Vaping by youth is an epidemic, both in the U.S. and locally in Colorado, and kids who vape are 4x more likely to start smoking.

Vape isn't as safe as it's being advertised - it can contain nicotine, chemicals, and other harmful ingredients that can hurt developing brains.

I wanted to find out what some of the kids in my life actually know and think, so sat down to talk to them. Here's what they say... [ learn more ]
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Neighborhood Spotlight: Just Dance

[ Thursday, January 17, 2019 | 0 comments ]
Just Dance was born from a dream. Stapleton women came together to support each other in the idea to create a place where moms can let go, break free, and have fun through dance fitness!

They offer a variety of adult classes including Hip Hop, Cardio Dance Jam, Zumba, Pound, Afro Salsa Fusion, and Beginner Adult Ballet. They are a no-judgment zone, and a dance background is not necessary for their classes. There are multiple ways to modify moves for lower or higher impact, and their instructors will provide those options in each class! Check out their class schedule for more information.

They also offer classes for children ages 2-10. They have parent/child creative movement (2-5 yrs), Creative Dance drop-off classes (3-5 yrs), and Character Dance drop-off class (6-10 years). The drop-off classes are taught by Diane Paige, who is a Ballet instructor from the Colorado Ballet Academy.

Just Dance is currently located at the Stanley Marketplace inside another amazing Stapleton business - Neighborhood Music - in the dance studio. They opened their doors January 13 and are ready to greet you!

The first class is free, so why not give it a try and support a new Stapleton business!

Visit for more information and click "First Class Free" to get started.

You can also find them on Facebook at

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What do our kids know and think about vaping?

Image courtesy of the Denver Post
We all know tobacco is unhealthy, especially for kids, but tobacco use - especially vaping - by our youth in Colorado has become an epidemic. Vaping is particularly dangerous for youth because nicotine damages the developing brain and can cause long-term damage. Colorado youth are vaping nicotine at twice the national average and at the highest rate of 37 states surveyed, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And, most recently, this last September the FDA declared vaping as an epidemic across the United States.

In addition to nicotine, vape e-juice may contain chemicals that cause cancer and can lead to health problems including wheezing, coughing, sinus infections, nosebleeds, shortness of breath, and asthma. What scares me the most is that young people who take up vaping are more than four times more likely to smoke traditional cigarettes a year later. This is not the future I want for my kids.

I wanted to dig deeper and find out what some local kids actually know and think about vaping, so I sat down with two of my son's friends to hear their thoughts. Both are in 7th grade and 12 years old, and one attends a public school and one a private school in Denver.

I was impressed with both boys but didn't get the impression that their experience is typical. Both said they know vaping is bad for you. "I mean, they say it’s, like, worse than smoking, except it’s really not and they’re both bad." They said some of the 8th graders at their schools were vaping and a few 7th graders, but that none did it at school or in class, a problem caused by the fact that the JUUL and other vaping products look like USB drives (there are tons of recent news stories about this as it's become a huge problem).

When asked if vaping appealed to them or if they thought it was interesting, both boys emphatically said, "No, not at all." If they saw my son or another friend vaping they would ask why he was doing that - "Why are you doing that bad decision [sic]?" (Exactly the kind of friends I want for my son. ❤)

While they've been around older teens vaping at public events (a ski competition was mentioned), they know their school experiences may not be typical. Both attend smaller schools and thought it would be different at a larger middle school with more students, and especially in a public school with fewer "restrictions" where administrators "aren't as harsh."

The boys were appalled at the fact that vaping devices are candy flavored and being made and marketed in such a way that they're attractive to kids. One said, "I think it’s dumb. ‘Cause, they’re like, kind of making kids want to get them. Like the cotton candy and Jolly Rancher flavors – kids have those candies all the time." I agree. Totally dumb.

It's time to say enough.

Back in September, we at Stapleton Moms put together a piece on "Vaping and kids:  What Parents need to know" that has tons of resources and information from Tobacco Free Colorado, including a great tip sheet for parents and caregivers when talking to our youth about vaping and what to do if you find out your child is vaping.

While 87% of Colorado youth think smoking is risky, only 50% think vaping is risky. More than half say it's easy to get regular or e-cigarettes.

Together we can help reverse this trend and keep our kids healthy and safe.

Learn more at

This post is in partnership with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, but opinions are mine. Read the full story »
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Possible Measles Exposure at Stapleton Locations

[ Wednesday, January 16, 2019 | 0 comments ]
The Denver Department of Public Health & Environment and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment have identified a Denver adult as having been contagious with measles from January 9-14, 2019, after having traveled internationally and are working to notify people who may have been exposed to measles from this person.

Measles is a highly contagious respiratory illness that is easily spread by coughing and sneezing. It can be very dangerous for infants who are too young to be vaccinated, people with weakened immune systems, and those who have not been immunized.

