Joe’s Health Calendar Jan. 31

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Inaugural Stockton Black Community Health Fair

Feb. 1 (Sunday) 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: The leading causes of death among African Americans continue to be high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes. For that reason, University of the Pacific pharmacy students have organized the inaugural Stockton Black Community Health Fair as part of a national outreach effort to increase awareness of the importance of obtaining regular screenings. The Black Community Health Fair will be held at New Greater Love Church of God in Christ, 427 E. Fremont St., Stockton. The event providing screenings for cholesterol, diabetes and blood pressure is free to all members of the community. The student pharmacists from Pacific’s Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences will be promoting health issue awareness, knowledge and preventative care in the black community, in addition to creating opportunities for students interested in the health field to gain experience and work in the community.

Free Nutrition Class – Eating Smart Being Active

Feb. 3 (Tuesday) 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. (also Feb. 10, 17, 24): San Joaquin County Public Health Services is offering free nutrition classes at Stribley Community Center, 1760 E. Sonora St., Stockton, through the end of February. Each week a different topic will be covered, but participants can join at any time and no registration is required. You will learn to:

  • Prepare new healthy recipes.
  • Make your food dollars count.
  • Understand food labels.
  • Eat more fruits and vegetables.
  • Build strong bones.
  • Increase physical activity.

Classes are open to the public and will include free healthy tools and food tastings. Information: (209) 468-3821. For full class schedule, click here.

Free Nutrition Class at Stribley Center

Feb. 5 (Thursday) 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. (also Feb. 12, 19, 26): San Joaquin County Public Health Services is offering free nutrition classes at Stribley Community Center, 1760 E. Sonora St., Stockton, through the end of February. Each week a different topic will be covered, but participants can join at any time and no registration is required. You will learn to:

  • Prepare new healthy recipes.
  • Make your food dollars count.
  • Understand food labels.
  • Eat more fruits and vegetables.
  • Build strong bones.
  • Increase physical activity.

Classes are open to the public and will include free healthy tools and food tastings. Information: (209) 468-3821. For full class schedule, click here.

5th Annual Women Wear Red Event

Feb. 6 (Friday) 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.: Celebrate American Heart Month this February by attending a special event highlighting the importance of education, early detection and prevention. Rudy Wilson Galdonik, hailed as the Erma Bombeck for the 21st century, will be the keynote speaker for Memorial Hospital Foundation’s Women Wear Red Event, scheduled for the Martin G. Petersen Event Center, 720 12th St., Modesto. The well-attended annual event is focused on creating awareness about women’s heart health. Galdonik is a menopausal mom with an attitude. A tad shy of bionic, she is a lifelong heart patient with over $40,000 worth of equipment embedded in her chest – and is quick to point out that didn’t include installation costs. Rudy is a three-dimensional expert on being sick—she has been the patient, the caregiver of a patient (she was widowed at the age of 42), and a hospital human resource manager. She understands the challenges, emotions and issues of being sick. Modesto native and California Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen, R-Riverbank, will serve as the event emcee. Women Wear Red is also sponsored by Memorial Medical Center, Sutter Gould Medical Foundation, the Heart Education and Training Program (HEAT) and the Stanislaus County Office of Education. Tickets cost $45 and can be purchased by calling Memorial Hospital Foundation at (209) 530-3600.

Give Kids A Smile Free Dental Clinic

Feb. 7 (Saturday) 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.: As the recession continues and unemployment rates remain extraordinarily high in the Northern San Joaquin Valley, more families are looking for ways to cut expenses and stretch the family budget. Unfortunately, for many families, this means skipping dental visits and putting off necessary dental care. To help meet the dental health needs of the most vulnerable of our community, the children, San Joaquin Dental Society and the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry at University of the Pacific will team up to “Give Kids A Smile.” All children up to age 17 are invited for free check-ups and dental treatments at the University of the Pacific’s Stockton Health Sciences Learning Center, 757 Brookside Road, just west of Pacific Avenue. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Services include dental screenings, cleanings, fluoride treatments, X-rays and emergency treatments. All services offered that day will be free. Games, clowns and face painting also will be available to keep children entertained while they wait. The event is first-come, first-served. “Previous studies have shown that most of children’s decay is found in those who come from the poorest homes. This stems from several factors including diet, a perceived lack of value of ‘baby teeth,’ difficulty with transportation, and a lack of funds all of which keep children away from the dentist,” said Dr. Noe Mora, a Stockton-area dentist. “Lately, though, we are seeing a decrease in children from all walks of life visiting their dentist regularly, and we can only assume this is because of the impact the recession has had on family budgets.” Information: www.sjds.org.

Every 67 Seconds, Someone is Diagnosed With Alzheimer’s 

TV SHOW KVIE 6: Feb. 11 (Wednesday) 7 p.m.: Every 67 seconds, someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease — the most common form of dementia. With 10,000 Baby Boomers now turning age 65 each day, researchers in our community are racing to find a cure, and alleviate the burden that this memory-robbing disease places on the 5 million people currently living with Alzheimer’s. KVIE’s latest ViewFinder documentary, “Fading Away: Alzheimer’s” takes viewers inside the lives of those living with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers, and explores the local research being done to understand this disease with no known cure. While current medications relieve the symptoms temporarily, the search is on for a treatment that will alter the course of this progressive and often fatal disease. And there’s another cost associated with Alzheimer’s: over time, many caregivers experience serious health problems from the effects of stress. Through candid interviews, this documentary shows viewers the hopes and challenges of the men and women who live with Alzheimer’s. Sacramento resident Ollie Doolittle, a retired Army veteran and postal worker, shares his experience with Mild Cognitive Impairment, as his wife, Levarn, gathers support and plans for what’s to come. Viewers will also meet Robby Colvin, a former mayor of Placerville, whose disease has progressed to the point where safety is now an issue. In Roseville, David Uribe, a father and husband, shares his dilemma as he considers placing his wife, Eileen, in full-time memory care. And we hear from Congressman John Garamendi who, after caring for his mother-in-law with Alzheimer’s, has become a major advocate for Alzheimer’s research. Witness how Garamendi is sounding the alarm in our nation’s capital — calling for money for research and increased support systems. As patients, advocates, and doctors call for more research, funding for Alzheimer’s studies remains well under that given to diseases such as HIV/AIDS and cancer. As doctors and scientists push forward with the resources they have, they’re making remarkable discoveries. This documentary takes viewers inside the labs at UC Davis and Sutter Health, documenting how experts are tracking changes happening inside the brains of living Alzheimer’s patients. A screening of “ViewFinder: Fading Away — Alzheimer’s” will be held at KVIE Studio in Sacramento Tuesday, Feb. 10. The event will include hors d’oeuvres at 5:30 p.m., the screening at 6 p.m., and a Q&A session with producer Karen Christian and Dr. Charles DeCarli, director of the Alzheimer’s Disease Center at UC Davis. RSVP athttp://www.kvie.org/rsvp/fading_away/#.VL_7osHjHvw.twitter. This screening is sponsored by NorthStar Rancho Cordova. As part of KVIE’s Focus on Health, this episode was sponsored by UC Davis Health System. The ViewFinder series is sponsored by SAFE Credit.

Salud Health Fair Free At Delta College

March 21 (Saturday) 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.:  Salud Outreach is organizing a free health fair targeting the region’s large Latino community. The health fair will be held during The Market at Delta College in Parking Lot B3 of San Joaquin Delta College, 5151 Pacific Ave., Stockton. Salud Outreach is a cooperative effort of several groups at the University of the Pacific Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Student pharmacists, community physicians and other health care professionals will be checking cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar levels, as well as providing information on general health. “I really want to spread the word around the community,” first-year pharmacy student Roberto Hernandez said, explaining that even though more people are insured today under the Affordable Care Act, there is still a critical need for access to basic health services. “We’re here to help the community,” Hernandez said, emphasizing that everything at the health fair is offered free of charge. Information: (209) 658-4137.

Healthier Living in East Stockton

Sign up for future workshop: St. Joseph’s Medical Center/Dignity Health would like to invite the public to Healthier Living, a program created by Stanford University. The program gives support and teaches people how to live with different chronic health problems, such as diabetes, arthritis, cancer, heart disease, depression and hypertension. Because St. Joseph’s cares about your health, this program is free in this area. During the program, you will learn to: take control of your health and be able to do more; be less tired and worried; sleep better and have less pain; talk with your doctors, friends and family about your health needs; set goals and solve problems so you can make the changes you want. The program is held once a week for six weeks and is led by someone who is living successfully with a chronic disease. Emmanuel Baptist Church, 715 S. Windsor Ave., Stockton. To sign up for a future workshop, contact Joyce Williams at (209) 463-7889.

CareVan Offers Free Mobile Health Clinic

St. Joseph’s Medical Center CareVan offers a free health clinic for low-income and no-insurance individuals or families, 16 years old and older. Mobile health care services will be available to handle most minor urgent health care needs such as mild burns, bumps, abrasions, sprains, sinus and urinary tract infections, cold and flu. No narcotics prescriptions will be available. Information: (209) 461-3471 or www.StJosephsCares.org/CarevanClinic schedule is subject to change without notice. Walk-In appointments are available.

  • Tuesdays 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.: Dollar General, 310 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Stockton.
  • Wednesdays 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.: Rite Aid, 1050 N. Wilson Way, Stockton.
  • Thursdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.: For those 16 and older only; San Joaquin County Fairgrounds, 1658 S. Airport Way, Stockton.

Get in Shape with Free Zumba

Ditch the routine, join the party! Free Zumba fitness featuring licensed Zumba instructor Monique Solario. Program sponsored by the YMCA of San Joaquin County, Dignity Health/St. Joseph’s Medical Center, Health Plan of San Joaquin and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Includes Family Zumba on Saturdays. Information: www.ymcasjc.org or contact Isela Robles at (209) 292-8468 or lrobles@ymcasjc.org. Classes will be held at the following sites:

  • Boggs Tract Community Center: Tuesdays from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., 533 S. Los Angeles St., Stockton.
  • Podesto Teen Impact Center: Wednesdays from 4 to 5 p.m., 725 N. El Dorado St., Stockton.
  • Kennedy Community Center: Thursdays from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., 2800 S. D St., Stockton.
  • East Side Community Park: Family Zumba on Saturdays from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., corner of Delmar and Horner streets, Stockton.

ER Wait Watcher: Which ER Will See You the Fastest?

Heading to the emergency room? ProPublica provides a great tool to help. You may wait a while before a doctor or other treating professional sees you — and the hospital nearest to you might not be the one that sees you the fastest. Click here to look up average ER wait times, as reported by hospitals to the federal government, as well as the time it takes to get there in current traffic, as reported by Google.

Farmers Markets In San Joaquin County

San Joaquin County Public Health Services Network for a Healthy California program has developed a list of San Joaquin County Farmers Markets as part of its goal to increase fruit and vegetable consumption. Click here for the latest list of farmers markets around San Joaquin County, including times and locations.

NEWS

St. Joseph’s Awards Over $200,000 in Community Grants

St. Joseph’s Medical Center has awarded $208,548 in grant funding to three community benefit organizations that provide critical health and human services to San Joaquin County residents.

  • $75,000 to Catholic Charities, in partnership with Community Partnership for Families and Lao Family, for the Health Connectors in a Community Health Worker Program that will focus on linking individuals with primary care providers, preventive care and health education.
  • $70,860 to YMCA of San Joaquin, in partnership with San Joaquin County Office of Education and University of the Pacific’s dental hygiene program, to develop a program of dental services at schools and after-school programs.
  • $62,688 to Women’s Center Youth & Family Services, in partnership with the Stockton Police Department and San Joaquin County District Attorney’s office, to provide training on human trafficking for service providers.

St. Joseph’s Community Grants Program was established in 1990 to provide funding to community-based organizations that provide services to individuals in need. Since its inception, the program has distributed more than $2.2 million to deserving nonprofit organizations with an interest in building healthier communities by improving health and living conditions. “Caring for those in need is truly at the heart of the work that we do here at St. Joseph’s,” said Sister Abby Newton, OP, vice president of mission integration and spiritual care. “We are proud to support the health of our community and further our healing mission by collaborating with these outstanding community organizations.”

Protect Your Family From E-Cigarettes

Read some facts from the California Department of Public Health. To learn more, click here.

Safe Disposal of Prescription Meds in Calaveras County

Mondays through Fridays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (excluding holidays): The Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office reminds everyone that now is a great time to check their cabinets for expired and unused prescription medication. Medication can be disposed of in a secure locker located in the lobby of the new Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office, 1045 Jeff Tuttle Drive, San Andreas. The Sheriff’s Office asks that pills be kept in their original bottles or dumped into Zip-Loc-style bags prior to being placed in the disposal locker. Sharps are not accepted.

Manteca Police Department Receives Drug Collection Unit

Manteca Police Department has installed a Drug Collection Unit received from CVS/pharmacy. The new unit is located in the front lobby of the Police Department, 1001 W. Center St., Manteca, and will provide residents with a safe and environmentally responsible way to dispose of unwanted, unused or expired medication, including controlled substances. The new unit is intended to reduce the amount of unneeded medicine in residents’ homes and decrease prescription drug abuse, which has soared in recent years, especially among teenagers. More than 70 percent of teenagers say it is easy to get prescription drugs from their parents’ medicine cabinets, according to a 2014 Partnership for Drug-Free Kids study. The new unit will also help Manteca prevent the contamination of local landfills and water supplies from unused medication. Since 2010 the Manteca Police Department has collected more than 1,500 pounds of unused and unwanted drugs. This was done through the semi-annual DEA nationwide drug take back, which has now been discontinued. Safely disposing of unused medication is critical to protecting our children and our environment,” said Police Chief Nick Obligacion. “Manteca is proud to partner with CVS/pharmacy and we thank them for their commitment to help residents reduce the amount of unneeded medicine in our community.” The new Drug Collection Unit represents one of 1,000 Units CVS/pharmacy and The Medicine Abuse Project (MAP), a five-year initiative of The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, are providing across the country. This innovative donation program is the largest retail pharmacy effort of its kind to date and supports MAP’s goal to prevent a half-million teenagers from abusing prescription medication by the year 2017. CVS/pharmacy is the sole retail pharmacy sponsor of this program, which builds on the company’s Medication Disposal for Safer Communities Program. Manteca’s new Drug Collection Unit site is open to the public 24 hours a day. No liquids are accepted. Manteca residents and CVS/pharmacy customers can also inquire about the Medication Disposal for Safer Communities Program at the toll free phone number (866) 559-8830 or visit www.cvs.com/safercommunities.

HICAP Seeking Volunteers to Counsel Seniors on Medicare

HICAP – the Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program – is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping Medicare beneficiaries navigate the Medicare maze.  We do this in one-on-one counseling sessions, with registered HICAP volunteer counselors. HICAP counselors help Medicare beneficiaries: understand Medicare; compare supplemental policies; review HMO and PPO benefits; learn about government assistance programs; prepare appeals and challenge denials, and clarify rights as a health care consumer.  Our services are always free and always unbiased.  We neither sell nor recommend specific insurance companies.  Rather, we educate beneficiaries to make the choice best for their needs. We are looking for energetic seniors who are computer-savvy, interested in learning, and good communicators.  We will conduct training in San Joaquin County soon.  If you are interested in learning more about HICAP volunteering, contact HICAP at (209) 470-7812.

Breastfeeding and Working

The Breastfeeding Coalition of San Joaquin County offers its “Working & Breastfeeding” Toolkit at BreastfeedSJC.org. This toolkit contains tips, answers to frequently asked questions and links to online resources for families and employers. Jump on over to BreastfeedSJC.org/Working-and-Breastfeeding to check it out.

Diabetes Resources in San Joaquin County

Diabetes is a costly disease, both in terms of people’s health and well-being, and in terms of dollars spent on treatment, medications and lost days at work and school. San Joaquin County annually accounts for among the worst death rates from diabetes among all 58 California counties. In an attempt to make its estimated 60,000 residents with diabetes aware of the many local resources available to help them deal with the disease, a dozen billboards in English and Spanish have been posted around the county directing readers to the UniteForDiabetesSJC.org website. At that website is information on numerous free classes and programs that provide education and training on preventing diabetes, managing the disease, controlling its side effects, and links to more resources, including special events and finding a physician. For questions on how to navigate the website or find a class, residents may call Vanessa Armendariz, community project manager at the San Joaquin Medical Society, at(209) 952-5299. The billboards came about through the efforts of the Diabetes Work Group, a subcommittee of San Joaquin County Public Health’s Obesity and Chronic Disease Prevention Task Force. Funding was provided through a grant from Kaiser Permanente Community Benefit Programs Division-Central Valley Area.

Senior Gateway Website: Don’t Be a Victim

California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones has unveiled a new consumer protection tool for California seniors, who have traditionally been prime targets for con artists. The California Department of Insurance (CDI) is hosting a new Web site www.seniors.ca.gov to educate seniors and their advocates and provide helpful information about how to avoid becoming victims of personal or financial abuse. The Web site, called Senior Gateway, is important because seniors, including older veterans, are disproportionately at risk of being preyed upon financially and subjected to neglect and abuse. The Senior Gateway is sponsored by the Elder Financial Abuse Interagency Roundtable (E-FAIR), convened by CDI and includes representatives from many California agencies who share a common purpose of safeguarding the welfare of California’s seniors. “The goal of this collaborative effort is to assemble, in one convenient location, valuable information not only for seniors, but their families and caregivers. This site will help California seniors find resources and solve problems, and will enable participating agencies to better serve this important segment of our population,” Jones said. The site offers seniors valuable tips and resources in the following areas, and more:

  • Avoiding and reporting abuse and neglect by in-home caregivers or in facilities; learn about different types of abuse and the warning signs.
  • Preventing and reporting financial fraud, abuse and scams targeting seniors.
  • Understanding health care, insurance, Medicare and long-term care; know what long-term care includes.
  • Locating services and programs available to assist older adults.
  • Knowing your rights before buying insurance; what seniors need to know about annuities.
  • Investing wisely and understanding the ins and outs of reverse mortgages.

$5,000 Grants Help Pay for Children’s Medical Expenses

UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation (UHCCF) is seeking grant applications from families in need of financial assistance to help pay for their child’s health care treatments, services or equipment not covered, or not fully covered, by their commercial health insurance plan. Qualifying families can receive up to $5,000 to help pay for medical services and equipment such as physical, occupational and speech therapy, counseling services, surgeries, prescriptions, wheelchairs, orthotics, eyeglasses and hearing aids. To be eligible for a grant, children must be 16 years of age or younger. Families must meet economic guidelines, reside in the United States and have a commercial health insurance plan. Grants are available for medical expenses families have incurred 60 days prior to the date of application as well as for ongoing and future medical needs. Parents or legal guardians may apply for grants at www.uhccf.org, and there is no application deadline. Organizations or private donors can make tax-deductible donations to the foundation at this website. In 2011, UHCCF awarded more than 1,200 grants to families across the United States for treatments associated with medical conditions such as cancer, spina bifida, muscular dystrophy, diabetes, hearing loss, autism, cystic fibrosis, Down syndrome, ADHD and cerebral palsy.

Facts About Fruits and Vegetables

Click here for lots of great information about fruits and vegetables.

ONGOING

Hmong Language Diabetes Classes

The Hmong Community of Stockton is invited to attend free diabetes classes presented in the Hmong language. Call Jou Moua at (209) 298-2374 or (209) 461-3224 to find a class.

Fit Families for Life

Fit Families for Life is a weekly class for parents offered by HealthNet and held at Fathers and Families of San Joaquin, 338 E. Market St., Stockton. All parents are welcome and there is no cost to attend. Participants will learn about nutrition, cooking and exercise. Information and registration: Renee Garcia at (209) 941-0701.

Journey to Control Diabetes Education Program

Mondays 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.: Dameron Hospital offers a free diabetes education program, with classes held in the Dameron Hospital Annex, 445 W. Acacia St., Stockton. Preregistration is required. Contact Carolyn Sanders, RN, at c.sanders@dameronhospital.org(209) 461-3136 or (209) 461-7597.

Al-Anon Freedom to Change Support Group

Mondays and Thursdays 7 to 8:30 p.m.: Lodi Health offers Al-Anon Freedom to Change meetings for family and friends of problem drinkers. The group helps people to know what to do when someone close to them drinks too much. Meetings are offered several times each month at Lodi Memorial Hospital, 975 S. Fairmont Ave., Lodi. Information: www.lodihealth.org.

Man-to-Man Prostate Cancer Support Group

First Monday of Month 7 to 9 p.m.: Dameron Hospital, 525 W. Acacia St., Stockton, holds a support group for men diagnosed with prostate cancer and their families and caregivers. The meetings are facilitated by trained volunteers who are prostate cancer survivors. Information: Ernest Pontiflet at (209) 952-9092.

