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rom the LCCHC Chair, Sergio Castro,

Greetings Health Council Members, Providers, Community Partners, Consumers and Friends: As we continue to navigate one of the most challenging health crises of our generation brought by the COVID-19 pandemic, and as we deal with the loss of over 750,000 Americans to the coronavirus and the impact on their families and communities. The Lincoln County Community Health Council (LCCHC) is focusing on health equity and is committed to a fair and just opportunity for health and wellbeing for everyone. In 2021 the LCCHC continued providing suicide prevention training virtually using the QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) curriculum as well as resumed teaching the Signs of Suicide (SOS) curriculum in the schools. LCCHC also organized suicide prevention “glow walks” in Ruidoso and Mescalero, passed suicide prevention literature and gun locks at the annual Labor Day Gun Show and continued our billboard sponsorship offering, help, hope, and resource information for those struggling with anxiety and depression in our community. LCCHC continued its partnership with the Road Runner Food Bank to provide food for those who are food insecure through a mobile food pantry. LCCHC continues to support the RISE (Reach, Intervene, Support and Engage) program at the Lincoln County Detention Center through drug and alcohol education as well as through an indigent mental health/substance use program for those who need the services but cannot afford them. LCCHC continues participating in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation- Build a Culture of Health project aiming to help train all first responders in Lincoln County and Mescalero to be Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) trained, to help people experiencing a mental health crisis. Additionally, the LCCHC hosted its 9th Annual Stepping into a Better You health fair this year providing cholesterol

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DIRECTORY LISTINGS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-9 Articles: High Mountain Youth Project . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Healing and Learning Through Play . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Join the Early Childhood Workforce . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 The Zia Symbol - A Cultural Teaching . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 What Is Decompression Therapy? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 New LCMC Meets New Challenges . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19

and diabetes View the 2022 HEALTH & health screenings, mammograms and WELLNESS GUIDE online: vaccines, vision screenings as well as Region IX Education Cooperative Rec9nm.org a 5K Remembrance Memorial walk/run. Ruidoso Municipal Schools www.ruidoso.k12.nm.us This followed on the footsteps of another Village of Ruidoso www.ruidoso-nm.gov successful Health Challenge (exercise, Ruidoso Chamber of Commerce www.ruidosonow.com healthy eating, mindfulness) which included participation in the Annual Aspen Fest Parade as well as the Grow Your Own Food Project which encouraged families to grow their own fruits and vegetables by teaching them all aspects of gardening. LCCHC also participated in vaping education by passing of informational pamphlets as well as footballs with a message at Ruidoso and Capitan football games. LCCHC sponsored the Ruidoso High School Varsity Girls Soccer team during their annual “Pink” game and provided information and resources for breast cancer awareness and screening. A big “THANK YOU” to our members and community partners. The year 2022 promises to be even more exciting with projects in the works including a county-wide comprehensive health assessment, affordable housing, and transportation as well as continued projects through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation – Build a Culture of Health and CDC/Kellogg Vaccine Equity and Community Rebuilding grants. If you are interested in becoming a member of the Lincoln County Community Health Council (LCCHC), wish to volunteer and make a difference in your community, or want information, please contact us at: lincolncountychc@gmail.com www.lincolncountyhealthcouncil.org Natural Medicine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Tele-Mental Health . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 The Art & Benefits of Meditation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Relief From Aches, Pains and Stiffness . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 A Guide to Area Hiking Trails . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 C.H.A.N.G.E. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 What Is Nutrition? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Mindfullness In Your Daily Life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Hope Harbor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 2022 Health & Wellness Guide of Lincoln County and Mescalero

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2022 DIRECTORY LISTINGS

This guide is for informational purposes only. LCCHC is not responsible for verifying any accredidations.

Aging & Long Term Care Services NM Aging & Disability Resource Center, Santa Fe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-800-432-2080 Medicare/Medicaid . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-800-432-2080 ALZHEIMER ASSOCIATION NM Chapter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 505-266-4473 Roswell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-624-1552 24/7 Help Line . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-800-272-3900 ASSISTED LIVING FACILITIES/DEMENTIA CARE Goodlife Senior Living and Memory Care Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-315-0758 Mescalero Care Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-464-4802 BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SERVICES Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-630-8092 Lincoln County Medical Center Heritage Program (Senior Program) . . . . . . . 575-257-6283 Ken Kenney, MSW, PhD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 505-363-8293 People Works NM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 505-267-5057 HOME-HEALTH AGENCIES/HOSPICE SERVICES Addus Homecare . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-258-9086 Encompass Home Health & Hospice . 575-258-0028 Community Home Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-258-1986 SENIOR CENTERS Renee Montes-Program Director . . . . . 575-648-2121 Capitan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-354-2640 Carrizozo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-648-2121 Corona . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-849-5111 Hondo/San Patricio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-653-4405 Ruidoso Community Center . . . . . . . . . . . 575-257-4565 Ruidoso Downs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-378-4659 SENIOR RESOURCES AARP NM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-866-389-5636 Adult Protective Services . . . . . . . . . . . 1-866-654-3219 Legal Resources for the Elderly (LREP) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-800-876-6657 lgbtagingcenter.org Sierra Blanca Laser, Inc. SUI (Stress Unrinary Incontinence Therapy) . . . . . . . . . . 575-425-0792 Social Security Services . . . . . . . . . . . 1-800-772-1213

Basic Needs Assistance CLOTHING/HOUSEHOLD ASSISTANCE Christian Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-257-4381 First Baptist Church of Ruidoso Downs Thrift Shop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-378-4611 “Joseph’s Workshop” Episcopal Church of the Holy Mount . . . . . . . 575-257-2356 Provides household items at no cost to people in need. Lincoln County Humane Society Resale Shop . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-808-8540 Not Too Shabby Shop (Capitan) . . . . . . . 575-468-0638 Lincoln County Medical Center Auxiliary Thrift Store . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-257-7051 Sweet Charity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-378-0041 FAMILY SERVICES Life-Way . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-315-2500 FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE Bowl Ministries, J Bar J Church . . . . . . . 575-257-6899 First Baptist Church of Ruidoso Downs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-378-4611

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE CONTINUED Good Neighbor Fund (PNM) . . . . . . . . . . 575-378-1941 “Joseph’s Workshop” Episcopal Church of the Holy Mount . . . . . . . . 575-257-2356 LIHEAP Energy Assistance Program . . 800-283-4465 Lincoln County Indigent Fund . . . . . . . . 575-258-1232 Salvation Army . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-378-4611 FOOD ASSISTANCE COUNTY FOOD PANTRIES Lincoln County Food Bank Ruidoso . . 575-257-0682 Open MWF 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. Commodity Supplemental Food Program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-625-2030 Every 1st Thursday of the month Carrizozo Fire Dept. 8-9 a.m. Ruidoso Downs Food Bank 9 a.m. - 11 p.m. Ruidoso Downs First Baptist Church 12-1 p.m. San Patricio Senior Center 1:30-2:30 p.m. Angus Church of the Nazarene . . . . . . . 575-336-8032 2nd & 4th Tuesday of every month at 10 a.m. Christian Services of Lincoln County Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-257-4381 Open M-F, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. MOBILE FOOD PANTRIES Capitan Mobile Food Pantry . . . . . . . . . . 575-439-6731 1st Thursday of the month at the Capitan Fire Station 5:30-7 p.m. Mescalero Mobile Food Pantry . . . . . . . 575-464-9260 1st Thursday of every month, 1 p.m. River Crossing Ministries Mobile Food Pantry Ruidoso . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-686-8582 1st Thursday of every month, River Crossing 2 p.m. FREE MEALS Angus Church of the Nazarene, Bonita Park on Hwy 48 . . . . . . . . . . . 575-336-8032 Provides a free meal on Wed. nights during the school year at 5:15 p.m. Open to anyone but geared toward teens and children. Community United Methodist Church (Warehouse), 220 Junction Rd. . . 575-257-4170 Provides a free meal on the 3rd Monday of every month, from 5:30 - 7 p.m. Episcopal Church of the Holy Mount, 121 Mescalero Trail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-257-2356 Provides a free meal on the 2nd Monday of every month, from 5:30 - 7 p.m. First Christian Church, 1211 Hull Road . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-258-4250 Provides a free meal on the 1st Monday of every month, from 5:30 - 7 p.m. Gateway Church of Christ, 451 Sudderth Dr. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-257-4381 Provides a free meal on Wednesday nights 5:15 - 6 p.m. Sumer hours and locations vary St. Eleanor’s Roman Catholic Church, 120 Junction Rd. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-257-2330 Provides a free meal on the 4th Monday of every month, from 5:30 - 7 p.m.

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FOOD ASSISTANCE CONTINUED SENIOR FOOD PROGRAMS All Senior Center Sites offer Meals on Wheels Capitan - Zia Senior Citizens . . . . . . . . . . 575-354-2640 Lunch served M-F from 12 - 1 p.m., $3 donation. Carrizozo Senior Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-648-2121 Lunch served M-F from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. $3 donation. Corona Senior Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-849-5111 Lunch served M-F from 11:30 a.m. - Noon $3 donation. Hondo Senior Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-653-4405 Lunch served M-F from 12 - 1 p.m. Delivers to Home Bound $3 donation. Ruidoso Downs Senior Center . . . . . . . . 575-378-4659 Lunch served M-F from 11 a.m. - Noon $3 donation. Meals njn Wheels, (60+) NON-PERISHABLE FOOD BOXES BOWL Ministries (J Bar J Church) . . . . . 575-257-6899 YOUTH FOOD PROGRAMS Food 4 Kids Backpack Program Capitan, Carrizozo, Hondo & Ruidoso Elizabeth Potter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-937-4732 Food items sent home weekly in children’s backpacks. PHS Feeding Program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-257-8266 18 years and under HOUSING ASSISTANCE Camelot Place Apartment/ Income Based . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-257-5897 Citizenship/Residency – Financial Guidelines Eastern Regional Housing Authority . 575-622-0881 HUD Financial assistance for rent Inspiration Heights/Low Income Housing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-378-4236 Citizenship/Residency – Financial Guidelines Ladera Apt Homes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-378-5262 Income Guidelines MEDICAL ASSISTANCE Children’s Medical Services . . . . . . . . . . . 575-258-3252 Lincoln County Indigent Fund . . . . . . . . 575-258-1232 Prescriptions - Episcopal Church . . . . . 575-257-2356 Shriners Hospitals, Crippled Children & Burn Institute . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-800-237-5055 or Bobby Johnson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-336-2541 VISUAL ASSISTANCE Ruidoso Noon Lions Club Eye Exams . . . 575-937-4235 National Federation of the Blind . . . . . . 575-921-5422 State of NM Commission for the Blind Alamogordo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-437-1547 Roswell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 888-513-7961

