for truth, quality foods, joy and love with our neighbors, and they love what we do,” Samm said. “That validation that we are doing it right comes from what I see in every one of our guests’ smiles and eyes that are filled with wonderment and joy.”

(Above) The same cheeses that used to be solely available to restaurants are now accessible to the public. (Below) A visit to the european style Bistrot des Artistes completes the unique experience. (Tim Seibert/Longmont Magazine)

According to Samm, not only is his mother still working full time, but he said she works “more like doctor intern hours!” As the matriarch of the family, his mother is the key to their continued success. “Without Linda, there would be little magic and beauty at Cheese Importers,” he said. Right now, Cheese Importers is exactly that; bringing a variety of cheeses in from various producers, but not making its own cheese. Clara Natasha explained that while the business has many different facets, making cheese has not been one of them. Until now. “We will begin making our own fresh mozzarella to sell in the cheese market as well as to utilize in our bistro, hopefully soon,” she said. “Our goal is to begin this fall.” 42 LONGMONT MAGAZINE

with good food and great products, Cheese Importers also gives to its community, supporting many causes including OUR Center, which helps individuals and families get back on their feet; Longmont Humane Society; Greenwood Wildlife wild animal rehabilitation center; Hearts for Horses therapeutic riding center; and The Tiny Tim Center, a learning facility for children with special needs. But it’s not enough for the business to give monetary gifts, the founding family also wants Cheese Importers to be a place of relaxation and enjoyment.

Her passion for the product shines through as she explains all the benefits found in cheese, like protein, calcium and vitamins. Any of the nutritional values found in milk is concentrated in cheese, she said. All cheeses are gluten free, and some are even free of lactose. “The finest, aged longer cheeses contain no lactose because the milk sugar is drained away and/or metabolized during the cheesemaking and aging process, which make cheese digestible for people that are lactose intolerant,” she said. “Cheese is healthy, delicious and good for our soul!” Along with providing the public LongmontMagazine.com

“Good food and tranquility are two of life’s greatest enjoyment,” Clara Natasha said. “We are a community gathering place. Our guests bring family and friends from all over the world. We are truly blessed.” Consumers can find products from Cheese importers at small specialty stores such as “Curds,” “Culture,” and “St. Kilian’s” in Denver, and restaurants such as “2020 Food and Wine Bar,” “Sugarbeet,” and “Samples World Bistro” in Longmont. There are also restaurants in Boulder and Denver that are carrying their products. For anyone who wishes to share the joy of cheese, Cheese Importers also supplies gift baskets that are stocked or custom made, and will even do the shipping. The owners are happy to September/October 2017


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“I know from When it comes to experience that how to put all the when we cook selections togethat home from er appropriately, scratch, there is a Clara said, “It’s magic that occurs. all about balance At some point of flavors and during the meal, not overwhelmFor customers unsure of what they want, the enthusiasts at Cheese Importers are when all the love, ing the palate. happy to help. (Tim Seibert/Longmont Magazine) time and energy Milder cheeses that was put into with milder wines. right or wrong way when it comes to it manifests itself Selecting from the finding what you love. through the guests at the table, you same region, or different countries. can feel them filled with a happiness There are different textures and difSamm said he hopes the staff and and joy,” he said. “I want everyone to ferent milk-types.” the great food at Cheese Importers witness this magic and then become will inspire all their guests to keep addicted to that feeling so they share But she adds that there really is not a it with everyone in their world.” their meals and mealtime as a con-

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BY SHELLEY WIDHALM for LONGMONT MAGAZINE Organizers of Longmont TimesCall’s senior expo aim to wow the crowds with an even bigger and better event than previous years. The organizers of the 2017 Successful Aging Expo want to increase the attendance at the annual event, where vendors set up booths to display products and services geared to the senior population ages 55 and older. The organizers also want to bring in additional vendors to give attendees even more reason to stop in during the four-hour event Oct. 9 at LifeBridge Christian Church in September/October 2017