Crystal Meth Anonymous Recovery Group

Mondays 6:30 p.m.: 825 Central Ave., Lodi. Information: (209) 430-9780 or (209) 368-0756.

Yoga for People Dealing with Cancer

Mondays 5:30 to 7 p.m.: This free weekly Yoga & Breathing class for cancer patients will help individuals sleep better and reduce pain. This class is led by yoga instructor Chinu Mehdi in Classrooms 1 and 2, St. Joseph’s Medical Center, 1800 N. California St., Stockton. Information: (209) 467-6550 orSJCancerInfo@dignityhealth.org.

Respiratory Support Group for Better Breathing

First Tuesday of month 10 to 11 a.m.: Lodi Health’s Respiratory Therapy Department and the American Lung Association of California Valley Lode offer a free “Better Breathers’” respiratory-support group for people and their family members with breathing problems including asthma, bronchitis and emphysema. Participants will learn how to cope with chronic lung disease, understand lungs and how they work and use medications and oxygen properly. The group meets at Lodi Health West, 800 S. Lower Sacramento Road, Lodi. Pre-registration is recommended by calling (209) 339-7445. For information on other classes available at Lodi Memorial, visit its website at www.lodihealth.org.

The Beat Goes On Cardiac Support Group

First Tuesday of month 11 a.m. to noon: Lodi Health offers a free cardiac support group at Lodi Health West, 800 S. Lower Sacramento Road, Lodi. “The Beat Goes On” cardiac support group is a community-based nonprofit group that offers practical tools for healthy living to heart disease patients, their families and caregivers. Its mission is to provide community awareness that those with heart disease can live well through support meetings and educational forums. Upcoming topics include exercise, stress management and nutrition counseling services. All are welcomed to attend. Information: (209) 339-7664.

Planned Childbirth Services

Tuesdays 6 to 8 p.m.: Dameron Hospital, 525 W. Acacia St., Stockton, hosts a four-class series which answers questions and prepares mom and her partner for labor and birth. Bring two pillows and a comfortable blanket or exercise mat to each class. These classes are requested during expecting mother’s third trimester. Information/registration: Carolyn Sanders, RN (209) 461-3136 or www.Dameronhospital.org.

Lactation Support Group in Lodi

Tuesdays 10 a.m.: Lodi Health offers The Lactation Club, a support group for breastfeeding moms that is held in Classroom A at Lodi Memorial Hospital, 975 S. Fairmont Ave., Lodi. Lactation consultants are readily available to answer questions and help with breastfeeding issues. A scale will also be on hand to weigh babies. Information: (209) 339.7872 or www.lodihealth.org.

Say Yes to Breastfeeding

Tuesdays 6 to 8 p.m.: Dameron Hospital, 525 W. Acacia St., Stockton, offers a class that outlines the information and basic benefits and risk management of breastfeeding. Topics include latching, early skin-to-skin on cue, expressing milk and helpful hints on early infant feeding. In addition, the hospital offers a monthly Mommy and Me-Breastfeeding support group where mothers, babies and hospital clerical staff meet the second Monday of each month. Information/registration: Carolyn Sanders, RN (209) 461-3136 or www.Dameronhospital.org.

Precious Preemies

Second Tuesday of the month, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.: Precious Preemies: A Discussion Group for Families Raising Premature Infants and Infants with Medical Concerns required registration and is held at Family Resource Network, Sherwood Executive Center, 5250 Claremont Ave., Suite 148, Stockton. Information: www.frcn.org/calendar.asp or (209) 472-3674 or (800) 847-3030.

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous

Are you having trouble controlling the way you eat? Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) is a free Twelve Step recovery program for anyone suffering from food obsession, overeating, undereating or bulimia. For more information or a list of additional meetings throughout the U.S. and the world, call (781) 932-6300 or visitwww.foodaddicts.org.

  • Tuesdays 7 p.m.: Modesto Unity Church, 2547 Veneman Ave., Modesto.
  • Wednesdays 9 a.m.: The Episcopal Church of Saint Anne, 1020 W. Lincoln Road, Stockton.
  • Saturdays 9 a.m.: Tracy Community Church, 1790 Sequoia Blvd. at Corral Hollow, Tracy.

Diabetes: Basics to a Healthy Life

Wednesdays 10 a.m.: Free eight-class ongoing series every Wednesday except the month of September. Click here for detailsSt. Joseph’s Medical Center, Cleveland Classroom, 2102 N. California St., Stockton. Information: (209) 944-8355 or www.StJosephsCares.org/Diabetes.

Break From Stress

Wednesdays 6 to 7 p.m.: St. Joseph’s Medical Center offers the community a break from their stressful lives with Break from Stress sessions. These sessions are free, open to the public, with no pre-registration necessary. Just drop in, take a deep breath and relax through a variety of techniques. Break from Stress sessions are held in St. Joseph’s Cleveland Classroom (behind HealthCare Clinical Lab on California Street just north of the medical center. Information: SJCancerInfo@DignityHealth.orgor (209) 467-6550.

Mother-Baby Breast Connection

Wednesdays 1 to 3 p.m.: Join a lactation consultant for support and advice on the challenges of early breastfeeding. Come meet other families and attend as often as you like. A different topic of interest will be offered each week with time for breastfeeding assistance and questions. Pre-registration is required. Call (209) 467-6331. St. Joseph’s Medical Center, Pavilion Conference Room (1st floor), 1800 N. California St., Stockton.

Adult Children With Aging Relatives

Second Wednesday of month 4:30 p.m.: Lodi Health offers an Adult Children with Aging Relatives support group at the Hutchins Street Square Senior Center. Information: (209) 369-4443 or (209) 369-6921.

Diabetes Support Group in Stockton

Third Wednesday of month 5:30 to 7 p.m.: This support group will help you deal with issues of diabetes through avoiding lifelong complications. Accomplished by increasing daily activities, learning to take your medications  properly, and overcoming depression, frustration and feeling alone. Each month there will be resources including dietitians, doctors, pharmacists and literature is available to assist you. Knowledge is power. This is a free program (no registration is required). Monthly meetings will be held at St. Joseph’s Medical Center, 1800 N. California St., Stockton, in the basement Classroom 3. Any questions or comments call Susan Sanchez, RN, Certified Diabetes Educator: (209) 662-9487.

Smoking Cessation Class in Lodi

Wednesdays 3 to 4 p.m.: Lodi Health offers an eight-session smoking-cessation class for those wishing to become smoke free. Classes are held weekly in the Lodi Health Pulmonary Rehabilitation Department at Lodi Memorial Hospital, 975 S. Fairmont Ave., Lodi. Topics covered include benefits of quitting; ways to cope with quitting; how to deal with a craving; medications that help with withdrawal; and creating a support system. Call the Lodi Health Lung Health Line at (209) 339-7445 to register.

Individual Stork Tours At Dameron

Wednesdays 5 to 7 p.m.: Dameron Hospital, 525 W. Acacia St., Stockton, offers 30 minute guided tours that provide expecting parents with a tour of Labor/Delivery, the Mother-Baby Unit and an overview of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. New mothers are provided information on delivery services, where to go and what to do once delivery has arrived, and each mother can create an individual birthing plan. Information/registration: Carolyn Sanders, RN (209) 461-3136or www.Dameronhospital.org.

Brain Builders Weekly Program

Thursdays 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: Lodi Health and the Hutchins Street Square Senior Center offer “Brain Builders,” a weekly program for people in the early stages of memory loss. There is a weekly fee of $25. Registration is required. Information or to register, call (209) 369-4443 or (209) 369-6921.

Infant CPR and Safety

Second Thursday of month 5 to 7 p.m.: Dameron Hospital, 525 W. Acacia St., Stockton, offers a class to family members to safely take care of their newborn.  Family members are taught infant CPR and relief of choking, safe sleep and car seat safety.  Regarding infant safety, the hospital offers on the fourth Thursday of each month from 5 to 7 p.m. a NICU/SCN family support group. This group is facilitated by a Master Prepared Clinical Social Worker and the Dameron NICU staff with visits from the hospital’s neonatologist. Information/registration: Carolyn Sanders, RN (209) 461-3136 or www.Dameronhospital.org.

Group Meetings for Alzheimer’s Patients, Caregivers

Thursdays 10 to 11:30 a.m.: The Alzheimer’s Aid Society of Northern California in conjunction with Villa Marche residential care facility conducts a simultaneous Caregiver’s Support Group and Patient’s Support Group at Villa Marche, 1119 Rosemarie Lane, Stockton. Caregivers, support people or family members of anyone with dementia are welcome to attend the caregiver’s group, led by Rita Vasquez. It’s a place to listen, learn and share. At the same time, Alzheimer’s and dementia patients can attend the patient’s group led by Sheryl Ashby. Participants will learn more about dementia and how to keep and enjoy the skills that each individual possesses. There will be brain exercises and reminiscence. The meeting is appropriate for anyone who enjoys socialization and is able to attend with moderate supervision. Information: (209) 477-4858.

Clase Gratuita de Diabetes en Español

Cada segundo Viernes del mes: Participantes aprenderán los fundamentos sobre la observación de azúcar de sangre, comida saludable, tamaños de porción y medicaciones. Un educador con certificado del control de diabetes dará instruccion sobre la autodirección durante de esta clase. Para mas información y registración:(209) 461-3251. Aprenda más de los programas de diabetes en el sitio electronico de St. Joseph’s: www.StJosephsCares.org/Diabetes

Nutrition on the Move Class

Fridays 11 a.m. to noon: Nutrition Education Center at Emergency Food Bank, 7 W. Scotts Ave., Stockton.  Free classes are general nutrition classes where you’ll learn about the new My Plate standards, food label reading, nutrition and exercise, eating more fruits and vegetables, and other tips. Information: (209) 464-7369or www.stocktonfoodbank.org.

Crystal Meth Anonymous Recovery Group

Fridays 6 p.m.: St. Joseph’s Behavioral Health (in trailer at the rear of building), 2510 N. California St., Stockton. Information: (209) 461-2000.

Free Diabetes Class in Spanish

Second Friday of every month: Participants will learn the basics about blood sugar monitoring, healthy foods, portion sizes, medications and self-management skills from a certified diabetic educator during this free class. St. Joseph’s Medical Center, 1800 N. California St., Stockton. Information and registration: (209) 461-3251. Learn more on St. Joseph’s diabetes programs at www.StJosephsCares.org/Diabetes.

National Alliance on Mental Health: Family-to-Family Education

Saturdays 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: NAMI presents a free series of 12 weekly education classes for friends and family of people with major depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder, borderline personality disorder, panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, and co-occurring brain disorders. Classes will be held at 530 W. Acacia St., Stockton (across from Dameron Hospital) on the second floor. Information or to register: (209) 468-3755.

Multiple Sclerosis Self-Help Group

Second Saturday of Every Month 10 a.m. to noon: Multiple Sclerosis Self-Help Group meeting are for family, friends, caregivers and individuals with multiple sclerosis. We invite you to join us for a few moments of exchanging ideas and management skills to help you live and work with multiple sclerosis, a chronic disease. Meetings are at St. Joseph’s Medical Center, 1800 N. California St., Stockton, in Classroom 1 in the basement. Information: Laurie (209) 915-1730 or Velma(209) 951-2264.

All Day Prepared Childbirth Class

Third Saturday of month 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Dameron Hospital, 525 W. Acacia St., Stockton, offers community service educational class of prebirth education and mentoring. Information/registration: Carolyn Sanders, RN (209) 461-3136 or www.Dameronhospital.org.

Big Brother/Big Sister

Second Sunday of month: Dameron Hospital, 525 W. Acacia St., Stockton, has a one-hour class meeting designed specifically for newborn’s siblings. Topics include family role, a labor/delivery tour and a video presentation which explains hand washing/germ control and other household hygiene activities. This community service class ends with a Certification of Completion certificate. Information/registration: Carolyn Sanders, RN (209) 461-3136 or www.Dameronhospital.org.

Outpatient Program Aimed at Teens

Two programs: Adolescents face a number of challenging issues while trying to master their developmental milestones. Mental health issues (including depression), substance abuse and family issues can hinder them from mastering the developmental milestones that guide them into adulthood. The Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) offered by St. Joseph’s Behavioral Health Center, 2510 N. California St., Stockton, is designed for those individuals who need comprehensive treatment for their mental, emotional or chemical dependency problems. This program uses Dialectical Behavioral Therapy to present skills for effective living. Patients learn how to identify and change distorted thinking, communicate effectively in relationships and regain control of their lives. The therapists work collaboratively with parents, doctors and schools. They also put together a discharge plan so the patient continues to get the help they need to thrive into adulthood.

  • Psychiatric Adolescent IOP meets Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 4 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Chemical Recovery Adolescent IOP meets Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 4 to 7 p.m.

For more information about this and other groups, (209) 461-2000 and ask to speak with a behavioral evaluator or visit www.StJosephsCanHelp.org.

Stork Tours in Lodi

Parents-to-be are offered individual tours of the Lodi Memorial Hospital Maternity Department, 975 S. Fairmont Ave., Lodi. Prospective parents may view the labor, delivery and recovery areas of the hospital and ask questions of the nursing staff. Phone (209) 339-7879 to schedule a tour. For more information on other classes offered by Lodi Health, visit www.lodihealth.org.

HOSPITALS and MEDICAL GROUPS

Community Medical Centers

Click here for Community Medical Centers (Channel Medical Clinic, San Joaquin Valley Dental Group, etc.) website.

Dameron Hospital Events

Click here for Dameron Hospital’s Event Calendar.

Doctors Hospital of Manteca Events

Click here for Doctors Hospital of Manteca Events finder.

Hill Physicians

Click here for Hill Physicians website.

Kaiser Permanente Central Valley

Click here for Kaiser Central Valley News and Events

Lodi Memorial Hospital

Click here for Lodi Memorial Hospital.

Mark Twain Medical Center

Click here for Mark Twain Medical Center in San Andreas.

Planned Parenthood Mar Monte

Click here to find a Planned Parenthood Health Center near you.

San Joaquin General Hospital

Click here for San Joaquin General Hospital website.

St. Joseph’s Medical Center Classes and Events

Click here for St. Joseph’s Medical Center’s Classes and Events.

Sutter Gould Medical Foundation

Click here for Sutter Gould news. Click here for Sutter Gould calendar of events.

Sutter Tracy Community Hospital Education and Support

Click here for Sutter Tracy Community Hospital events, classes and support groups.

PUBLIC HEALTH

San Joaquin County Public Health Services General Information

Ongoing resources for vaccinations and clinic information are:

  1. Public Health Services Influenza website, www.sjcphs.org
  2. Recorded message line at (209) 469-8200, extension 2# for English and 3# for Spanish.
  3. For further information, individuals may call the following numbers at Public Health Services:
  • For general vaccine and clinic questions, call (209) 468-3862;
  • For medical questions, call (209) 468-3822.

Health officials continue to recommend these precautionary measures to help protect against acquiring influenza viruses:

  1. Wash your hands often with soap and water or use alcohol based sanitizers.
  2. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or your sleeve, when you cough or sneeze.
  3. Stay home if you are sick until you are free of a fever for 24 hours.
  4. Get vaccinated.

Public Health Services Clinic Schedules (Adults and Children)

Immunization clinic hours are subject to change depending on volume of patients or staffing. Check the Public Health Services website for additional evening clinics or special clinics at www.sjcphs.org. Clinics with an asterisk (*) require patients to call for an appointment.

Stockton Health Center: 1601 E. Hazelton Ave.; (209) 468-3830.

  • Immunizations: Monday 1-4 p.m.; Tuesday 1-4 p.m.; Wednesday 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; Thursday 8-11 a.m. and 1-4 p.m.; Friday 8-11 a.m.
  • Travel clinic*: Thursday 8-11 a.m. and 1 to 4 p.m.
  • Health exams*: Tuesday 1-4 p.m.; Wednesday 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; Friday 8-11 a.m.
  • Sexually transmitted disease clinic: Wednesday 3-6 p.m. and Friday 1-4 p.m., walk-in and by appointment.
  • Tuberculosis clinic*: Tuesday; second and fourth Wednesday of the month.
  • HIV testing: Tuesday 1-4 p.m.; Thursday 1-4 p.m.

Manteca Health Center: 124 Sycamore Ave.; (209) 823-7104 or (800) 839-4949.

  • Immunizations: Wednesday 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and 3-6 p.m.
  • Tuberculosis clinic*: first and third Wednesday 3-6 p.m.
  • HIV testing: first Wednesday 1:30-4 p.m.

Lodi Health Center: 300 W. Oak St.; (209) 331-7303 or (800) 839-4949.

  • Immunizations: Friday 8-11 a.m. and 1-4 p.m.
  • Tuberculosis clinic*: Friday 8-11 a.m. and 1-4 p.m.
  • HIV testing: second and fourth Friday 1:30-4 p.m.

WIC (Women, Infants & Children) Program

Does your food budget need a boost? The WIC Program can help you stretch your food dollars. This special supplemental food program for women, infants and children serves low-income women who are currently pregnant or have recently delivered, breastfeeding moms, infants, and children up to age 5. Eligible applicants receive monthly checks to use at any authorized grocery store for wholesome foods such as fruits and vegetables, milk and cheese, whole-grain breads and cereals, and more. WIC shows you how to feed your family to make them healthier and brings moms and babies closer together by helping with breastfeeding. WIC offers referrals to low-cost or free health care and other community services depending on your needs. WIC services may be obtained at a variety of locations throughout San Joaquin County:

Stockton (209) 468-3280

  • Public Health Services WIC Main Office, 1145 N. Hunter St.: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; open two Saturdays a month.
  • Family Health Center, 1414 N. California St.: Wednesday 8 a.m. to noon, 1 to 5 p.m.
  • CUFF (Coalition United for Families), 2044 Fair St.: Thursday 8 a.m. to noon, 1 to 5 p.m.
  • Taylor Family Center, 1101 Lever Blvd.: Wednesday 8 a.m. to noon, 1 to 4 p.m.
  • Transcultural Clinic, 4422 N. Pershing Ave. Suite D-5: Tuesday 8 a.m. to noon, 1 to 5 p.m.

Manteca  (209) 823-7104

  • Public Health Services, 124 Sycamore Lane: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 8 a.m. to noon, 1 to 5 p.m.

Tracy (209) 831-5930

  • Public Health Services, 205 W. Ninth St.: Monday, Wednesday 8 a.m. to noon, 1 to 5 p.m.

Flu Shots in Calaveras County

Fall brings cooler temperatures and the start of the flu season. Getting flu vaccine early offers greater protection throughout flu season. The Calaveras County Public Health Department recommends everyone 6 months of age and older get flu vaccine every year. Flu season can start as early as October and continue through March. “Seasonal flu can be serious,” said Dr. Dean Kelaita, Calaveras County health officer. “Every year people die from the flu.” Some children, youth and adults are at risk of serious illness and possibly death if they are not protected from the flu. They need to get flu vaccine now.

  • Adults 50 years of age and over.
  • Pregnant women.
  • Children and youth 5-18 years on long-term aspirin therapy.
  • Everyone with chronic health conditions (including diabetes, kidney, heart or lung disease).

If you care for an infant less than 6 months or people with chronic health conditions, you can help protect them by getting your flu vaccine. Even if you had a flu vaccination last year, you need another one this year to be protected and to protect others who are at risk. The Public Health Department will offer five community flu clinics:

  • Every Monday (3 to 5:30 p.m.) and Thursday (8 a.m. to noon): Calaveras County Public Health, 700 Mountain Ranch Road, Suite C2, San Andreas. The monthly Valley Springs Immunization Clinic (third Tuesday, 3 to 5:30 pm) will also offer flu vaccine during flu season.

The flu vaccine is $16.  Medicare Part B is accepted.  No one will be denied service due to inability to pay. For more information about the vaccine or the clinics, contact the Public Health Department at (209) 754-6460 or visit the Public Health website at www.calaveraspublichealth.com.

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What You Need to Know About Joe’s Health Calendar

Have a health-oriented event the public in San Joaquin County should know about? Let me know at jgoldeen@recordnet.com and I’ll get it into my Health Calendar. I’m not interested in promoting commercial enterprises here, but I am interested in helping out nonprofit and/or community groups, hospitals, clinics, physicians and other health-care providers. Look for five categories: Community Events, News, Ongoing, Hospitals & Medical Groups, and Public Health. TO THE PUBLIC: I won’t list an item here from a source that I don’t know or trust. So I believe you can count on what you read here. If there is a problem, please don’t hesitate to let me know at (209) 546-8278 or jgoldeen@recordnet.com. Thanks, Joe

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Joe’s Health Calendar Jan. 30

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Inaugural Stockton Black Community Health Fair

Feb. 1 (Sunday) 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: The leading causes of death among African Americans continue to be high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes. For that reason, University of the Pacific pharmacy students have organized the inaugural Stockton Black Community Health Fair as part of a national outreach effort to increase awareness of the importance of obtaining regular screenings. The Black Community Health Fair will be held at New Greater Love Church of God in Christ, 427 E. Fremont St., Stockton. The event providing screenings for cholesterol, diabetes and blood pressure is free to all members of the community. The student pharmacists from Pacific’s Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences will be promoting health issue awareness, knowledge and preventative care in the black community, in addition to creating opportunities for students interested in the health field to gain experience and work in the community.

