Joe’s Health Calendar 5/11/12 Walk More Eat Less


Focus on Childhood Obesity

May 11 (today) 5 to 8 p.m.: The Joe Serna Jr. Charter School Cooking Club, as part of the “Chefs Move to Schools” movement, is preparing an English/Spanish bilingual health workshop for the community at the school, corner of Central Avenue and Pine Street, Lodi. The free event will provide the community with information and resources about childhood obesity, hoping to create more awareness and provide behavioral strategies for parents and children – including tweens and teens – to fight this epidemic in San Joaquin County. Practical Counseling and Educational Services Inc., along with a local pediatrician, will contribute to the workshop in addition to the Greater Stockton Emergency Food Bank and other organizations. Dinner will be served. If you would like to participate, please register for free admission at Information: Alejandrina Britschgi at or Pam Meerdink at (209) 331-7809.

CareVan Provides Daily Free Health Clinic

St. Joseph’s Medical Center CareVan presents a free, walk-in health clinic for low-income and no-insurance individuals or families, 16 years old and older. The hospital’s mobile health-care services will be available to handle most minor urgent health care needs. Diabetes screening and blood pressure screening are offered on special days as noted. If you have questions, contact (209) 461-3471. Clinic schedule is subject to change without notice.

  • May 11 (today) 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Roosevelt School, 7776 S. Broadway St., Stockton. A representative will be available to screen patients for insurance eligibility.
  • May 14 (Monday) 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.:  Rancho San Miguel, 1427 S. Airport Way, Stockton. Diabetes and blood pressure screening clinics included.
  • May 15 (Tuesday) 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: St. George’s Church, 120 W. Fifth St., Stockton. A representative will be available to screen patients for insurance eligibility.
  • May 16 (Wednesday) 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Rite Aid, 1050 N. Wilson Way, Stockton.
  • May 17 (Thursday) 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.: San Joaquin County Fairgrounds, 1658 S. Airport Way, Stockton. A representative will be available to screen patients for insurance eligibility.
  • May 21 (Monday) 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.:  Weston Ranch Food 4 Less, 3434 Manthey Road, Stockton. Diabetes and blood pressure screening clinics included.
  • May 22 (Tuesday) 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Wagner School, 8778 Brattle Place, Stockton. A representative will be available to screen patients for insurance eligibility.
  • May 23 (Wednesday) 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Rite Aid, 1050 N. Wilson Way, Stockton.
  • May 24 (Thursday) 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.: San Joaquin County Fairgrounds, 1658 S. Airport Way, Stockton. A representative will be available to screen patients for insurance eligibility.
  • May 29 (Tuesday) 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Food 4 Less, 789 W. Hammer Lane, Stockton. A representative will be available to screen patients for insurance eligibility.
  • May 30 (Wednesday) 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: West Lane Bowl, 3900 West Lane, Stockton. A representative will be available to screen patients for insurance eligibility.
  • May 31 (Thursday) 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Senior Awareness Day at Micke Grove Park, 11793 N. Micke Grove Road, Lodi. This clinic is brought to you by St. Joseph’s Spirit Club members.

Free Health Bus Coming to Walgreens in Stockton

The Walgreens Way to Well Health Tour mobile health bus with AARP offers three free health tests that measure 10 key health indicators of a person’s risk for or symptoms of today’s leading chronic diseases: cancer, heart disease and diabetes. These tests measure total cholesterol, glucose, blood pressure, body mass index, body composition, skeletal muscle, resting metabolism, visceral fat, real body age and body weight. Information:

  • May 11 (today) 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Walgreens, 678 N. Wilson Way, Stockton.
  • May 12 (Saturday) 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Walgreens, 7850 West Lane, Stockton.

Children’s Health and Safety Fair in Tracy

May 12 (Saturday) 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.:  The Children’s Health and Safety Fair that annually attracts more than 5,000 attendees with free health screenings, information, a bike rodeo and fun for the whole family, is set for Sutter Tracy Community Hospital, 1420 N. Tracy Blvd., Tracy. There will be more than 50 booths and exhibits from community health agencies, California Highway Patrol and the Tracy Fire Department. There also will be a variety of different booths staffed by Sutter Tracy staff including the popular Teddy Bear clinic and the sensory maze and obstacle course. “The Children’s Health and Safety Fair provides a place for families to learn about the benefits of living a healthy lifestyle while enjoying fun and educational activities,” registered nurse and event co-chair Kerry Miller said.  Information: (209) 832-6516. As an added feature of the Children’s Health and Safety Fair, Vision Service Plan and optometrist David Moline with Tracy Optometry will offer children the opportunity to receive a free eye exam, including lenses and frames. Frame and lens vouchers are limited and available on a first come, first served basis. To receive the free full eye exam, lenses and frames, children must qualify under the following criteria:

  • Children 0-17 years of age.
  • Must have Social Security number.
  • Must not have vision insurance.