Behavioral Health Services COUNSELING Capitan Therapy & Behavioral Health . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 505-273-0982 Four Directions (Native American) Treatment and Recovery Center . . 575-464-4432 Hope Floats Addiction Counseling . . . 575-937-1665 Katherine Scott, MS,LMHC . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-937-6763 Kenneth Kenny, PhD, MSW . . . . . . . . . . . . 505-363-8293


COUNSELING CONTINUED Lincoln County Community Assistance Program 24/7 Hotline . . . . . . . . . . . 1-800-888-3689 Lincoln County Medical Center Heritage Program (Senior Program) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-257-6283 Lincoln County COPE Crisis Line . . . . . 1-866-350-2673

REFER YOURSELF

Insurance Accepted www.mentalhealthme.com Tele-Therapy Home Visiting 1096 Mechem Dr Ste 213, Ruidoso 575.223.8184 575.219.7542

Mental Health Stop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-223-8184 575-219-7542 Merriken Bryant, MS LPCC . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-937-4349 Open Minds, LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-489-4616 People Works NM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 505-990-4186 PMS Ruidoso Behavioral Health Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-630-0571 Region IX School-Based Health Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-630-7974 Sierra Blanca Counseling, Emily Flemming, LPCC . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-491-3300 Telecounseling New Mexico . . . . . . . . . . . 575-973-0560 MEDICATION MANAGEMENT Gerald Champion Sleep Center Mental Health . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-630-8092 Open Minds, LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-489-4616 SEXUAL ASSAULT SERVICES SANE of Otero & Lincoln County Hotline . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-488-SAFE The Nest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-378-6378 SUBSTANCE ABUSE SERVICES 12th Judicial Drug Court Lincoln Countty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-437-7310 Alianza of New Mexico . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-623-1995 Capitan Therapy & Behavioral Health . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 505-273-0982 Four Directions (Native American) Treatment and Recovery Center . . 575-464-4432 Hope Floats Addiction Counseling . . . 575-937-1665 Mental Health Stop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-223-8184 575-219-7542 PMS Ruidoso Behavioral Health Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-630-0571 SUPPORT GROUPS Alcoholics Anonymous . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-430-9502 Alianza of New Mexico (HIV Support & Harm Reduction) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-623-1995 Caregiver Support Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . 505-990-4186 Celebrate Recovery Gamblers Anonymous ABQ Hotline . . 505-260-7272 www.gamblersanonymous.org Heart of Addiction co-ed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-686-8582 Heart of Addiction Men’s Support . . . . . 575-937-0758 Heart of Addiction Women Support . . . 575-315-5121 High Mesa Healing Center . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-336-7777 Infant Loss Support Group . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-937-9787 Mescalero Responsible Gaming . . . . . . 575-464-7106 Mindfulness Support Group . . . . . . . . . . . 505-990-4186 Pain Management Support Group . . . . 505-990-4186 Women’s Trauma Resiliency Support Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-686-0990 Weight Watchers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-800-651-6000 Domestic Violence Support Group . . . 575-378-6378 Support group for victims and survivors of domestic violence

Children, Youth & Families Dep’t

Crisis Intervention Cont.

CYFD Early Childhood Services . . . . . . . 575-434-9770 Child Protective Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-378-0045 Juvenile Justice Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-378-0045

Trans Lifeline . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 877-565-8860 TREVOR hotline Suicide Crisis Line . . 1-866-488-7386 Veterans Crisis Line (press 1) . . . . . . . . 1-800-273-8255 Text to 838255; Online chat: veteranscrisisline.net

Child Care Boys & Girls Club of Chavez & Lincoln County . . . . . . . . 575-454-7100 Early Years . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-378-1567 First Christian Church CDC . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-258-4250 Imagination Station . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-315-0908 Inn of the Mountain Gods . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-464-7600 Mountain Montessori . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-937-2822 Region 9 (6 weeks-3 yrs old) . . . . . . . . . . . 575-630-0355 Region 9 (3-5 yrs old) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-258-6452 Squirrel Sitters Childcare . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-686-8973

Dentistry Ben Archer Health Center Alamogordo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-443-8133 Carrizozo Dental Clinic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-648-2839 Children’s Dental Clinic of Ruidoso . . . 575-257-0246 Mountain View Dental . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-257-9053 Dr. Sally Waters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-258-3388

Churches Angus Church of the Nazarene . . . . . . . 575-336-8032 Calvary Chapel of Ruidoso . . . . . . . . . . . 575-257-5915 Canaan Trail Baptist Church . . . . . . . . . . 575-336-1979 Capitan Church of Christ . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-354-9015 Capitan Methodist Church . . . . . . . . . . . 575-354-2288 Centro Familiar Destino . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-257-0447 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-258-1253 or 575-258-1254 Community United Methodist Church . . 575-257-4170 Episcopal Church of Holy Mount . . . . . 575-257-2356 First Baptist Church of Ruidoso . . . . . . 575-257-2081 First Baptist Church of Ruidoso Downs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-378-4611 First Christian Church . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-258-4250 First Presbyterian Church . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-257-2220 Fort Lone Tree Camp . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-654-4265 Gateway Church of Christ . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-257-4381 Grace Harvest Church . . . GraceharvestRuidoso.com J Bar J Country Church . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-257-6899 Mescalero Reformed Church . . . . . . . . . 575-464-4471 One Church . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-259-2324 River Crossing Ministries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-686-8582 Ruidoso Downs Baptist Church . . . . . . . 575-378-4174 Ruidoso Downs Race Track Chapel . . . . 575-808-0790 Sacramento Mountains Unitarian Universalist Fellowship . . . . . . . . . . . 575-336-2170 Saint Eleanor Catholic Church . . . . . . . . 575-257-2330 Santa Rita Catholic Church . . . . . . . . . . . 575-648-2853 Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church 575-258-4191 St. Joseph Mission . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-464-4473 Trinity Southern Baptist Church . . . . . . 575-354-2044

Crisis Intervention Agora Crisis Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 800-273-TALK COPE (Domestic Violence) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-437-2673 HEAL / The Nest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-378-6378 High Mountain Youth Project . . . . . . . . . 575-808-8633 Lincoln County Community Assistance Program 24/7 Hotline . . . . . . . . . . . 1-800-888-3689 Life-Way Pregnancy Recourse . . . . . . . . . 575-315-2500 National Center for Missing and Exploited Children . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-800-843-5678 National Hotline for Human Trafficking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-888-373-7888 National Suicide Hotline . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 988 National Suicide Prevention Lifeline . . 1-800-273-8255 New Mexico Council . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-800-572-1142 on Problem Gambling . . . . . . . . . 1-800-GAMBLER New Mexico Crisis Line . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-855-662-7474

Summit Dental / Dr. Kendal Trujillo . . . 575-257-5179 DENTISTRY / ORTHODONTICS Children’s Dental Clinic of Ruidoso . . . 575-257-0246 Taylor Orthodontics . . . 575-257-5653 / 575-622-4369

Development Disabilities Services New Horizons Developmental Center . . 575-648-2379 Nezzy Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-257-3100 Region IX Early Childhood (DevelopmentalServices & home visits) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-802-0291 Special Olympics Sylvia Trujillo . . . . . . . 575-973-1421

Domestic Violence Police Department Non-Emergency Numbers Ruidoso/Ruidoso Downs . . . . . . . . . 575-258-7365 American Red Cross NM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 505-265-8514 COPE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-258-1064

Hope Harbor

2-year Transitional Home for Women and Children Impacted by Domestic Violence 501c3 Puerto Esperanza Inc. dba Hope Harbor

hopeharborNM@gmail.com HopeHarborNM.org 575-686-0990 Hope Harbor Transitional Home . . . . . . 575-686-0990 National Advocate for Domestic Violence Hotline . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-800-799-7233 The Nest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-378-6378

Emergency Services Poison Control Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-800-222-1222

Funeral Services LaGrone Funeral Home . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-257-7303 New Dawn Cremation Services . . . . . . 575-630-0161

Gaming

New Mexico Council . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-800-572-1142 on Problem Gaming . . . . . . . . . . . 1-800-GAMBLER New Mexico Gaming Control Board . . . 505-841-9700 Mescalero Apache Tribal Gaming Commission . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-464-7101 / 7100 Mescalero Responsible Gaming Program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-464-7106

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Gaming Continued

People Works NM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 505-990-4186 Responsible Gaming Association of New Mexico . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 888-696-2440

Hearing Care Advanced Hearing Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-257- 0454 Hear on Earth Hearing Care Center . . . . 800-950-8816 or 575-526-3277 Livingston Hearing Aids . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-257-9989 NM Commission for Deaf & Hard of Hearing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-541-3404 Texts to 233733; www.traffickingresourcecenter.org

Health Clubs/Exercise Anytime Fitness . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-502-5438 Capitan Fitness . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-973-0552 Ruidoso Athletic Club (RAC) . . . . . . . . . . 575-257-4900 Ruidoso Community Center . . . . . . . . . . . 575-257-4565 EXERCISE CLASSES/EQUIPMENT Ruidoso Community Center . . . . . . . . . . . 575-257-4565 Ruidoso Physical Therapy . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-257-1800 Therapy Associates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-257-5820

Insurance Aetna Medicare Supplements Vernon Iwancin Agent . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-257-8139 Be Well NM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-833-TO BE WELL www.bewellnm.com; www.healthcare.gov Blue Cross Blue Shield Centennial Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-866-689-1523 Blue Cross Blue Shield Health Plan . . 1-800-432-0750

Local Ruidoso Medicare Sales Agent Deborah Burk

United Healthcare, Humana, Presbyterian, Molina, Wellcare & Silver Script

Office: 575-208-2600 Cell: 806.777.5762 Deborah Burk, Independent Agent . . . 575-208-2600 or 806-777-5762 Family Insurance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-257-0998 Humana . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 915-479-9549 Molina Healthcare of NM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 855-542-1991 New Mexico Human Services (Medicaid) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-888-997-2583 Apply by phone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-855-637-6574 Blue Cross Blue Shield Centennial Care, Presbyterian Centennial Care, Western Sky Community Care Centennial Care www.yes.state.nm.us New Mexico Medical Insurance Pool BCBS . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-800-432-0750 NM High Risk Pool . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-505-424-7105 Coverage of Last Resort Presbyterian Health Plan . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-866-388-7737 Presbyterian Centennial Care . . . . . . . 1-888-977-2333 Farmer’s Insurance, Glen Cheng Agent . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-257-7878 United Health Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 844-869-6204 Western Sky Community Care . . . . . . . . . 844-543-8996