Longmont. The expo will be held in the church’s community room. “We would like to see an increase in the attendance. Ten to 15 percent would be nice,” said Christine Labozan, advertising director of the Longmont Times-Call. “We just want to be able to reach as many seniors in the Longmont area as we can.” The expo’s average attendance is about 250 people, but Labozan is hoping for 275 to 300 people this year. “There is no charge for people to LongmontMagazine.com

come,” Labozan said. “This is something we can provide as a service of the Longmont Times-Call.” The senior expo, held for the past 15 years or so, changed its name about three years ago from the Boomers & Beyond Expo to Successful Aging to be more appropriate for the event and to fit with the times, Labozan said. The event, though geared to seniors, is for all ages, since the children of seniors, who may not be 55 or older, may be making decisions for their parents, Labozan said.

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Lifestyle Consignments is one of this year’s event sponsors, helping seniors in the process of downsizing.

“That’s really the key to the whole thing is bringing seniors and vendors together to help folks age successfully,” Labozan said. “It’s a great opportunity for people to come out to meet local businesses that want to work with you and help you.” So far, 25 to 30 vendors signed up for booth space, already the same or more than last year’s turnout of 25 vendors. The vendors, who still can sign up for a booth, will be able to provide information and answer questions about their services that will include health, fitness, finances and senior living facilities. Some of the vendors will offer drawings and giveaways throughout the event. “It’s a great opportunity to have a one-on-one conversation with somebody from that business,” Labozan said.

Life Care Center is another sponsor offering guests information of assisted living.

their products in a different way,” Labozan said.

and the exposure to potential clients and customers, Labozan said.

The attendees will be able to meet in smaller groups with some of the vendors during three different expert panel discussions at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. The topics for the panel discussions have not been finalized but will relate to senior concerns and interests.

“It’s a great opportunity to target a whole lot of folks at one time, instead of waiting for them to come to your business,” Labozan said.

Each panel will bring together five to seven experts from different industries, and the panelists will have five to seven minutes to make individual presentations. The discussion will end with a question-and-answer session.

The expo will include live musical entertainment, though the list of performers has not been finalized. There also will be a fashion show that will be reintroduced after not being offered for a few years.

“It’s local: Local vendors meeting local businesses,” Labozan said, adding that the majority of businesses are from Longmont with a few from Northern Colorado. “You go to something like this in Denver and find they’re from all over the state. When you go to something local, you have a better chance of finding somebody you can connect with and work with.”

“It creates a little more excitement to the event and gives some of the vendors an opportunity to showcase

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The Longmont Times-Call will publish a magazine associated with the event with senior-related articles to promote the expo and the vendors there. “The key for any of the businesses is to get yourself in front of people. That’s what we try to provide is an opportunity to get in front of a great target market,” Labozan said. So far, two of the vendors are serving as sponsors of the event and will get more promotion because of it, Bridge Assisted Living at Life Care Center of Longmont and Lifestyle Consignments in Longmont. Staff from the two organizations will be at the booths and serve on the panels. “I’m able to provide them with accurate information, so they can make decisions that are appropriate for them and their loved ones when that time comes,” said Joleen McGee, admissions and marketing director September/October 2017


Jill Cutler, owner of Lifestyle Consignments, wants to help seniors and their families downsize, declutter or clear out an estate through consignment, instead of trying to sell their items online or through a yard sale. Her shop sells high-end items in good condition, including clothing, shoes, accessories, furniture and home décor. “Our shop enables them to bring things in that are still of value and quality and get paid for those items,” Cutler said.

“That’s really the key to the whole thing is bringing seniors and vendors together to help folks age successfully,” —Christine Labozan Cutler, who has participated in the expo for several years, finds that it is a good way to reach both those wanting to consign and those wanting to shop for lower-cost items, which she will display the day of the expo but will not sell.