Free Nutrition Class – Eating Smart Being Active

Feb. 3 (Tuesday) 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. (also Feb. 10, 17, 24): San Joaquin County Public Health Services is offering free nutrition classes at Stribley Community Center, 1760 E. Sonora St., Stockton, through the end of February. Each week a different topic will be covered, but participants can join at any time and no registration is required. You will learn to:

  • Prepare new healthy recipes.
  • Make your food dollars count.
  • Understand food labels.
  • Eat more fruits and vegetables.
  • Build strong bones.
  • Increase physical activity.

Classes are open to the public and will include free healthy tools and food tastings. Information: (209) 468-3821. For full class schedule, click here.

Free Nutrition Class at Stribley Center

Feb. 5 (Thursday) 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. (also Feb. 12, 19, 26): San Joaquin County Public Health Services is offering free nutrition classes at Stribley Community Center, 1760 E. Sonora St., Stockton, through the end of February. Each week a different topic will be covered, but participants can join at any time and no registration is required. You will learn to:

  • Prepare new healthy recipes.
  • Make your food dollars count.
  • Understand food labels.
  • Eat more fruits and vegetables.
  • Build strong bones.
  • Increase physical activity.

Classes are open to the public and will include free healthy tools and food tastings. Information: (209) 468-3821. For full class schedule, click here.

5th Annual Women Wear Red Event

Feb. 6 (Friday) 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.: Celebrate American Heart Month this February by attending a special event highlighting the importance of education, early detection and prevention. Rudy Wilson Galdonik, hailed as the Erma Bombeck for the 21st century, will be the keynote speaker for Memorial Hospital Foundation’s Women Wear Red Event, scheduled for the Martin G. Petersen Event Center, 720 12th St., Modesto. The well-attended annual event is focused on creating awareness about women’s heart health. Galdonik is a menopausal mom with an attitude. A tad shy of bionic, she is a lifelong heart patient with over $40,000 worth of equipment embedded in her chest – and is quick to point out that didn’t include installation costs. Rudy is a three-dimensional expert on being sick—she has been the patient, the caregiver of a patient (she was widowed at the age of 42), and a hospital human resource manager. She understands the challenges, emotions and issues of being sick. Modesto native and California Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen, R-Riverbank, will serve as the event emcee. Women Wear Red is also sponsored by Memorial Medical Center, Sutter Gould Medical Foundation, the Heart Education and Training Program (HEAT) and the Stanislaus County Office of Education. Tickets cost $45 and can be purchased by calling Memorial Hospital Foundation at (209) 530-3600.

Give Kids A Smile Free Dental Clinic

Feb. 7 (Saturday) 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.: As the recession continues and unemployment rates remain extraordinarily high in the Northern San Joaquin Valley, more families are looking for ways to cut expenses and stretch the family budget. Unfortunately, for many families, this means skipping dental visits and putting off necessary dental care. To help meet the dental health needs of the most vulnerable of our community, the children, San Joaquin Dental Society and the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry at University of the Pacific will team up to “Give Kids A Smile.” All children up to age 17 are invited for free check-ups and dental treatments at the University of the Pacific’s Stockton Health Sciences Learning Center, 757 Brookside Road, just west of Pacific Avenue. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Services include dental screenings, cleanings, fluoride treatments, X-rays and emergency treatments. All services offered that day will be free. Games, clowns and face painting also will be available to keep children entertained while they wait. The event is first-come, first-served. “Previous studies have shown that most of children’s decay is found in those who come from the poorest homes. This stems from several factors including diet, a perceived lack of value of ‘baby teeth,’ difficulty with transportation, and a lack of funds all of which keep children away from the dentist,” said Dr. Noe Mora, a Stockton-area dentist. “Lately, though, we are seeing a decrease in children from all walks of life visiting their dentist regularly, and we can only assume this is because of the impact the recession has had on family budgets.” Information: www.sjds.org.

Every 67 Seconds, Someone is Diagnosed With Alzheimer’s 

TV SHOW KVIE 6: Feb. 11 (Wednesday) 7 p.m.: Every 67 seconds, someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease — the most common form of dementia. With 10,000 Baby Boomers now turning age 65 each day, researchers in our community are racing to find a cure, and alleviate the burden that this memory-robbing disease places on the 5 million people currently living with Alzheimer’s. KVIE’s latest ViewFinder documentary, “Fading Away: Alzheimer’s” takes viewers inside the lives of those living with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers, and explores the local research being done to understand this disease with no known cure. While current medications relieve the symptoms temporarily, the search is on for a treatment that will alter the course of this progressive and often fatal disease. And there’s another cost associated with Alzheimer’s: over time, many caregivers experience serious health problems from the effects of stress. Through candid interviews, this documentary shows viewers the hopes and challenges of the men and women who live with Alzheimer’s. Sacramento resident Ollie Doolittle, a retired Army veteran and postal worker, shares his experience with Mild Cognitive Impairment, as his wife, Levarn, gathers support and plans for what’s to come. Viewers will also meet Robby Colvin, a former mayor of Placerville, whose disease has progressed to the point where safety is now an issue. In Roseville, David Uribe, a father and husband, shares his dilemma as he considers placing his wife, Eileen, in full-time memory care. And we hear from Congressman John Garamendi who, after caring for his mother-in-law with Alzheimer’s, has become a major advocate for Alzheimer’s research. Witness how Garamendi is sounding the alarm in our nation’s capital — calling for money for research and increased support systems. As patients, advocates, and doctors call for more research, funding for Alzheimer’s studies remains well under that given to diseases such as HIV/AIDS and cancer. As doctors and scientists push forward with the resources they have, they’re making remarkable discoveries. This documentary takes viewers inside the labs at UC Davis and Sutter Health, documenting how experts are tracking changes happening inside the brains of living Alzheimer’s patients. A screening of “ViewFinder: Fading Away — Alzheimer’s” will be held at KVIE Studio in Sacramento Tuesday, Feb. 10. The event will include hors d’oeuvres at 5:30 p.m., the screening at 6 p.m., and a Q&A session with producer Karen Christian and Dr. Charles DeCarli, director of the Alzheimer’s Disease Center at UC Davis. RSVP athttp://www.kvie.org/rsvp/fading_away/#.VL_7osHjHvw.twitter. This screening is sponsored by NorthStar Rancho Cordova. As part of KVIE’s Focus on Health, this episode was sponsored by UC Davis Health System. The ViewFinder series is sponsored by SAFE Credit.

Salud Health Fair Free At Delta College

March 21 (Saturday) 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.:  Salud Outreach is organizing a free health fair targeting the region’s large Latino community. The health fair will be held during The Market at Delta College in Parking Lot B3 of San Joaquin Delta College, 5151 Pacific Ave., Stockton. Salud Outreach is a cooperative effort of several groups at the University of the Pacific Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Student pharmacists, community physicians and other health care professionals will be checking cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar levels, as well as providing information on general health. “I really want to spread the word around the community,” first-year pharmacy student Roberto Hernandez said, explaining that even though more people are insured today under the Affordable Care Act, there is still a critical need for access to basic health services. “We’re here to help the community,” Hernandez said, emphasizing that everything at the health fair is offered free of charge. Information: (209) 658-4137.

Healthier Living in East Stockton

Sign up for future workshop: St. Joseph’s Medical Center/Dignity Health would like to invite the public to Healthier Living, a program created by Stanford University. The program gives support and teaches people how to live with different chronic health problems, such as diabetes, arthritis, cancer, heart disease, depression and hypertension. Because St. Joseph’s cares about your health, this program is free in this area. During the program, you will learn to: take control of your health and be able to do more; be less tired and worried; sleep better and have less pain; talk with your doctors, friends and family about your health needs; set goals and solve problems so you can make the changes you want. The program is held once a week for six weeks and is led by someone who is living successfully with a chronic disease. Emmanuel Baptist Church, 715 S. Windsor Ave., Stockton. To sign up for a future workshop, contact Joyce Williams at (209) 463-7889.

CareVan Offers Free Mobile Health Clinic

St. Joseph’s Medical Center CareVan offers a free health clinic for low-income and no-insurance individuals or families, 16 years old and older. Mobile health care services will be available to handle most minor urgent health care needs such as mild burns, bumps, abrasions, sprains, sinus and urinary tract infections, cold and flu. No narcotics prescriptions will be available. Information: (209) 461-3471 or www.StJosephsCares.org/CarevanClinic schedule is subject to change without notice. Walk-In appointments are available.

  • Tuesdays 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.: Dollar General, 310 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Stockton.
  • Wednesdays 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.: Rite Aid, 1050 N. Wilson Way, Stockton.
  • Thursdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.: For those 16 and older only; San Joaquin County Fairgrounds, 1658 S. Airport Way, Stockton.

Get in Shape with Free Zumba

Ditch the routine, join the party! Free Zumba fitness featuring licensed Zumba instructor Monique Solario. Program sponsored by the YMCA of San Joaquin County, Dignity Health/St. Joseph’s Medical Center, Health Plan of San Joaquin and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Includes Family Zumba on Saturdays. Information: www.ymcasjc.org or contact Isela Robles at (209) 292-8468 or lrobles@ymcasjc.org. Classes will be held at the following sites:

  • Boggs Tract Community Center: Tuesdays from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., 533 S. Los Angeles St., Stockton.
  • Podesto Teen Impact Center: Wednesdays from 4 to 5 p.m., 725 N. El Dorado St., Stockton.
  • Kennedy Community Center: Thursdays from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., 2800 S. D St., Stockton.
  • East Side Community Park: Family Zumba on Saturdays from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., corner of Delmar and Horner streets, Stockton.

ER Wait Watcher: Which ER Will See You the Fastest?

Heading to the emergency room? ProPublica provides a great tool to help. You may wait a while before a doctor or other treating professional sees you — and the hospital nearest to you might not be the one that sees you the fastest. Click here to look up average ER wait times, as reported by hospitals to the federal government, as well as the time it takes to get there in current traffic, as reported by Google.

Farmers Markets In San Joaquin County

San Joaquin County Public Health Services Network for a Healthy California program has developed a list of San Joaquin County Farmers Markets as part of its goal to increase fruit and vegetable consumption. Click here for the latest list of farmers markets around San Joaquin County, including times and locations.

NEWS

St. Joseph’s Awards Over $200,000 in Community Grants

St. Joseph’s Medical Center has awarded $208,548 in grant funding to three community benefit organizations that provide critical health and human services to San Joaquin County residents.

  • $75,000 to Catholic Charities, in partnership with Community Partnership for Families and Lao Family, for the Health Connectors in a Community Health Worker Program that will focus on linking individuals with primary care providers, preventive care and health education.
  • $70,860 to YMCA of San Joaquin, in partnership with San Joaquin County Office of Education and University of the Pacific’s dental hygiene program, to develop a program of dental services at schools and after-school programs.
  • $62,688 to Women’s Center Youth & Family Services, in partnership with the Stockton Police Department and San Joaquin County District Attorney’s office, to provide training on human trafficking for service providers.

St. Joseph’s Community Grants Program was established in 1990 to provide funding to community-based organizations that provide services to individuals in need. Since its inception, the program has distributed more than $2.2 million to deserving nonprofit organizations with an interest in building healthier communities by improving health and living conditions. “Caring for those in need is truly at the heart of the work that we do here at St. Joseph’s,” said Sister Abby Newton, OP, vice president of mission integration and spiritual care. “We are proud to support the health of our community and further our healing mission by collaborating with these outstanding community organizations.”

Protect Your Family From E-Cigarettes

Read some facts from the California Department of Public Health. To learn more, click here.

Safe Disposal of Prescription Meds in Calaveras County

Mondays through Fridays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (excluding holidays): The Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office reminds everyone that now is a great time to check their cabinets for expired and unused prescription medication. Medication can be disposed of in a secure locker located in the lobby of the new Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office, 1045 Jeff Tuttle Drive, San Andreas. The Sheriff’s Office asks that pills be kept in their original bottles or dumped into Zip-Loc-style bags prior to being placed in the disposal locker. Sharps are not accepted.

Manteca Police Department Receives Drug Collection Unit

Manteca Police Department has installed a Drug Collection Unit received from CVS/pharmacy. The new unit is located in the front lobby of the Police Department, 1001 W. Center St., Manteca, and will provide residents with a safe and environmentally responsible way to dispose of unwanted, unused or expired medication, including controlled substances. The new unit is intended to reduce the amount of unneeded medicine in residents’ homes and decrease prescription drug abuse, which has soared in recent years, especially among teenagers. More than 70 percent of teenagers say it is easy to get prescription drugs from their parents’ medicine cabinets, according to a 2014 Partnership for Drug-Free Kids study. The new unit will also help Manteca prevent the contamination of local landfills and water supplies from unused medication. Since 2010 the Manteca Police Department has collected more than 1,500 pounds of unused and unwanted drugs. This was done through the semi-annual DEA nationwide drug take back, which has now been discontinued. Safely disposing of unused medication is critical to protecting our children and our environment,” said Police Chief Nick Obligacion. “Manteca is proud to partner with CVS/pharmacy and we thank them for their commitment to help residents reduce the amount of unneeded medicine in our community.” The new Drug Collection Unit represents one of 1,000 Units CVS/pharmacy and The Medicine Abuse Project (MAP), a five-year initiative of The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, are providing across the country. This innovative donation program is the largest retail pharmacy effort of its kind to date and supports MAP’s goal to prevent a half-million teenagers from abusing prescription medication by the year 2017. CVS/pharmacy is the sole retail pharmacy sponsor of this program, which builds on the company’s Medication Disposal for Safer Communities Program. Manteca’s new Drug Collection Unit site is open to the public 24 hours a day. No liquids are accepted. Manteca residents and CVS/pharmacy customers can also inquire about the Medication Disposal for Safer Communities Program at the toll free phone number (866) 559-8830 or visit www.cvs.com/safercommunities.

HICAP Seeking Volunteers to Counsel Seniors on Medicare

HICAP – the Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program – is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping Medicare beneficiaries navigate the Medicare maze.  We do this in one-on-one counseling sessions, with registered HICAP volunteer counselors. HICAP counselors help Medicare beneficiaries: understand Medicare; compare supplemental policies; review HMO and PPO benefits; learn about government assistance programs; prepare appeals and challenge denials, and clarify rights as a health care consumer.  Our services are always free and always unbiased.  We neither sell nor recommend specific insurance companies.  Rather, we educate beneficiaries to make the choice best for their needs. We are looking for energetic seniors who are computer-savvy, interested in learning, and good communicators.  We will conduct training in San Joaquin County soon.  If you are interested in learning more about HICAP volunteering, contact HICAP at (209) 470-7812.

Breastfeeding and Working

The Breastfeeding Coalition of San Joaquin County offers its “Working & Breastfeeding” Toolkit at BreastfeedSJC.org. This toolkit contains tips, answers to frequently asked questions and links to online resources for families and employers. Jump on over to BreastfeedSJC.org/Working-and-Breastfeeding to check it out.

Diabetes Resources in San Joaquin County

Diabetes is a costly disease, both in terms of people’s health and well-being, and in terms of dollars spent on treatment, medications and lost days at work and school. San Joaquin County annually accounts for among the worst death rates from diabetes among all 58 California counties. In an attempt to make its estimated 60,000 residents with diabetes aware of the many local resources available to help them deal with the disease, a dozen billboards in English and Spanish have been posted around the county directing readers to the UniteForDiabetesSJC.org website. At that website is information on numerous free classes and programs that provide education and training on preventing diabetes, managing the disease, controlling its side effects, and links to more resources, including special events and finding a physician. For questions on how to navigate the website or find a class, residents may call Vanessa Armendariz, community project manager at the San Joaquin Medical Society, at(209) 952-5299. The billboards came about through the efforts of the Diabetes Work Group, a subcommittee of San Joaquin County Public Health’s Obesity and Chronic Disease Prevention Task Force. Funding was provided through a grant from Kaiser Permanente Community Benefit Programs Division-Central Valley Area.

Senior Gateway Website: Don’t Be a Victim

California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones has unveiled a new consumer protection tool for California seniors, who have traditionally been prime targets for con artists. The California Department of Insurance (CDI) is hosting a new Web site www.seniors.ca.gov to educate seniors and their advocates and provide helpful information about how to avoid becoming victims of personal or financial abuse. The Web site, called Senior Gateway, is important because seniors, including older veterans, are disproportionately at risk of being preyed upon financially and subjected to neglect and abuse. The Senior Gateway is sponsored by the Elder Financial Abuse Interagency Roundtable (E-FAIR), convened by CDI and includes representatives from many California agencies who share a common purpose of safeguarding the welfare of California’s seniors. “The goal of this collaborative effort is to assemble, in one convenient location, valuable information not only for seniors, but their families and caregivers. This site will help California seniors find resources and solve problems, and will enable participating agencies to better serve this important segment of our population,” Jones said. The site offers seniors valuable tips and resources in the following areas, and more:

  • Avoiding and reporting abuse and neglect by in-home caregivers or in facilities; learn about different types of abuse and the warning signs.
  • Preventing and reporting financial fraud, abuse and scams targeting seniors.
  • Understanding health care, insurance, Medicare and long-term care; know what long-term care includes.
  • Locating services and programs available to assist older adults.
  • Knowing your rights before buying insurance; what seniors need to know about annuities.
  • Investing wisely and understanding the ins and outs of reverse mortgages.

$5,000 Grants Help Pay for Children’s Medical Expenses

UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation (UHCCF) is seeking grant applications from families in need of financial assistance to help pay for their child’s health care treatments, services or equipment not covered, or not fully covered, by their commercial health insurance plan. Qualifying families can receive up to $5,000 to help pay for medical services and equipment such as physical, occupational and speech therapy, counseling services, surgeries, prescriptions, wheelchairs, orthotics, eyeglasses and hearing aids. To be eligible for a grant, children must be 16 years of age or younger. Families must meet economic guidelines, reside in the United States and have a commercial health insurance plan. Grants are available for medical expenses families have incurred 60 days prior to the date of application as well as for ongoing and future medical needs. Parents or legal guardians may apply for grants at www.uhccf.org, and there is no application deadline. Organizations or private donors can make tax-deductible donations to the foundation at this website. In 2011, UHCCF awarded more than 1,200 grants to families across the United States for treatments associated with medical conditions such as cancer, spina bifida, muscular dystrophy, diabetes, hearing loss, autism, cystic fibrosis, Down syndrome, ADHD and cerebral palsy.

Facts About Fruits and Vegetables

Click here for lots of great information about fruits and vegetables.

ONGOING

Hmong Language Diabetes Classes

The Hmong Community of Stockton is invited to attend free diabetes classes presented in the Hmong language. Call Jou Moua at (209) 298-2374 or (209) 461-3224 to find a class.

Fit Families for Life

Fit Families for Life is a weekly class for parents offered by HealthNet and held at Fathers and Families of San Joaquin, 338 E. Market St., Stockton. All parents are welcome and there is no cost to attend. Participants will learn about nutrition, cooking and exercise. Information and registration: Renee Garcia at (209) 941-0701.

Journey to Control Diabetes Education Program

Mondays 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.: Dameron Hospital offers a free diabetes education program, with classes held in the Dameron Hospital Annex, 445 W. Acacia St., Stockton. Preregistration is required. Contact Carolyn Sanders, RN, at c.sanders@dameronhospital.org(209) 461-3136 or (209) 461-7597.

Al-Anon Freedom to Change Support Group

Mondays and Thursdays 7 to 8:30 p.m.: Lodi Health offers Al-Anon Freedom to Change meetings for family and friends of problem drinkers. The group helps people to know what to do when someone close to them drinks too much. Meetings are offered several times each month at Lodi Memorial Hospital, 975 S. Fairmont Ave., Lodi. Information: www.lodihealth.org.

Man-to-Man Prostate Cancer Support Group

First Monday of Month 7 to 9 p.m.: Dameron Hospital, 525 W. Acacia St., Stockton, holds a support group for men diagnosed with prostate cancer and their families and caregivers. The meetings are facilitated by trained volunteers who are prostate cancer survivors. Information: Ernest Pontiflet at (209) 952-9092.

Crystal Meth Anonymous Recovery Group

Mondays 6:30 p.m.: 825 Central Ave., Lodi. Information: (209) 430-9780 or (209) 368-0756.