BIOFEEDBACK & ENERGY MEDICINE Angel Envey . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 903-373-4344 High Mesa Healing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-326-7777 Living Energies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-258-5855 Quiet Mind Access Bars . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-937-5085 Tim Seay . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-770-0136 Vibrant Health . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 915-525-1840 CBD PRODUCTS Brian’s Green Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-258-1109 Chillax Glass . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-630-0015 Green Health Ruidoso . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-973-8791 Pecos Valley Production . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-808-8960 CORE SYNCHRONISM Chelsea Arbogast . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 505-620-8642 ESSENTIAL OIL Village Wellness - Doterra . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-258-2258 FARMERS MARKETS/FRESH PRODUCE Enchanted Vine Farmers Market (Summer) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-336-7012 Mario’s Market . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-257-0367 Wilson Beef . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-430-8141

HOMEOPATHIC CONTINUED

ZiaLife . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-221-0044 LIFE COACH Ashley Hall . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-808-2417 Debbie Nix . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-937-0212 MASSAGE Adobe Day Spa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-630-0515 Blue Lotus Healing Arts Center & Day Spa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-257-4325 Rebecca Forester . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-315-0870 Healing Intentions, Lisa Aguilar . . . . . . . 575-973-5005

FLOATATION THERAPY Floatation Station . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-315-0870 FUNCTIONAL/WELLNESS MEDICINE Dr. Stephen Rath . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-257-4772 HEALING CENTERS High Mesa Healing Center . . . . . . . . . . . 575-336-7777 Parish Health Ministries, 9a - 1p . . . . . 575-257-4170 HEALTH FOODS /SUPPLEMENTS /HERBS/VITAMINS Albertson’s Market . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-257-4014 Angel Envy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 903-373-4344 High Mesa Healing Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-336-7777 Ruidoso Natural Remedies . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-257-1406 Rosemary’s Herb Shop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-257-0333 Scale Blaster Water Conditioner . . . . . . . 575-770-0136 Skarsgard Farms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 505-681-4060 www.skarsgardfarms.com Thriftway . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-257-6544 Zialife . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-221-0044 HEALTH & WELLNESS COACH Alondra Marquez . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 915-539-7789

Mountain Massage & Healing Arts, Patti Gray . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-937-2304 Birgit Sawinski . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-937-6822 Jessica Sherman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-937-5110 Village Wellness . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-258-2258 Glen Wagnner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-937-8720 Debra Wilcox . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-937-4123 MASSAGE EQUIPMENT Pavelka’s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 574-630-1234 Truman’s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-730-0125 MEDICAL SPA Fusion Medical Spa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-257-4772

Women’s Health 208 Porr Dr., Ruidoso • Incontinence (575) 425-0792 • Pre-post menopausal pain sierrablancalaser.com Hair Skin Rejuvination • Facial resurfacing • Removal Call for your free • Spider veins • Acne • VI Peels consultation! • Toenail Fungus • Brown spots

Andrea Fernandez

Health & Wellness Mentor

Sierra Blanca Laser . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-425-0792

575-937-2725 • ziamentor@gmail.com Instructor/Consultant: Yoga • Dance Stewardship • Civic Duty Motivational Interviewing Conflict Resolution • Spiritual Counseling

MEDITATION Ashley Hall . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-808-2417 Bhavani Brown . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 603-475-2985 RareBIrd Workshops . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 505-610-2207 Village Wellness . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-258-2258

Andrea Fernandez . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-937-2725

NUTRITION/COUNSELING Alpha and Omega Chiropractic . . . . . . . . 575-258-5999

HOMEOPATHIC Living Energies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-258-5855 Rosemary’s Herb Shop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-257-0333

Integrated/Natural/Holistic

Roxanne Rodriguez . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-973-1077

ACUPUNCTURE Alpha and Omega Chiropractic . . . . . . . . 575-258-5999

PAIN MANAGEMENT Jessica Sherman, Manual Therapy . . . . 575-937-5110 Summit Back Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-686-0980

Ruidoso Natural Remedies . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-257-1406

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PAIN MANAGEMENT CONTINUED Topline Therapy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-808-8721 U Fit, Danielle Rice, Manual Therapy . . 401-744-6457 REIKI

HEALTH RESOURCES CONTINUED Christina Vento, PSYD ABMP MACP . . . 505-248-7618 lgtbagingcenter.org, itgetsbetter.org lgtbqrc.unm.edu

Legal Resources New Mexico Legal Aide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-541-4800 Pegasus Legal Services for Children . . 505-244-1101 Public Defenders of Lincoln County . . . 575-257-3233 NMCOURTS.gov PROBATION & PAROLE Adult Probation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-973-2408

Earth Angel Reiki Works . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-686-0413 SPIRITUAL COUNSELING Andrea Fernandez . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-937-2725 Barbara Mader . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-336-7777 Maria Showalter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-434-4889 SPAS Adobe Day Spa & Chiropractics . . . . . . . 575-630-0515 Floatation Station . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-315-0870 Homegrown@sweetmagnolia Day Spa and Salon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-257-8982 TAI CHI Tai Chi for Health . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-626-7150 Village Wellness . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-258-2258 TRAUMA RELEASE THERAPY

Elimental Embodiment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-808-2417 YOGA Andrea Fernandez . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-937-2725 Ashley Zuri . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-937-4915 Capitan Fitness . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-937-0552 Blue Lotus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-257-4325 Buddha Yoga . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-802-3013 Marilyn Miller . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-808-2402

Labs TriCore Reference Laboratories (Outpatient draw site) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-630-5225

LGBTQ Services Capitan Therapy & Behavioral Health . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 505-273-0982 Oppum Endocrinology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 505-262-7455 In order to be seen, client needs: 1. Referral from a physician, 2. Letter from a psychiatrist for a psychological evaluation Mental Health Stop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-223-8184 575-219-7542 Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 505-200-9086 TGRCNM supports transgender, gender-conforming, gender-variant people in New Mexico with support groups, organizational educational trainings, drop-in services, medical provider list, legal support, medical clinics, needs exchange and events HEALTH RESOURCES Trans Lifeline . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 877-565-8860

Mescalero Apache Tribe

(Contact Numbers)

Administration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-464-4494 Child Support . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-464-2577

Mescalero Apache Tribe Continued

Community Health Representatives . . . 575-464-1614 Education Department . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-464-4500 Elderly Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-464-1614 Fire & Rescue . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-464-4373 Gaming Commission . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-464-7101 Headstart - Carrizo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-464-3492 Headstart - Mescalero . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-464-9183 Health Education/Diabeties . . . . . . . . . . . 575-464-6383 Health Education/Fitness Center . . . . . . 575-464-4368 Library . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-464-5010 MATI . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-464-4039 Mescalero Boys & Girls Club . . . . . . . . . . 575-464-9212 Mescalero Care Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-464-4802 Mescalero Headstart . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-464-9183 Mescalero Hospital . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-464-4441 Mescalero Prevention Program . . . . . . . 575-464-4516 Mescalero WIC Office, Families First . . 575-464-0932 Parks & Recreation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-464-2988 PT Benefits Coordinator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-464-9232 Public Defenders Office . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-464-0414 Responsible Gaming Program . . . . . . . . 575-464-7106 Systems of Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-464-9274 Youth Development Program . . . . . . . . 575-464-0648

Physicians / Hospitals / Clinics / Physical Therapy / Medical Equipment / Pharmacies CARDIOLOGY New Mexico Heart Institute . . . . . . . . . 1-800-715-6644 Presbyterian Medical Group Dr. Harold Sunderman . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-630-8350 CHIROPRACTIC

GASTROENTEROLOGY/DIGESTIVE Eastern New Mexico G.I. Services . . . . . . 575-624-4651 GENERAL SURGERY Ilhan Yildiz, Mehrzad Bozorgnia . . . . . . 575-630-8350 HOSPITALS AND CLINICS Ben Archer Health Center Dental & Medical Clinic . . . . . . . . . . 575-443-8133 Capitan Medical Clinic Suzanne Dennehy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-354-0057 Carrizozo Dental Clinic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-648-2839 Carrizozo Health Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-648-2317 Corona Health Clinic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-849-1561 575-648-2317 HOSPITALS AND CLINICS CONTINUED Gerald Champion Medical . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-439-6100 Gerald Champion Sleep Center and Medical Complex . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-630-8092 Hondo Clinic, Linda Owen . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-653-4830 Indian Health Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-464-4441 Lincoln County Medical Center (Clinics) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-630-8350 (Hospital) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-257-8200 PMS Behavioral Health . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-630-0571 PMS Medicaid Eligibility Interviewer Outreach & Enrollment Specialist Leslie Jimental . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 505-923-5200 Region 9 School-Based Health Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-630-7974 Ruidoso Public Health Office . . . . . . . . . 575-258-3252 Ruidoso Walk-in Clinic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-808-8297 INTERNAL MEDICINE Dr. Chris Robinson, Dr. Suzelle Moffitt 575-630-8350 LABS TriCore Reference Laboratories (Outpatient draw site) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-630-5225 MEDICAL EQUIPMENT & OXYGEN LinCo Medical . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-257-7174 NEUROLOGY NM Brain Institute . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-434-0901 OB/GYN Gurdial Dhillon, MD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-343-2229 Dr. Deborah Hewitt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-257-7505 Dr. Patricia Combs, Dr. Keri Rath . . . . . . . 575-630-8350 OPTOMETRISTS/ OPHTHALMOLOGIST (EYE CARE) Family Vision Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-257-5029 Dr. Fillmore Eye Clinic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-800-323-4764 Dr. Paul Gulbas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-915-542-0279 Walmart Vision Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-378-5287 Dr. Michelle Yang . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-437-9900 OPTICIANS