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“It’s a great way to take my store to them in a mini-version,” Cutler said. “They have a resource to advise them and move things on. That’s huge.” The expo also is a resource for onestop shopping by bringing together multiple businesses and services in a singular setting, Cutler said. “It’s a good way to expose them all at once without them having to go online, which I think a lot of seniors are resistant to.”

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According to their website, since the program’s introduction over 1 million people across the country, have been certified as Mental Health First Aiders and now, you can join them.

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), approximately one out of five adults in the U.S. experiences mental illness in a given year. For one of 25 that illness qualifies as severe, interfering with their day-today life. For teens, the numbers are no less staggering. One of five adolescents 13 to 18 years old is also likely to experience a serious mental illness with half of all chronic mental illness displaying by the age of 14 and threequarters by the age of 24. 1

lead to isolation, substance abuse, self-harm and, all too often, suicide. Worse, the delay between the onset of symptoms and seeking treatment can often be up to a decade, leaving those with the disorder suffering needlessly in the meantime.

With statistics like those, odds are you will come into contact with someone suffering from a mental illness at some point in your life. But, because the symptoms of mental disorders are often subtle and not easily seen, they often go unnoticed by those in a position to help.

To help combat the unnecessary isolation and delay, the National Council for Behavioral Health developed Mental Health First Aid: a course to train citizens across the US to recognize and understand mental crisis and intervene appropriately. The program gives participants a first aid kit of responses, resources and services to help those who are often unsure of where to turn.

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The classes usually come with a $50 fee, but thanks to a grant from funding from The Colorado Health Foundation, the Supporting Action for Mental Health group (SAM) is able to present the course for free to Longmont residents through 2018. “Mental Health First Aid is intended for all people and organizations that make up the fabric of a community,” says Julie Phillips, Project Coordinator for SAM. “Professionals who regularly interact with a lot of people—such as police officers, human resource directors, and primary care workers—school and college leadership, faith communities, friends and family of individuals with mental illness or addiction, or anyone interSeptember/October 2017


ested in learning more about mental illness and addiction— our focus is on training people who live in Longmont, work in Longmont and/ or serve people in the Longmont community.” There is a separate course, Youth Mental Health First Aid, dedicated to the unique challenges facing adolescents ages 12-18. It’s geared toward adults who spend a great deal of time with young people—teachers, coaches, group leaders and yes, especially parents—teaching the risk factors and warning signs. Those challenges include anxiety, depression, psychosis, eating disorders, AD/HD, disruptive behavior disorders, and substance use disorde. While participants in these programs don’t learn to diagnose disorders or provide counseling, they do learn to recognize and support those displaying signs of a mental illness or emotional crisis.

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“Just as CPR training helps a person with no clinical training assist an individual following a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid training helps a person assist someone experiencing a mental health crisis such as contemplating suicide. In both situations, the goal is to help support an individual until appropriate professional help arrives,” explains Phillips

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First Aid classes SAM also just launched an awareness campaign called Let’s Talk.

health in Longmont” —Julie Phillips

“Let’s Talk is centered around three primary areas: what to say when someone is struggling with mental

These disorders and illnesses affect people regardless of age or cultural background and with proper training, communities at large are in a position to spot the warning signs of developing crises and assist before they become critical.

health issues, what a mental illness

The first step in helping is making it acceptable and safe to talk about it.

This campaign gives specifics on how

“We hope to increase the community’s capacity to identify signs of people who are struggling with mental health issues, to intervene earlier when someone is in pain and needs help, and to link people with existing resources. We also hope people will continue to engage in talking about mental health in our community. We want to make it ok to talk about mental health in Longmont,” says Phillips. To that end, the Supporting Action for Mental Health group has created a series of conversation guides that are available on their website at bit. ly/MHconversations.