Walk/Run For the Health Of It and Fair in Lodi

May 12 (Saturday) 8:30 a.m.: The LMH Foundation will hold its 22nd annual walk/run “For the Health of It” starting and finishing at Lodi Memorial Hospital, 975 S. Fairmont Ave., Lodi. “For the Health of It” features a 5K fitness walk, a 5K poker walk, a one-mile “fun run” for students, a one-mile “walk and roll” for seniors and chip-timed 5K and 10K runs. Cost to participate for walkers is $15 per person, in advance, or $20 the day of the walk/run. The 5K and 10K runs are $25 per person, in advance, and $30 the day of the walk/run. Registration is $10 for students under age 12. All walkers and one-mile fun-run participants will receive a specially designed cotton T-shirt, and all runners a sport tech T-shirt. Following the walk/run, all are invited to stay for a health fair. A variety of refreshments will be available to help the body and mind recover from the walk or run. LMH will offer body-composition testing, blood-pressure analysis, cholesterol and blood-glucose screenings, a nutrition clinic and more. Massage therapists and chiropractic advice will also be available. Funds raised at “For the Health of It” will be used to purchase equipment for and support community programs offered by LMH. To date, “For the Health of It” has raised more than $1 million. Sign up online at  or,, or call the “For the Health of It” hotline at (209) 339-7582.

Help Stamp Out Hunger: Put Food Bag by Mailbox 

May 12 (Saturday) before mail pickup: Please help support your local food bank, such as the Emergency Food Bank of Stockton, and the efforts of the National Letter Carriers Association by participating in the 20th annual Stamp Out Hunger event. Place your nonperishable food items in a bag by your mailbox. Your mail carrier will stop back by their route to pick up your bag. 100 percent of your Stockton donations will go to the Emergency Food Bank and Family Services. Also, print out the link for the cartoon and have your kids color it and place it on the refrigerator as a reminder of the date and to leave the food out. Get the entire family involved and together we can help feed the hungry in our community. Color Sheet

Free Women’s Health Fair in Stockton

May 13 (Sunday) 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: The third annual Women’s Health Fair sponsored by the National Community Pharmacists Association/University of the Pacific will be held at Chan Family Health Sciences Learning Center & Clinics, UOP, 751 Brookside Road, Stockton. Free gift to the first 50 guests. Free services to be provided include: blood pressure; blood glucose/diabetes; bone density; cholesterol screening; oral cancer exam; breast cancer awareness; and more. Information: Peter Cao at (408) 916-6005 or

Healthy Women/Healthy Bodies Diabetes Prevention Class

Women’s Diabetes and Obesity Prevention Class Series, sponsored by San Joaquin County Public Health Services. For information or registration, contact RosaElena Menéndez at (209) 468-2406 or email

  • May 14 (Monday) 10 a.m. to noon: Public Health Services – Annex, 420 S. Wilson Way, Stockton.
  • May 16 (Wednesday) 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.: Mercy Housing California, 605 E. Church St., Stockton.
  • May 21 (Monday) 10 a.m. to noon: Public Health Services – Annex, 420 S. Wilson Way, Stockton.

The Way We Eat

May 14 (Monday) 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.: Have you ever asked yourself or others why do they eat the way they do? Three guest speakers will present research during a free webinar hosted by the Dairy Council of California on the many reasons why people make food choices and give examples of how health educators can address those reasons to be more effective. To register and for more information,

Heart Health Screenings for Women

May 14 (Monday) 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women. In fact, 420,000 women die each year in the U.S. of cardiovascular disease, more than all cancers combined. Free heart health screenings will be held for three hours at national off-price retailer Burlington Coat Factory, 5601 Florin Road, Sacramento. At 11:30 a.m., WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease will receive a donation of nearly $1 million from Burlington as part of National Women’s Health Week. Funds were generated as a result of the retailer’s first-ever Red Dress event hosted from February through Easter, in support of women’s heart health, which ran in all Burlington locations throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Donations raised will advance WomenHeart’s free support services and educational programs for women living with heart disease in communities throughout the country, and will also enable the organization to begin a concerted effort to educate and support Latinas – a high risk population for heart disease. To receive a free online heart health action kit or to donate, visit

Welcome to Life Tour

May 14 (Monday) 7 to 9 p.m. (also June 11, July 9, Aug. 6, Sept. 17, Oct. 15, Nov. 5 or Dec. 10): This class gives you specific information about where to go and what to do when it comes time to have your baby, including pre-admission registration. Includes a tour of the maternity area and birthing options tailored to individual needs.St. Joseph’s Medical Center, Auditorium, 1800 N. California St., Stockton. Information: (209) 461-5213or Preregistration is not required for this free class.