Adobe Day Spa & Chiropractic . . . . . . . 575-630-0515 Alpha and Omega Chiropractic . . . . . . . 575-258-5999 Dr. Dominique Taylor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-315-2256 Dr. Vickie Peebles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-973-0396 White Mountain Chiropractic & Neurology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-257-7970 DERMATOLOGY Tall Pines Medical . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-257-4061 EAR, NOSE AND THROAT National Sinus Institute – Alamogordo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-855-817-4687

Westlake Optical . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-315-2247 ORTHOPEDICS New Mexico Bone & Joint Institute . . . . 575-434-0639 Dr. Douglas Dodson, Dr. Eric Freeh, Dr. John Anderson, Dr. Loren Spencer Presbyterian Medical Group Dr. Hung Vu, Dr. Damen Sacoman . . 575-630-8350

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PHARMACIES/DISCOUNT PRESCRIPTIONS Albertsons Market Pharmacy . . . . . . . . . 575-630-8020 Prescription Cost Management . . . . . 1-806-773-7698 RX Outreach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-800-769-3880 Sierra Blanca Pharmacy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-258-2456 Walgreen Drug Stores . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-257-1566 Walmart Pharmacy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-378-5400 PHYSICAL THERAPY LCMC Rehabilitation Services . . . . . . . . 575-257-8239 Ruidoso Physical Therapy . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-257-1800 Therapy Associates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-257-5820 PHYSICAL THERAPY CONTINUED Topline Therapy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-808-8721 Robert Wooley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-622-6260 U Fit, Danielle Rice DOPT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 401-744-6457 PODIATRY - NM BONE & JOINT INSTITUTE Dr. John Anderson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-434-0639 Dr. Loren Spencer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-378-8001 PRIMARY CARE PHYSICIANS/FAMILY PRACTICE Capitan Medical Clinic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-354-0057 Dr. Frank J. DiMotta . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-630-1214 Reni Fitzgibbon, N.P. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-630-8350 Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-630-0211 Dr. Suzelle Larocquet Moffitt . . . . . . . . . . 575-630-8350 Dr. Mary Martinez . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-630-8350 Jovanna Ochoa, N.P. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-630-8350 Dr. Stephen Otero . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-630-8350 Dr. Andrew T. Rousseau . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-630-8350 RADIOLOGISTS Alamogordo Imaging Center . . . . . . . . . . 575-434-1353 Radiology Associates of Albuquerque . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-257-8292 XRANM – Alamogordo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-434-1353 SCHOOL BASED HEALTH CENTERS Mescalero School Based Health Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-464-4431 Region 9 School-Based Health Center . 575-630-7974 SPEECH & LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST Lincoln County Medical Center Alison Stepp MS, CCC/SLP . . . . . . . 575-257-8239 SURGEONS LCMC Surgical Clinic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-630-8350

Quit Smoking Mescalero Tribal Tobacco Cessation Prevention Program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-464-4432 Smoking Cessation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-800-QUIT-NOW Quitnownm.com

Recreational Sports / Parks

Archery Backcountry Attitudes . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-937-5141 Art RareBIrd Workshops . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 505-610-2207 Biking Board House & Bike Shop . . . . . . . . . 575-808-8991 Pinnacle Trails Bike Shop . . . . . . . . . 575-639-1415

Recreational Sports / Parks Cont. Bowling League . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-258-3557 Boys & Girls Club of Chavez & Lincoln County . . . . . . . . . 575-454-7100 Dance Instruction Andrea Fernandez partner/belly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-937-2725 Capitan/Alto Line Dancing . . . . . . . . 575-644-5735 Clogging . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 850-723-8527 Line Dancers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-258-8765 Marisalena Manchego Bellydance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-626-7150 Ruidoso Academy Ballet & Dance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-257-3753 U Fit, Danielle Rice . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 401-744-6457 Lincoln County 4-H . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-648-2311 Martial Arts Lion’s Den . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-937-0791 Peace Village Summer Day Camp . . . . . 575-336-4808 Pickle Ball, Rita Borunda . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-621-1002 Qi Gong, Kim Kumar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-937-5817 Ruidoso Community Center . . . . . . . . . . . 575-257-4565 Dance Groups, Belly Dancing, Clogging, Excercise Groups, Exercise Equipment Available, Moms and Tots Classes Ruidoso Disc Golf Club, Everett Brophy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-937-1322 Ruidoso Gymnastics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-378-4468 Ruidoso Little League Daniel Holley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-686-8679 Running/Racing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-937-7106 Smokey’s Garden . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-257-4095 Softball (Adult) Page Promotions sports@valornet.com Swim Team . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-937-3527 Table Tennis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-257-4565 Tai Chi Marisalena Manchego . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-626-7150 Village Wellness . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-258-2258 Village of Ruidoso Parks and Recreation 575-257-5030 Basketball (Youth and Adult), Disc Golf, Hiking/ Mountain Biking, Ruidoso Little League football, Ruidoso Girls Fast Pitch, Swim Lessons, Youth Soccer Pool . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-257-2795 Wrestling Andy Olive, High School . . . . . . . . . . 575-946-1303 James Urban, Ages 4-15 . . . . . . . . . . 575-937-3973 Matthew Sanchez, Ages 6-15 . . . . . 575-937-8069

Schools/Education Buddha Yoga Teacher Training Program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-802-3013 Eastern New Mexico University Ruidoso . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-315-1120 or 1-800-934-3668 English as a Second Language/ Citizenship . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-315-1120 ENMU Community Development . . . 515-315-1213 HSE/GED . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-315-1120 Work Force Solutions . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-315-1100 Lincoln County Adult Literacy . . . . . . . . . 575-258-7100 Lincoln County Cooperative Extension . . 575-648-2311 Lincoln County Head Start . . . . . . . . . . . 575-257-5025 Mountain Meadows Massage School . 575-257-4325 Parents Reaching Out . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-800-524-5176 Statewide support network for parents of children with special needs and education Region 9 Education Cooperative . . . . . 575-257-2368

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SCHOOLS Capitan Elementary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-354-8520 Capitan Middle/High School . . . . . . . . . 575-354-8500 Carrizozo Schools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-648-2346 Cloudcroft Schools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-601-4416 Corona Schools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-849-1911 Hondo Schools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-653-4411 Mescalero Headstart . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-464-9183 Mescalero K-12 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-464-4431 Nob Hill (Ruidoso) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-258-6444 Region IX Education Cooperative . . . . 575-257-2368 Ruidoso High School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-630-7900 Ruidoso Middle School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-630-7800 Ruidoso Public Schools Central Office 575-630-7000 Sierra Vista Primary (Ruidoso) . . . . . . . . 575-258-4943 Tularosa Elementary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-585-8801 Tularosa High School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-585-8865 Tularosa Middle School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-585-8806 White Mountain Elem (Ruidoso) . . . . . . 575-258-6368 FREE CLASSES Capitan Library . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-354-3035 English as a Second Language/ Citizenship . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-315-1120 Ruidoso Library . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-258-3704 New Mexico Workforce Connection . . . 575-258-1730 or 800-854-4712

Sexual Assault Resources for Males & Females Lincoln County COPE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-258-1064 Alamogordo Shelter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-434-3622 Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department . . 575-648-2341 1-800-687-2419 If you are hearing impaired please call 911 PMS Ruidoso Behavioral Health Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-630-0571 Ruidoso Police Department . . . . . . . . . . 575-258-7365 SANE of Otero & Lincoln County Hotline . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-488-SAFE Victims Advocate, 12th Judicial District Attorney . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-437-3640

Social Security Assistance Division of Vocational Rehabilitation . 1-888-901-7866 Social Security . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-800-772-1213

State of New Mexico Offices New Mexico Department of Health www.health.state.nm.us Children Medical Services . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-258-3252 Children, Youth and Family . . . . . . . . . . . 575-378-0045 Environmental Dept . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-258-3272 Income Support Division . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-378-1762 Motor Vehicle Division (Ruidoso) . . . . 575-378-8550 Ruidoso Public Health Office . . . . . . . . . 575-258-3252 State Agency on Aging . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-800-432-2080 Women, Infants and Children (WIC) . . 575-258-3252 DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Workforce Connection (NM) . . . . . . . . . 1-877-664-6984 www.jobs.state.nm.us Department of Workforce Solutions www.dws.state.nm.us Division of Vocational Rehabilitation www.dvrgetsjobs.com NM Workforce Connection Job Listings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-258-1730 Labor Relations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-524-6195 Unemployment Benefits . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-877-664-6984


HUMAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT Human Services Department www.hsd.state.nm.us Child Support Program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-800-288-7207 Income Support Division . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-378-1762

Transportation Alamo Shuttle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-437-1472 Enterprise Rent-A-Car . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-257-1154 Lyft uphail.com/us/nm/ruidoso Lincoln County Emergency Medical Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-257-8290 Substations: Capitan, Hondo, Carrizozo and Corona Motor Vehicle Division (Ruidoso) . . . . . 575-378-8550 Shuttle Ruidoso . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-257-1815 (Call for Medicaid) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-877-903-7483 Z-Trans (Lincoln County and Mescalero) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-439-4971

Veterans Information

American Legion Auxiliary Unit 79 Ruidoso_unit79@hotmail.com Department of Veteran Services www.dvs.state.nm.us V.A. Alamogordo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-437-9195 V.A. Albuquerque . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-800-465-8262 V.A. Care Line . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-855-260-3274 V.A. El Paso . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-800-672-3782 V.A. Regional . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-800-827-1000 Veterans Crisis Line . . . . . . . . . 1-800-273-8255 (Press 1) Text to 838255; Online Chat: veteranscrisisline.net

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Veterinary & Pet Services Becky Washburn, DVM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-354-2311 Mobile 575-430-8614 Carrizozo Animal Clinic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-648-2247 Cloudcroft Animal Hospital . . . . . . . . . . 575-682-2645 Franklin Veterinary Clinic . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-378-4708 Mountain View Animal Clinic . . . . . . . . . 575-258-5800 Ruidoso Animal Clinic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-257-4027 PET SITTING A&P Pet Sitting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Corky’s Pet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lisa Wright . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pat Brent . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Watching Over Your Best Friend Candi Hunt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

575-937-2725 562-447-5145 575-430-1630 575-937-2795 575-802-3133

Youth Programs/Services SEE ALSO: Recreation Listings Boys & Girls Club of Sierra Blanca . . . . 575-808-8338 High Mountain Youth Project . . . . . . . . . 575-808-8633 Mescalero Boys & Girls Club . . . . . . . . . . 575-464-9212 CIVIC ORGANIZATIONS AND NON-PROFITS Altrusa International of Ruidoso . . . . . . 512-769-3787 American Red Cross . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 505-331-9831 Boys & Girls Club of Chavez & Lincoln County . . . . . . . . . 575-454-7100

