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COMMUNITY EVENTS

16th Annual Community Health Fair on Eastside

Oct. 6 (today) 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.: The YMCA of San Joaquin County will be hosting its 16th annual Community Health Fair in partnership with Phi Delta Chi of University of the Pacific and Bi-National Health Week. Everyone is encouraged to come out and enjoy a free fun-filled event with activities and resources for children, families and individuals – all focused on health and wellness. The event will be held at Franklin High School, 300 W. Gertrude Ave., Stockton. Services will include vision screenings, blood pressure readings, cholesterol checks, family health insurance information, demonstrations, kids corner and much more.

Hydrocephalus Awareness & Family Fun Day

Oct. 6 (today) 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 or to volunteer: kimruiz.apocketfulofchange@gmail.com.

Calaveras Health Fair at Mark Twain St. Joseph’s Hospital

Oct. 6 (today) 8 a.m. to noon: Mark Twain St. Joseph’s Hospital, 768 Mountain Ranch Road, San Andreas, will be holding its 14th annual Fall Health Fair. “Providing low-cost and no-cost health care services is just one way of serving our community,” hospital President Craig Marks said. “Our health fairs benefit families that are of the underserved population or just working towards maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Our providers and staff are here to share preventative care and overall good health maintenance tips. Hosting our community health fairs allows us to express our gratitude to those families that entrust us with their health care needs. This is a joint collaborated effort with many other entities working together to ensure that Calaveras County residents can thrive in a healthy community.” More than 50 community health-related service groups will participate in this communitywide event. A wealth of information is available on topics such as senior health services, nutrition, fitness and diabetes. There are a variety of free health screenings – body fat, physical fitness levels, colon cancer, stress levels and metabolic screenings. Additionally, child fluoride varnish application kits and adult flu shots are free. Low-cost testing and services include pneumonia vaccinations ($45), blood analysis ($45 – fast after 10 p.m. Friday night), and bone density screenings ($10). In addition to the five-panel blood analysis that consists of chemistry panel, thyroid, complete blood count, lipid panel, iron for women, and PSA for men, the hospital will now screen for vitamin D deficiencies. Lions Club will be serving breakfast, and there will be live music, Bounce House, “Jackpot Spin” and more. Information: (209) 754-2564.

Fall Calaveras 5k Run/Walk for Breast Cancer Awareness

Oct. 6 (today) 8:30 a.m. start: Get Your Pink On! Help the Calaveras Cancer Support Group and get some exercise in. Particpate in the annual 5K Fun Run/Walk for Breast Cancer Awareness, Murray Creek Road and Pope Street across from Mark Twain St. Joseph’s Hospital, 768 Mountain Ranch Road, San Andreas. The course is on Murray Creek Road in San Andreas. $10 for children 6 to 12 and $20 for 13 and older; children under age 6 free. Information and registration: Amy Roggow at (209) 754-2567.

Scrubs For Smiles Sale

Oct. 6 (today) 8 a.m. to noon: Emergency department nurses at Mark Twain St. Joseph’s Hospital, 768 Mountain Ranch Road, San Andreas, will be offering “Scrubs for Smiles” scrub sale to benefit the Smile Train. Smile Train is an international nonprofit organization that provides funding for surgeries. “Your donations will have a positive impact on families and children with cleft palate,” registered nurse Nancy Leer said. “Each surgery costs $250. With the Smile Train benefits, lives are forever changed for the families and children with cleft palates throughout the world.” Information: (209) 754-2564.

Childbirth Preparation in Lodi

Oct. 6 (today) 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (or Nov. 17): 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 www.lodihealth.org.

Diabetes Success Plan Classes in Manteca

Oct. 8 and seven more Mondays 6 to 8 p.m.: Your Diabetes Success Plan covers diabetes overview and blood sugar monitoring; diabetes nutrition and exercise; heart health; diabetes medications; know your blood sugar numbers; basic carbohydrate counting; your diabetes success care plan; and putting the pieces together (Life’s Sweet Journey). Sessions held at St. Anthony’s School, 505 E. North St., Room 8, Manteca. All sessions are brought to you by the St. Joseph’s Medical Center CareVan program and are free. After attending six sessions, class participants diagnosed with diabetes will receive a free glucometer. Information: (209) 461-3251 orwww.stjosephscares.org/diabetes.

Adult Flu Shot Special Clinics

Seasonal flu vaccinations for adults 18 and older will be offered through the San Joaquin County Public Health Services clinics. The fee for the shot is $15, but no one will be turned away because of inability to pay. No appointment is needed. Information: (800) 839-4949 or www.sjcphs.org. Immunization clinics are subject to change depending on volume of patients, staffing or vaccine supply, so don’t wait.