Big Brother – Big Sister in Stockton

May 15 (Tuesday) 6 to 7 p.m. (Also July 10, Sept. 18 or Nov. 13): This class helps siblings learn about new babies, how it will feel to be a big brother or sister, and see new babies and where they are born in our birthing area. Families are welcome. St. Joseph’s Medical Center, Pavilion Conference Room (1st floor), 1800 N. California St., Stockton. Information: (209) 461-5213 or Preregistration is not required for this free class.

Mothers Taking Action!

Ask yourself these questions: Is it difficult for you to eat healthy? Is it difficult for you to exercise and stay active? Do you or your children struggle with diabetes or other chronic illnesses? Are you ready to take action? Be part of Mothers Taking Action! We are your neighbors, friends, sisters – and your partners in the fight for a healthy future for our children and our communities. We know moms can make a big difference … So, we need your help! San Joaquin County mothers are coming together now. Join one of our upcoming meetings to share your ideas. Free produce and cookbooks. Call today: (209) 468-3868. Please join us at any of these locations:

  • May 16 (Wednesday) 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Emergency Food Bank, 7 W. Scotts Ave., Stockton.
  • May 23 (Wednesday) 4:30 to 6 p.m.: New Direction Creative Child Care, 1981 Cherokee Road, Stockton.
  • May 29 (Tuesday) 5:30 to 7 p.m.: Diamond Cove II, 5506 Tam O’ Shanter Drive, Stockton.

Big-Brother/Big-Sister Class for Kids 3-8

May 16 (Wednesday) 3 to 4:30 p.m.: Lodi Memorial Hospital, 975 S. Fairmont Ave., Lodi, offers a big-brother/big-sister preparation class. This class, for children ages 3 to 8, will help youngsters adjust to the arrival of the new baby. The cost is $10 for the first child and $3 for each additional child. Call (209) 339-7520 to register. For more information, visit the LMH website at

The Picture of Health: A Data Design Challenge

Deadline May 16 (Wednesday) 2 p.m.: See complete rules here. Great design presentation can help bring complex health data to life. With an eye on improving the status quo, the California HealthCare Foundation (CHCF) seeks to present data in new and inventive ways. To help promote broader understanding of the issues involved in fixing our health care system, CHCF launches a competition — The Picture of Health: A Data Design Challenge. Using data provided by CHCF and other sources, successful entrants will creatively explore how CHCF might depict data in a compelling and comprehensive manner, targeting policymakers and the public. Awards range from $5,000 to $500. See the complete challenge rules and details on data sources online here.

Stork Tours for Parents-To-Be

May 16 (Wednesday) 6 to 7:30 p.m. (and June 20): Parents-to-be are invited to attend a free stork tour at Lodi Memorial Hospital, 975 S. Fairmont Ave., Lodi. Prospective parents may view the labor, delivery, recovery and nursery areas of the hospital and ask questions of the nursing staff. Call (209) 339-7520 to register. For more information on other classes available at Lodi Memorial, visit its website at

Fruit and Veggie Fest

May 20 (Sunday) noon to 4 p.m.: The Network for a Healthy California—Gold Country Region  Retail Program  will host Fruit and Veggie Fest at Rancho San Miguel, corner of Airport Way and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Stockton, as part of a monthlong statewide effort to empower low-income families to be Champions for Change by making healthy, active living a priority. Free to the public, the Gold Country Region event offers shoppers a fun-filled day of educational, interactive activities designed to highlight ways they can overcome challenges to make healthy choices for their families. California is battling an obesity epidemic. Fruit and Veggie Fest is designed to help ensure good health is not sacrificed in a bad economy. Through Fruit and Veggie Fest events, the Retail Program provides tips and tools to help low-income residents in Gold Country Region – and across California – take charge of their families’ health to help reduce the risk of serious health problems, including obesity, heart disease, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancers.

United Way Hosts 10th Power of One

May 22 (Tuesday) 10:30 a.m. doors open: The Stockton Community Council of the United Way of San Joaquin County will be hosting the 10th annual Power of One – Women Making A Difference Luncheon at the Hilton Stockton. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. with numerous local nonprofit organizations set up throughout the hotel to inform and educate.  A beautiful lunch will be served at noon. Table sponsorships begin at $400 for a table of 10, plus we offer multiple levels of sponsorship with various benefits for each level of commitment. Individual tickets are also available for $30 per person. Please do not hesitate to call Donna Ng at (209) 320-6206 to reserve your individual tickets or sponsorship. This will be a sold-out event. Our keynote speaker, Pamela Eibeck, Ph.D., is the president of the University of the Pacific. Eibeck is Pacific’s 24th president and the first woman to hold the office. Eibeck’s presidency follows a distinguished career as a researcher, teacher, educational reformer and university administrator. She received her bachelor’s through doctoral degrees in mechanical engineering from Stanford University.  An expert in heat transfer, Eibeck conducted experimental research related to electronics cooling and thermal tiles used by NASA on the space shuttles. Her later work focused on engineering educational reform, including early use of multimedia in the classroom, curriculum development and most recently, ways to attract young people and women to the profession. Eibeck received the Distinguished Engineering Award from the Society of Women Engineers in 1996 and the Boeing Outstanding Educator Award in 1999.  She became a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers in 1998. Eibeck’s vision for Pacific’s future includes enhancing Pacific’s academic enterprise, building connections between the university’s three cities, and serving our communities through partnerships at the local, national and global levels. Eibeck will inspire you with her story of how the power of one woman can make a difference in her community. In addition to the keynote speaker, the Power of One Committee will be awarding its seventh Community Star award to Joy Clem, a member of our community who has demonstrated a passion and commitment to making a difference in the lives of those most in need. The net proceeds of this event will be donated to United Way’s Community Council projects.