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Brings Top-Notch Care to the Community BY ELISE OBERLIESEN for LONGMONT MAGAZINE With UCHealth Longs Peak Hospital in town, Longmont gets another option for state-of-the art healthcare—including cardiac care, a trauma center and emergency department, telemedicine offerings that connect patients to in-demand specialists, bariatric services and a birth center. Longs Peak Hospital will offer 51 beds in the newly constructed facility that spans about 210,000 square feet. By 2020, the population in Longmont is expected to reach about 83,300, which is 19 percent growth, according to Nielsen population demographics and Colorado state demographer’s office, given by email statement from Kelly Tracer, spokesperson with UCHealth.

Birth Center Longmont residents like Courtney McBride and husband Layne have good reason to get excited about the opening of Longmont-based Longs Peak Hospital. As the couple anxiously awaits the arrival of their second child, they’re planning to deliver the baby at the Birth Center at Longs Peak Hospital—granted the hospital opens before the baby’s birthday. 54 LONGMONT MAGAZINE

The new UCHealth Longs Peak Hospital is set to open on August 31. (Photo courtesy UCHealth)

The hospital is scheduled to open its doors on August 31, pending a passing grade from the State of Colorado, according to hospital officials. With a due date of September 11, that’s cutting it pretty close for the McBrides. That’s why they’re crossing their fingers that the birth center opens in time. The couple likes the location of the new hospital—just in case it’s a speedy delivery., , like it was with their first child, Carter, now, 2 years old. “It’s a little bit closer than Longmont United. My last labor was really fast so it’s kind of a plus to have something closer to home,” says McBride The birth center has 13 beds and six special care nursery beds for babies, LongmontMagazine.com

says Heidi Bradley, MSN, BSN, RN, director of Women and Children Services with Longs Peak Hospital. “All well babies will room in with the family, but if the baby has a medical need, they will be admitted into the special care nursery,” she says. The special care nursery beds are designed for babies born pre-term, or showing any breathing concerns or signs of infection. And because the staff is crosstrained, Bradley says it’s possible that expecting moms will have the same nurse from the start of their labor through delivery and postpartum. In a traditional hospital setting, it’s not uncommon to have several different nurses during the birthing process. September/October 2017


Moms will also have some new alternatives during the birthing process. Those include water birth through the midwifery program, something Bradley says is a case-by-case offer-

ing for women with low risk pregnancies. And, laboring moms can also try nitrous oxide, an alternative pain management option.

“[Nitrous oxide] it does not take away the pain, it changes your perception of pain,” said Bradley. “And there are no known effects on the baby.”

Reaching more patients with telemedicine

A new state of the art Birth Center gives moms new options. (Photo courtesy UCHealth)

Telemedicine is undoubtedly one of the latest innovations in healthcare today. Using telemedicine technology, doctors link up with patients via internet connection and teleconferencing capability to provide remote healthcare. Consider patients who live in rural areas where the nearest hospital is 90 miles away—or patients in need of a specialist for follow up care, telemedicine can essentially shorten the distance, says Deborah Voyles, executive director of Virtual Health at Longs Peak Hospital.

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As the volunteer program continues to grow, Adams said they eventually plan to have ambassadors in the surgery area, emergency department and in the medical surgical unit. “We have 56 volunteer applications. Our goal is to have at least 200 volunteers within a year,” said Adams.

A special care nursery room is set up to care for pre-term babies or those with respiritory problems or infections. (Photo courtesy UCHealth)

“[With telemedicine] we can use technology to expand access to care for our patients.”

The hospital is equip with six ICU units and six stroke carts, as part of the telemedicine services.

And when it’s a life or death situation, like stroke and heart attack, telemedicine can help save lives when every second counts.

“The hospital has six ICU rooms that can monitor patients’ vital signs 24/7,” says Voyles. With this technology, she says the telemedicine equipment can detect whether patient health is declining and they need immediate medical attention.