Yoga for People Dealing with Cancer

Mondays 5:30 to 7 p.m.: This free weekly Yoga & Breathing class for cancer patients will help individuals sleep better and reduce pain. This class is led by yoga instructor Chinu Mehdi in Classrooms 1 and 2, St. Joseph’s Medical Center, 1800 N. California St., Stockton. Information: (209) 467-6550 orSJCancerInfo@dignityhealth.org.

Respiratory Support Group for Better Breathing

First Tuesday of month 10 to 11 a.m.: Lodi Health’s Respiratory Therapy Department and the American Lung Association of California Valley Lode offer a free “Better Breathers’” respiratory-support group for people and their family members with breathing problems including asthma, bronchitis and emphysema. Participants will learn how to cope with chronic lung disease, understand lungs and how they work and use medications and oxygen properly. The group meets at Lodi Health West, 800 S. Lower Sacramento Road, Lodi. Pre-registration is recommended by calling (209) 339-7445. For information on other classes available at Lodi Memorial, visit its website at www.lodihealth.org.

The Beat Goes On Cardiac Support Group

First Tuesday of month 11 a.m. to noon: Lodi Health offers a free cardiac support group at Lodi Health West, 800 S. Lower Sacramento Road, Lodi. “The Beat Goes On” cardiac support group is a community-based nonprofit group that offers practical tools for healthy living to heart disease patients, their families and caregivers. Its mission is to provide community awareness that those with heart disease can live well through support meetings and educational forums. Upcoming topics include exercise, stress management and nutrition counseling services. All are welcomed to attend. Information: (209) 339-7664.

Planned Childbirth Services

Tuesdays 6 to 8 p.m.: Dameron Hospital, 525 W. Acacia St., Stockton, hosts a four-class series which answers questions and prepares mom and her partner for labor and birth. Bring two pillows and a comfortable blanket or exercise mat to each class. These classes are requested during expecting mother’s third trimester. Information/registration: Carolyn Sanders, RN (209) 461-3136 or www.Dameronhospital.org.

Lactation Support Group in Lodi

Tuesdays 10 a.m.: Lodi Health offers The Lactation Club, a support group for breastfeeding moms that is held in Classroom A at Lodi Memorial Hospital, 975 S. Fairmont Ave., Lodi. Lactation consultants are readily available to answer questions and help with breastfeeding issues. A scale will also be on hand to weigh babies. Information: (209) 339.7872 or www.lodihealth.org.

Say Yes to Breastfeeding

Tuesdays 6 to 8 p.m.: Dameron Hospital, 525 W. Acacia St., Stockton, offers a class that outlines the information and basic benefits and risk management of breastfeeding. Topics include latching, early skin-to-skin on cue, expressing milk and helpful hints on early infant feeding. In addition, the hospital offers a monthly Mommy and Me-Breastfeeding support group where mothers, babies and hospital clerical staff meet the second Monday of each month. Information/registration: Carolyn Sanders, RN (209) 461-3136 or www.Dameronhospital.org.

Precious Preemies

Second Tuesday of the month, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.: Precious Preemies: A Discussion Group for Families Raising Premature Infants and Infants with Medical Concerns required registration and is held at Family Resource Network, Sherwood Executive Center, 5250 Claremont Ave., Suite 148, Stockton. Information: www.frcn.org/calendar.asp or (209) 472-3674 or (800) 847-3030.

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous

Are you having trouble controlling the way you eat? Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) is a free Twelve Step recovery program for anyone suffering from food obsession, overeating, undereating or bulimia. For more information or a list of additional meetings throughout the U.S. and the world, call (781) 932-6300 or visitwww.foodaddicts.org.

  • Tuesdays 7 p.m.: Modesto Unity Church, 2547 Veneman Ave., Modesto.
  • Wednesdays 9 a.m.: The Episcopal Church of Saint Anne, 1020 W. Lincoln Road, Stockton.
  • Saturdays 9 a.m.: Tracy Community Church, 1790 Sequoia Blvd. at Corral Hollow, Tracy.

Diabetes: Basics to a Healthy Life

Wednesdays 10 a.m.: Free eight-class ongoing series every Wednesday except the month of September. Click here for detailsSt. Joseph’s Medical Center, Cleveland Classroom, 2102 N. California St., Stockton. Information: (209) 944-8355 or www.StJosephsCares.org/Diabetes.

Break From Stress

Wednesdays 6 to 7 p.m.: St. Joseph’s Medical Center offers the community a break from their stressful lives with Break from Stress sessions. These sessions are free, open to the public, with no pre-registration necessary. Just drop in, take a deep breath and relax through a variety of techniques. Break from Stress sessions are held in St. Joseph’s Cleveland Classroom (behind HealthCare Clinical Lab on California Street just north of the medical center. Information: SJCancerInfo@DignityHealth.orgor (209) 467-6550.

Mother-Baby Breast Connection

Wednesdays 1 to 3 p.m.: Join a lactation consultant for support and advice on the challenges of early breastfeeding. Come meet other families and attend as often as you like. A different topic of interest will be offered each week with time for breastfeeding assistance and questions. Pre-registration is required. Call (209) 467-6331. St. Joseph’s Medical Center, Pavilion Conference Room (1st floor), 1800 N. California St., Stockton.

Adult Children With Aging Relatives

Second Wednesday of month 4:30 p.m.: Lodi Health offers an Adult Children with Aging Relatives support group at the Hutchins Street Square Senior Center. Information: (209) 369-4443 or (209) 369-6921.

Diabetes Support Group in Stockton

Third Wednesday of month 5:30 to 7 p.m.: This support group will help you deal with issues of diabetes through avoiding lifelong complications. Accomplished by increasing daily activities, learning to take your medications  properly, and overcoming depression, frustration and feeling alone. Each month there will be resources including dietitians, doctors, pharmacists and literature is available to assist you. Knowledge is power. This is a free program (no registration is required). Monthly meetings will be held at St. Joseph’s Medical Center, 1800 N. California St., Stockton, in the basement Classroom 3. Any questions or comments call Susan Sanchez, RN, Certified Diabetes Educator: (209) 662-9487.

Smoking Cessation Class in Lodi

Wednesdays 3 to 4 p.m.: Lodi Health offers an eight-session smoking-cessation class for those wishing to become smoke free. Classes are held weekly in the Lodi Health Pulmonary Rehabilitation Department at Lodi Memorial Hospital, 975 S. Fairmont Ave., Lodi. Topics covered include benefits of quitting; ways to cope with quitting; how to deal with a craving; medications that help with withdrawal; and creating a support system. Call the Lodi Health Lung Health Line at (209) 339-7445 to register.

Individual Stork Tours At Dameron

Wednesdays 5 to 7 p.m.: Dameron Hospital, 525 W. Acacia St., Stockton, offers 30 minute guided tours that provide expecting parents with a tour of Labor/Delivery, the Mother-Baby Unit and an overview of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. New mothers are provided information on delivery services, where to go and what to do once delivery has arrived, and each mother can create an individual birthing plan. Information/registration: Carolyn Sanders, RN (209) 461-3136or www.Dameronhospital.org.

Brain Builders Weekly Program

Thursdays 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: Lodi Health and the Hutchins Street Square Senior Center offer “Brain Builders,” a weekly program for people in the early stages of memory loss. There is a weekly fee of $25. Registration is required. Information or to register, call (209) 369-4443 or (209) 369-6921.

Infant CPR and Safety

Second Thursday of month 5 to 7 p.m.: Dameron Hospital, 525 W. Acacia St., Stockton, offers a class to family members to safely take care of their newborn.  Family members are taught infant CPR and relief of choking, safe sleep and car seat safety.  Regarding infant safety, the hospital offers on the fourth Thursday of each month from 5 to 7 p.m. a NICU/SCN family support group. This group is facilitated by a Master Prepared Clinical Social Worker and the Dameron NICU staff with visits from the hospital’s neonatologist. Information/registration: Carolyn Sanders, RN (209) 461-3136 or www.Dameronhospital.org.

Group Meetings for Alzheimer’s Patients, Caregivers

Thursdays 10 to 11:30 a.m.: The Alzheimer’s Aid Society of Northern California in conjunction with Villa Marche residential care facility conducts a simultaneous Caregiver’s Support Group and Patient’s Support Group at Villa Marche, 1119 Rosemarie Lane, Stockton. Caregivers, support people or family members of anyone with dementia are welcome to attend the caregiver’s group, led by Rita Vasquez. It’s a place to listen, learn and share. At the same time, Alzheimer’s and dementia patients can attend the patient’s group led by Sheryl Ashby. Participants will learn more about dementia and how to keep and enjoy the skills that each individual possesses. There will be brain exercises and reminiscence. The meeting is appropriate for anyone who enjoys socialization and is able to attend with moderate supervision. Information: (209) 477-4858.

Clase Gratuita de Diabetes en Español

Cada segundo Viernes del mes: Participantes aprenderán los fundamentos sobre la observación de azúcar de sangre, comida saludable, tamaños de porción y medicaciones. Un educador con certificado del control de diabetes dará instruccion sobre la autodirección durante de esta clase. Para mas información y registración:(209) 461-3251. Aprenda más de los programas de diabetes en el sitio electronico de St. Joseph’s: www.StJosephsCares.org/Diabetes

Nutrition on the Move Class

Fridays 11 a.m. to noon: Nutrition Education Center at Emergency Food Bank, 7 W. Scotts Ave., Stockton.  Free classes are general nutrition classes where you’ll learn about the new My Plate standards, food label reading, nutrition and exercise, eating more fruits and vegetables, and other tips. Information: (209) 464-7369or www.stocktonfoodbank.org.

Crystal Meth Anonymous Recovery Group

Fridays 6 p.m.: St. Joseph’s Behavioral Health (in trailer at the rear of building), 2510 N. California St., Stockton. Information: (209) 461-2000.

Free Diabetes Class in Spanish

Second Friday of every month: Participants will learn the basics about blood sugar monitoring, healthy foods, portion sizes, medications and self-management skills from a certified diabetic educator during this free class. St. Joseph’s Medical Center, 1800 N. California St., Stockton. Information and registration: (209) 461-3251. Learn more on St. Joseph’s diabetes programs at www.StJosephsCares.org/Diabetes.

National Alliance on Mental Health: Family-to-Family Education

Saturdays 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: NAMI presents a free series of 12 weekly education classes for friends and family of people with major depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder, borderline personality disorder, panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, and co-occurring brain disorders. Classes will be held at 530 W. Acacia St., Stockton (across from Dameron Hospital) on the second floor. Information or to register: (209) 468-3755.

Multiple Sclerosis Self-Help Group

Second Saturday of Every Month 10 a.m. to noon: Multiple Sclerosis Self-Help Group meeting are for family, friends, caregivers and individuals with multiple sclerosis. We invite you to join us for a few moments of exchanging ideas and management skills to help you live and work with multiple sclerosis, a chronic disease. Meetings are at St. Joseph’s Medical Center, 1800 N. California St., Stockton, in Classroom 1 in the basement. Information: Laurie (209) 915-1730 or Velma(209) 951-2264.

All Day Prepared Childbirth Class

Third Saturday of month 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Dameron Hospital, 525 W. Acacia St., Stockton, offers community service educational class of prebirth education and mentoring. Information/registration: Carolyn Sanders, RN (209) 461-3136 or www.Dameronhospital.org.

Big Brother/Big Sister

Second Sunday of month: Dameron Hospital, 525 W. Acacia St., Stockton, has a one-hour class meeting designed specifically for newborn’s siblings. Topics include family role, a labor/delivery tour and a video presentation which explains hand washing/germ control and other household hygiene activities. This community service class ends with a Certification of Completion certificate. Information/registration: Carolyn Sanders, RN (209) 461-3136 or www.Dameronhospital.org.

Outpatient Program Aimed at Teens

Two programs: Adolescents face a number of challenging issues while trying to master their developmental milestones. Mental health issues (including depression), substance abuse and family issues can hinder them from mastering the developmental milestones that guide them into adulthood. The Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) offered by St. Joseph’s Behavioral Health Center, 2510 N. California St., Stockton, is designed for those individuals who need comprehensive treatment for their mental, emotional or chemical dependency problems. This program uses Dialectical Behavioral Therapy to present skills for effective living. Patients learn how to identify and change distorted thinking, communicate effectively in relationships and regain control of their lives. The therapists work collaboratively with parents, doctors and schools. They also put together a discharge plan so the patient continues to get the help they need to thrive into adulthood.

  • Psychiatric Adolescent IOP meets Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 4 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Chemical Recovery Adolescent IOP meets Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 4 to 7 p.m.

For more information about this and other groups, (209) 461-2000 and ask to speak with a behavioral evaluator or visit www.StJosephsCanHelp.org.

Stork Tours in Lodi

Parents-to-be are offered individual tours of the Lodi Memorial Hospital Maternity Department, 975 S. Fairmont Ave., Lodi. Prospective parents may view the labor, delivery and recovery areas of the hospital and ask questions of the nursing staff. Phone (209) 339-7879 to schedule a tour. For more information on other classes offered by Lodi Health, visit www.lodihealth.org.

HOSPITALS and MEDICAL GROUPS

Community Medical Centers

Click here for Community Medical Centers (Channel Medical Clinic, San Joaquin Valley Dental Group, etc.) website.

Dameron Hospital Events

Click here for Dameron Hospital’s Event Calendar.

Doctors Hospital of Manteca Events

Click here for Doctors Hospital of Manteca Events finder.

Hill Physicians

Click here for Hill Physicians website.

Kaiser Permanente Central Valley

Click here for Kaiser Central Valley News and Events

Lodi Memorial Hospital

Click here for Lodi Memorial Hospital.

Mark Twain Medical Center

Click here for Mark Twain Medical Center in San Andreas.

Planned Parenthood Mar Monte

Click here to find a Planned Parenthood Health Center near you.

San Joaquin General Hospital

Click here for San Joaquin General Hospital website.

St. Joseph’s Medical Center Classes and Events

Click here for St. Joseph’s Medical Center’s Classes and Events.

Sutter Gould Medical Foundation

Click here for Sutter Gould news. Click here for Sutter Gould calendar of events.

Sutter Tracy Community Hospital Education and Support

Click here for Sutter Tracy Community Hospital events, classes and support groups.

PUBLIC HEALTH

San Joaquin County Public Health Services General Information

Ongoing resources for vaccinations and clinic information are:

  1. Public Health Services Influenza website, www.sjcphs.org
  2. Recorded message line at (209) 469-8200, extension 2# for English and 3# for Spanish.
  3. For further information, individuals may call the following numbers at Public Health Services:
  • For general vaccine and clinic questions, call (209) 468-3862;
  • For medical questions, call (209) 468-3822.

Health officials continue to recommend these precautionary measures to help protect against acquiring influenza viruses:

  1. Wash your hands often with soap and water or use alcohol based sanitizers.
  2. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or your sleeve, when you cough or sneeze.
  3. Stay home if you are sick until you are free of a fever for 24 hours.
  4. Get vaccinated.

Public Health Services Clinic Schedules (Adults and Children)

Immunization clinic hours are subject to change depending on volume of patients or staffing. Check the Public Health Services website for additional evening clinics or special clinics at www.sjcphs.org. Clinics with an asterisk (*) require patients to call for an appointment.

Stockton Health Center: 1601 E. Hazelton Ave.; (209) 468-3830.

  • Immunizations: Monday 1-4 p.m.; Tuesday 1-4 p.m.; Wednesday 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; Thursday 8-11 a.m. and 1-4 p.m.; Friday 8-11 a.m.
  • Travel clinic*: Thursday 8-11 a.m. and 1 to 4 p.m.
  • Health exams*: Tuesday 1-4 p.m.; Wednesday 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; Friday 8-11 a.m.
  • Sexually transmitted disease clinic: Wednesday 3-6 p.m. and Friday 1-4 p.m., walk-in and by appointment.
  • Tuberculosis clinic*: Tuesday; second and fourth Wednesday of the month.
  • HIV testing: Tuesday 1-4 p.m.; Thursday 1-4 p.m.

Manteca Health Center: 124 Sycamore Ave.; (209) 823-7104 or (800) 839-4949.

  • Immunizations: Wednesday 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and 3-6 p.m.
  • Tuberculosis clinic*: first and third Wednesday 3-6 p.m.
  • HIV testing: first Wednesday 1:30-4 p.m.

Lodi Health Center: 300 W. Oak St.; (209) 331-7303 or (800) 839-4949.

  • Immunizations: Friday 8-11 a.m. and 1-4 p.m.
  • Tuberculosis clinic*: Friday 8-11 a.m. and 1-4 p.m.
  • HIV testing: second and fourth Friday 1:30-4 p.m.

WIC (Women, Infants & Children) Program

Does your food budget need a boost? The WIC Program can help you stretch your food dollars. This special supplemental food program for women, infants and children serves low-income women who are currently pregnant or have recently delivered, breastfeeding moms, infants, and children up to age 5. Eligible applicants receive monthly checks to use at any authorized grocery store for wholesome foods such as fruits and vegetables, milk and cheese, whole-grain breads and cereals, and more. WIC shows you how to feed your family to make them healthier and brings moms and babies closer together by helping with breastfeeding. WIC offers referrals to low-cost or free health care and other community services depending on your needs. WIC services may be obtained at a variety of locations throughout San Joaquin County:

Stockton (209) 468-3280

  • Public Health Services WIC Main Office, 1145 N. Hunter St.: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; open two Saturdays a month.
  • Family Health Center, 1414 N. California St.: Wednesday 8 a.m. to noon, 1 to 5 p.m.
  • CUFF (Coalition United for Families), 2044 Fair St.: Thursday 8 a.m. to noon, 1 to 5 p.m.
  • Taylor Family Center, 1101 Lever Blvd.: Wednesday 8 a.m. to noon, 1 to 4 p.m.
  • Transcultural Clinic, 4422 N. Pershing Ave. Suite D-5: Tuesday 8 a.m. to noon, 1 to 5 p.m.

Manteca  (209) 823-7104

  • Public Health Services, 124 Sycamore Lane: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 8 a.m. to noon, 1 to 5 p.m.

Tracy (209) 831-5930

  • Public Health Services, 205 W. Ninth St.: Monday, Wednesday 8 a.m. to noon, 1 to 5 p.m.

Flu Shots in Calaveras County

Fall brings cooler temperatures and the start of the flu season. Getting flu vaccine early offers greater protection throughout flu season. The Calaveras County Public Health Department recommends everyone 6 months of age and older get flu vaccine every year. Flu season can start as early as October and continue through March. “Seasonal flu can be serious,” said Dr. Dean Kelaita, Calaveras County health officer. “Every year people die from the flu.” Some children, youth and adults are at risk of serious illness and possibly death if they are not protected from the flu. They need to get flu vaccine now.

  • Adults 50 years of age and over.
  • Pregnant women.
  • Children and youth 5-18 years on long-term aspirin therapy.
  • Everyone with chronic health conditions (including diabetes, kidney, heart or lung disease).

If you care for an infant less than 6 months or people with chronic health conditions, you can help protect them by getting your flu vaccine. Even if you had a flu vaccination last year, you need another one this year to be protected and to protect others who are at risk. The Public Health Department will offer five community flu clinics:

  • Every Monday (3 to 5:30 p.m.) and Thursday (8 a.m. to noon): Calaveras County Public Health, 700 Mountain Ranch Road, Suite C2, San Andreas. The monthly Valley Springs Immunization Clinic (third Tuesday, 3 to 5:30 pm) will also offer flu vaccine during flu season.

The flu vaccine is $16.  Medicare Part B is accepted.  No one will be denied service due to inability to pay. For more information about the vaccine or the clinics, contact the Public Health Department at (209) 754-6460 or visit the Public Health website at www.calaveraspublichealth.com.

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What You Need to Know About Joe’s Health Calendar

Have a health-oriented event the public in San Joaquin County should know about? Let me know at jgoldeen@recordnet.com and I’ll get it into my Health Calendar. I’m not interested in promoting commercial enterprises here, but I am interested in helping out nonprofit and/or community groups, hospitals, clinics, physicians and other health-care providers. Look for five categories: Community Events, News, Ongoing, Hospitals & Medical Groups, and Public Health. TO THE PUBLIC: I won’t list an item here from a source that I don’t know or trust. So I believe you can count on what you read here. If there is a problem, please don’t hesitate to let me know at (209) 546-8278 or jgoldeen@recordnet.com. Thanks, Joe

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Joe’s Health Calendar Jan. 29

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Free Nutrition Class at Stribley Center

Jan. 29 (today) 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. (also Feb. 5, 12, 19, 26): San Joaquin County Public Health Services is offering free nutrition classes at Stribley Community Center, 1760 E. Sonora St., Stockton, through the end of February. Each week a different topic will be covered, but participants can join at any time and no registration is required. You will learn to:

  • Prepare new healthy recipes.
  • Make your food dollars count.
  • Understand food labels.
  • Eat more fruits and vegetables.
  • Build strong bones.
  • Increase physical activity.