Stroke Awareness Day in San Joaquin County

May 23 (Wednesday) noon to 4:30 p.m.: Stroke Awareness Day in San Joaquin County is sponsored by Healings in Motion, the Stockton-based nonprofit stroke-awareness organization. The event is free and public is encouraged to attend. There will be speakers, interactive events, educational materials, vendors, art therapy and prizes at the San Joaquin County Worknet Building, 56 S. Lincoln St., Stockton. Keynote speaker Dr. Richard Atkinson, board certified in the new specialty of vascular neurology and director of the Stroke and Neurological Critical Care Program at Sutter Medical Center in Sacramento, will address “Acute Care Update for Brain Aneurysms” at 1:10 p.m. He will be introducted by Sara Cazares, president of the Stockton Unified School District Board of Trustees who is recovering from a recent aneurysm. SCAN Health Plan will feature “Trading Ages,” an interactive sensitivity program that shares the opportunity to walk in the shoes of an older adult or someone with a disability, including stroke survivors. This interactive program includes exercises and sensory perception education. For reservations, go to  For information, phone (877) 672-4480 or

Sustainable Employee Health Benefits: How It’s Done

May 23 (Wednesday) 5:30 p.m. social, 6 p.m. dinner: The Stockton Area Institute of Management Accountants will feature a presentation by Dave Schmitt with Wells Fargo Insurance Service Inc. USA. He will share why some companies’ health care spending has been below 4 percent consistently for the past five years, what they are doing differently and how to adopt programs which will produce similar results. Please reserve by May 18 with Esmeralda Correa at (209) 946-0246 or Dinner will include Chef’s Choice Salad, Chicken Crepes with Marsala Cream Sauce and Chef’s Choice Desserts at the Stockton Golf & Country Club, 3800 W. Country Club Blvd., Stockton.

Healthy You, Healthy Schools

May 23 (Wednesday) 3 to 3:45 p.m.: Are you looking for inspiration to improve school wellness and influence your students’ success? Parents, administrators and teachers share their success stories and best practices during a free webinar hosted by the Dairy Council of California that will help you make healthy changes in your school environment. To register and for more information, visit

Growing GREENS/Eating LEAN

May 24  (Thursday) 11 a.m. to noon (or June 7, 21): This free program at the Nutrition Education Center at Emergency Food Bank, 7 W. Scotts Ave., Stockton, is a combination of vegetable/fruit gardening workshops and nutrition/cooking demonstrations incorporating fruits and vegetables. Information: (209) 464-7369 or

Total-Joint Replacement Class (Knee, Hip)

May 24 (Thursday) 1 p.m. knee class; 2 p.m. hip class: Lodi Memorial Hospital’s Outpatient-Rehabilitation Services offers a free, educational class for those planning to have total joint-replacement surgery of the hip or knee at Lodi Memorial Hospital West, 800 S. Lower Sacramento Road, Lodi. Learn about preparations and exercises to do before surgery; the day of surgery and what to expect during the hospital stay; rehabilitation following surgery; techniques to decrease pain and swelling; and ways to promote maximum healing and return to normal function. Call (209) 333-3136 for more information or to sign up for the class. Family and friends are welcome and encouraged to attend. For information on other classes available at Lodi Memorial, visit

Help Wanted: HICAP Training Volunteer Medicare Counselors

May 31 (Thursday) deadline: HICAP – the Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program – that assists seniors and younger disabled individuals with understanding the complex rules and health plans associated with Medicare, is seeking new volunteer counselors to attend its upcoming training program beginning in June. Counselors typically volunteer 20 hours per month, during business hours, in Stockton, Manteca and Lodi. Computer literacy is helpful. Training will lead to assisting disabled people and those older than 65 understand the federal government’s Medicare health benefit and help in the resolution of problems associated with Medicare or related health plans. HICAP Services of Northern California provides a comprehensive training and mentoring program. Its counselors are registered with the California Department of Aging. Those interested in becoming a registered HICAP counselor should contact assistant program manager Susan Billings at (916) 375-3761 or