CIVIC ORGANIZATIONS AND NON-PROFITS CONT. Boy Scouts of America . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-622-3461 EcoServants . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-808-1204 Democratic Party of Lincoln County . . . 575-937-4168 Elks Lodge Ruidoso . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-257-2607 Food 4 Kids Backpack Program . . . . . . . 575-937-4732 Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest . . . 575-258-5919 Help End Abuse For Life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-378-6378 High Mountain Youth Project . . . . . . . . . 575-808-8633 Hope Harbor-Puerto Esperanza Inc. Domestic violence transitional home . . . . . . . 575-686-0990 Humane Society of Lincoln County . . . . 575-257-9841 Life-Way . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-315-2500 Lincoln County Adult Literacy . . . . . . . . . 575-258-7100 L.C. Community Health Council . . . . . . . 575-464-7106 L.C. Community Theatre . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-686-0729 Lincoln County COPE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-258-1064 Lincoln County Food Bank . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-257-0682 Lincoln County Santa’s Helpers . . . . . . . . 909-725-5481 On Scene Support . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 818-389-8550 People Works NM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 505-990-4186 Republican Party of Lincoln County . . . 575-258-2750 Rotary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-937-3159 Ruidoso Noon Lions Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-937-4235 Ruidoso Valley Greeters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-257-7395 Ruidoso Rotary Club Ski Apache Adaptive Sports . . . . . . . . . 575- 937-6954 Smokey’s Garden . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-257-4095 The Big Ben Sanchez Youth Foundation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-937-1808 The Community Foundation of L.C. . . 575-808-0085 Thrive of Southern NM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575-437-8400

High Mountain Youth Project

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igh Mountain Youth Project envisions a loving and caring community where all youth are protected, empowered, loved, respected and treated with dignity.

Our mission is to involve the communities of Lincoln County, New Mexico, in providing a comprehensive safety net for youth experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness. The term “homeless children and youth” according to the 2015 Every Student Succeeds Act/ McKinney-Vento Act refers to individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence. This includes (1) children and youth who are sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship or a similar reason, are living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or campgrounds due to the lack of alternative adequate accommodations; are living in emergency or transitional shelters, or are abandoned in hospitals; (2) children and youth who have a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for Continued on page 11

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human beings; (3) children and youth who are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations or similar settings; and (4) migratory children. In February 2018, High Mountain Youth Project opened its doors to its evening drop-in and study center to help vulnerable youth in need of free resources to help them stay in school and graduate. Youth, ages 13-19, can come to the evening drop-in and study center for after school snacks, hot meals, laundry facilities, a place to study, help with homework, access to laptops, healthy social interaction and activities, transportation, and as needed, referrals to other resources and services to help them stay in school and graduate. Youth are supervised by trained, caring staff and volunteers. The evening drop-in and study center is now located at 637 Sudderth Drive in Ruidoso between the Old Mill and Yee’s Chinese Restaurant. Hours are from 4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and we open at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and early release days. High Mountain Youth Project plans to add a 24-Hour Youth Crisis Shelter with overnight care in the Fall of 2022. For more information about the program, or to volunteer, or to make a donation, please visit highmountainyouth.org, email at info@highmountainyouth.org or call us at (575)808-8633.

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Healing and Learning Through Play

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arents often ask therapists to address specific behaviors when they bring their child into counseling for the first time. They may look around and see the art on the walls and a little sandbox in the corner and wonder what work can actually be done in this room. As a therapist who works with children, I can tell you, play therapy is not something to take lightly.

As parents, we worry about children getting hurt. We warn them that they can’t climb too high or they can’t run that fast. We are telling them that they are limited. A child is capable of setting their own limits. This doesn’t mean that we can let them run wild BUT we don’t want to plant the idea that a child can’t do something they feel they could do. Not being allowed to do something is very different from saying a child can’t do something. Words matter.

By Kimberly Wudarzewsky, LCSW Owner of Capitan Therapy & Behavioral Health, LLC

I started my career as a therapist in a Treatment Foster Care Agency. The children I treated often had severe behavioral issues, mental health diagnoses, and histories of abuse and neglect. The tools to treat these children were minimal; a small windowless room, an old worn sofa, a shelf of well-worn toys and an imagination. Despite the minimal tools at my disposal, my office soon became a place of wonder. As the walls filled up with drawings, the children started sharing their worlds. I started to really understand what play therapy was. So why is play so important? Children learn through play. They test the world through play. Through play, they practice skills and social roles. Any good teacher knows that a child will learn a topic when they are having fun. Integrating play into any environment makes that place a safe place for learning, growing and healing. Sometimes that play can seem too simple. Parents may be concerned that their child’s time is not being used effectively. Sometimes parents get frustrated because the changes they observe in their children are slow. Nearly every parent drops off their child for therapy with a topic they would like to see addressed. “They are fighting with their siblings again”. Children are sometimes threatened, “I will tell your therapist you are misbehaving again.” Parents will quiz their child after session, “Did you tell her that you were talking back?” While it is important for all adults to communicate when working with children, it is more important to let the child heal through positive experiences and mastery than to feel shame and embarrassed. When given freedom in play, children will naturally Continued on next page

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child will tell me what they are doing and what I am doing. I let them direct. I let them create and solve conflict. Sometimes, I just watch. Sometimes we color parallel to each other and they tell me what they are making. They can’t fail here. They learn that this is a safe place to be. Just know that when play is happening, something special is sure to follow. Most importantly, remember, play is not just for children. There is no rule that says that adults can’t have fun too. So, when you see your child pretending and creating, just remember that they are working hard on growing a healthy body and brain. And, when you are in need of a little healing yourself, add some play and see what happens.

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process the conflicts they face. They will invite us into their little minds and let us know how they are feeling. They will play aggressively without being asked to address their aggression. They will play through sadness or insecurities. They may learn confidence as they direct the adults to follow their lead. When the child is limited by societal expectations or the wants of the parent, they often learn that they are incapable when, in fact, children are very capable. When we address the behavior or the problem as identified by the adult, we are actually teaching children that they are incapable to work through their emotions and create their own solutions. Children’s brains are thriving to work and process in a medium that give them mastery: play. By allowing space to play, you are allowing for healing. So, what does play therapy look like? When a child comes into my office, they are invited to explore. What games, toys, and supplies are available? This is important. This gives them power to decided how that session will go. As children select and start an activity, the next step for me is to see if I am invited into that space. It is no longer my office; it is their world and the rules are theirs. Sometimes play gets intense. That

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Make a Difference - Join the Early Childhood Workforce!

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he health and well-being of children impacts all of us. Would you like to make a difference in the lives of young children? If so, maybe you are a good fit within the field of early childhood.

We say “field” because vast opportunities await in the many areas of early childhood. There are Child Care Teachers and Caregivers, Administrators, Head Start and Pre-K Teachers, Coordinators, Family Advocates, Directors, and Administrators, Developmental Specialists, Family Services Coordinators, and Home Visitors. There are also business opportunities related to running your own child care center, being a home provider, or becoming an Instructor, Trainer, or Coach who supports the early childhood profession. These jobs exist with the state and federal government with the Early Childhood Education and Care

By Melina Romero

Director of Developmental Services, Region 9 Department and with the Administration for Child and Families. Many individuals start their careers as a classroom teacher in a child care or Head Start setting, which many view as the most critical areas in the field. Classroom and inperson caregiving and instruction are where the rubber meets the road because having the responsibility of caring for and teaching children who are not your own is vital for the child, family, and society as a whole. Infants form attachment to their caregivers and a nurturing loving relationship builds strong brains for a lifetime of learning and coping with the world’s stresses. Helping toddlers with their newfound independence can be a magical and joyful experience. Supporting 3-and 4-year olds as they get along with their peers and learn to follow rules supports school readiness. Are these easy jobs? No, not usually, but they are rewarding jobs, and you may find a job in early childhood to be the toughest job you will ever love (Peacecorp 1962). At the end of the day, you may be tired, yet fulfilled, knowing that you have had a positive impact on the lives and well-being of young children.

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More than ever, there are new financial and educational incentives to enter the early childhood field. In addition to pay incentives, pursuing a certificate, AA, or BA, in Early Childhood Education is completely paid for under NM scholarship programs. The more education you have, the higher your pay. If you would like more information on the scholarship program, click on: https://www.nmececd.org/scholarships/ If you would like more information and time limits on the incentive program, click on: https://www.nmececd.org/onetime-incentive-payment-for-child-care-professionals/.

Let us begin a journey of discovery and self-exploration toward the transformative power of your brain. Together we will work to challenge the cognitive, emotional, and behavioral patterns that keep you from moving forward. Let us support you as you discover your innate capacity for healing, insight, and transformation. Individual, Relationships & Family, Tele-Therapy, and Home-Based therapy offered. Therapists are EMDR trained and are also Certified Clinical Trauma Professionals (CCTP).

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You are encouraged to check in with your local childcare centers and Region 9 Education Cooperative https:// www.rec9nm.org/ to find local information. In addition, find people in the field and speak with them at all levels to get your questions answered. Think about it, you may be the gift a child needs right now, so come join the Early Childhood Workforce.


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The Zia Symbol, a Cultural Teaching for a Life of Joy

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ome of us may or may not know it, but the Zia Symbol is more than just a design used to represent the state of New Mexico. It is a sacred symbol, a cultural teaching tool, originating in the Zia Pueblo, located in northwest New Mexico.

Its symbolism reminds its people, and those who identify with it, about natural laws and four obligations so they can live in harmony with the universe, creating more joy.