Classes are open to the public and will include free healthy tools and food tastings. Information: (209) 468-3821. For full class schedule, click here.

Inaugural Stockton Black Community Health Fair

Feb. 1 (Sunday) 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: The leading causes of death among African Americans continue to be high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes. For that reason, University of the Pacific pharmacy students have organized the inaugural Stockton Black Community Health Fair as part of a national outreach effort to increase awareness of the importance of obtaining regular screenings. The Black Community Health Fair will be held at New Greater Love Church of God in Christ, 427 E. Fremont St., Stockton. The event providing screenings for cholesterol, diabetes and blood pressure is free to all members of the community. The student pharmacists from Pacific’s Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences will be promoting health issue awareness, knowledge and preventative care in the black community, in addition to creating opportunities for students interested in the health field to gain experience and work in the community.

Free Nutrition Class – Eating Smart Being Active

Feb. 3 (Tuesday) 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. (also Feb. 10, 17, 24): San Joaquin County Public Health Services is offering free nutrition classes at Stribley Community Center, 1760 E. Sonora St., Stockton, through the end of February. Each week a different topic will be covered, but participants can join at any time and no registration is required. You will learn to:

  • Prepare new healthy recipes.
  • Make your food dollars count.
  • Understand food labels.
  • Eat more fruits and vegetables.
  • Build strong bones.
  • Increase physical activity.

Classes are open to the public and will include free healthy tools and food tastings. Information: (209) 468-3821. For full class schedule, click here.

5th Annual Women Wear Red Event

Feb. 6 (Friday) 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.: Celebrate American Heart Month this February by attending a special event highlighting the importance of education, early detection and prevention. Rudy Wilson Galdonik, hailed as the Erma Bombeck for the 21st century, will be the keynote speaker for Memorial Hospital Foundation’s Women Wear Red Event, scheduled for the Martin G. Petersen Event Center, 720 12th St., Modesto. The well-attended annual event is focused on creating awareness about women’s heart health. Galdonik is a menopausal mom with an attitude. A tad shy of bionic, she is a lifelong heart patient with over $40,000 worth of equipment embedded in her chest – and is quick to point out that didn’t include installation costs. Rudy is a three-dimensional expert on being sick—she has been the patient, the caregiver of a patient (she was widowed at the age of 42), and a hospital human resource manager. She understands the challenges, emotions and issues of being sick. Modesto native and California Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen, R-Riverbank, will serve as the event emcee. Women Wear Red is also sponsored by Memorial Medical Center, Sutter Gould Medical Foundation, the Heart Education and Training Program (HEAT) and the Stanislaus County Office of Education. Tickets cost $45 and can be purchased by calling Memorial Hospital Foundation at (209) 530-3600.

Give Kids A Smile Free Dental Clinic

Feb. 7 (Saturday) 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.: As the recession continues and unemployment rates remain extraordinarily high in the Northern San Joaquin Valley, more families are looking for ways to cut expenses and stretch the family budget. Unfortunately, for many families, this means skipping dental visits and putting off necessary dental care. To help meet the dental health needs of the most vulnerable of our community, the children, San Joaquin Dental Society and the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry at University of the Pacific will team up to “Give Kids A Smile.” All children up to age 17 are invited for free check-ups and dental treatments at the University of the Pacific’s Stockton Health Sciences Learning Center, 757 Brookside Road, just west of Pacific Avenue. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Services include dental screenings, cleanings, fluoride treatments, X-rays and emergency treatments. All services offered that day will be free. Games, clowns and face painting also will be available to keep children entertained while they wait. The event is first-come, first-served. “Previous studies have shown that most of children’s decay is found in those who come from the poorest homes. This stems from several factors including diet, a perceived lack of value of ‘baby teeth,’ difficulty with transportation, and a lack of funds all of which keep children away from the dentist,” said Dr. Noe Mora, a Stockton-area dentist. “Lately, though, we are seeing a decrease in children from all walks of life visiting their dentist regularly, and we can only assume this is because of the impact the recession has had on family budgets.” Information: www.sjds.org.

Every 67 Seconds, Someone is Diagnosed With Alzheimer’s 

TV SHOW KVIE 6: Feb. 11 (Wednesday) 7 p.m.: Every 67 seconds, someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease — the most common form of dementia. With 10,000 Baby Boomers now turning age 65 each day, researchers in our community are racing to find a cure, and alleviate the burden that this memory-robbing disease places on the 5 million people currently living with Alzheimer’s. KVIE’s latest ViewFinder documentary, “Fading Away: Alzheimer’s” takes viewers inside the lives of those living with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers, and explores the local research being done to understand this disease with no known cure. While current medications relieve the symptoms temporarily, the search is on for a treatment that will alter the course of this progressive and often fatal disease. And there’s another cost associated with Alzheimer’s: over time, many caregivers experience serious health problems from the effects of stress. Through candid interviews, this documentary shows viewers the hopes and challenges of the men and women who live with Alzheimer’s. Sacramento resident Ollie Doolittle, a retired Army veteran and postal worker, shares his experience with Mild Cognitive Impairment, as his wife, Levarn, gathers support and plans for what’s to come. Viewers will also meet Robby Colvin, a former mayor of Placerville, whose disease has progressed to the point where safety is now an issue. In Roseville, David Uribe, a father and husband, shares his dilemma as he considers placing his wife, Eileen, in full-time memory care. And we hear from Congressman John Garamendi who, after caring for his mother-in-law with Alzheimer’s, has become a major advocate for Alzheimer’s research. Witness how Garamendi is sounding the alarm in our nation’s capital — calling for money for research and increased support systems. As patients, advocates, and doctors call for more research, funding for Alzheimer’s studies remains well under that given to diseases such as HIV/AIDS and cancer. As doctors and scientists push forward with the resources they have, they’re making remarkable discoveries. This documentary takes viewers inside the labs at UC Davis and Sutter Health, documenting how experts are tracking changes happening inside the brains of living Alzheimer’s patients. A screening of “ViewFinder: Fading Away — Alzheimer’s” will be held at KVIE Studio in Sacramento Tuesday, Feb. 10. The event will include hors d’oeuvres at 5:30 p.m., the screening at 6 p.m., and a Q&A session with producer Karen Christian and Dr. Charles DeCarli, director of the Alzheimer’s Disease Center at UC Davis. RSVP at http://www.kvie.org/rsvp/fading_away/#.VL_7osHjHvw.twitter. This screening is sponsored by NorthStar Rancho Cordova. As part of KVIE’s Focus on Health, this episode was sponsored by UC Davis Health System. The ViewFinder series is sponsored by SAFE Credit.

Salud Health Fair Free At Delta College

March 21 (Saturday) 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.:  Salud Outreach is organizing a free health fair targeting the region’s large Latino community. The health fair will be held during The Market at Delta College in Parking Lot B3 of San Joaquin Delta College, 5151 Pacific Ave., Stockton. Salud Outreach is a cooperative effort of several groups at the University of the Pacific Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Student pharmacists, community physicians and other health care professionals will be checking cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar levels, as well as providing information on general health. “I really want to spread the word around the community,” first-year pharmacy student Roberto Hernandez said, explaining that even though more people are insured today under the Affordable Care Act, there is still a critical need for access to basic health services. “We’re here to help the community,” Hernandez said, emphasizing that everything at the health fair is offered free of charge. Information: (209) 658-4137.

Healthier Living in East Stockton

Sign up for future workshop: St. Joseph’s Medical Center/Dignity Health would like to invite the public to Healthier Living, a program created by Stanford University. The program gives support and teaches people how to live with different chronic health problems, such as diabetes, arthritis, cancer, heart disease, depression and hypertension. Because St. Joseph’s cares about your health, this program is free in this area. During the program, you will learn to: take control of your health and be able to do more; be less tired and worried; sleep better and have less pain; talk with your doctors, friends and family about your health needs; set goals and solve problems so you can make the changes you want. The program is held once a week for six weeks and is led by someone who is living successfully with a chronic disease. Emmanuel Baptist Church, 715 S. Windsor Ave., Stockton. To sign up for a future workshop, contact Joyce Williams at (209) 463-7889.

CareVan Offers Free Mobile Health Clinic

St. Joseph’s Medical Center CareVan offers a free health clinic for low-income and no-insurance individuals or families, 16 years old and older. Mobile health care services will be available to handle most minor urgent health care needs such as mild burns, bumps, abrasions, sprains, sinus and urinary tract infections, cold and flu. No narcotics prescriptions will be available. Information: (209) 461-3471 or www.StJosephsCares.org/CarevanClinic schedule is subject to change without notice. Walk-In appointments are available.

  • Tuesdays 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.: Dollar General, 310 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Stockton.
  • Wednesdays 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.: Rite Aid, 1050 N. Wilson Way, Stockton.
  • Thursdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.: For those 16 and older only; San Joaquin County Fairgrounds, 1658 S. Airport Way, Stockton.

Get in Shape with Free Zumba

Ditch the routine, join the party! Free Zumba fitness featuring licensed Zumba instructor Monique Solario. Program sponsored by the YMCA of San Joaquin County, Dignity Health/St. Joseph’s Medical Center, Health Plan of San Joaquin and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Includes Family Zumba on Saturdays. Information: www.ymcasjc.org or contact Isela Robles at (209) 292-8468 or lrobles@ymcasjc.org. Classes will be held at the following sites:

  • Boggs Tract Community Center: Tuesdays from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., 533 S. Los Angeles St., Stockton.
  • Podesto Teen Impact Center: Wednesdays from 4 to 5 p.m., 725 N. El Dorado St., Stockton.
  • Kennedy Community Center: Thursdays from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., 2800 S. D St., Stockton.
  • East Side Community Park: Family Zumba on Saturdays from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., corner of Delmar and Horner streets, Stockton.

ER Wait Watcher: Which ER Will See You the Fastest?

Heading to the emergency room? ProPublica provides a great tool to help. You may wait a while before a doctor or other treating professional sees you — and the hospital nearest to you might not be the one that sees you the fastest. Click here to look up average ER wait times, as reported by hospitals to the federal government, as well as the time it takes to get there in current traffic, as reported by Google.

Farmers Markets In San Joaquin County

San Joaquin County Public Health Services Network for a Healthy California program has developed a list of San Joaquin County Farmers Markets as part of its goal to increase fruit and vegetable consumption. Click here for the latest list of farmers markets around San Joaquin County, including times and locations.

NEWS

St. Joseph’s Awards Over $200,000 in Community Grants

St. Joseph’s Medical Center has awarded $208,548 in grant funding to three community benefit organizations that provide critical health and human services to San Joaquin County residents.

  • $75,000 to Catholic Charities, in partnership with Community Partnership for Families and Lao Family, for the Health Connectors in a Community Health Worker Program that will focus on linking individuals with primary care providers, preventive care and health education.
  • $70,860 to YMCA of San Joaquin, in partnership with San Joaquin County Office of Education and University of the Pacific’s dental hygiene program, to develop a program of dental services at schools and after-school programs.
  • $62,688 to Women’s Center Youth & Family Services, in partnership with the Stockton Police Department and San Joaquin County District Attorney’s office, to provide training on human trafficking for service providers.

St. Joseph’s Community Grants Program was established in 1990 to provide funding to community-based organizations that provide services to individuals in need. Since its inception, the program has distributed more than $2.2 million to deserving nonprofit organizations with an interest in building healthier communities by improving health and living conditions. “Caring for those in need is truly at the heart of the work that we do here at St. Joseph’s,” said Sister Abby Newton, OP, vice president of mission integration and spiritual care. “We are proud to support the health of our community and further our healing mission by collaborating with these outstanding community organizations.”

Protect Your Family From E-Cigarettes

Read some facts from the California Department of Public Health. To learn more, click here.

Safe Disposal of Prescription Meds in Calaveras County

Mondays through Fridays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (excluding holidays): The Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office reminds everyone that now is a great time to check their cabinets for expired and unused prescription medication. Medication can be disposed of in a secure locker located in the lobby of the new Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office, 1045 Jeff Tuttle Drive, San Andreas. The Sheriff’s Office asks that pills be kept in their original bottles or dumped into Zip-Loc-style bags prior to being placed in the disposal locker. Sharps are not accepted.

Manteca Police Department Receives Drug Collection Unit

Manteca Police Department has installed a Drug Collection Unit received from CVS/pharmacy. The new unit is located in the front lobby of the Police Department, 1001 W. Center St., Manteca, and will provide residents with a safe and environmentally responsible way to dispose of unwanted, unused or expired medication, including controlled substances. The new unit is intended to reduce the amount of unneeded medicine in residents’ homes and decrease prescription drug abuse, which has soared in recent years, especially among teenagers. More than 70 percent of teenagers say it is easy to get prescription drugs from their parents’ medicine cabinets, according to a 2014 Partnership for Drug-Free Kids study. The new unit will also help Manteca prevent the contamination of local landfills and water supplies from unused medication. Since 2010 the Manteca Police Department has collected more than 1,500 pounds of unused and unwanted drugs. This was done through the semi-annual DEA nationwide drug take back, which has now been discontinued. Safely disposing of unused medication is critical to protecting our children and our environment,” said Police Chief Nick Obligacion. “Manteca is proud to partner with CVS/pharmacy and we thank them for their commitment to help residents reduce the amount of unneeded medicine in our community.” The new Drug Collection Unit represents one of 1,000 Units CVS/pharmacy and The Medicine Abuse Project (MAP), a five-year initiative of The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, are providing across the country. This innovative donation program is the largest retail pharmacy effort of its kind to date and supports MAP’s goal to prevent a half-million teenagers from abusing prescription medication by the year 2017. CVS/pharmacy is the sole retail pharmacy sponsor of this program, which builds on the company’s Medication Disposal for Safer Communities Program. Manteca’s new Drug Collection Unit site is open to the public 24 hours a day. No liquids are accepted. Manteca residents and CVS/pharmacy customers can also inquire about the Medication Disposal for Safer Communities Program at the toll free phone number (866) 559-8830 or visit www.cvs.com/safercommunities.

HICAP Seeking Volunteers to Counsel Seniors on Medicare

HICAP – the Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program – is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping Medicare beneficiaries navigate the Medicare maze.  We do this in one-on-one counseling sessions, with registered HICAP volunteer counselors. HICAP counselors help Medicare beneficiaries: understand Medicare; compare supplemental policies; review HMO and PPO benefits; learn about government assistance programs; prepare appeals and challenge denials, and clarify rights as a health care consumer.  Our services are always free and always unbiased.  We neither sell nor recommend specific insurance companies.  Rather, we educate beneficiaries to make the choice best for their needs. We are looking for energetic seniors who are computer-savvy, interested in learning, and good communicators.  We will conduct training in San Joaquin County soon.  If you are interested in learning more about HICAP volunteering, contact HICAP at (209) 470-7812.

Breastfeeding and Working

The Breastfeeding Coalition of San Joaquin County offers its “Working & Breastfeeding” Toolkit at BreastfeedSJC.org. This toolkit contains tips, answers to frequently asked questions and links to online resources for families and employers. Jump on over to BreastfeedSJC.org/Working-and-Breastfeeding to check it out.

Diabetes Resources in San Joaquin County

Diabetes is a costly disease, both in terms of people’s health and well-being, and in terms of dollars spent on treatment, medications and lost days at work and school. San Joaquin County annually accounts for among the worst death rates from diabetes among all 58 California counties. In an attempt to make its estimated 60,000 residents with diabetes aware of the many local resources available to help them deal with the disease, a dozen billboards in English and Spanish have been posted around the county directing readers to the UniteForDiabetesSJC.org website. At that website is information on numerous free classes and programs that provide education and training on preventing diabetes, managing the disease, controlling its side effects, and links to more resources, including special events and finding a physician. For questions on how to navigate the website or find a class, residents may call Vanessa Armendariz, community project manager at the San Joaquin Medical Society, at(209) 952-5299. The billboards came about through the efforts of the Diabetes Work Group, a subcommittee of San Joaquin County Public Health’s Obesity and Chronic Disease Prevention Task Force. Funding was provided through a grant from Kaiser Permanente Community Benefit Programs Division-Central Valley Area.

Senior Gateway Website: Don’t Be a Victim

California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones has unveiled a new consumer protection tool for California seniors, who have traditionally been prime targets for con artists. The California Department of Insurance (CDI) is hosting a new Web site www.seniors.ca.gov to educate seniors and their advocates and provide helpful information about how to avoid becoming victims of personal or financial abuse. The Web site, called Senior Gateway, is important because seniors, including older veterans, are disproportionately at risk of being preyed upon financially and subjected to neglect and abuse. The Senior Gateway is sponsored by the Elder Financial Abuse Interagency Roundtable (E-FAIR), convened by CDI and includes representatives from many California agencies who share a common purpose of safeguarding the welfare of California’s seniors. “The goal of this collaborative effort is to assemble, in one convenient location, valuable information not only for seniors, but their families and caregivers. This site will help California seniors find resources and solve problems, and will enable participating agencies to better serve this important segment of our population,” Jones said. The site offers seniors valuable tips and resources in the following areas, and more:

  • Avoiding and reporting abuse and neglect by in-home caregivers or in facilities; learn about different types of abuse and the warning signs.
  • Preventing and reporting financial fraud, abuse and scams targeting seniors.
  • Understanding health care, insurance, Medicare and long-term care; know what long-term care includes.
  • Locating services and programs available to assist older adults.
  • Knowing your rights before buying insurance; what seniors need to know about annuities.
  • Investing wisely and understanding the ins and outs of reverse mortgages.

$5,000 Grants Help Pay for Children’s Medical Expenses

UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation (UHCCF) is seeking grant applications from families in need of financial assistance to help pay for their child’s health care treatments, services or equipment not covered, or not fully covered, by their commercial health insurance plan. Qualifying families can receive up to $5,000 to help pay for medical services and equipment such as physical, occupational and speech therapy, counseling services, surgeries, prescriptions, wheelchairs, orthotics, eyeglasses and hearing aids. To be eligible for a grant, children must be 16 years of age or younger. Families must meet economic guidelines, reside in the United States and have a commercial health insurance plan. Grants are available for medical expenses families have incurred 60 days prior to the date of application as well as for ongoing and future medical needs. Parents or legal guardians may apply for grants at www.uhccf.org, and there is no application deadline. Organizations or private donors can make tax-deductible donations to the foundation at this website. In 2011, UHCCF awarded more than 1,200 grants to families across the United States for treatments associated with medical conditions such as cancer, spina bifida, muscular dystrophy, diabetes, hearing loss, autism, cystic fibrosis, Down syndrome, ADHD and cerebral palsy.

Facts About Fruits and Vegetables

Click here for lots of great information about fruits and vegetables.

ONGOING

Hmong Language Diabetes Classes

The Hmong Community of Stockton is invited to attend free diabetes classes presented in the Hmong language. Call Jou Moua at (209) 298-2374 or (209) 461-3224 to find a class.

Fit Families for Life

Fit Families for Life is a weekly class for parents offered by HealthNet and held at Fathers and Families of San Joaquin, 338 E. Market St., Stockton. All parents are welcome and there is no cost to attend. Participants will learn about nutrition, cooking and exercise. Information and registration: Renee Garcia at (209) 941-0701.

Journey to Control Diabetes Education Program

Mondays 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.: Dameron Hospital offers a free diabetes education program, with classes held in the Dameron Hospital Annex, 445 W. Acacia St., Stockton. Preregistration is required. Contact Carolyn Sanders, RN, at c.sanders@dameronhospital.org(209) 461-3136 or (209) 461-7597.

Al-Anon Freedom to Change Support Group

Mondays and Thursdays 7 to 8:30 p.m.: Lodi Health offers Al-Anon Freedom to Change meetings for family and friends of problem drinkers. The group helps people to know what to do when someone close to them drinks too much. Meetings are offered several times each month at Lodi Memorial Hospital, 975 S. Fairmont Ave., Lodi. Information: www.lodihealth.org.

Man-to-Man Prostate Cancer Support Group

First Monday of Month 7 to 9 p.m.: Dameron Hospital, 525 W. Acacia St., Stockton, holds a support group for men diagnosed with prostate cancer and their families and caregivers. The meetings are facilitated by trained volunteers who are prostate cancer survivors. Information: Ernest Pontiflet at (209) 952-9092.

Crystal Meth Anonymous Recovery Group

Mondays 6:30 p.m.: 825 Central Ave., Lodi. Information: (209) 430-9780 or (209) 368-0756.

Yoga for People Dealing with Cancer

Mondays 5:30 to 7 p.m.: This free weekly Yoga & Breathing class for cancer patients will help individuals sleep better and reduce pain. This class is led by yoga instructor Chinu Mehdi in Classrooms 1 and 2, St. Joseph’s Medical Center, 1800 N. California St., Stockton. Information: (209) 467-6550 orSJCancerInfo@dignityhealth.org.