Childbirth Preparation

June 2 (Saturday) 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.: Lodi Memorial Hospital, 975 S. Fairmont Ave., Lodi, offers an all-day childbirth-preparation class. Cost is $45 per couple. For more information or to register, call (209) 339-7520.  For information on other classes available at Lodi Memorial, visit its website at

Breastfeeding Class

June 6 (Wednesday) 7 to 9:30 p.m. Also Aug. 8, Oct. 10 or Dec. 5: This class offers mothers and their partners information on the benefits of breastfeeding, the importance of exclusive breastfeeding and the basics of breastfeeding management. Topics include latching, the effect of analgesia/anesthesia on infant behavior, and the rationales of care practices such as early skin-to-skin contact, rooming-in and feeding on cue. Expressing breast milk, and helpful hints for your family. St. Joseph’s Medical Center, Auditorium, 1800 N. California St., Stockton. Information: (209) 461-5213 or Preregistration is not required for this free class.

Breastfeeding: Getting Off to a Great Start

June 7 (Thursday) 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.: Lodi Memorial Hospital, 975 S. Fairmont Ave., Lodi, offers “Breastfeeding: Getting off to a Great Start,” a one-session class covering the advantages of breastfeeding, basic anatomy, the breastfeeding process, common problems and solutions. An additional breastfeeding class for working moms is held May 15, 6:30 to 8 p.m., and is available only to participants who have already attended “Breastfeeding: Getting off to a Great Start.”  Call (209) 339-7520 to register. For information on other classes available at Lodi Memorial, visit its website at

All Day Childbirth Preparation Class

June 9 (Saturday) 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Also Aug. 25 or Nov. 17): This class covers all information listed in our evening series in a one-day condensed class. Please bring three pillows, a blanket and/or exercise mat each night of class. You should attend this class during your third trimesterSt. Joseph’s Medical Center, Classroom 1, 1800 N. California St., Stockton. Information: (209) 461-5213 Preregistration is not required for this free class.

San Joaquin General Hospital Interim Board of Trustees

June 13 (Wednesday) 4 p.m.: The next regular scheduled meeting of the San Joaquin General Hospital Interim Board of Trustees will be held at Health Plan of San Joaquin Community Room, 7751 S. Manthey Road, French Camp. Click here for information.

Having a Cesarean Birth

June 13 (Wednesday) 5 to 6:30 p.m. (Also Aug. 22, Oct. 17 or Dec. 12): This class is designed to prepare a mother and her partner who are having a planned cesarean birth or may need a cesarean birth. Learn about the cesarean procedure including anesthesia options, what to expect, how to take care of yourself during recovery and also special techniques to ensure successful breastfeeding. St. Joseph’s Medical Center, Pavilion Conference Room (1st floor), 1800 N. California St., Stockton. Information: (209) 461-5213 Preregistration is not required for this free class.

The Newborn

June 13 (Wednesday) 7 to 9:30 p.m. (Also Aug. 22, Oct. 17 or Dec. 12): Parents-to-be, come learn about life with a newborn, the baby’s needs and changing development. Discussion includes baby care basics such as feeding, diapering and bathing, as well as the physical appearances of newborns and practical tips for parents. St. Joseph’s Medical Center, Auditorium, 1800 N. California St., Stockton. Information: (209) 461-5213 Preregistration is not required for this free class.

Photography Contest: The Joys of Breastfeeding

Deadline June 30 (Saturday) 5 p.m.: The Breastfeeding Coalition of San Joaquin County is sponsoring the 2012 Photography Contest, “The Joys of Breastfeeding: Celebrating the Bond Between Mother and Child.” Prizes will be awarded to the winning mother in two categories: personal/amateur; and professional. A new category this year will be the People’s Choice Award voted on by attendees of the 2012 Birth, Baby and Bonding Fair Aug. 5 (1 to 5 p.m.) at the University Plaza Waterfront Hotel. Click here for information and entry form for the photo contest. Questions: please email us at

Childbirth Preparation Series

July 11, 18, 25, 27 Aug. 1. (Wednesdays) 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. (also Series 5: Sept. 12, 19, 26, Oct. 3.): Class One: Understanding Pregnancy. Class Two: Understanding Labor and Birth. Class Three: Understanding Medical Procedures and Cesarean Birth. Class Four: Understanding Postpartum. Are you ready for labor and birth? This four-class series prepares mom and her coach for the emotional and physical changes of labor and birth. The series includes relaxation and breathing techniques to increase comfort during labor. Please bring three pillows, a blanket and/or exercise mat each night of class. You should attend this series during your third trimesterSt. Joseph’s Medical Center, Classroom 1, 1800 N. California St., Stockton. Information: (209) 461-5213 or Preregistration is not required for this free class.