Although there is much to explore in the teachings associated with this symbol, I will summarize the nature aspect, and focus more thoroughly on the four obligations. A simple description is found in the children’s book “E is for Enchantment.” “The ancient Zia people believed that the giver of all good provided them with gifts in groups of four.” They were the four directions, four seasons,

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four parts of the day and four stages of life. These rays connect to a circle which represents the circle of love and life, without beginning or end. It’s a reminder that life is cyclical and in constant motion. The sun rises to the east in the morning, seasons change, there is birth and death, and so on. These are truths humanity and nature share. It encourages us to flow with nature, instead of working against it. An example is the frustration, discord, that would come if I planted a garden in winter. In addition to the knowledge that things are cyclical, the people of the Zia pueblo believed there are four obligations of importance. They are: Strong Body, Clear Mind, Pure Spirit, and Community Obligation. What does that mean exactly? As an individual who has taken the time to explore these obligations and adopt this teaching as a piece of my spiritual and philosophical guidance, I will share some ideas to consider. Continued on next page


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The obligation “Strong Body” reminds us that it is our responsibility to take care of our physical self. How happy are we when we are ill? So often these days we struggle to maintain our physical health basics and want the doctors to do the work. Eating right, exercising, drinking water, getting enough rest and avoiding stress are tools within our personal power, actions we can choose, to keep us well. We also want to avoid harmful, unsafe activities that can injure our bodies, creating irreparable damage. The obligation “Clear Mind” encourages us to be wise about what we feed our minds. Are we preoccupied with worry or negative self-talk? What about the music, movies, books, videogames, etc. we engage with? Are they stimulating our brains in a positive way or are they excessively dark? Are we focusing on the positive, taking time for meditation, stillness or nature to clear our head? How about the impacts of substances like tobacco, alcohol, and drugs on our minds? Many philosophies suggest finding the balance. What does it mean to have a “Pure Spirit?” For me, it is to connect with our divine nature. Whatever our religious or spiritual views may be, I think we can agree that actions like love, kindness, compassion, forgiveness, generosity, patience and other virtues are qualities to strive for. Think of how wonderful we feel when we are acting in these ways.

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steward of the land- to manage the resources like water and fuel in a way that there is enough for all. It reminds me to take care of the earth and not trash it because global warming or not, the effects of pollution are real. Consider this cultural teaching. Does it have meaning and purpose? Is it relevant to today? What can you add to its meaning that makes sense for you? Could you benefit, be happier, more balanced, more in harmony if you practiced and placed effort into these ideas? Is there value in teaching this to the next generation? As a dweller in this Land of Enchantment, consider this ancient wisdom for greater joy.

Most of us have heard phrases encouraging us to balance the body, mind, and soul so the first three obligations are more familiar. However, the final obligation is equally important. When I think about “community obligation,” it reminds me of my duty to take care of my community. This includes helping others like the children, the elderly, the sick, and natures’ creatures that have no voice. Volunteering to meet the needs of the community contributes to this obligation. This obligation reminds me to be a good

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What is Decompression Therapy?

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on-Surgical Spinal Decompression Therapy is a spinal disc rehabilitation program that uses the latest computerized technology which gently stretches the spine and decompresses the discs. This technique of spinal decompression therapy, that is, unloading due to distraction and positioning, has shown

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By Trina Nunnally, Summit Back Care the ability to gently separate the vertebrae from each other, creating a vacuum inside the discs that we are targeting. This “vacuum effect” is also known as negative intradiscal pressure.

The negative pressure can induce the retraction of the herniated or bulging disc into the inside of the disc, and off the nerve root, thecal sac, or both. It happens only microscopically each time, but cumulatively, over six to eight weeks, the results are quite dramatic. The cycles of decompression and partial relaxation over a series of visits, promotes the diffusion of water, oxygen, and nutrient-rich fluids from the outside of the discs to the inside. These nutrients enable the torn and degenerated disc fibers to begin to heal. Patients are treated fully clothed and are fitted with a pelvic harness that fits around their pelvis as well as a thoracic harness as they lie face up on a computerized controlled bed. Each treatment takes about 45 to 60 minutes. Most patients find the sessions to be comfortable, and relief of pain can sometimes be noticed in the first few sessions. Of course, this varies depending on the individual condition. Please visit our website for pricing and any questions you might have. Consultations are free.

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New LCMC Meets New Challenges

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he past year has been filled with many challenges and accomplishments for our team at Lincoln County Medical Center (LCMC). In 2021, we continued our efforts to care for patients while preventing the spread of COVID-19 and in May we celebrated our first full year at our new hospital.

The new critical access hospital has greatly enhanced the care that LCMC provides to patients and will help to retain and attract new physicians to meet the future healthcare needs of our community. The two-story hospital features: - 25 private patient rooms - Expanded capacity for Women’s and Intensive Care Units - The addition of cardiac and pulmonary rehab,

eliminating the need for patients to drive hours for needed care - An MRI suite with advanced imaging software, a nuclear medicine scanner and a digital breast tomosynthesis scanner, as well other new diagnostic tools At LCMC the health and safety of our patients and employees has been our top priority throughout the pandemic. We have continued to serve patients at our outpatient clinics, taking precautions to keep them safe, while helping to ensure their conditions do not worsen during the pandemic. None of this would be possible without the hard work of our team members who continue to serve patients with dedication and compassion during these difficult times. We would like to thank our healthcare heroes at LCMC for all of their strength and resiliency and for helping us reach our one-year milestone at the new facility. 2022 Health & Wellness Guide of Lincoln County and Mescalero 19


Expanded healthcare that’s designed to keep up with the people of Lincoln County. Take a virtual tour of our new facility at phs.org/ruidoso.

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In our new 70,000 square foot hospital with 25 private rooms, we offer inpatient and outpatient services, including: · Expanded 24-hour Emergency Department · Emergency Medical Services (EMS) throughout Lincoln County · Inpatient Intensive, Medical and Surgical Care

· Women’s Care: obstetrics and gynecology (OB/GYN) · Heritage Program: outpatient behavioral health program for senior adults

· Surgical Services: general, gynecologic and orthopedic

· Rehabilitation Services

· Labor and Delivery

· Radiology Services

· Cardiology Services

· Nuclear Medicine

· Cardiopulmonary Services

· Laboratory Services

· Primary Care and Specialty Clinics

· Pharmacy Services

· Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation

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We’ve taken extra steps to make care safer. Visit phs.org/covid-19 for more information.

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Natural Medicine - Knowing Our Local Sources

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ecause I agree with the principles taught in the Zia symbols cultural teaching, I work to live with the “laws” of nature, and I make my health one of my priorities.

In this, I am learning the value of natural medicine as a healing tool. This impetus has led me to learn about and utilize herbs, as well as participate in wildcrafting. I shop at our two natural medicine shops and forage for food and medicine in our Sacramento Mountain Region. Two of several natural medicines found here are Elderberries and “Stinging” Nettle. They have a few things in common. Both medicines can be found in similar locations, including the Mescalero Apache Reservation and in Nogal Canyon. The Elderberry can be found in bundles, dangling from a tree, while the Nettle is a plant, often found growing underneath. They work in harmony to help each other thrive. They both have beneficial uses and must also be treated with cautions. They both can be dried and used as teas and require a boiling process to get rid of harmful elements. Elderberry is well-known for its medicinal uses as you can find it in over-the-counter medicines like cough drops and cold and flu syrups. It is high in Vitamins A and C, potassium, folate, calcium, and iron. The online source “Medical News Today” recognizes that although elderberry studies have been small, there is evidence of their effects to fight cold and flu. The medicinal reference book “Today’s Herbal Health” by Louise Tenney, suggests it is effective as an immune booster and in addition to fighting cold and flu, is used for epilepsy, gout, headache, rheumatism and more. Mature Elderberry are purple-black and look like tiny grapes. They are best harvested in late summer and early fall. One Nogal elder suggested to me to harvest when it had a shimmery, silver, shine. Because of its toxic properties, it is recommended to destem and cook them before consumption. The Elderflower also has medicinal properties and is harvested in Spring. The Stinging Nettle is not as familiar as Elderberry. However, its’ green leaves are confirmed to be highly 22 2022 Health & Wellness Guide of Lincoln County and Mescalero

By Andrea Fernandez

nutritious. It contains Vitamins A, C, D, E, F, and P, calcium, iron, zinc, potassium, protein, and more. Online sources like “WebMD” suggest its properties can be helpful in promoting prostate health and managing blood sugar for Type II diabetes. Both WebMD and Today’s Herbal Heath suggest it is useful for rheumatism, allergies, and more. The ‘Stinging” part of its name comes from the hairlike splinters located under its leaves that sting and can cause a rash. Gloves are recommended for harvesting and blanching before ingesting. It is best harvested in late Spring or Summer when its leaves are small and tender. It can be cooked like a Spinach or boiled into a tea. The root can also be harvested and has other medicinal properties. Although not everyone will be seeking the adventure of wildcrafting, herbs like these can be found in shops on Sudderth Dr. in Ruidoso. The first one is Rosemary’s Herb Shop. It is well established, having been around since 1998 and located at 1703 Sudderth Dr. The owner, Continued on next page


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Rosemary Cascio-Sinclair has taught numerous people in our area on the benefits, uses, and precautions of herbal medicine throughout the years. Kalynn Wickware, one of Rosemary’s students, is a level III Certified Herbalist and the owner of Ruidoso Natural Remedies, a shop located in Midtown at 2501 Sudderth, Suite H. She has been serving herbs since 2015. And although it is best to know when to see a physician for your ailments, both places have helped me with my regular wellness needs and I am grateful for their services. So whether from the forest or our local herb shops, we are blessed to have access to natural medicines in our “neck of the woods.” My hope is that your curiosity is piqued,

and you seek out more information on natural medicines as possible solutions to some of your ailments.

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Tele-Mental Health: The Alternative to Suffering and Alone in Rural NM

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eopleworksnm telemental health has served as a lifeline for rural NM residents struggling with substance misuse and/or mental health issues.

Through the use of telemental health you can get help dealing with stress, depression, anxiety, anger, grief, substance misuse and thoughts of suicide. Barriers to seeking help such as transportation, hours of availability, cultural issues and stigma are eliminated thru telemental health. If uninsured the expanding Affordable Care Act is an option. Telemental health is effective for assessment and diagnosis for all populations adult, child, geriatric and ethnic. Clients throughout NM can receive best practices behavioral therapy or psychotherapy remotely using secure confidential HIPPA compliant platforms. Peopleworksnm thru telehealth offers FREE online support groups to deal with caregiving stress. Caregivers of persons with dementia are especially vulnerable to stress reactions and health issues. Caregivers to adults with any condition need support. New online Peopleworksnm groups for pain management and mindfulness add value to people’s quality of life and improve coping skills. Peopleworksnm accepts most major insurances including Medicaid and Medicare. Learn more by visiting our web page at peopleworksnm.org or contact us via email at peopleworksnm@gmail.com or call us for an appointment or to register for a support group at 505 990 4186. 24 2022 Health & Wellness Guide of Lincoln County and Mescalero


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The Art & Benefits of Meditation

e are all artists of our lives – intentional or not. Meditation is a tool, just like art is a tool.