Respiratory Support Group for Better Breathing

First Tuesday of month 10 to 11 a.m.: Lodi Health’s Respiratory Therapy Department and the American Lung Association of California Valley Lode offer a free “Better Breathers’” respiratory-support group for people and their family members with breathing problems including asthma, bronchitis and emphysema. Participants will learn how to cope with chronic lung disease, understand lungs and how they work and use medications and oxygen properly. The group meets at Lodi Health West, 800 S. Lower Sacramento Road, Lodi. Pre-registration is recommended by calling (209) 339-7445. For information on other classes available at Lodi Memorial, visit its website at www.lodihealth.org.

The Beat Goes On Cardiac Support Group

First Tuesday of month 11 a.m. to noon: Lodi Health offers a free cardiac support group at Lodi Health West, 800 S. Lower Sacramento Road, Lodi. “The Beat Goes On” cardiac support group is a community-based nonprofit group that offers practical tools for healthy living to heart disease patients, their families and caregivers. Its mission is to provide community awareness that those with heart disease can live well through support meetings and educational forums. Upcoming topics include exercise, stress management and nutrition counseling services. All are welcomed to attend. Information: (209) 339-7664.

Planned Childbirth Services

Tuesdays 6 to 8 p.m.: Dameron Hospital, 525 W. Acacia St., Stockton, hosts a four-class series which answers questions and prepares mom and her partner for labor and birth. Bring two pillows and a comfortable blanket or exercise mat to each class. These classes are requested during expecting mother’s third trimester. Information/registration: Carolyn Sanders, RN (209) 461-3136 or www.Dameronhospital.org.

Lactation Support Group in Lodi

Tuesdays 10 a.m.: Lodi Health offers The Lactation Club, a support group for breastfeeding moms that is held in Classroom A at Lodi Memorial Hospital, 975 S. Fairmont Ave., Lodi. Lactation consultants are readily available to answer questions and help with breastfeeding issues. A scale will also be on hand to weigh babies. Information: (209) 339.7872 or www.lodihealth.org.

Say Yes to Breastfeeding

Tuesdays 6 to 8 p.m.: Dameron Hospital, 525 W. Acacia St., Stockton, offers a class that outlines the information and basic benefits and risk management of breastfeeding. Topics include latching, early skin-to-skin on cue, expressing milk and helpful hints on early infant feeding. In addition, the hospital offers a monthly Mommy and Me-Breastfeeding support group where mothers, babies and hospital clerical staff meet the second Monday of each month. Information/registration: Carolyn Sanders, RN (209) 461-3136 or www.Dameronhospital.org.

Precious Preemies

Second Tuesday of the month, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.: Precious Preemies: A Discussion Group for Families Raising Premature Infants and Infants with Medical Concerns required registration and is held at Family Resource Network, Sherwood Executive Center, 5250 Claremont Ave., Suite 148, Stockton. Information: www.frcn.org/calendar.asp or (209) 472-3674 or (800) 847-3030.

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous

Are you having trouble controlling the way you eat? Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) is a free Twelve Step recovery program for anyone suffering from food obsession, overeating, undereating or bulimia. For more information or a list of additional meetings throughout the U.S. and the world, call (781) 932-6300 or visitwww.foodaddicts.org.

  • Tuesdays 7 p.m.: Modesto Unity Church, 2547 Veneman Ave., Modesto.
  • Wednesdays 9 a.m.: The Episcopal Church of Saint Anne, 1020 W. Lincoln Road, Stockton.
  • Saturdays 9 a.m.: Tracy Community Church, 1790 Sequoia Blvd. at Corral Hollow, Tracy.

Diabetes: Basics to a Healthy Life

Wednesdays 10 a.m.: Free eight-class ongoing series every Wednesday except the month of September. Click here for detailsSt. Joseph’s Medical Center, Cleveland Classroom, 2102 N. California St., Stockton. Information: (209) 944-8355 or www.StJosephsCares.org/Diabetes.

Break From Stress

Wednesdays 6 to 7 p.m.: St. Joseph’s Medical Center offers the community a break from their stressful lives with Break from Stress sessions. These sessions are free, open to the public, with no pre-registration necessary. Just drop in, take a deep breath and relax through a variety of techniques. Break from Stress sessions are held in St. Joseph’s Cleveland Classroom (behind HealthCare Clinical Lab on California Street just north of the medical center. Information: SJCancerInfo@DignityHealth.orgor (209) 467-6550.

Mother-Baby Breast Connection

Wednesdays 1 to 3 p.m.: Join a lactation consultant for support and advice on the challenges of early breastfeeding. Come meet other families and attend as often as you like. A different topic of interest will be offered each week with time for breastfeeding assistance and questions. Pre-registration is required. Call (209) 467-6331. St. Joseph’s Medical Center, Pavilion Conference Room (1st floor), 1800 N. California St., Stockton.

Adult Children With Aging Relatives

Second Wednesday of month 4:30 p.m.: Lodi Health offers an Adult Children with Aging Relatives support group at the Hutchins Street Square Senior Center. Information: (209) 369-4443 or (209) 369-6921.

Diabetes Support Group in Stockton

Third Wednesday of month 5:30 to 7 p.m.: This support group will help you deal with issues of diabetes through avoiding lifelong complications. Accomplished by increasing daily activities, learning to take your medications  properly, and overcoming depression, frustration and feeling alone. Each month there will be resources including dietitians, doctors, pharmacists and literature is available to assist you. Knowledge is power. This is a free program (no registration is required). Monthly meetings will be held at St. Joseph’s Medical Center, 1800 N. California St., Stockton, in the basement Classroom 3. Any questions or comments call Susan Sanchez, RN, Certified Diabetes Educator: (209) 662-9487.

Smoking Cessation Class in Lodi

Wednesdays 3 to 4 p.m.: Lodi Health offers an eight-session smoking-cessation class for those wishing to become smoke free. Classes are held weekly in the Lodi Health Pulmonary Rehabilitation Department at Lodi Memorial Hospital, 975 S. Fairmont Ave., Lodi. Topics covered include benefits of quitting; ways to cope with quitting; how to deal with a craving; medications that help with withdrawal; and creating a support system. Call the Lodi Health Lung Health Line at (209) 339-7445 to register.

Individual Stork Tours At Dameron

Wednesdays 5 to 7 p.m.: Dameron Hospital, 525 W. Acacia St., Stockton, offers 30 minute guided tours that provide expecting parents with a tour of Labor/Delivery, the Mother-Baby Unit and an overview of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. New mothers are provided information on delivery services, where to go and what to do once delivery has arrived, and each mother can create an individual birthing plan. Information/registration: Carolyn Sanders, RN (209) 461-3136or www.Dameronhospital.org.

Brain Builders Weekly Program

Thursdays 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: Lodi Health and the Hutchins Street Square Senior Center offer “Brain Builders,” a weekly program for people in the early stages of memory loss. There is a weekly fee of $25. Registration is required. Information or to register, call (209) 369-4443 or (209) 369-6921.

Infant CPR and Safety

Second Thursday of month 5 to 7 p.m.: Dameron Hospital, 525 W. Acacia St., Stockton, offers a class to family members to safely take care of their newborn.  Family members are taught infant CPR and relief of choking, safe sleep and car seat safety.  Regarding infant safety, the hospital offers on the fourth Thursday of each month from 5 to 7 p.m. a NICU/SCN family support group. This group is facilitated by a Master Prepared Clinical Social Worker and the Dameron NICU staff with visits from the hospital’s neonatologist. Information/registration: Carolyn Sanders, RN (209) 461-3136 or www.Dameronhospital.org.

Group Meetings for Alzheimer’s Patients, Caregivers

Thursdays 10 to 11:30 a.m.: The Alzheimer’s Aid Society of Northern California in conjunction with Villa Marche residential care facility conducts a simultaneous Caregiver’s Support Group and Patient’s Support Group at Villa Marche, 1119 Rosemarie Lane, Stockton. Caregivers, support people or family members of anyone with dementia are welcome to attend the caregiver’s group, led by Rita Vasquez. It’s a place to listen, learn and share. At the same time, Alzheimer’s and dementia patients can attend the patient’s group led by Sheryl Ashby. Participants will learn more about dementia and how to keep and enjoy the skills that each individual possesses. There will be brain exercises and reminiscence. The meeting is appropriate for anyone who enjoys socialization and is able to attend with moderate supervision. Information: (209) 477-4858.

Clase Gratuita de Diabetes en Español

Cada segundo Viernes del mes: Participantes aprenderán los fundamentos sobre la observación de azúcar de sangre, comida saludable, tamaños de porción y medicaciones. Un educador con certificado del control de diabetes dará instruccion sobre la autodirección durante de esta clase. Para mas información y registración:(209) 461-3251. Aprenda más de los programas de diabetes en el sitio electronico de St. Joseph’s: www.StJosephsCares.org/Diabetes

Nutrition on the Move Class

Fridays 11 a.m. to noon: Nutrition Education Center at Emergency Food Bank, 7 W. Scotts Ave., Stockton.  Free classes are general nutrition classes where you’ll learn about the new My Plate standards, food label reading, nutrition and exercise, eating more fruits and vegetables, and other tips. Information: (209) 464-7369or www.stocktonfoodbank.org.

Crystal Meth Anonymous Recovery Group

Fridays 6 p.m.: St. Joseph’s Behavioral Health (in trailer at the rear of building), 2510 N. California St., Stockton. Information: (209) 461-2000.

Free Diabetes Class in Spanish

Second Friday of every month: Participants will learn the basics about blood sugar monitoring, healthy foods, portion sizes, medications and self-management skills from a certified diabetic educator during this free class. St. Joseph’s Medical Center, 1800 N. California St., Stockton. Information and registration: (209) 461-3251. Learn more on St. Joseph’s diabetes programs at www.StJosephsCares.org/Diabetes.

National Alliance on Mental Health: Family-to-Family Education

Saturdays 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: NAMI presents a free series of 12 weekly education classes for friends and family of people with major depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder, borderline personality disorder, panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, and co-occurring brain disorders. Classes will be held at 530 W. Acacia St., Stockton (across from Dameron Hospital) on the second floor. Information or to register: (209) 468-3755.

Multiple Sclerosis Self-Help Group

Second Saturday of Every Month 10 a.m. to noon: Multiple Sclerosis Self-Help Group meeting are for family, friends, caregivers and individuals with multiple sclerosis. We invite you to join us for a few moments of exchanging ideas and management skills to help you live and work with multiple sclerosis, a chronic disease. Meetings are at St. Joseph’s Medical Center, 1800 N. California St., Stockton, in Classroom 1 in the basement. Information: Laurie (209) 915-1730 or Velma(209) 951-2264.

All Day Prepared Childbirth Class

Third Saturday of month 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Dameron Hospital, 525 W. Acacia St., Stockton, offers community service educational class of prebirth education and mentoring. Information/registration: Carolyn Sanders, RN (209) 461-3136 or www.Dameronhospital.org.

Big Brother/Big Sister

Second Sunday of month: Dameron Hospital, 525 W. Acacia St., Stockton, has a one-hour class meeting designed specifically for newborn’s siblings. Topics include family role, a labor/delivery tour and a video presentation which explains hand washing/germ control and other household hygiene activities. This community service class ends with a Certification of Completion certificate. Information/registration: Carolyn Sanders, RN (209) 461-3136 or www.Dameronhospital.org.

Outpatient Program Aimed at Teens

Two programs: Adolescents face a number of challenging issues while trying to master their developmental milestones. Mental health issues (including depression), substance abuse and family issues can hinder them from mastering the developmental milestones that guide them into adulthood. The Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) offered by St. Joseph’s Behavioral Health Center, 2510 N. California St., Stockton, is designed for those individuals who need comprehensive treatment for their mental, emotional or chemical dependency problems. This program uses Dialectical Behavioral Therapy to present skills for effective living. Patients learn how to identify and change distorted thinking, communicate effectively in relationships and regain control of their lives. The therapists work collaboratively with parents, doctors and schools. They also put together a discharge plan so the patient continues to get the help they need to thrive into adulthood.

  • Psychiatric Adolescent IOP meets Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 4 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Chemical Recovery Adolescent IOP meets Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 4 to 7 p.m.

For more information about this and other groups, (209) 461-2000 and ask to speak with a behavioral evaluator or visit www.StJosephsCanHelp.org.

Stork Tours in Lodi

Parents-to-be are offered individual tours of the Lodi Memorial Hospital Maternity Department, 975 S. Fairmont Ave., Lodi. Prospective parents may view the labor, delivery and recovery areas of the hospital and ask questions of the nursing staff. Phone (209) 339-7879 to schedule a tour. For more information on other classes offered by Lodi Health, visit www.lodihealth.org.

HOSPITALS and MEDICAL GROUPS

Community Medical Centers

Click here for Community Medical Centers (Channel Medical Clinic, San Joaquin Valley Dental Group, etc.) website.

Dameron Hospital Events

Click here for Dameron Hospital’s Event Calendar.

Doctors Hospital of Manteca Events

Click here for Doctors Hospital of Manteca Events finder.

Hill Physicians

Click here for Hill Physicians website.

Kaiser Permanente Central Valley

Click here for Kaiser Central Valley News and Events

Lodi Memorial Hospital

Click here for Lodi Memorial Hospital.

Mark Twain Medical Center

Click here for Mark Twain Medical Center in San Andreas.

Planned Parenthood Mar Monte

Click here to find a Planned Parenthood Health Center near you.

San Joaquin General Hospital

Click here for San Joaquin General Hospital website.

St. Joseph’s Medical Center Classes and Events

Click here for St. Joseph’s Medical Center’s Classes and Events.

Sutter Gould Medical Foundation

Click here for Sutter Gould news. Click here for Sutter Gould calendar of events.

Sutter Tracy Community Hospital Education and Support

Click here for Sutter Tracy Community Hospital events, classes and support groups.

PUBLIC HEALTH

San Joaquin County Public Health Services General Information

Ongoing resources for vaccinations and clinic information are:

  1. Public Health Services Influenza website, www.sjcphs.org
  2. Recorded message line at (209) 469-8200, extension 2# for English and 3# for Spanish.
  3. For further information, individuals may call the following numbers at Public Health Services:
  • For general vaccine and clinic questions, call (209) 468-3862;
  • For medical questions, call (209) 468-3822.

Health officials continue to recommend these precautionary measures to help protect against acquiring influenza viruses:

  1. Wash your hands often with soap and water or use alcohol based sanitizers.
  2. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or your sleeve, when you cough or sneeze.
  3. Stay home if you are sick until you are free of a fever for 24 hours.
  4. Get vaccinated.

Public Health Services Clinic Schedules (Adults and Children)

Immunization clinic hours are subject to change depending on volume of patients or staffing. Check the Public Health Services website for additional evening clinics or special clinics at www.sjcphs.org. Clinics with an asterisk (*) require patients to call for an appointment.

Stockton Health Center: 1601 E. Hazelton Ave.; (209) 468-3830.

  • Immunizations: Monday 1-4 p.m.; Tuesday 1-4 p.m.; Wednesday 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; Thursday 8-11 a.m. and 1-4 p.m.; Friday 8-11 a.m.
  • Travel clinic*: Thursday 8-11 a.m. and 1 to 4 p.m.
  • Health exams*: Tuesday 1-4 p.m.; Wednesday 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; Friday 8-11 a.m.
  • Sexually transmitted disease clinic: Wednesday 3-6 p.m. and Friday 1-4 p.m., walk-in and by appointment.
  • Tuberculosis clinic*: Tuesday; second and fourth Wednesday of the month.
  • HIV testing: Tuesday 1-4 p.m.; Thursday 1-4 p.m.

Manteca Health Center: 124 Sycamore Ave.; (209) 823-7104 or (800) 839-4949.

  • Immunizations: Wednesday 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and 3-6 p.m.
  • Tuberculosis clinic*: first and third Wednesday 3-6 p.m.
  • HIV testing: first Wednesday 1:30-4 p.m.

Lodi Health Center: 300 W. Oak St.; (209) 331-7303 or (800) 839-4949.

  • Immunizations: Friday 8-11 a.m. and 1-4 p.m.
  • Tuberculosis clinic*: Friday 8-11 a.m. and 1-4 p.m.
  • HIV testing: second and fourth Friday 1:30-4 p.m.

WIC (Women, Infants & Children) Program

Does your food budget need a boost? The WIC Program can help you stretch your food dollars. This special supplemental food program for women, infants and children serves low-income women who are currently pregnant or have recently delivered, breastfeeding moms, infants, and children up to age 5. Eligible applicants receive monthly checks to use at any authorized grocery store for wholesome foods such as fruits and vegetables, milk and cheese, whole-grain breads and cereals, and more. WIC shows you how to feed your family to make them healthier and brings moms and babies closer together by helping with breastfeeding. WIC offers referrals to low-cost or free health care and other community services depending on your needs. WIC services may be obtained at a variety of locations throughout San Joaquin County:

Stockton (209) 468-3280

  • Public Health Services WIC Main Office, 1145 N. Hunter St.: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; open two Saturdays a month.
  • Family Health Center, 1414 N. California St.: Wednesday 8 a.m. to noon, 1 to 5 p.m.
  • CUFF (Coalition United for Families), 2044 Fair St.: Thursday 8 a.m. to noon, 1 to 5 p.m.
  • Taylor Family Center, 1101 Lever Blvd.: Wednesday 8 a.m. to noon, 1 to 4 p.m.
  • Transcultural Clinic, 4422 N. Pershing Ave. Suite D-5: Tuesday 8 a.m. to noon, 1 to 5 p.m.

Manteca  (209) 823-7104

  • Public Health Services, 124 Sycamore Lane: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 8 a.m. to noon, 1 to 5 p.m.

Tracy (209) 831-5930

  • Public Health Services, 205 W. Ninth St.: Monday, Wednesday 8 a.m. to noon, 1 to 5 p.m.

Flu Shots in Calaveras County

Fall brings cooler temperatures and the start of the flu season. Getting flu vaccine early offers greater protection throughout flu season. The Calaveras County Public Health Department recommends everyone 6 months of age and older get flu vaccine every year. Flu season can start as early as October and continue through March. “Seasonal flu can be serious,” said Dr. Dean Kelaita, Calaveras County health officer. “Every year people die from the flu.” Some children, youth and adults are at risk of serious illness and possibly death if they are not protected from the flu. They need to get flu vaccine now.

  • Adults 50 years of age and over.
  • Pregnant women.
  • Children and youth 5-18 years on long-term aspirin therapy.
  • Everyone with chronic health conditions (including diabetes, kidney, heart or lung disease).

If you care for an infant less than 6 months or people with chronic health conditions, you can help protect them by getting your flu vaccine. Even if you had a flu vaccination last year, you need another one this year to be protected and to protect others who are at risk. The Public Health Department will offer five community flu clinics:

  • Every Monday (3 to 5:30 p.m.) and Thursday (8 a.m. to noon): Calaveras County Public Health, 700 Mountain Ranch Road, Suite C2, San Andreas. The monthly Valley Springs Immunization Clinic (third Tuesday, 3 to 5:30 pm) will also offer flu vaccine during flu season.

The flu vaccine is $16.  Medicare Part B is accepted.  No one will be denied service due to inability to pay. For more information about the vaccine or the clinics, contact the Public Health Department at (209) 754-6460 or visit the Public Health website at www.calaveraspublichealth.com.

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What You Need to Know About Joe’s Health Calendar

Have a health-oriented event the public in San Joaquin County should know about? Let me know at jgoldeen@recordnet.com and I’ll get it into my Health Calendar. I’m not interested in promoting commercial enterprises here, but I am interested in helping out nonprofit and/or community groups, hospitals, clinics, physicians and other health-care providers. Look for five categories: Community Events, News, Ongoing, Hospitals & Medical Groups, and Public Health. TO THE PUBLIC: I won’t list an item here from a source that I don’t know or trust. So I believe you can count on what you read here. If there is a problem, please don’t hesitate to let me know at (209) 546-8278 or jgoldeen@recordnet.com. Thanks, Joe

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E-Cigarettes Are A Community Health Threat

California Department of Public Health director and state health officer Dr. Ron Chapman today issued a Health Advisory and the “State Health Officer’s Report on E-Cigarettes: A Community Health Threat,” warning Californians of the toxicity of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes). Here’s the advisory:

“E-cigarettes contain nicotine and other harmful chemicals, and the nicotine in them is as addictive as the nicotine in cigarettes,” said Chapman. “There is a lot of misinformation about e-cigarettes. That is why, as the state’s health officer, I am advising Californians to avoid the use of e-cigarettes and keep them away from children of all ages.”