“In the emergency department, if a patient comes in with stroke symptoms, they’d be connected with a specialist without making them have to transfer to a larger stroke facility,” said Voyles. Having a telemedicine unit at the hospital keeps patients at their community hospital, said Voyles. And that makes a difference because patients have better healing outcomes when they are treated close to home, she said. “The goal is to keep as many people in the community hospital because it helps patients recover more quickly because it has a support structure they are familiar with,” said Voyles. Support structures include easy access to follow up care where patients don’t need to travel long distances. 56 LONGMONT MAGAZINE

“It’s like having a second set of eyes for the nurses,” she adds.

Volunteers matter Hospitals rely on volunteer staff to handle a variety of tasks—from greeting patients and families, to knitting precious little caps for the newborns, to selling flowers in the gift shop. No doubt, volunteers add value to the hospital, says Julie Adams, manager of volunteer services and retail at Longs Peak Hospital. “Volunteers are here to assist our guests, staff and patients and to help make it an exceptional experience for anyone in the building,” said Adams. “They’re like the icing on the cake.” LongmontMagazine.com

Nurses appreciate the volunteers during times when they carry higher patient loads. Adams said volunteers sometimes sit and talk to patients when they get lonely. Sometimes they play cards with patients to help pass the time or fill in when a family member is stuck at work. One of the biggest questions Adams gets from volunteers, ‘Can I rock the newborn babies?’ Since the babies are generally kept with the family at Birth Center, rocking babies isn’t an option for volunteers, says Adams. If you’d like to volunteer at the hospital, go online to their website – UCHealth.org/give-to-UCHealth/ volunteer – then scroll down and click on Longs Peak Hospital.

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from Your Local Corner Store LIVEWELL LONGMONT—Sometimes the more we learn, the less we feel we know. Such is often the case when it comes to nutrition. From savvy marketing to a dizzying rotation of fad diets, conflicting advice and mixed messaging abounds. On the other hand, when it comes to healthy eating, there are certain principles that universally stand out. We know to load up on fresh fruits and vegetables, for example. We aim for colorful plates. If we don’t immediately love our leafy greens, we find creative ways to do so. Most of all, we know our chances for success are greatest when we take meal prep into our own hands and cook. Of course, some days a home cooked meal just isn’t going to happen. More often, we find ourselves on the go in serious need of something quick and convenient. For those days, fortunately we can look to an increasing array of healthy options. We have fast food to actually look forward to that doesn’t threaten to derail the whole week’s healthy resolve or send your blood sugar through the roof. There are plenty of healthy choices, for example, at our local...7 -Eleven? “Healthy food” may not be the automatic association that come to mind alongside the bright orange, red and green banner, but here in Longmont the well-known convenience store is September/October 2017

proud to offer some fresh and healthy options. Over the past several months, previous funding from The Cancer Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Grants Program (CCPD) has allowed LiveWell Longmont to support and promote healthy eating initiatives throughout Longmont. As part of this work, LiveWell Longmont began partnering with 7-Eleven on 9th and Lashley to help showcase their healthy options. For instance, in July LiveWell Longmont was able to provide customers with free samples of fresh fruit assortments and salads that are made daily on an ongoing basis. “There is a range of deliciously healthy choices,” says our LiveWell Longmont Community Engagement Strategist Erika Wey. “Fruits aren’t doused in syrup; they taste great because they are fresh. And 7-Eleven is very excited to continue building our partnership and continue offering healthy options.” Additional betterLongmontMagazine.com

foryou options include snack packs with hummus, a wide range of assorted salads, mini pitas, veggies, grapes and cheese cubes, and fresh sandwiches light on the saucy condiments. LiveWell has been thrilled to offer marketing support. “The junk food companies use billions of dollars to try to put their products front and center,” says Wey. “We wanted to be able to offer the same sort of support to some of the delicious foods that are good for you.” So far, reception has been extremely positive. This isn’t surprising, considering health and wellness is a $50

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billion business in the U.S., and growing. Over the course of several months, LiveWell Longmont conducted a series of food assessments underscoring the health conscious interests of our community. Consumers are increasingly conscious of the role diet plays in managing health and therefore are increasingly demanding healthy options, in supermarkets and in restaurants, from fast food to fine dining fare. We’re thrilled to see the health-conscious momentum flourishing here in Longmont. How can we keep the progress going? Simply put, keep on

demanding. Look out for healthy options and be sure to praise and prioritize them where you find them. Make your voice heard. Healthier choices start with you.