People visiting the following locations during the following times may have been exposed to measles:

  • Blue Creek Therapeutic Health Spa7488 East 29th  Ave., Denver, CO 80238
    Thursday, 01/10/19 between the hours of 10 am and 1:30 pm
  • King Soopers (Stapleton)
    2810 Quebec St., Denver, CO 80207
    Thursday, 01/10/2019 between the hours of 10 am and 2 pm
  • Care Now Urgent Care
    3001 N. Havana St., Denver, CO 80238
    Friday, 01/12/19 between the hours of 8:30 am and 12:30 pm
  • Saint Joseph Hospital Emergency Department
    1375 East 19th Ave., Denver, CO 80218
    Sunday, 01/13/2019 between the hours of noon and 9 pm
  • Saint Joseph Hospital, 5th Floor, West Wing
    1375 East 19th  Ave., Denver, CO 80218
    From Sunday, 01/13/2019 starting at 8:30 pm to Monday, 01/14/2019 at 3:30 pm 

If you believe you have been exposed 
If you or anyone you know was in these locations on the dates and times listed, please be alert for measles symptoms, detailed below, and call your healthcare provider to ask if you are up-to-date on measles vaccinations. You are at lower risk of getting measles if you were born before 1957, have had measles disease, or have had one or more measles shots (measles is included in the MMR vaccine).  People who were not in the locations listed above during those specified times are not at risk at this time.

Denver Public Health and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment are attempting to contact people directly exposed to the individual.

If you may have been exposed and are experiencing symptoms, immediately notify your healthcare provider BY TELEPHONE explaining a possible measles exposure and symptoms. This will allow your provider to evaluate you without placing others at risk.  If you do not have health care provider, please call an urgent care center or emergency department.  For additional information, please call CO-HELP or 303-389-1687 (toll-free: 1-877-462-2911).

 “It’s important that anyone who was at these locations and is experiencing possible symptoms of measles receives guidance on medical evaluation and treatment immediately,” said Bob McDonald, executive director of Denver Public Health & Environment and the public health administrator for the City of Denver. “Calling a medical provider first, before physically showing up, is absolutely critical
to minimize the possible exposure of other individuals.”

People with measles symptoms should not go to child care facilities, school, work or out in public, since they may spread the disease to others.

“Measles can spread before we even know it is here,” said Dr. Rachel Herlihy, state communicable disease epidemiologist, “and it can find its way quickly into pockets of unvaccinated people. Vaccination is the only effective preventive measure against measles.”

Measles symptoms 
Measles symptoms typically begin 7 to 14 days after exposure, but may take up to 21 days to appear.  They include:
  • Fever, runny nose, red eyes that are sensitive to light and coughing. 
  • Two to four days after the first symptoms, a red rash appears on the face and spreads to the rest of the body. 
  • A person with measles is contagious for four days before and four days after the rash appears.  
Vaccine recommendations 
Denver Public Health urges people to review their and their children’s vaccination records against the recommended vaccine schedules to ensure they are up to date on the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine.

Childhood and adult vaccines are covered by most insurance.  For no- or low-cost vaccines, people can visit the Denver Public Health immunization clinic. 

Additional facts about measles are available on the Denver Public Health website. People with additional questions should call their primary care provider or 303-389-1687 (toll free: 1-877-462-2911).

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Vaping & E-Cigarettes Education Tour

Parents, students, educators, and the general community are invited to join The Medical Center of Aurora for a Vaping and E-Cigarettes Education Tour: "What You Need to Know About Updates on Research and Trends."

Current statistics show that Colorado is significantly higher than the national average for high school age vaping. The surgeon general recently announced that vaping is an epidemic in the U.S.

Presentation and interactive discussions will be led by acclaimed e-cigarette and vaping researcher Stan Glantz, Ph.D.

What:  Vaping & E-Cigarettes Education Tour
When:  Tuesday, February 12, 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Where:  Medical Center of Aurora, 1501 S. Potomac St., Aurora, CO 80012
Tickets:  FREE! Click here to register (click "Next" on the registration site to add your information) - space is limited [ Facebook event ]

Dr. Glantz is director of the UCSF Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education; co-leader of the Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center Tobacco Program; and a member of the Cardiovascular Research Institute and Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies. He is the author and co-author of numerous publications related to secondhand smoke and tobacco control, as well as many papers on cardiovascular function. He is the author of five books and nearly 400 scientific papers. Read the full story »
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One Mom's Story

[ Tuesday, January 15, 2019 | 0 comments ]
The journey to parenthood isn't always easy and not always what we expect. Please watch Bree Wolfe's heartfelt story about finally becoming a mother with the experience of the family-centered C-section provided at Rose Medical Center.

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