Prenatal Nutrition and Exercise

Aug. 8 (Thursday) 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Also Oct. 10 or Dec. 5: Nurturing your baby starts by taking good care of yourself during pregnancy. Come learn about healthy weight gain guidelines, good nutrition, how to manage common pregnancy discomforts, and more. This class will give you an introduction to exercise during pregnancy including body mechanics, posture and basic back care. Please wear comfortable clothing to allow for movement.Please bring three pillows, a blanket and/or exercise mat to classSt. Joseph’s Medical Center, Classroom 1, 1800 N. California St., Stockton. Information: (209) 461-5213 Preregistration is not required for this free class.

Hydrocephalus Awareness & Family Fun Day

Sept. 29 (Saturday) 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: The third annual Northern California Hydrocephalus Awareness & Family Fun Day will be held in Mountain House, just north of Tracy. Last year’s Family Fun Day was a huge success as our families and community came together to share and join in an inspirational day that helped raise close to $16,000 for research. This year we expect more fun, food, music, great raffle prizes and inspiration as we  continue to march on with the C.H.A.N.G.E. Hydrocephalus campaign that will:

  • Increase support in local communities by holding monthly “meet-ups” designed to empower individuals and families in dealing with the condition known as hydrocephalus and some of its challenges.
  • Increase education in local schools, hospitals and other facilities that are linked to the Hydrocephalus Community by providing informational talks and/or providing educational and supportive materials.
  • Work closely with neurosurgeon Dr. Peter Sun, his staff and Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland, to ensure the most up-to-date information and treatment for hydrocephalus is distributed to the community, schools and medical facilities.
  • Increase funding for local communities here in California and across the United States, eventually spreading the C.H.A.N.G.E. campaign globally.
  • Hold annual Hydrocephalus Community Awareness Family Fun Days uniting community, families, friends and anyone who wishes to join in on the inspirational fun!

A Pocketful of Change and the C.H.A.N.G.E. Hydrocephalus campaign continues with the dream it has had since it was founded in August 2010 – continued support, awareness, education, funding and advancement toward the care and treatment of hydrocephalus and continuing to hold the Family Fun Day for the third year in a row. APC is dedicated to you, your children and our communities. Information:


Spanish-Language Website for Pre-Existing Medical Conditions

California’s Managed Risk Medical Insurance Board launched a new Spanish-language website for the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP). The website provides Californians who need their health information in Spanish with the same information as the English-language website, to help improve the Latino population’s access to the federally funded program. The Spanish website is available at Information about PCIP, including applications, can be found on the PCIP website and through the PCIP toll-free line at (877) 428-5060.

Healthy Beverages in Child Care

Sugary drink consumption is a major contributor to the obesity epidemic. Serving healthy beverages is essential for a child’s nutritious die, and child care settings can play an important role in helping children develop healthy nutrition habits. Learn what you need to know about new state and federal standards for beverages served in child care settings. Healthy Beverages in Child Care is a project of California Food Policy Advocates (CFPA). CFPA, founded in 1992, is a statewide public policy and advocacy organization dedicated to improving the health and well being of low-income Californians by increasing their access to nutritious and affordable food.

Health Benefit Exchange Capturing Voice of Uninsured Californians

The Center for Healthcare Decisions has been asked by the California Health Benefit Exchange to design and conduct deliberative group discussions with potential Exchange consumers on the topic of cost-sharing. Cost-sharing refers to the ways that health plan members pay some portion of the expense of the health care services they use. Deductibles and co-payments are the most common types of cost-sharing. The Center will elicit perspectives of uninsured Californians who will be likely enrollees in the health plans available through the Exchange in 2014. Ten discussion groups, including two in Spanish, are being held throughout the state. Each group of 12 local residents will consider the financial impact of different approaches to cost-sharing and their effect on patients with a variety of medical needs. Discussion participants will be asked to consider this topic as community members acting in the best interest of all health plan members, not only as  themselves. These meetings will identify important principles for the Exchange to consider as it makes its decisions on how to implement cost-sharing in health benefit plans in the fairest way possible. “We are excited to have the Center for Healthcare Decisions help ensure that the Exchange is guided in our planning by the Californians we are here to serve,” Exchange Executive Director Peter V. Lee said. “The Center’s long history of engaging average citizens in difficult decisions about health care policy and practice will be important as we build a new marketplace that will make health insurance more affordable and easier to use for millions of Californians.” The Center’s executive director, Marge Ginsburg, said, “We are pleased with this opportunity to work with the Exchange in capturing the perspectives of those whose voices are especially vital: Californians who will be using the Exchange to access the health insurance they need.” The Center for Healthcare Decisions is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization located in Rancho Cordova.  Established 18 years ago, the Center has worked on local, state and national civic engagement projects that capture the public’s views and values on health care issues requiring trade-offs and priority-setting. In recent years, much of its work has focused on how the public prioritizes health care benefits when resources are limited. California was the first state to create a Health Benefit Exchange following the passage of federal health care reform. It is charged with creating a new insurance marketplace in which individuals and small businesses will be able to purchase competitively priced health plans using federal tax subsidies and credits beginning in 2014. The Exchange is overseen by a five-member board appointed by the governor and Legislature; the California Health and Human Services secretary serves as an ex officio voting member and is its current chair.