E-cigarettes are battery operated devices, often designed to resemble cigarettes that deliver a nicotine-containing aerosol. E-cigarettes have many names, especially among youth and young adults, such as e-cigs, e-hookahs, vape pens, vape pipes or mods. The liquid solution (e-liquid) used in e-cigarettes typically contains nicotine and is commonly referred to as “e-juice.” It is sold in a variety of candy, fruit and alcohol flavors.

Studies find a significant rise in e-cigarette use each year, especially among young adults and teens. New California data shows that e-cigarette use among young adults, ages 18 to 29, increased from 2.3 percent in 2012 to 7.6 percent in 2013. Young adults in California are three times more likely to use e-cigarettes than those 30 and older. Likewise, e-cigarette use among U.S. teens has surged. In 2014, teen use of e-cigarettes nationally surpassed the use of traditional cigarettes, with more than twice as many 8th and 10thgraders reporting using e-cigarettes more than traditional cigarettes. Among 12th graders, 17 percent reported currently using e-cigarettes vs. 14 percent using traditional cigarettes.

Along with an increase in use, there has been a spike in calls to the California poison control centers related to exposures to nicotine-containing e-liquids and accidental e-cigarette poisonings — from 19 in 2012 to 243 in 2014. More than 60 percent of all those e-cigarette related calls involve children 5 years and younger.

“The e-cigarette cartridges and e-liquid bottles are not equipped with child-resistant caps, often leak, creating a poisoning risk by ingestion or by skin or eye contact,” warned Chapman. “These products are not safe.”

Highlights of the report include:

  • Exposure to nicotine during adolescence can harm brain development.
  • E-cigarettes do not emit a harmless water vapor, but an aerosol that has been found to contain at least 10 chemicals that are on California’s Proposition 65 list of chemicals known to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm.
  • E-cigarettes are not FDA-approved cessation aids.
  • Between 2011 and 2013, e-cigarette advertising jumped more than 1,200 percent and used marketing tactics to appeal to youth. Those tactics include the use of cartoon characters which is prohibited in traditional cigarette advertising.

Chapman also announced that the public education and media efforts to counter e-cigarettes are just beginning. CDPH intends to partner with health, medical, child care and education communities to educate consumers about the dangers of e-cigarettes, and plans an advertising campaign in the near future.

The California Tobacco Control Program was established by the Tobacco Tax and Health Protection Act of 1988. The act, approved by California voters, instituted a 25-cent tax on each pack of cigarettes and earmarked five cents of that tax to fund California’s tobacco control efforts. These efforts include supporting local health departments and community organizations, a media campaign, and evaluation and surveillance. California’s comprehensive approach has changed social norms around tobacco use and secondhand smoke. It is estimated California’s tobacco control efforts have saved more than one million lives and have resulted in $134 billion worth of savings in health care costs. Learn more atTobaccoFreeCA.

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Joe’s Health Calendar Jan. 28

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Free Nutrition Class at Stribley Center

Jan. 29 (Thursday) 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. (also Feb. 5, 12, 19, 26): San Joaquin County Public Health Services is offering free nutrition classes at Stribley Community Center, 1760 E. Sonora St., Stockton, through the end of February. Each week a different topic will be covered, but participants can join at any time and no registration is required. You will learn to:

  • Prepare new healthy recipes.
  • Make your food dollars count.
  • Understand food labels.
  • Eat more fruits and vegetables.
  • Build strong bones.
  • Increase physical activity.

Classes are open to the public and will include free healthy tools and food tastings. Information: (209) 468-3821. For full class schedule, click here.

Inaugural Stockton Black Community Health Fair

Feb. 1 (Sunday) 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: The leading causes of death among African Americans continue to be high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes. For that reason, University of the Pacific pharmacy students have organized the inaugural Stockton Black Community Health Fair as part of a national outreach effort to increase awareness of the importance of obtaining regular screenings. The Black Community Health Fair will be held at New Greater Love Church of God in Christ, 427 E. Fremont St., Stockton. The event providing screenings for cholesterol, diabetes and blood pressure is free to all members of the community. The student pharmacists from Pacific’s Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences will be promoting health issue awareness, knowledge and preventative care in the black community, in addition to creating opportunities for students interested in the health field to gain experience and work in the community.

Free Nutrition Class – Eating Smart Being Active

Feb. 3 (Tuesday) 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. (also Feb. 10, 17, 24): San Joaquin County Public Health Services is offering free nutrition classes at Stribley Community Center, 1760 E. Sonora St., Stockton, through the end of February. Each week a different topic will be covered, but participants can join at any time and no registration is required. You will learn to:

  • Prepare new healthy recipes.
  • Make your food dollars count.
  • Understand food labels.
  • Eat more fruits and vegetables.
  • Build strong bones.
  • Increase physical activity.

Classes are open to the public and will include free healthy tools and food tastings. Information: (209) 468-3821. For full class schedule, click here.

5th Annual Women Wear Red Event

Feb. 6 (Friday) 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.: Celebrate American Heart Month this February by attending a special event highlighting the importance of education, early detection and prevention. Rudy Wilson Galdonik, hailed as the Erma Bombeck for the 21st century, will be the keynote speaker for Memorial Hospital Foundation’s Women Wear Red Event, scheduled for the Martin G. Petersen Event Center, 720 12th St., Modesto. The well-attended annual event is focused on creating awareness about women’s heart health. Galdonik is a menopausal mom with an attitude. A tad shy of bionic, she is a lifelong heart patient with over $40,000 worth of equipment embedded in her chest – and is quick to point out that didn’t include installation costs. Rudy is a three-dimensional expert on being sick—she has been the patient, the caregiver of a patient (she was widowed at the age of 42), and a hospital human resource manager. She understands the challenges, emotions and issues of being sick. Modesto native and California Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen, R-Riverbank, will serve as the event emcee. Women Wear Red is also sponsored by Memorial Medical Center, Sutter Gould Medical Foundation, the Heart Education and Training Program (HEAT) and the Stanislaus County Office of Education. Tickets cost $45 and can be purchased by calling Memorial Hospital Foundation at (209) 530-3600.

Give Kids A Smile Free Dental Clinic

Feb. 7 (Saturday) 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.: As the recession continues and unemployment rates remain extraordinarily high in the Northern San Joaquin Valley, more families are looking for ways to cut expenses and stretch the family budget. Unfortunately, for many families, this means skipping dental visits and putting off necessary dental care. To help meet the dental health needs of the most vulnerable of our community, the children, San Joaquin Dental Society and the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry at University of the Pacific will team up to “Give Kids A Smile.” All children up to age 17 are invited for free check-ups and dental treatments at the University of the Pacific’s Stockton Health Sciences Learning Center, 757 Brookside Road, just west of Pacific Avenue. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Services include dental screenings, cleanings, fluoride treatments, X-rays and emergency treatments. All services offered that day will be free. Games, clowns and face painting also will be available to keep children entertained while they wait. The event is first-come, first-served. “Previous studies have shown that most of children’s decay is found in those who come from the poorest homes. This stems from several factors including diet, a perceived lack of value of ‘baby teeth,’ difficulty with transportation, and a lack of funds all of which keep children away from the dentist,” said Dr. Noe Mora, a Stockton-area dentist. “Lately, though, we are seeing a decrease in children from all walks of life visiting their dentist regularly, and we can only assume this is because of the impact the recession has had on family budgets.” Information: www.sjds.org.

Salud Health Fair Free At Delta College

March 21 (Saturday) 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.:  Salud Outreach is organizing a free health fair targeting the region’s large Latino community. The health fair will be held during The Market at Delta College in Parking Lot B3 of San Joaquin Delta College, 5151 Pacific Ave., Stockton. Salud Outreach is a cooperative effort of several groups at the University of the Pacific Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Student pharmacists, community physicians and other health care professionals will be checking cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar levels, as well as providing information on general health. “I really want to spread the word around the community,” first-year pharmacy student Roberto Hernandez said, explaining that even though more people are insured today under the Affordable Care Act, there is still a critical need for access to basic health services. “We’re here to help the community,” Hernandez said, emphasizing that everything at the health fair is offered free of charge. Information: (209) 658-4137.

Healthier Living in East Stockton

Sign up for future workshop: St. Joseph’s Medical Center/Dignity Health would like to invite the public to Healthier Living, a program created by Stanford University. The program gives support and teaches people how to live with different chronic health problems, such as diabetes, arthritis, cancer, heart disease, depression and hypertension. Because St. Joseph’s cares about your health, this program is free in this area. During the program, you will learn to: take control of your health and be able to do more; be less tired and worried; sleep better and have less pain; talk with your doctors, friends and family about your health needs; set goals and solve problems so you can make the changes you want. The program is held once a week for six weeks and is led by someone who is living successfully with a chronic disease. Emmanuel Baptist Church, 715 S. Windsor Ave., Stockton. To sign up for a future workshop, contact Joyce Williams at (209) 463-7889.

CareVan Offers Free Mobile Health Clinic

St. Joseph’s Medical Center CareVan offers a free health clinic for low-income and no-insurance individuals or families, 16 years old and older. Mobile health care services will be available to handle most minor urgent health care needs such as mild burns, bumps, abrasions, sprains, sinus and urinary tract infections, cold and flu. No narcotics prescriptions will be available. Information: (209) 461-3471 or www.StJosephsCares.org/CarevanClinic schedule is subject to change without notice. Walk-In appointments are available.

  • Tuesdays 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.: Dollar General, 310 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Stockton.
  • Wednesdays 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.: Rite Aid, 1050 N. Wilson Way, Stockton.
  • Thursdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.: For those 16 and older only; San Joaquin County Fairgrounds, 1658 S. Airport Way, Stockton.

Get in Shape with Free Zumba

Ditch the routine, join the party! Free Zumba fitness featuring licensed Zumba instructor Monique Solario. Program sponsored by the YMCA of San Joaquin County, Dignity Health/St. Joseph’s Medical Center, Health Plan of San Joaquin and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Includes Family Zumba on Saturdays. Information: www.ymcasjc.org or contact Isela Robles at (209) 292-8468 or lrobles@ymcasjc.org. Classes will be held at the following sites:

  • Boggs Tract Community Center: Tuesdays from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., 533 S. Los Angeles St., Stockton.
  • Podesto Teen Impact Center: Wednesdays from 4 to 5 p.m., 725 N. El Dorado St., Stockton.
  • Kennedy Community Center: Thursdays from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., 2800 S. D St., Stockton.
  • East Side Community Park: Family Zumba on Saturdays from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., corner of Delmar and Horner streets, Stockton.

ER Wait Watcher: Which ER Will See You the Fastest?

Heading to the emergency room? ProPublica provides a great tool to help. You may wait a while before a doctor or other treating professional sees you — and the hospital nearest to you might not be the one that sees you the fastest. Click here to look up average ER wait times, as reported by hospitals to the federal government, as well as the time it takes to get there in current traffic, as reported by Google.

Farmers Markets In San Joaquin County

San Joaquin County Public Health Services Network for a Healthy California program has developed a list of San Joaquin County Farmers Markets as part of its goal to increase fruit and vegetable consumption. Click here for the latest list of farmers markets around San Joaquin County, including times and locations.

NEWS

St. Joseph’s Awards Over $200,000 in Community Grants

St. Joseph’s Medical Center has awarded $208,548 in grant funding to three community benefit organizations that provide critical health and human services to San Joaquin County residents.

  • $75,000 to Catholic Charities, in partnership with Community Partnership for Families and Lao Family, for the Health Connectors in a Community Health Worker Program that will focus on linking individuals with primary care providers, preventive care and health education.
  • $70,860 to YMCA of San Joaquin, in partnership with San Joaquin County Office of Education and University of the Pacific’s dental hygiene program, to develop a program of dental services at schools and after-school programs.
  • $62,688 to Women’s Center Youth & Family Services, in partnership with the Stockton Police Department and San Joaquin County District Attorney’s office, to provide training on human trafficking for service providers.

St. Joseph’s Community Grants Program was established in 1990 to provide funding to community-based organizations that provide services to individuals in need. Since its inception, the program has distributed more than $2.2 million to deserving nonprofit organizations with an interest in building healthier communities by improving health and living conditions. “Caring for those in need is truly at the heart of the work that we do here at St. Joseph’s,” said Sister Abby Newton, OP, vice president of mission integration and spiritual care. “We are proud to support the health of our community and further our healing mission by collaborating with these outstanding community organizations.”

Protect Your Family From E-Cigarettes

Read some facts from the California Department of Public Health. To learn more, click here.

Safe Disposal of Prescription Meds in Calaveras County

Mondays through Fridays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (excluding holidays): The Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office reminds everyone that now is a great time to check their cabinets for expired and unused prescription medication. Medication can be disposed of in a secure locker located in the lobby of the new Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office, 1045 Jeff Tuttle Drive, San Andreas. The Sheriff’s Office asks that pills be kept in their original bottles or dumped into Zip-Loc-style bags prior to being placed in the disposal locker. Sharps are not accepted.

Manteca Police Department Receives Drug Collection Unit

Manteca Police Department has installed a Drug Collection Unit received from CVS/pharmacy. The new unit is located in the front lobby of the Police Department, 1001 W. Center St., Manteca, and will provide residents with a safe and environmentally responsible way to dispose of unwanted, unused or expired medication, including controlled substances. The new unit is intended to reduce the amount of unneeded medicine in residents’ homes and decrease prescription drug abuse, which has soared in recent years, especially among teenagers. More than 70 percent of teenagers say it is easy to get prescription drugs from their parents’ medicine cabinets, according to a 2014 Partnership for Drug-Free Kids study. The new unit will also help Manteca prevent the contamination of local landfills and water supplies from unused medication. Since 2010 the Manteca Police Department has collected more than 1,500 pounds of unused and unwanted drugs. This was done through the semi-annual DEA nationwide drug take back, which has now been discontinued. Safely disposing of unused medication is critical to protecting our children and our environment,” said Police Chief Nick Obligacion. “Manteca is proud to partner with CVS/pharmacy and we thank them for their commitment to help residents reduce the amount of unneeded medicine in our community.” The new Drug Collection Unit represents one of 1,000 Units CVS/pharmacy and The Medicine Abuse Project (MAP), a five-year initiative of The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, are providing across the country. This innovative donation program is the largest retail pharmacy effort of its kind to date and supports MAP’s goal to prevent a half-million teenagers from abusing prescription medication by the year 2017. CVS/pharmacy is the sole retail pharmacy sponsor of this program, which builds on the company’s Medication Disposal for Safer Communities Program. Manteca’s new Drug Collection Unit site is open to the public 24 hours a day. No liquids are accepted. Manteca residents and CVS/pharmacy customers can also inquire about the Medication Disposal for Safer Communities Program at the toll free phone number (866) 559-8830 or visit www.cvs.com/safercommunities.

HICAP Seeking Volunteers to Counsel Seniors on Medicare

HICAP – the Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program – is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping Medicare beneficiaries navigate the Medicare maze.  We do this in one-on-one counseling sessions, with registered HICAP volunteer counselors. HICAP counselors help Medicare beneficiaries: understand Medicare; compare supplemental policies; review HMO and PPO benefits; learn about government assistance programs; prepare appeals and challenge denials, and clarify rights as a health care consumer.  Our services are always free and always unbiased.  We neither sell nor recommend specific insurance companies.  Rather, we educate beneficiaries to make the choice best for their needs. We are looking for energetic seniors who are computer-savvy, interested in learning, and good communicators.  We will conduct training in San Joaquin County soon.  If you are interested in learning more about HICAP volunteering, contact HICAP at (209) 470-7812.

Breastfeeding and Working

The Breastfeeding Coalition of San Joaquin County offers its “Working & Breastfeeding” Toolkit at BreastfeedSJC.org. This toolkit contains tips, answers to frequently asked questions and links to online resources for families and employers. Jump on over to BreastfeedSJC.org/Working-and-Breastfeeding to check it out.

Diabetes Resources in San Joaquin County

Diabetes is a costly disease, both in terms of people’s health and well-being, and in terms of dollars spent on treatment, medications and lost days at work and school. San Joaquin County annually accounts for among the worst death rates from diabetes among all 58 California counties. In an attempt to make its estimated 60,000 residents with diabetes aware of the many local resources available to help them deal with the disease, a dozen billboards in English and Spanish have been posted around the county directing readers to the UniteForDiabetesSJC.org website. At that website is information on numerous free classes and programs that provide education and training on preventing diabetes, managing the disease, controlling its side effects, and links to more resources, including special events and finding a physician. For questions on how to navigate the website or find a class, residents may call Vanessa Armendariz, community project manager at the San Joaquin Medical Society, at(209) 952-5299. The billboards came about through the efforts of the Diabetes Work Group, a subcommittee of San Joaquin County Public Health’s Obesity and Chronic Disease Prevention Task Force. Funding was provided through a grant from Kaiser Permanente Community Benefit Programs Division-Central Valley Area.

Senior Gateway Website: Don’t Be a Victim

California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones has unveiled a new consumer protection tool for California seniors, who have traditionally been prime targets for con artists. The California Department of Insurance (CDI) is hosting a new Web site www.seniors.ca.gov to educate seniors and their advocates and provide helpful information about how to avoid becoming victims of personal or financial abuse. The Web site, called Senior Gateway, is important because seniors, including older veterans, are disproportionately at risk of being preyed upon financially and subjected to neglect and abuse. The Senior Gateway is sponsored by the Elder Financial Abuse Interagency Roundtable (E-FAIR), convened by CDI and includes representatives from many California agencies who share a common purpose of safeguarding the welfare of California’s seniors. “The goal of this collaborative effort is to assemble, in one convenient location, valuable information not only for seniors, but their families and caregivers. This site will help California seniors find resources and solve problems, and will enable participating agencies to better serve this important segment of our population,” Jones said. The site offers seniors valuable tips and resources in the following areas, and more:

  • Avoiding and reporting abuse and neglect by in-home caregivers or in facilities; learn about different types of abuse and the warning signs.
  • Preventing and reporting financial fraud, abuse and scams targeting seniors.
  • Understanding health care, insurance, Medicare and long-term care; know what long-term care includes.
  • Locating services and programs available to assist older adults.
  • Knowing your rights before buying insurance; what seniors need to know about annuities.
  • Investing wisely and understanding the ins and outs of reverse mortgages.

$5,000 Grants Help Pay for Children’s Medical Expenses

UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation (UHCCF) is seeking grant applications from families in need of financial assistance to help pay for their child’s health care treatments, services or equipment not covered, or not fully covered, by their commercial health insurance plan. Qualifying families can receive up to $5,000 to help pay for medical services and equipment such as physical, occupational and speech therapy, counseling services, surgeries, prescriptions, wheelchairs, orthotics, eyeglasses and hearing aids. To be eligible for a grant, children must be 16 years of age or younger. Families must meet economic guidelines, reside in the United States and have a commercial health insurance plan. Grants are available for medical expenses families have incurred 60 days prior to the date of application as well as for ongoing and future medical needs. Parents or legal guardians may apply for grants at www.uhccf.org, and there is no application deadline. Organizations or private donors can make tax-deductible donations to the foundation at this website. In 2011, UHCCF awarded more than 1,200 grants to families across the United States for treatments associated with medical conditions such as cancer, spina bifida, muscular dystrophy, diabetes, hearing loss, autism, cystic fibrosis, Down syndrome, ADHD and cerebral palsy.

Facts About Fruits and Vegetables

Click here for lots of great information about fruits and vegetables.

ONGOING

Hmong Language Diabetes Classes

The Hmong Community of Stockton is invited to attend free diabetes classes presented in the Hmong language. Call Jou Moua at (209) 298-2374 or (209) 461-3224 to find a class.

Fit Families for Life

Fit Families for Life is a weekly class for parents offered by HealthNet and held at Fathers and Families of San Joaquin, 338 E. Market St., Stockton. All parents are welcome and there is no cost to attend. Participants will learn about nutrition, cooking and exercise. Information and registration: Renee Garcia at (209) 941-0701.

Journey to Control Diabetes Education Program

Mondays 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.: Dameron Hospital offers a free diabetes education program, with classes held in the Dameron Hospital Annex, 445 W. Acacia St., Stockton. Preregistration is required. Contact Carolyn Sanders, RN, at c.sanders@dameronhospital.org(209) 461-3136 or (209) 461-7597.

Al-Anon Freedom to Change Support Group

Mondays and Thursdays 7 to 8:30 p.m.: Lodi Health offers Al-Anon Freedom to Change meetings for family and friends of problem drinkers. The group helps people to know what to do when someone close to them drinks too much. Meetings are offered several times each month at Lodi Memorial Hospital, 975 S. Fairmont Ave., Lodi. Information: www.lodihealth.org.