About LiveWell Longmont LiveWell Longmont is a movement designed to ensure that healthy lifestyles are always available and convenient for all who work, live, play and learn in the Longmont community. Since 2008, LiveWell Longmont has leveraged over $5 million in funding from LiveWell Colorado, various grants, in-kind support and match dollars to promote health and prevent obesity through the advancement of healthy eating and active living opportunities, education, and policies. The LiveWell Longmont Coalition continuously works together to encourage healthy choices through a supportive environment.

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At first glance, the widely celebrated Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) might appear gloomy or even a little morbid to some. The fact that it falls so close to our own Halloween draws inevitable comparisons, though they are quite different. Halloween is thoroughly doused in the spooky and supernatural, whereas Dia De Los Muertos is a celebration of ancestry and remembrance of relatives who’ve passed on.

An opening reception on Friday, Oct. 13 from 6 to 8 p.m. gets it started. The museum’s Swan Auditorium will showcase gigantes, giant traditional puppets, altars for the dead, and a deluxe nacho bar courtesy of Cyclhops Mexican Cantina.

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Celebrations are lively and full of color, music, dance and beautiful tradition. If sugar skulls are the only part of the holiday that you’re aware of, there are two community events you should make a point of attending. Just wear your dancing shoes.

Dia De Los Muertos Celebration, Longmont Museum When the Longmont Museum and Cultural Center first began hosting a Dia de los Muertos celebration sixteen years ago, the day was mainly celebrated only by locals who had grown up in Mexico. Now it’s a big multicultural event with parties, food and festivities for all. The holiday is so mainstream, you can even buy September/October 2017

calavera (skull) shower curtains on Amazon. The museum still has bragging rights as the largest celebration of its kind in the state, and for good reason. In its seventeenth year, there are multiple events planned starting Oct. 14 and running through Nov. 7. LongmontMagazine.com

A free family celebration day on Saturday, Nov. 4 features live music and dancing, sugar skull decorating, traditional food, paper flower making, face painting and a special appearance by Lady Catrina. Come dressed in your finest calaca (skeleton) apparel. “We get about 6,000 people who participate over the entire Muertos period. On family day, we usually get about 3,000 people attending on just that one day,” says Joan Harrold, Marketing and Development Manager. “People often think of Dia del los Muertos as being something morbid, but it’s really a celebration. The holiday has an uplifting feel, and our event embraces that feeling.” Other events include a curated conversation, bilingual tours, a sugar skull making day and a gigantes building workshop. There’s even an Art & Sip class for adults. For more information visit the museum’s web pages at LongmontColorado.gov.

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The Catrina Ball The Catrina Ball draws its name from the familiar skeletal figure usually appearing in all sorts of fancy regalia, central to the celebration. At this grand celebration you are encouraged to go all out—dress up in your fancy Catrina duds and paint your face. Two Catrinas at the Longmont Museum’s Dia De Los Muertos party. (Photo courtesy Longmont Museum)

Google ‘Catrina Face Painting’ for a million and one ideas, if you don’t know where to start.

Watch the gigantes procession to the party, hosted by Firehouse Art Center, will be decked out with candles, marigolds and papel-picado (colorful paper banners). A community “ofrenda” (altar) and sugar skull wall, as well Catrina art by local artists will be on display. Admission gets you great traditional food, drink, live music and an art auction. And don’t forget the dancing! The fifth annual Catrina Ball takes place Nov. 3, 7 p.m. at the Dickens Opera House, 300 Main St. in Longmont. $10 admission; for more information call the Firehouse Art Center at 303.651.2787.