Incoming 7th Graders Need Whooping Cough Vaccine

A California law that took effect last summer requires all students entering seventh grade each year to provide proof of having immunization against pertussis, more commonly known as whooping cough, before starting school. The new rule follows the state’s worst outbreak of whooping cough in more than 50 years. “Immunity gained from childhood pertussis vaccine wanes over time, so a Tdap booster shot is needed,” San Joaquin County Health Officer Dr. Karen Furst said. The Tdap booster vaccine protects against three dangerous diseases: tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis. Pertussis is a highly contagious bacterial illness spread by coughs and sneezes. Furst recommended parents contact their child’s health care provider now to ensure their child is up to date on all immunization recommendations. Furst urged parents of current sixth-grade students to get their child’s Tdap vaccine before school ends this year and take a copy of the child’s shot record or other documentation to school as soon as possible. Because a large number of students need a Tdap shot between now and the start of the next school year, parents should make an appointment now with their child’s doctor or clinic to avoid the back-to-school rush. School health officials want all students to be protected against disease and able to attend school on the first day without any disruptions. To achieve this, parents should take note of several important factors regarding the state immunization law for school entry in the 2012-13 school year:

  • Seventh-grade students without proof of a Tdap vaccination will not be allowed to register for classes or attend school.
  • If a child has received one dose of Tdap vaccine on or after their 7th birthday, the requirement is met.
  • It is not too early to get the Tdap booster.
  • It is not too early to get the documentation in to the school.
  • There will be no Tdap immunization clinics at the schools.
  • There will be no extension or grace period.

For those who do not have a health care provider or health insurance, Tdap vaccinations are available at many pharmacies and clinics. Public Health Services Immunization Clinic schedules are available online or you may call(209) 468-3830. Personal stories about pertussis and other vaccine preventable diseases can be found on the Shot by Shot website.  For more details about the new school vaccination requirement and general information on pertussis,click here. For information about specific school district health services, phone:

  • Escalon Unified: (209) 838-3591 ext. 5.
  • Jefferson: (209) 468-9296.
  • Lincoln Unified: (209) 953-8712.
  • Linden Unified: (209) 887-3608.
  • Lodi Unified: (209) 331-7075.
  • Manteca Unified: (209) 858-0782.
  • New Hope: (209) 468-9296.
  • New Jerusalem: (209) 468-9296.
  • Ripon Unified: (209) 652-8058.
  • Stockton Unified: (209) 933-7060 ext. 2390.
  • Tracy Unified: (209) 830-3241 ext. 2.

NAMI Launches “Mental Health Care Gets My Vote”

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) has launched a website, “Mental Health Care Gets My Vote,” to mobilize individuals and families affected by mental illness to participate in the 2012 elections. Goals include grassroots voter registration, get-out-the-vote efforts for the general election, dialogues with candidates, and encouraging people to volunteer on election campaigns, regardless of party. See Approximately one in four Americans experience a mental health problem in any given year. NAMI is the nation’s largest mental health organization. It is nonpartisan and does not endorse candidates. “Mental Illness does not discriminate,” said NAMI Executive Director Michael J. Fitzpatrick. “It cuts across all party lines.” The “Mental Health Gets My Vote” website is stocked with information and tools, including detailed breakdowns of state election laws and the rights of people living with disabilities in a Right to Vote section. “As a past Senate president and lieutenant governor in Connecticut, I know that candidates do listen when voters talk to them about issues,” said NAMI National Board President Kevin Sullivan, in avideo.

New Bilingual Mobile Health Website for Latinos

UnitedHealthcare’s Latino Health Solutions has launched a bilingual mobile website that provides health and wellness information tailored to Latinos’ specific cultural and language needs. The mobile website, which can be accessed on a smartphone browser, offers extensive, culturally relevant health and wellness information, tools and resources in both English and Spanish. Rather than returning to a home page to switch languages, users of the new mobile website can toggle between English and Spanish on every page to access health content, including fitness tips, recipes and a glossary of health and insurance terms. This feature makes it easier for all Latinos – Spanish-speaking, predominantly English-speaking and bilingual – to share health information with relatives and friends. The website also offers tips for healthy living and audio podcasts with health messages in Spanish or English – all without having to use a computer.

Asthma and Smoking Cessation Resources

First 5 San Joaquin offers the latest resources for those suffering from asthma. Also, information on smoking cessation and secondhand smoke. Check out their quarterly health message for April through June.