  • Oct. 9 (Tuesday) 9 to 11:30 a.m.: Oak Park Senior Center, 730 E. Fulton St., Stockton.
  • Oct. 18 (Thursday) 8:30 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 4 p.m.: Public Health Services, 1601 E. Hazelton Ave., Stockton.
  • Nov. 6 (Tuesday) 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Human Services Agency, 333 E. Washing ton St., Stockton.

Parenting Your Special Needs Child

Oct. 9 (Tuesday) 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.: Parenting Your Special Needs Child class sponsored by Family Resource Network will be held at San Joaquin County Office of Education, Wentworth Education Center, Chartville 1 Room, 2707 Transworld Drive, Stockton. Registration required. Information:www.frcn.org/calendar.asp or (209) 472-3674 or (800) 847-3030.

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 needs, such as minor burns, bumps, abrasions, sprains, sinus and urinary tract infections, cold and flu. No narcotics prescriptions will be offered. Diabetes screening and blood pressure screening are offered on special days only as noted. If you have questions, contact (209) 461-3471 or visit StJosephsCares.org/CareVan. Clinic schedule is subject to change without notice:

  • Oct. 9 (Tuesday) 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Dollar General, 310 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Stockton.
  • Oct. 10 (Wednesday) 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Taylor School, 1101 Lever Blvd., Stockton. A representative will be available to screen patients for insurance eligibility.
  • Oct. 11 (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.
  • Oct. 13 (Saturday) 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Normandy Village, 7908 West Lane, Stockton. Includes diabetes and blood pressure screening clinic. This clinic is brought to you by St. Joseph’s Spirit Club members.
  • Oct. 15 (Monday) 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Food 4 Less, 789 W. Hammer Lane, Stockton. A representative will be available to screen patients for insurance eligibility.
  • Oct. 16 (Tuesday) 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.: St. George’s Church, 120 W. Fifth St., Stockton.
  • Oct. 17 (Wednesday) 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Rite Aid, 1050 N. Wilson Way, Stockton. A representative will be available to screen patients for insurance eligibility.
  • Oct. 18 (Thursday) 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.: San Joaquin County Fairgrounds, 1658 S. Airport Way, Stockton.
  • Oct. 19 (Friday) 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Oak Park Senior Health Fair, 3545 E. Alvarado Ave., Stockton. Includes diabetes and blood pressure screening clinic.
  • Oct. 23 (Tuesday) 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Dollar General, 4232 E. Main St., Stockton.
  • Oct. 24 (Wednesday) 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Rite Aid, 1050 N. Wilson Way, Stockton.
  • Oct. 25 (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.
  • Oct. 26 (Friday) 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Pittman School, 701 E. Park St., Stockton.
  • Oct. 28 (Sunday) 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.: Filipino Plaza, 6 W. Main St., Stockton. Includes diabetes and blood pressure screening clinic.
  • Oct. 29 (Monday) 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Dollar General, 310 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Stockton. A representative will be available to screen patients for insurance eligibility.
  • Oct. 30 (Tuesday) 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Spanos School, 536 S. California St., Stockton.
  • Oct. 31 (Wednesday) 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Rite Aid, 1050 N. Wilson Way, Stockton. A representative will be available to screen patients for insurance eligibility.

Free Support Group for Mothers Invested in Baby

San Joaquin County Public Health Services is pleased to announce a new program, Mothers Invested in Baby/Madres Invertidas en Bebe (MI Baby/MI Bebe). The goal of the program is to decrease childhood obesity through support group sessions with mothers. Support group sessions are provided for free in English and Spanish, through a First 5 San Joaquin grant. This program is open to new mothers and mothers with children age 5 and younger in San Joaquin County. Support group topics include healthy eating and active living tips. Sessions offer a comfortable, supportive environment with a fun, interactive educational component. Information: (209) 468-8620or (209) 468-8637. The MI Baby/MI Bebe program is offered in English and Spanish at three locations in the county:

San Joaquin General Hospital Healthy Beginnings Clinic

500 W. Hospital Road, French Camp

  • Oct. 15 (Monday) English 10 a.m., Spanish 1:30 p.m.: Weight Goals for New Moms
  • Oct. 29 (Monday) English 10 a.m., Spanish 1:30 p.m.: Infant and Child Nutrition
  • Nov. 5 (Monday) English 10 a.m., Spanish 1:30 p.m.: Infant and Child Behavior
  • Nov. 19 (Monday) English 10 a.m., Spanish 1:30 p.m.: The Importance of Physical Activity
  • Dec. 3 (Monday) English 10 a.m., Spanish 1:30 p.m.: Preventing Childhood Obesity