Both can be used to deepen our connection to ourselves, with others and with the world that we are living and navigating in. Meditation also has many scientifically recognized benefits that help our body, mind and emotions. As an art, meditation can be used to create mindfulness so that one can have more intentional artistry in life. Whether it’s through sitting, walking, movement, art, dance… meditation is all about where you are placing your attention internally. Done consistently it can allow one to relax into the ever changing, transitional rhythms of life, navigating from a more content place. Meditation is learning to slow down, tune in and turn on. Through meditation one can learn to calm the mind and thoughts, creating a greater ability to listen and sense on deeper levels. To have more control over our emotional, mental and physical states is key to growing a healthy life. Through the practice of meditation, we can strengthen our ability to be more present in the moment. When we quiet our thoughts, we can awaken our senses through listening and placement of one’s attention internally. Not only do meditation practices open opportunities to deepen and strengthen our connection to ourselves, there are many science based studies proving that the practice of meditation has huge benefits.

By Stacy Tatum Owner, Rarebird Workshops

and ability to focus, as well as helping with memory loss. ~ Physical Health: Has been used to help fight addiction, sleep better, deal with pain and lower blood pressure. Our bodies have an amazing capacity to heal, as well as be sick. When we place our attention on healing, we start to act in ways that are healing. When we place our attention on the practices of meditation and generating joy and light we are kinder to each other and we feel better. Now imagine the benefits for children to learn tools of meditation and mindfulness. Many children that deal with anxiety, depression, ADHD and others, and have benefited from learning tools of meditation. Through creative visualization meditations as well as meditational art practices, kids can learn tools of meditation as creative and fun ways to help their overall wellbeing and build mindful awareness. One can begin a meditation practice by simply finding a quiet space to be still or seeking out facilitated options online, through a local teacher and classes at a local center. That all said, it is ultimately up to each of us to practice and make efforts of mindful, healthy living. Choosing to gift ourselves with a meditation practice is sure to aid in becoming more intentional artists of our lives ~ as well as positive role models for our children.

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Relief From Aches, Pains and Stiffness

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By Maria Navarette, Vibrant Health

ost of us are or have been experiencing some discomforts, aches and pains, muscle tightness or stiffness in our bodies due to falls, accidents, stress, anger, fear or frustration.

We just go on with life thinking that’s the way it is and we can do nothing about it. We may rub some ointment or take a pill to alleviate the pain, but do you know that there are other ways to heal these discomforts in a more natural way? Consider some of these modalities. CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY What is CRT is a gentle hands on treatment that provides relief from variety of symptoms including: headaches, migraines, chronic pain, fibromyalgia, ,fascial adhesions, temporomandibular joint syndrome, multiple sclerosis etc.

RAIN DROP TECHNIQUE Essential oils are sequentially applied to the feet, spine and back in both a relaxing and invigorating manner. The benefits of receiving a RDT include maintaining healthy body systems, enhancing mood and supporting overall wellness and well-being. A true gift from Mother nature. PRANIC HEALING This powerful and effective “non touch” energy healing technique is based on the principal that the body is a “self repairing” living entity which possesses the innate ability to heal itself by utilizing prana or “vital life force” to balance, harmonize and transform the energies throughout the body. THE BARS Access Bars TM. is a globally known and brilliant gentle technique introduced during the 1990s by Gary Douglas. This nurturing method by touching 32 points on the head releases energy allowing a better sleep, less stress, relief from anxiety, depression and ease for peaceful life changes.

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A Guide to Hiking Trails In Ruidoso

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s the Parks and Recreation Director, avid hiker, and outdoorsman I would like to share a few thoughts for those wanting to improve their health and take advantage of the numerous outdoor walking areas around Ruidoso.

By Rodney Griego, Village of Ruidoso Parks and Recreation Director

and depression. It can also improve self-esteem and happiness. Outside of work I enjoy just taking in nature, viewing wildlife and especially sunrises and sunsets, the “Magic” Hour of our daily lives.

This can also be your time to unplug, and you can’t do that with a phone attached to you. No headphones, no phone, even if it’s to count your steps. If you can only be without your phone for 15 minutes, take a 15-minute I strive to add walking or hiking to my daily schedule, walk. If your immediate area isn’t conducive to walking but it is not always an easy task to fit in with busy drive the shortest distance to a walkable area. A local schedules these days. Healthy reasons park, nearby National Forest for walking include the alleviation “I love walking because it clears your trail or neighborhood trail of stress, inspiration, exercise, the mind, enriches the soul, takes away such as the Links Walking increase of our cardiovascular fitness, stress, and opens up your eyes to a reducing risk of heart disease, Trail. If you have anxiety, whole new world.” increasing muscle strength and try to go walk near water. reducing body fat. Walking can help Ruidoso has a few trails next – Claudette Dudley in the treatment of both anxiety to water including the Two Rivers Trail, Grindstone trials and the Eagle Creek Trail at Alto Lake. It’s a great reset, form of exercise, mental break from work, way to get to know your neighborhood, and an escape from the neverending scroll of the internet & social media. Listed here is a guide to the many trails Ruidoso has to offer for varying abilities. PAVED TRAILS Two Rivers Park – Two Rivers Park is located next to the Ruidoso River on Robin Road. This approximately one mile out and back paved trail offers scenic views of the river in a Forest setting. Several seating areas are located along this trail with newly constructed restrooms and interpretive signage providing information about nature and wildlife. Links Trail – This paved 3-mile trail provides a connection to other nearby trails, local schools, White Mountain Recreation Complex, and Mechem Drive. Numerous commercial businesses from restaurants to convenience stores can be access from this path. Wildlife including deer, elk, and wild horses can frequently be seen in areas along the path. 28 2022 Health & Wellness Guide of Lincoln County and Mescalero


Ruidoso Walking Trails

“In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.”

extension of – John Muir The Links Trail that provides a connection to additional businesses along Mechem Drive including the movie theatre, grocery store, and the Local Community Branch of Eastern New Mexico University. IN THE WORKS Moon Mountain Trails – Over 5 Miles of natural surface trails are under sign form a Federal New Mexico Department of Transportation Grant. The trails are schedules to be completed by the Fall of 2022 providing access to Moon Mountain which boasts great scenic views of Sierra Blanca, wildlife, and wild horses. The Links Walking Trail Resurfacing – All three miles of the Links walking Trail are scheduled to be resurfaced in the spring/summer of 2022. This project is going to provide an improved paved surface that will continue to provide users with an incredible walking area in the heart of Ruidoso. Enjoy a walk in Ruidoso and reap the benefits and most importantly the health benefits!

NATURAL SURFACE TRAILS Wingfield Park – Situated within walking distance of Midtown Ruidoso, several Lodging establishments, and restaurants. The Park has a half mile crushed stone path that meanders throughout the park and includes a playground, restrooms, botanical garden, 9-hole disc golf course and outdoor musical instruments. Alto Lake, Eagle Creek Trail – The Eagle Creek Trail at Alto Lake is approximately a one-mile loop that meanders along Eagle Creek with two separate footbridge crossings, access to small waterfalls in an area that provides frequent sightings of deer and elk. NEWLY COMPLETED TRAILS Cree Meadows Trail – This path is a recently completed 2022 Health & Wellness Guide of Lincoln County and Mescalero 29


from a synthetic opioid called Fentanyl and another illicit drug called methamphetamine. Our nation has already surpassed 100,000 deaths from drug overdose in 2021.

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HANGE, despite the COVID-19 pandemic, has remained active in the community in the year 2021. The sub-committee of the Lincoln County Community Health Council is a collection of individuals dedicated to addressing prescription abuse, illicit drug abuse, suicide, and youth vaping. Members are volunteers from all walks of life and many professions. We invite anyone interested in joining either CHANGE or the Lincoln County Community Health Counsel to reach out to Shannon Dictson at lincolncountychc@gmail.com. There are many opportunities and projects by which individuals can serve and make a difference in our community. With nearly two years of COVID stress and isolation, there has been a catastrophic uptick in overdose deaths

Fentanyl can be up to 100 times stronger than heroin. According to a July 16, 2021 media release by the New Mexico Department of Health, overdose rates related to fentanyl rose by 93 percent in 2019 compared to 2018 data. Data collected thus far from 2019 to 2020 show an increase of 129 percent. (Fentanyl Death Rates on the Rise, 7.16.2021, NM DOH). Methamphetamine is a strong stimulant that also is known by other names such as “ice, crank, crystal, trash, junk, rocket” and many other monikers. This drug is also being added to illegally manufacture pills and can cause poisoning/overdose. Total nationwide methamphetamine seizures increased 77 percent between 2018 (41,396 kilograms) and 2019 (73,351 kilograms) per the DEA 2020 National Drug Threat Assessment. Poisonings from methamphetamine have risen from 1,378 in 2007 to 13,676 in 2018. The question is, why are these overdoses happening? The DEA released its first safety alert in six years due to counterfeit pills. The pills are look-alikes for common pain killers like oxycodone, hydrocodone, Percocet, or Adderall Continued on next page

Serving the Mescalero Youth and Community for over 20 years. The multi-grant funded program aims to educate our people in the following areas: »Substance Abuse Prevention »Suicide Prevention »Traditional Tobacco Education »RX Abuse Prevention »Cultural Revitalization Workshops The Program also sponsors the Nde’ Youth Council. The N.Y.C. hosts various activities throughout the year promoting healthy, drug and alcohol free lifestyles for Native Youth.