Man-to-Man Prostate Cancer Support Group

First Monday of Month 7 to 9 p.m.: Dameron Hospital, 525 W. Acacia St., Stockton, holds a support group for men diagnosed with prostate cancer and their families and caregivers. The meetings are facilitated by trained volunteers who are prostate cancer survivors. Information: Ernest Pontiflet at (209) 952-9092.

Crystal Meth Anonymous Recovery Group

Mondays 6:30 p.m.: 825 Central Ave., Lodi. Information: (209) 430-9780 or (209) 368-0756.

Yoga for People Dealing with Cancer

Mondays 5:30 to 7 p.m.: This free weekly Yoga & Breathing class for cancer patients will help individuals sleep better and reduce pain. This class is led by yoga instructor Chinu Mehdi in Classrooms 1 and 2, St. Joseph’s Medical Center, 1800 N. California St., Stockton. Information: (209) 467-6550 orSJCancerInfo@dignityhealth.org.

Respiratory Support Group for Better Breathing

First Tuesday of month 10 to 11 a.m.: Lodi Health’s Respiratory Therapy Department and the American Lung Association of California Valley Lode offer a free “Better Breathers’” respiratory-support group for people and their family members with breathing problems including asthma, bronchitis and emphysema. Participants will learn how to cope with chronic lung disease, understand lungs and how they work and use medications and oxygen properly. The group meets at Lodi Health West, 800 S. Lower Sacramento Road, Lodi. Pre-registration is recommended by calling (209) 339-7445. For information on other classes available at Lodi Memorial, visit its website at www.lodihealth.org.

The Beat Goes On Cardiac Support Group

First Tuesday of month 11 a.m. to noon: Lodi Health offers a free cardiac support group at Lodi Health West, 800 S. Lower Sacramento Road, Lodi. “The Beat Goes On” cardiac support group is a community-based nonprofit group that offers practical tools for healthy living to heart disease patients, their families and caregivers. Its mission is to provide community awareness that those with heart disease can live well through support meetings and educational forums. Upcoming topics include exercise, stress management and nutrition counseling services. All are welcomed to attend. Information: (209) 339-7664.

Planned Childbirth Services

Tuesdays 6 to 8 p.m.: Dameron Hospital, 525 W. Acacia St., Stockton, hosts a four-class series which answers questions and prepares mom and her partner for labor and birth. Bring two pillows and a comfortable blanket or exercise mat to each class. These classes are requested during expecting mother’s third trimester. Information/registration: Carolyn Sanders, RN (209) 461-3136 or www.Dameronhospital.org.

Lactation Support Group in Lodi

Tuesdays 10 a.m.: Lodi Health offers The Lactation Club, a support group for breastfeeding moms that is held in Classroom A at Lodi Memorial Hospital, 975 S. Fairmont Ave., Lodi. Lactation consultants are readily available to answer questions and help with breastfeeding issues. A scale will also be on hand to weigh babies. Information: (209) 339.7872 or www.lodihealth.org.

Say Yes to Breastfeeding

Tuesdays 6 to 8 p.m.: Dameron Hospital, 525 W. Acacia St., Stockton, offers a class that outlines the information and basic benefits and risk management of breastfeeding. Topics include latching, early skin-to-skin on cue, expressing milk and helpful hints on early infant feeding. In addition, the hospital offers a monthly Mommy and Me-Breastfeeding support group where mothers, babies and hospital clerical staff meet the second Monday of each month. Information/registration: Carolyn Sanders, RN (209) 461-3136 or www.Dameronhospital.org.

Precious Preemies

Second Tuesday of the month, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.: Precious Preemies: A Discussion Group for Families Raising Premature Infants and Infants with Medical Concerns required registration and is held at Family Resource Network, Sherwood Executive Center, 5250 Claremont Ave., Suite 148, Stockton. Information: www.frcn.org/calendar.asp or (209) 472-3674 or (800) 847-3030.

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous

Are you having trouble controlling the way you eat? Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) is a free Twelve Step recovery program for anyone suffering from food obsession, overeating, undereating or bulimia. For more information or a list of additional meetings throughout the U.S. and the world, call (781) 932-6300 or visitwww.foodaddicts.org.

  • Tuesdays 7 p.m.: Modesto Unity Church, 2547 Veneman Ave., Modesto.
  • Wednesdays 9 a.m.: The Episcopal Church of Saint Anne, 1020 W. Lincoln Road, Stockton.
  • Saturdays 9 a.m.: Tracy Community Church, 1790 Sequoia Blvd. at Corral Hollow, Tracy.

Diabetes: Basics to a Healthy Life

Wednesdays 10 a.m.: Free eight-class ongoing series every Wednesday except the month of September. Click here for detailsSt. Joseph’s Medical Center, Cleveland Classroom, 2102 N. California St., Stockton. Information: (209) 944-8355 or www.StJosephsCares.org/Diabetes.

Break From Stress

Wednesdays 6 to 7 p.m.: St. Joseph’s Medical Center offers the community a break from their stressful lives with Break from Stress sessions. These sessions are free, open to the public, with no pre-registration necessary. Just drop in, take a deep breath and relax through a variety of techniques. Break from Stress sessions are held in St. Joseph’s Cleveland Classroom (behind HealthCare Clinical Lab on California Street just north of the medical center. Information: SJCancerInfo@DignityHealth.orgor (209) 467-6550.

Mother-Baby Breast Connection

Wednesdays 1 to 3 p.m.: Join a lactation consultant for support and advice on the challenges of early breastfeeding. Come meet other families and attend as often as you like. A different topic of interest will be offered each week with time for breastfeeding assistance and questions. Pre-registration is required. Call (209) 467-6331. St. Joseph’s Medical Center, Pavilion Conference Room (1st floor), 1800 N. California St., Stockton.

Adult Children With Aging Relatives

Second Wednesday of month 4:30 p.m.: Lodi Health offers an Adult Children with Aging Relatives support group at the Hutchins Street Square Senior Center. Information: (209) 369-4443 or (209) 369-6921.

Diabetes Support Group in Stockton

Third Wednesday of month 5:30 to 7 p.m.: This support group will help you deal with issues of diabetes through avoiding lifelong complications. Accomplished by increasing daily activities, learning to take your medications  properly, and overcoming depression, frustration and feeling alone. Each month there will be resources including dietitians, doctors, pharmacists and literature is available to assist you. Knowledge is power. This is a free program (no registration is required). Monthly meetings will be held at St. Joseph’s Medical Center, 1800 N. California St., Stockton, in the basement Classroom 3. Any questions or comments call Susan Sanchez, RN, Certified Diabetes Educator: (209) 662-9487.

Smoking Cessation Class in Lodi

Wednesdays 3 to 4 p.m.: Lodi Health offers an eight-session smoking-cessation class for those wishing to become smoke free. Classes are held weekly in the Lodi Health Pulmonary Rehabilitation Department at Lodi Memorial Hospital, 975 S. Fairmont Ave., Lodi. Topics covered include benefits of quitting; ways to cope with quitting; how to deal with a craving; medications that help with withdrawal; and creating a support system. Call the Lodi Health Lung Health Line at (209) 339-7445 to register.

Individual Stork Tours At Dameron

Wednesdays 5 to 7 p.m.: Dameron Hospital, 525 W. Acacia St., Stockton, offers 30 minute guided tours that provide expecting parents with a tour of Labor/Delivery, the Mother-Baby Unit and an overview of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. New mothers are provided information on delivery services, where to go and what to do once delivery has arrived, and each mother can create an individual birthing plan. Information/registration: Carolyn Sanders, RN (209) 461-3136or www.Dameronhospital.org.

Brain Builders Weekly Program

Thursdays 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: Lodi Health and the Hutchins Street Square Senior Center offer “Brain Builders,” a weekly program for people in the early stages of memory loss. There is a weekly fee of $25. Registration is required. Information or to register, call (209) 369-4443 or (209) 369-6921.

Infant CPR and Safety

Second Thursday of month 5 to 7 p.m.: Dameron Hospital, 525 W. Acacia St., Stockton, offers a class to family members to safely take care of their newborn.  Family members are taught infant CPR and relief of choking, safe sleep and car seat safety.  Regarding infant safety, the hospital offers on the fourth Thursday of each month from 5 to 7 p.m. a NICU/SCN family support group. This group is facilitated by a Master Prepared Clinical Social Worker and the Dameron NICU staff with visits from the hospital’s neonatologist. Information/registration: Carolyn Sanders, RN (209) 461-3136 or www.Dameronhospital.org.

Group Meetings for Alzheimer’s Patients, Caregivers

Thursdays 10 to 11:30 a.m.: The Alzheimer’s Aid Society of Northern California in conjunction with Villa Marche residential care facility conducts a simultaneous Caregiver’s Support Group and Patient’s Support Group at Villa Marche, 1119 Rosemarie Lane, Stockton. Caregivers, support people or family members of anyone with dementia are welcome to attend the caregiver’s group, led by Rita Vasquez. It’s a place to listen, learn and share. At the same time, Alzheimer’s and dementia patients can attend the patient’s group led by Sheryl Ashby. Participants will learn more about dementia and how to keep and enjoy the skills that each individual possesses. There will be brain exercises and reminiscence. The meeting is appropriate for anyone who enjoys socialization and is able to attend with moderate supervision. Information: (209) 477-4858.

Clase Gratuita de Diabetes en Español

Cada segundo Viernes del mes: Participantes aprenderán los fundamentos sobre la observación de azúcar de sangre, comida saludable, tamaños de porción y medicaciones. Un educador con certificado del control de diabetes dará instruccion sobre la autodirección durante de esta clase. Para mas información y registración:(209) 461-3251. Aprenda más de los programas de diabetes en el sitio electronico de St. Joseph’s: www.StJosephsCares.org/Diabetes

Nutrition on the Move Class

Fridays 11 a.m. to noon: Nutrition Education Center at Emergency Food Bank, 7 W. Scotts Ave., Stockton.  Free classes are general nutrition classes where you’ll learn about the new My Plate standards, food label reading, nutrition and exercise, eating more fruits and vegetables, and other tips. Information: (209) 464-7369or www.stocktonfoodbank.org.

Crystal Meth Anonymous Recovery Group

Fridays 6 p.m.: St. Joseph’s Behavioral Health (in trailer at the rear of building), 2510 N. California St., Stockton. Information: (209) 461-2000.

Free Diabetes Class in Spanish

Second Friday of every month: Participants will learn the basics about blood sugar monitoring, healthy foods, portion sizes, medications and self-management skills from a certified diabetic educator during this free class. St. Joseph’s Medical Center, 1800 N. California St., Stockton. Information and registration: (209) 461-3251. Learn more on St. Joseph’s diabetes programs at www.StJosephsCares.org/Diabetes.

National Alliance on Mental Health: Family-to-Family Education

Saturdays 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: NAMI presents a free series of 12 weekly education classes for friends and family of people with major depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder, borderline personality disorder, panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, and co-occurring brain disorders. Classes will be held at 530 W. Acacia St., Stockton (across from Dameron Hospital) on the second floor. Information or to register: (209) 468-3755.

Multiple Sclerosis Self-Help Group

Second Saturday of Every Month 10 a.m. to noon: Multiple Sclerosis Self-Help Group meeting are for family, friends, caregivers and individuals with multiple sclerosis. We invite you to join us for a few moments of exchanging ideas and management skills to help you live and work with multiple sclerosis, a chronic disease. Meetings are at St. Joseph’s Medical Center, 1800 N. California St., Stockton, in Classroom 1 in the basement. Information: Laurie (209) 915-1730 or Velma(209) 951-2264.

All Day Prepared Childbirth Class

Third Saturday of month 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Dameron Hospital, 525 W. Acacia St., Stockton, offers community service educational class of prebirth education and mentoring. Information/registration: Carolyn Sanders, RN (209) 461-3136 or www.Dameronhospital.org.

Big Brother/Big Sister

Second Sunday of month: Dameron Hospital, 525 W. Acacia St., Stockton, has a one-hour class meeting designed specifically for newborn’s siblings. Topics include family role, a labor/delivery tour and a video presentation which explains hand washing/germ control and other household hygiene activities. This community service class ends with a Certification of Completion certificate. Information/registration: Carolyn Sanders, RN (209) 461-3136 or www.Dameronhospital.org.

Outpatient Program Aimed at Teens

Two programs: Adolescents face a number of challenging issues while trying to master their developmental milestones. Mental health issues (including depression), substance abuse and family issues can hinder them from mastering the developmental milestones that guide them into adulthood. The Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) offered by St. Joseph’s Behavioral Health Center, 2510 N. California St., Stockton, is designed for those individuals who need comprehensive treatment for their mental, emotional or chemical dependency problems. This program uses Dialectical Behavioral Therapy to present skills for effective living. Patients learn how to identify and change distorted thinking, communicate effectively in relationships and regain control of their lives. The therapists work collaboratively with parents, doctors and schools. They also put together a discharge plan so the patient continues to get the help they need to thrive into adulthood.

  • Psychiatric Adolescent IOP meets Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 4 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Chemical Recovery Adolescent IOP meets Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 4 to 7 p.m.

For more information about this and other groups, (209) 461-2000 and ask to speak with a behavioral evaluator or visit www.StJosephsCanHelp.org.

Stork Tours in Lodi

Parents-to-be are offered individual tours of the Lodi Memorial Hospital Maternity Department, 975 S. Fairmont Ave., Lodi. Prospective parents may view the labor, delivery and recovery areas of the hospital and ask questions of the nursing staff. Phone (209) 339-7879 to schedule a tour. For more information on other classes offered by Lodi Health, visit www.lodihealth.org.

HOSPITALS and MEDICAL GROUPS

Community Medical Centers

Click here for Community Medical Centers (Channel Medical Clinic, San Joaquin Valley Dental Group, etc.) website.

Dameron Hospital Events

Click here for Dameron Hospital’s Event Calendar.

Doctors Hospital of Manteca Events

Click here for Doctors Hospital of Manteca Events finder.

Hill Physicians

Click here for Hill Physicians website.

Kaiser Permanente Central Valley

Click here for Kaiser Central Valley News and Events

Lodi Memorial Hospital

Click here for Lodi Memorial Hospital.

Mark Twain Medical Center

Click here for Mark Twain Medical Center in San Andreas.

Planned Parenthood Mar Monte

Click here to find a Planned Parenthood Health Center near you.

San Joaquin General Hospital

Click here for San Joaquin General Hospital website.

St. Joseph’s Medical Center Classes and Events

Click here for St. Joseph’s Medical Center’s Classes and Events.

Sutter Gould Medical Foundation

Click here for Sutter Gould news. Click here for Sutter Gould calendar of events.

Sutter Tracy Community Hospital Education and Support

Click here for Sutter Tracy Community Hospital events, classes and support groups.

PUBLIC HEALTH

San Joaquin County Public Health Services General Information

Ongoing resources for vaccinations and clinic information are:

  1. Public Health Services Influenza website, www.sjcphs.org
  2. Recorded message line at (209) 469-8200, extension 2# for English and 3# for Spanish.
  3. For further information, individuals may call the following numbers at Public Health Services:
  • For general vaccine and clinic questions, call (209) 468-3862;
  • For medical questions, call (209) 468-3822.

Health officials continue to recommend these precautionary measures to help protect against acquiring influenza viruses:

  1. Wash your hands often with soap and water or use alcohol based sanitizers.
  2. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or your sleeve, when you cough or sneeze.
  3. Stay home if you are sick until you are free of a fever for 24 hours.
  4. Get vaccinated.

Public Health Services Clinic Schedules (Adults and Children)

Immunization clinic hours are subject to change depending on volume of patients or staffing. Check the Public Health Services website for additional evening clinics or special clinics at www.sjcphs.org. Clinics with an asterisk (*) require patients to call for an appointment.

Stockton Health Center: 1601 E. Hazelton Ave.; (209) 468-3830.

  • Immunizations: Monday 1-4 p.m.; Tuesday 1-4 p.m.; Wednesday 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; Thursday 8-11 a.m. and 1-4 p.m.; Friday 8-11 a.m.
  • Travel clinic*: Thursday 8-11 a.m. and 1 to 4 p.m.
  • Health exams*: Tuesday 1-4 p.m.; Wednesday 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; Friday 8-11 a.m.
  • Sexually transmitted disease clinic: Wednesday 3-6 p.m. and Friday 1-4 p.m., walk-in and by appointment.
  • Tuberculosis clinic*: Tuesday; second and fourth Wednesday of the month.
  • HIV testing: Tuesday 1-4 p.m.; Thursday 1-4 p.m.

Manteca Health Center: 124 Sycamore Ave.; (209) 823-7104 or (800) 839-4949.

  • Immunizations: Wednesday 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and 3-6 p.m.
  • Tuberculosis clinic*: first and third Wednesday 3-6 p.m.
  • HIV testing: first Wednesday 1:30-4 p.m.

Lodi Health Center: 300 W. Oak St.; (209) 331-7303 or (800) 839-4949.

  • Immunizations: Friday 8-11 a.m. and 1-4 p.m.
  • Tuberculosis clinic*: Friday 8-11 a.m. and 1-4 p.m.
  • HIV testing: second and fourth Friday 1:30-4 p.m.

WIC (Women, Infants & Children) Program

Does your food budget need a boost? The WIC Program can help you stretch your food dollars. This special supplemental food program for women, infants and children serves low-income women who are currently pregnant or have recently delivered, breastfeeding moms, infants, and children up to age 5. Eligible applicants receive monthly checks to use at any authorized grocery store for wholesome foods such as fruits and vegetables, milk and cheese, whole-grain breads and cereals, and more. WIC shows you how to feed your family to make them healthier and brings moms and babies closer together by helping with breastfeeding. WIC offers referrals to low-cost or free health care and other community services depending on your needs. WIC services may be obtained at a variety of locations throughout San Joaquin County:

Stockton (209) 468-3280

  • Public Health Services WIC Main Office, 1145 N. Hunter St.: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; open two Saturdays a month.
  • Family Health Center, 1414 N. California St.: Wednesday 8 a.m. to noon, 1 to 5 p.m.
  • CUFF (Coalition United for Families), 2044 Fair St.: Thursday 8 a.m. to noon, 1 to 5 p.m.
  • Taylor Family Center, 1101 Lever Blvd.: Wednesday 8 a.m. to noon, 1 to 4 p.m.
  • Transcultural Clinic, 4422 N. Pershing Ave. Suite D-5: Tuesday 8 a.m. to noon, 1 to 5 p.m.

Manteca  (209) 823-7104

  • Public Health Services, 124 Sycamore Lane: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 8 a.m. to noon, 1 to 5 p.m.

Tracy (209) 831-5930

  • Public Health Services, 205 W. Ninth St.: Monday, Wednesday 8 a.m. to noon, 1 to 5 p.m.

Flu Shots in Calaveras County

Fall brings cooler temperatures and the start of the flu season. Getting flu vaccine early offers greater protection throughout flu season. The Calaveras County Public Health Department recommends everyone 6 months of age and older get flu vaccine every year. Flu season can start as early as October and continue through March. “Seasonal flu can be serious,” said Dr. Dean Kelaita, Calaveras County health officer. “Every year people die from the flu.” Some children, youth and adults are at risk of serious illness and possibly death if they are not protected from the flu. They need to get flu vaccine now.

  • Adults 50 years of age and over.
  • Pregnant women.
  • Children and youth 5-18 years on long-term aspirin therapy.
  • Everyone with chronic health conditions (including diabetes, kidney, heart or lung disease).

If you care for an infant less than 6 months or people with chronic health conditions, you can help protect them by getting your flu vaccine. Even if you had a flu vaccination last year, you need another one this year to be protected and to protect others who are at risk. The Public Health Department will offer five community flu clinics:

  • Every Monday (3 to 5:30 p.m.) and Thursday (8 a.m. to noon): Calaveras County Public Health, 700 Mountain Ranch Road, Suite C2, San Andreas. The monthly Valley Springs Immunization Clinic (third Tuesday, 3 to 5:30 pm) will also offer flu vaccine during flu season.

The flu vaccine is $16.  Medicare Part B is accepted.  No one will be denied service due to inability to pay. For more information about the vaccine or the clinics, contact the Public Health Department at (209) 754-6460 or visit the Public Health website at www.calaveraspublichealth.com.

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What You Need to Know About Joe’s Health Calendar

Have a health-oriented event the public in San Joaquin County should know about? Let me know at jgoldeen@recordnet.com and I’ll get it into my Health Calendar. I’m not interested in promoting commercial enterprises here, but I am interested in helping out nonprofit and/or community groups, hospitals, clinics, physicians and other health-care providers. Look for five categories: Community Events, News, Ongoing, Hospitals & Medical Groups, and Public Health. TO THE PUBLIC: I won’t list an item here from a source that I don’t know or trust. So I believe you can count on what you read here. If there is a problem, please don’t hesitate to let me know at (209) 546-8278 or jgoldeen@recordnet.com. Thanks, Joe

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