San Joaquin General Hospital Healthy Beginnings Clinic

1414 N. California St., Stockton

  • Oct. 10 (Wednesday) English 10 a.m., Spanish 1:30 p.m.: Nutrition for Mom and Baby
  • Oct. 24 (Wednesday) English 10 a.m., Spanish 1:30 p.m.: Weight Goals for New Moms
  • Nov. 7 (Wednesday) English 10 a.m., Spanish 1:30 p.m.: Infant and Child Nutrition
  • Nov. 28 (Wednesday) English 10 a.m., Spanish 1:30 p.m.: Infant and Child Behavior
  • Dec. 5 (Wednesday) English 10 a.m., Spanish 1:30 p.m.: The Importance of Physical Activity
  • Dec. 19 (Wednesday) English 10 a.m., Spanish 1:30 p.m.: Preventing Childhood Obesity

Lodi Memorial Hospital Education Department

800 S. Lower Sacramento Road, Lodi

  • Oct. 19 (Friday) English 9 a.m., Spanish 11 a.m.: Weight Goals for New Moms
  • Nov. 9 (Friday) English 9 a.m., Spanish 11 a.m.: Infant and Child Nutrition
  • Nov. 30 (Friday) English 9 a.m., Spanish 11 a.m.: Infant and Child Behavior
  • Dec. 14 (Friday) English 9 a.m., Spanish 11 a.m.: The Importance of Physical Activity
  • Dec. 28 (Friday) English 9 a.m., Spanish 11 a.m.: Preventing Childhood Obesity

Prenatal Nutrition and Exercise

Oct. 10 (Wednesday) 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. (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 orwww.StJosephsCares.org/Baby. Preregistration is not required for this free class.

Breastfeeding Class

Oct. 10 (Wednesday) 7 to 9:30 p.m. (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 www.StJosephsCares.org/Baby. Preregistration is not required for this free class.

Women on the Go: You Need a Night Out in Modesto

Oct. 11 (Thursday) 6 to 7:30 p.m.: Join Kaiser Permanente for a free evening to celebrate women’s health! Come to Modesto Medical Center, 4601 Dale Road, Conference Rooms 1A9, 2-4, Modesto and let us show you how to juggle your busy schedule, balance your family’s needs with your own, and reduce stress in your life. RSVP to (209) 557-1601:

  • Get tips and tricks for how to create healthy, delicious meals that are quick and easy to prepare.
  • See Tai Chi, fitness demonstrations and more that can help you stay active and healthy.
  • Learn about the most important women’s health issues from Kaiser Permanente doctors, clinicians and health educators.

Total-Joint Replacement Class

Oct. 11 (Thursday) 1 p.m. knee class; 2 p.m. hip class (or Oct. 25): 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 www.lodihealth.org.

Multicultural Health Day in Stockton

Oct. 13 (Saturday) 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: West Lane Oaks Family Resource Center and the Community Partnership for Families, dedicated to building strong and resourceful families in San Joaquin County, is sponsoring its fifth annual Multicultural Health and Resource Day. The free event at Normandy Village Shopping Center, 7908 West Lane, Stockton (at Hammer Lane) promotes awareness of community resources, increases cultural knowledge and tolerance, and provides participants with a safe place to create alliances of strength. Free activities provided by dozens of vendors include health education, dental care information, community resources and services, free eye exams, entertainment, raffle prizes and more. Information: (209) 644-8600.

Welcome to Life Tour

Oct. 15 (Monday) 7 to 9 p.m. (also Nov. 5, 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 www.StJosephsCares.org/Baby. Preregistration is not required for this free class.

Free Advice, Services for Medicare Beneficiaries

Trained student pharmacists from University of the Pacific’s Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences are again offering a number of free outreach events to help Medicare beneficiaries understand and enroll in a Part D drug plan. Beneficiaries may also review their medications with the student pharmacists to ensure they are safe, receive vaccinations for seasonal flu and pneumonia, and have their blood pressure, bone density, cholesterol, blood sugar, memory and risk for falls assessed. Beneficiaries should be aware that Plan D providers change their formularies and cost-sharing structure every year. Most who enroll will save money on prescription drugs. Those attending an outreach event should bring their red, white and blue Medicare card, all prescription medications and, if you have one, your Pacific Healthcare Passport (don’t worry if you don’t have one). Those whose preferred language is other than English can be accommodated. Appointments are highly recommended and may be scheduled by calling the number for each event. General information: go.pacific.edu/medicare or Joyce at (209) 946-7754.