Free Vision and Eye Care Services for Unemployed

In a move to assist more people in a lagging economy, the California Vision Foundation has further extended its free vision and eye care services to those in need. The CVF works to prevent vision loss by offering comprehensive eye examinations and related services through the generosity of foundation partners and donated services from doctors of optometry throughout the state. Low-income families with no medical insurance who are working, and now those who are unemployed, can receive comprehensive eye exams and low-cost glasses. “We are happy to be able to expand our eye and vision health services,” said Dr. Robert Gordon, president of the CVF. “With so many people without access to proper health care, we felt it was necessary to provide at least one opportunity for those in need of assistance to obtain eye care.” Californians can apply for CVF services by clicking here and completing the one-page application (available in English and Spanish) and mail it to: California Vision Foundation, 2415 K St., Sacramento, CA 95816. Information: (800) 877-5738.

Questions About Health Reform Law?

  • How are small businesses affected by health reform?
  • Will everyone have to buy health insurance?
  • How will the new provision allowing young adults to remain on a parent’s insurance work?

The FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) section of the Kaiser Family Foundation’s new Health Reform Source provides concise answers to common questions about the health reform law. You can search for your question or submit a new question if yours is not addressed. Additional questions addressing the affordability of health insurance, how programs like Medicare and Medicaid (Medi-Cal in California) will be financed under health reform and others are addressed in a series of Video Explainer clips featuring foundation experts answering specific questions about the law on a variety of health policy topics. Kaiser’s Health Reform Source,, an online gateway providing easy access to new and comprehensive resources on the health reform law, provides these and other new features and tools including an interactive timeline showing when health-reform provisions take effect, all the latest polling data, links to other information resources, and the latest health-reform headlines from Kaiser Health News.


Respiratory Support Group for Better Breathing

First Tuesday of month 10 to 11 a.m.: Lodi Memorial Hospital, 975 S. Fairmont Ave., Lodi,  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. Pre-registration is recommended by calling (209) 339-7445. For information on other classes available at Lodi Memorial, visit its website at

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

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

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 visit

  • 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.

Mother-Baby Breast Connection

Every Wednesday 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 Memorial Hospital offers an Adult Children with Aging Relatives support group at the Hutchins Street Square Senior Center. For information, call (209) 369-4443 or (209) 369-6921.

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) 461-3136 or

Brain Builders Weekly Program

Thursdays 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: Lodi Memorial Hospital 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

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’

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) 464-7369 or

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

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

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

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


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 Educational Opportunities

Click here for Lodi Memorial Hospital Event Calendar.

Mark Twain St. Joseph’s Hospital Classes and Events

Click here for Mark Twain St. Joseph’s Hospital Classes and Events.

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.


San Joaquin County Public Health Services General Information

Ongoing resources for vaccinations and clinic information are:

  1. Public Health Services Influenza website,
  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 chance depending on volume of patients or staffing. Check the Public Health Services website for additional evening clinics or special clinics at Clinics with an asterisk (*) require patients to call for an appointment.

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

  • Immunizations: Monday 8 a.m.-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: Monday 8-11 a.m. and 1-4 p.m.; 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: Monday 8-11 a.m. and 1-4 p.m.; 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.

Protect Your Preteen from Serious Diseases

The Calaveras County Public Health Department reminds families of preteens about recommended and required immunizations for 11-and 12-year olds. Dr. Dean Kelaita, county health officer, encouraged families of preteens to schedule a doctor visit and get vaccines they need to stay healthy and meet the Tdap school entry requirement for incoming seventh-graders. During 2010, California experienced a whooping cough (also known as pertussis) epidemic that resulted in 10 infant deaths. Incoming seventh-graders for the 2012-13 school year must provide proof of having immunization against whooping cough (Tdap) before starting school. Students who have not met the requirement will not be allowed to start school. Immunity from childhood vaccines wears off over time, exposing a child to serious diseases that can lead to missed weeks of school or serious illness. Besides the Tdap shot, there are other immunizations that are now recommended for this age group, including the meningococcal vaccine, a second chickenpox shot (if they never had chickenpox disease), and the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine series. Also, everyone older than 6 months is recommended to receive flu vaccine. The Calaveras County Public Health Department offers no- or low-cost vaccines to children without health insurance or whose insurance does not cover immunizations. No one is turned away for inability to pay. Information: (209) 754-6460

Calaveras County Public Health Community Immunization Clinics

  • San Andreas: weekly at Public Health Department, 700 Mountain Ranch Road, Suite C-2. Mondays 3 to 5 p.m. and Thursdays 8 a.m. to noon.
  • Valley Springs: monthly at United Methodist Church, 135 Laurel St. Third Tuesday 3 to 5:30 p.m.

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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 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 orjgoldeen@recordnet.comThanks, Joe

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