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WORD WALK September 23, 3 - 5 p.m.; Downtown Longmont Play word games, create a special bookmark and other book-inspired art, listen to stories, write your own six-word memoir and more at this brand new event downtown. (http://www.downtownlongmont.com/do/word-walk)

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OUR CENTER’S ANNUAL FALL BENEFIT Sept. 30, 6-10 p.m.; OUR Center, 220 Collyer St., Longmont OUR Center welcomes guests to their new home with their Fall Benefit— Sunflower Sundown! The dust has settled and the same generous services previously provided by OUR Center, have a brand new location. Celebrate with them by enjoying tapas provided by their own culinary arts program along with local favorite restaurants, participating in live and silent auctions, and dancing to the toe-tapping music of Bonnie & The Clydes. Proceeds benefit the OUR Center’s many assistance programs. (ourcenter.org)

LONGMONT OKTOBERFEST Sept. 22-23, 4-10 p.m. / Sept. 23, 12-10 p.m.: Roosevelt Park, Longmont Lace up your lederhosen and dirndls, and fill your stein with local brew to welcome the fall season - Longmont Oktoberfest returns September 22- 23! Presented by Left Hand Brewing Company, Longmont’s favorite fall gathering will showcase 10 independent craft Longmont breweries alongside 10 bands, featuring 2017 headliner Reel Big Fish! Ranked as a “Must Visit Oktoberfest” by DRAFT Magazine and Brew Studs, Longmont Oktoberfest brings the community together over local fare, live music, German tradition and a bratwurst longer than a football field. The celebrations begin on Friday with live music starting at 4 p.m. September/October 2017

Test your Oktoberfest skills with Brat Eating and Stein Holding contests. Friday night, local favorites, FACE, will take the stage, followed by Andy Frasco & The U.N. and ending with the nationally touring American ska-punk band Reel Big Fish for what will become Longmont’s wildest dance party. It kicks off again Saturday at noon with a full day of festivities for all ages including the Best Dressed Contest, Stein Holding Contest and Longmont’s fifth year building the world’s longest bratwurst, at over 300+ feet! Live music includes Colorado’s own Rapidgrass, Bonnie & The Clydes, Gasoline Lollipops and Pandas & People with the funky vibrations of BIG SomeLongmontMagazine.com

thing and the arena rock experience of Perpetual Groove, headlining Saturday evening. Last but not least, like all of Left Hand Brewing’s High Five Events, Longmont Oktoberfest will be more than just a celebration, but an opportunity to give back to the community. The 2017 Longmont Oktoberfest will benefit the “I Have A Dream” Foundation and Left Hand Brewing Foundation. With events, big and small, Left Hand Brewing Company has raised over $552,000 for nonprofits this year. Prost! For more info, full event schedules and list of bands visit lefthandbrewing.com/ oktoberfest/

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CENTENNIAL STATE BALLET FALL SHOWCASE September 29-30, 2 and 7 p.m.; Longmont Museum and Cultural Center, 400 Quail Rd. Stewart Auditorium

Centennial State Ballet (CSB), a nonprofit youth ballet organization celebrates their 20th Anniversary Season entitled Looking Back, Moving Forward, with this first performance. The Fall Showcase performance features excerpts from three ballets, including the grand Pas de Deux from Act III of ‘Don Quixote,’ ‘Jo’s