  • Oct. 16 (Tuesday) 1 to 5 p.m.: Jene Wah, 238 E. Church St., Stockton. Information and appointment: (209) 463-7654.
  • Oct. 21 (Sunday) 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.: DeRosa University Center at University of the Pacific, 3601 Pacific Ave., Stockton. Information and appointment: (209) 946-7658.
  • Oct. 25 (Thursday) 1 to 7 p.m.: Kirst Hall at Hutchins Street Square, 125 S. Hutchins St., Lodi. Information and appointment: (209) 369-6921.
  • Oct. 26 (Friday) 1 to 6 p.m.: Case de Modesto, 1745 Eldena Way, Modesto. Information and appointment: (209) 529-4950.
  • Nov. 1 (Thursday) 1 to 5 p.m.: Sierra Vista, 2436 Belleview St., Stockton. Information and appointment: (209) 460-5051.
  • Nov. 2 (Friday) 1 to 6 p.m.: Northeast Community Center, 2885 E. Harding Way, Stockton. Information and appointment: (209) 468-3918.
  • Nov. 4 (Sunday) 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.: O’Connor Woods, 3400 Wagner Heights Road, Stockton. Information and appointment: (209) 956-3400.
  • Nov. 11 (Sunday) 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Seven Trees Community Center, 3590 Cas Drive, San Jose. Information and appointment: (209) 946-7729.
  • Nov. 15 (Thursday) 1 to 6 p.m.: LOEL Center and Gardens, 105 S. Washington St., Lodi. Information and appointment: (209) 369-1591.
  • Nov. 17 (Saturday) 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.: Dining room at Lytton Gardens Senior Communities, 656 Lytton Ave., Palo Alto. Information and appointment: (650) 617-7313.
  • Nov. 18 (Sunday) 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Vietnames Martyrs Catholic Church, 8181 Florin Road, Sacramento. Information and appointment: (209) 965-7343.

Let’s Get Healthy California Task Force

Earlier this year, Gov. Brown established the “Let’s Get Healthy California” Task Force, which is charged with developing a 10-year strategic plan to improve the health of Californians, control health care costs, advance health equity and promote personal responsibility. Members of the task force and an expert advisory committee were appointed by Health Secretary Diana Dooley and will be meeting via webinar over the next few months to develop priorities and recommendations in the following areas:

  • Prevention and Population Health
  • Delivery System Quality Improvement
  • Coverage and Access
  • Affordability and Costs

To get email notices and more information please visit www.chhs.ca.gov/Pages/HealthCalTaskforce.aspx. If you have any questions, contact Sarah Mercer at smercer@cpehn.org. Here’s the 2012 Let’s Get Healthy California Taskforce meeting and webinar schedule:

  • Oct. 16 (Tuesday) 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.: Evidence-based solutions/best practices.
  • Oct. 23 (Tuesday) 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.: Evidence-based solutions/best practices.
  • Nov. 13 (Tuesday) 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Third task force meeting (East End Complex Auditorium in Sacramento); review draft report.
  • Dec. 19 (Wednesday): Report released.

See What’s on the Horizon for the Visually Impaired

Oct. 17 (Wednesday) 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: The public is invited to join the visually impaired clients and eye care professionals of San Joaquin County at Community Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired‘s Adaptive Technology Fair. The fair takes place at the Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired, 130 W. Flora St., Stockton. See some of the latest aids and devices that can open the doorway to activities of everyday life for those who have experienced vision loss. Get your questions answered by knowledgeable vendors, try the equipment and see what could truly improve your life. A fascinating look at the adaptive technology available today for the blind. Information: Jennifer Boylan at (209) 466-3836 or www.communitycenterfortheblind.org.

Having a Cesarean Birth

Oct. 17 (Wednesday) 5 to 6:30 p.m. (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 orwww.StJosephsCares.org/Baby. Preregistration is not required for this free class.

The Newborn

Oct. 17 (Wednesday) 7 to 9:30 p.m. (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 orwww.StJosephsCares.org/Baby. Preregistration is not required for this free class.

Stork Tours for Parents-To-Be

Oct. 17 (Wednesday) 6 to 7:30 p.m. (or Nov. 14): 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 www.lodihealth.org.