Mescalero Prevention Program P.O. Box 227, Temporary Address—111 Sunset Loop, Mescalero, NM 88340 Office: (575) 464-4516/ 464-4976 Fax: (575)464-1678 mescprevpg@matisp.net

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and are hitting the streets and online drug dealing sites. Social media is another purveyor of these fake pills. The DEA states it has seized over 9.5 million counterfeit pills so far this year. The truly frightening side is that 2 out of every 5 of these pills contain a potentially lethal dose of drugs. A deadly dose of fentanyl is small enough to fit on the tip of a pencil. Young people are increasingly using pills to cope with stressors in their daily life, but by no means are they the only victims. Drug Trafficking Organizations (DTOs) can produce these fake pills cheaply. DTOs then take advantage of the demand making almost 100 percent profit at the expense of our loved ones. The DTOs then flood the market with these counterfeit drugs and thus easily getting them into the hands of the public. Scenario: An athlete was prescribed oxycodone for a shoulder injury. Said athlete ran out of medication and the doctor won’t write another prescription, but the person has become dependent on the opioid. The person decides to purchase pills from a dealer. The pills look just like the oxycodone the person had been taking. The person takes one and is found dead by a family member. The pill was laced with fentanyl.

is still new and somewhat unreliable, but it does alert the person that there is an unknown amount of fentanyl in the pill. Harm reduction programs giving out Narcan are not always received favorably, but the goal is to prevent overdose deaths. Often, prescription drug dependence goes unnoticed by loved ones until it’s too late. When the doctor gives you a prescription for Narcan, get it filled. You could save the life of a child, grandchild, spouse, or neighbor by reversing the effects of an opioid overdose. A superb story and source for information is found at CHARLIE’S STORY | Song for Charlie For more information about fentanyl or national drug issues visit: https://www.cdc.gov/opioids/basic/fentanyl.html 2020 National Drug Threat Assessment (NDTA) (dea.gov) Using Naloxone to Reverse Opioid Overdose in the Workplace - Resources | NIOSH | CDC.

In other states, groups are combating the fentanyl overdoses by providing urine dip sticks to substance users so they can crush one of the pills in their supply, mix it with water, and test the pills each time they get a new supply to see if they are laced with fentanyl. This testing method

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What Is Nutrition?

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should be bringing more awareness to how much water we consume a day. How much soda or coffee do you intake? It all plays a role in our overall health. According to the U.S. National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine,” women should drink 2.7 liters of water a day and men should consume 3.7 liters a day”. It doesn’t seem like much, but over time your body will notice and thank you for the extra hydration.

By definition: “The process of providing and or obtaining the food necessary for health and growth.” For me it goes a bit beyond that. It encompasses how much sleep we get; how much water we drink; how often we exercise; and of course what we are consuming. Nutrition is a way of life. Not just how many calories we intake. That being said let’s bring it back to the basics. We all have different needs but on average we should all be consuming fruits, vegetables, protein and carbs throughout the day. The goal should be to strive for a balanced diet.

Another aspect to consider is how well rounded your diet is. How many leafy greens do you eat? How often do you eat nuts or fruit? Now more than ever it’s important to take what we eat seriously and to take care of ourselves. According to the International Sports Sciences Association, “The most common nutrient deficiencies in people’s diets that can help close the nutritional gap are: vitamin D, magnesium, calcium, zinc, iron, folate and vitamin B12”. Eating a balanced diet will get you closer to meeting all your nutritional needs. In addition, supplementing with a multivitamin or seeking out individual supplements of vitamin D, magnesium, zinc is also an option keeping in mind that all of our needs vary.

By Roxanne Rodriguez Certified Nutrition Counselor

utrition is a word we hear more and more often throughout the years especially in our current state of a pandemic, but what does it mean?

When we consume a balanced diet our bodies function at their best: reducing the risk of illness., managing our weight, optimizing our energy, strengthening our immune system, reducing the process of aging, and over all feeling great. As a Nutritional Coach my goal is to help you figure out what the best foods are for your body while working with you to decipher your health goals. Whether it’s to lose weight, have more energy, or simply just to live a healthier lifestyle, my goal is to help you make grocery shopping easy again. We focus on Whole Foods by limiting/eliminating processed foods and in return reduce our chances of chronic illness such as diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease, etc. We need to relearn how to have a healthy relationship with food again, learn to simplify the foods we eat, and come to the realization that what we eat/drink on a regular basis has a huge impact on our overall health and wellbeing. One small change we can make to improve our health is to increase our water consumption. Fun fact: the adult human body is 50-60% water. Water plays a huge role in the function of our bodies. For instance, our major organ systems and structures are largely water and rely on adequate hydration for full function. Therefore, we

Help boost your immune system by providing the right foods for your body and when in need or doubt, supplement. Strive to be the best version of you by bringing your focus back to your nutrition. You can reduce inflammation, lower your blood pressure, and have a higher quality of life simply by making some food changes. You can reduce cardiovascular disease by 80% if you focus on good nutrition, exercise, and not smoking according to Health Harvard. Make the choice. It’s never too late to start. Now as with all aspects of life it’s a lot easier said than done. Take small steps. Increase your water consumption, reduce the amount of sugary beverages. Consume more greens and fruits in your diet. Monitor your portion sizes. Be consistent.Spend 10-15 min a day outside, go for a walk. Increase your vitamin D levels. You’ll be happier for it. Spend 3 minutes a day being grateful, being mindful. Like any journey in life, it all starts by taking the first step. As your local nutritionist I’m here to help facilitate your change. Call (575)973-1077to make an appointment or email;balancednutrition111@gmail.com your nutrition is in your hands. 2022 Health & Wellness Guide of Lincoln County and Mescalero 33


Mindfulness In Your Daily Life

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indfulness is being aware of the present moment and understanding what you are feeling in that moment. Being mindful in our daily life can lead us to understanding ourselves better in a healthy way.

Understanding how to keep our thoughts and feelings in the present moment could help us avoid habits that are harmful to our physical and mental health. According to the American Psychological Association, benefits of mindfulness include reduced rumination, stress reduction, boosts to working memory, focus, less emotional reactivity, more cognitive flexibility, relationship satisfaction, and numerous health benefits such as increased immune functioning. These past couple of years have been difficult for

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everyone and at times we can feel like we are stuck. We may feel like we are stuck thinking about the prepandemic times or thinking ahead to what the postpandemic future may look like. When we are stuck thinking about the past or the future we miss what is going on in front of us. We miss those moments with our friends, colleagues, loved ones, and our community, since we are not living in the present moment. Bringing mindfulness into our lives will help us connect with the present moment once more, not only will it connect us to the present but it could also help alleviate symptoms of stress, anxiety, etc. Being present in the moment can be difficult and it does take practice and repetition to carry out but you can do little things each day to bring in moments of mindfulness. Continued on next page


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There are different ways and activities to bring mindfulness into your daily life. Some activities include: • Walking Meditation. Find a place where you feel peace, where you won’t be disturbed it could be indoors or outdoors. Walk 10-15 steps along your chosen path, and then pause and breathe for as long as you like. Then when you are ready, walk 10-15 more steps and pause and breathe again. This exercise involves being aware of the steps you are taking, it may feel awkward to do but try to notice each step you take such as, lifting one foot, moving the foot a bit forward, placing the foot down (heel first), and the shifting of body weight as you move your next foot. For more information on walking meditation please visit https://ggia.berkeley.edu/practice/ walking_meditation • Mindful Wakeup: Start with a purpose. After waking up, sit on your bed or a chair in a relaxed position. Take three long, deep, nourishing breaths, noticing the rise and fall of your chest and belly. Then ask yourself “What is my intention for today?”, then set your intention for the day and continue to check in with yourself throughout the day. For more in depth information please visit https:// www.mindful.org/take-a-mindful-moment-5-simplepractices-for-daily-life/

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• Mindful Coloring. Take a moment out of your busy day when you need it or whenever you want. Find a coloring page you enjoy and just begin to color, as you are coloring be aware of the movements of your hands as you color, how the pencil, pen, or marker feels against the paper. Allow yourself to be in the present moment as you color. • Mindful Breathing. Bring yourself to a comfortable place and a relaxed position. Ask yourself, What does the air feel like against your skin? What does your body feel like? Then, bring yourself to become aware of your natural breathing. Without trying to change or control it. Simply practice observing it exactly as it moves in this present moment. You might notice its pace and depth shift, allow this. Simply hold your focus on each breathe in and breathe out. Also, observing the brief pause in between each inward and outward movement. Mindful Breathing exercise adapted from mindfulexercises. com, for more in depth information please visit, https:// mindfulnessexercises.com/6-mindful-breathing-exercises/

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Hope Harbor Transitional Home

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n the US, it is estimated that one in four women and one in ten men experience domestic violence during their lifetime. Domestic violence is a system of behaviors used by one person to control another’s actions or feelings.

By Lorna Fike Hope Harbor CEO

Over time, Domestic Violence increases in both danger and frequency. Though it is not something that is often talked about, domestic violence impacts people of all races, religions, genders and socio-economic backgrounds. The barriers to leaving domestic violence situations are many and complex, from fear of retaliation from the abuser to a lack of financial, transportation, social and family support. For those that do get out, the process of healing is a long journey. This is why Hope Harbor has an up to two-year program for women with children that are survivors of domestic violence. We seek to provide a safe, supportive environment for women to heal and receive

any education or training needed to become financially independent. Residents will have opportunities to take classes at the local university, receive counseling, and life skills training. Hope Harbor will include case management using evidence-based practices. To learn more about Hope Harbor and the building progress please visit http:// hopeharborNM.org or email hopeharborNM@ gmail.com. Phone 575-686-0990 or text 512-9221257. Facebook: Hope Harbor New Mexico. @ HopeHarborNM Sign up on the website to receive the newsletter.

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Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center offers the following healthcare services to the community of Lincoln County and surrounding areas: Behavioral Medicine Services To offer the individual an opportunity to improve their quality of life by reducing their distress and maximizing their ability to function independently.

Treatment Goals

Take care of your inner self

• To restore optimum mental and physical health. • To alleviate symptoms that interfere with the individual’s ability to function. • To support the integrity of the family. • To maximize independence.

Please contact (575) 630-8092 if you have any questions.

Sleep Center Call us today to see how we can help improve your sleep!

101 5th Street • Ruidoso, NM 88345

Promoting Healthy Sleep for a Healthy Life

Diagnosis and Treatment of many common Sleep Problems • • • • • •

Insomnia Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) Periodic Limb Movement Sleep Apnea Narcolepsy New Mexico Center for Nightmares

We accept most insurance.

Clinical & Behavioral Sleep Medicine A Department of Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center

Promoting Healthy Sleep for a Healthy Life

101 5th Street • Ruidoso, NM 88345 • (575) 630-8092

Journey to Wellness

For the journey that is life.

At Journey to Wellness, we offer Family Medicine services for patients of all ages. From routine check-ups to preventive medicine, wellness physicals and screenings, we are here to help with your healthcare needs. Call to make an appointment

(575) 630-0211

101 5th Street • Ruidoso, NM 88345

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2669 Scenic Dr., Alamogordo, NM 88310 | 575-439-6100 | www.gcrmc.org