Journal’ - based on the novel, Little Women, and finally ‘Carmina Burana.’ Students from CSB’s associated school, Longmont Dance Theatre Academy (LDTA) will join them on-stage as well. LDTA is home to the Pre-Collegiate Ballet Intensive Program (PBIP), the training ground for CSB performers. Students in the PBIP program receive superior instruction in ballet, pointe, variations, modern, and related disciplines. The students also have multiple performance opportunities throughout the year. CSB performs under the direction of Executive Artistic Director, Kristin Kingsley. Accompaniment for The Fall Showcase by pianist Devon Newburn. The 20th Anniversary Season reflects the celebration of exceptional

PAWS IN THE PARK 5K WALK/RUN AND PET FESTIVAL October 7, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.; Boulder County Fairgrounds

Bring your friends, family and, of course, pups, to this pet-friendly event benefitting Longmont Humane Society. The 2.5 mile walk begins at 9 a.m. at the Fairgrounds picnic shelters and loops down Hover St. to Roger’s Grove and back. When you’re done walking the pooch, stick around for the festival from 9:30 a.m. 12 p.m. (firstgiving.com/longmonthumane/paws-in-the-park).

MOLLIE MCGEE’S FALL MARKET October 21, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.; October 22, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.; Boulder County Fairgrounds Two days of juried handcrafted and unique items you won’t find at the mall. With over 160 booths at each show, there’s something for every shopper. Entry is $4 and covers both days (kids under 12 free). 64 LONGMONT MAGAZINE

performances throughout the years. “We chose, Looking Back, Moving Forward, to pay homage to past ballets that we have performed and that the community has grown to love. In the spring, we are excited to take on a well-known ballet, The Sleeping Beauty, which is a new production for us,” explains Kingsley. CSB is proud to be a part of the Longmont Arts Community, providing live ballet performances. CSB maintains operations as a nonprofit via local business sponsors and individual donors, ticket sales from performances, and various fundraisers throughout the year. Visit centennialstateballet.org/performances for more information and to purchase tickets.

A TRADITIONAL GERMAN FESTIVAL - OKTOBERFEST October 7, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Fickel Park, Berthoud Come let your inner-German show! There will be brats, krautburgers, pretzels and more. Enjoy German music and dancing, vendors and Lederhosen and Dirndle Contest. Bring the kinder hungry; there will also be a Kids’ Pretzel eating contest! (berthoudoktoberfest.com/)

DIA DE LOS MUERTOS CELEBRATION Oct. 14, 1-8 p.m.; Oct. 15, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Longmont Museum and Cultural Center, 400 Quail Rd. See page 61 for details

FIREHOUSE CATRINA BALL November 3, 7 p.m., Dickens Opera House, 300 Main St., Longmont See page 61 for details LongmontMagazine.com

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HALLOWEEN PARADE AND DOWNTOWN TRICK OR TREAT STREET October 28, 10 a.m.; Roosevelt Park Sponsored by Longmont Recreation and Golf Services and the Longmont Downtown Development Authority Kida of ll ages are welcome to get in costume and march on Main Street, then Trick or Treat participating downtown merchants. Line up begins at 9:30 a.m. in front of the St. Vrain Memorial Building; parade begins at 10 a.m.. No pre-registration is necessary. Visit longmontcolorado.gov/ departments/departments-n-z/recreation-services/specialevents-recreation/halloween-parade for more details and a parade viewing map. (700 Longs Peak Ave. Longmont )

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LONGMONT TURKEY TROT “VETERANS DAY EDITION” Saturday, November 11, 2017; Altona Middle School, 4600 Clover Basin Dr., Longmont

Show your pride and support for our Veterans! Join this annual 10K or 2-mile fun run/walk, now in its 43rd year. Proceeds benefit the City of Longmont Youth Scholarship Fund. Pre-Registration deadline is November 9, 12 p.m. And if you register by 5 p.m., October 22, you’ll get your name on your racing bib. Longmont Turkey Trot proceeds benefit the City of Longmont Youth Scholarship Fund. For details or to register visit longmontcolorado.gov/departments/departments-n-z/recreation-services/specialevents-recreation/turkey-trot

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