Women on the Go: You Need a Night Out in Stockton

Oct. 18 (Thursday) 6 to 7:30 p.m.: Join Kaiser Permanente for a free evening to celebrate women’s health! Come to Stockton Medical Offices, 7373 West Lane, Gilliland Tower Conference Rooms A-E, Stockton and let us show you how to juggle your busy schedule, balance your family’s needs with your own, and reduce stress in your life. RSVP to (209) 557-1601:

  • Get tips and tricks for how to create healthy, delicious meals that are quick and easy to prepare.
  • See Tai Chi, fitness demonstrations and more that can help you stay active and healthy.
  • Learn about the most important women’s health issues from Kaiser Permanente doctors, clinicians and health educators.

Fresh & Healthy: Focus on Seniors Resource Fair

Oct. 19 (Friday) 9 a.m. to noon: The Fresh & Healthy: Focus on Seniors Resource Fair is coordinated by the Hunger Task Force for San Joaquin County—Senior Nutrition Committee. It will be held at Oak Park Community Center, Magpie Area,  740 E. Fulton St., Stockton.

Disability Resource Fair

Oct. 20 (Saturday) 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Celebrate National Disability Awareness Month and Disability Resource Agency for Independent Living’s 25th anniversary at the Disability Resource Fair & Assistive Technology Expo at Salida Library Community Room, 4835 Sisk Road, SalidaThis free event includes resources, adaptive equipment and devices, demonstrations and raffle prizes. Information: (866) 344-3614 or www.drail.org.

CSU Stanislaus to Host ‘Science Saturdays’ For Kids

Faculty and students at California State University, Stanislaus, 1 University Circle, Turlock, are hosting Science Saturday events to help teach children about different aspects of science. The free events will each be held in the university’s state-of-the-art Naraghi Hall of Science and are presented by the College of Natural Sciences in cooperation with the Office of Service Learning, which seeks to coordinate projects and programs that provide a direct benefit to the region while also offering CSU Stanislaus students real-world experience and networking opportunities. Space is limited and reservations are required by calling Brett Forray in the CSU Stanislaus Office of Service Learning at (209) 667-3311.

  • Oct. 20 (Saturday) 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: ”Nanotechnology: The Smallest BIG Idea in Science.” For grades 8 through 12 and limited to 20 students, this Science Saturday will have students making their own nanomaterials and discovering how they can help solve the challenges facing the field of medicine. The event is hosted by professors Elvin Aleman and Koni Stone and students in the American Chemical Society Club.
  • Dec. 1 (Saturday) 1 to 4:30 p.m.: ”Body Works: Heart and Lungs.” Families with middle and high school children will explore the cardiovascular and respiratory systems in this Science Saturday limited to 48 students in grades 8 through 12. Professor Mark Grobner will host the event, along with students in the Biology Club and Pre-Health Society.

Kidney Smart Class

Oct. 25 (Thursday) 2 to 4 p.m. (also Nov. 15, Dec. 27, Jan. 24, Feb. 28, March 28): Stockton Home Training Davita, 545 E. Cleveland St., Suite B, Stockton, has redesigned its free Community Kidney Disease Education classes offered monthly as space allows. Information: (209) 944-9055.

Breastfeeding: Getting Off to a Great Start

Nov. 1 (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 will be held Nov. 20 (Tuesday), 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 www.lodihealth.org.

12th Annual Stockton Diabetes Seminar

Nov. 3 (Saturday) 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.: No-fee seminar for licensed professionals. Reservations required. Click here for details.

Caring for the Caregiver Symposium in Stockton

Nov. 10 (Saturday) 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.: “A Mindset to Care” is the theme of this year’s fifth annual Caring for the Caregiver Symposium in Stockton, sponsored by nonprofit stroke support group Healings in Motion. Click here for registration form and full agenda. Keynote speaker will be Dr. Gary Small, author of The Alzheimer’s Prevention PlanThe Memory Bible and other best-selling books. Exhibitors should contact Corie Moyers, committee chair and director of client services at Arcadia Home Care & Staffing,coriem@arcadiacare.com; Stockton at (209) 477-9480 or Modesto at (209) 572-7650. For sponsorships, contact Jim Chong, committee chair, at (209) 534-8000 or Mary Nicholson at (877) 672-4480 ext.5. Information: www.healingsinmotion.org.

Big Brother – Big Sister in Stockton

Nov. 13 (Tuesday) 6 to 7 p.m.: 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 www.StJosephsCares.org/Baby. Preregistration is not required for this free class.

Capitol Lighting on World Diabetes Day

Nov. 14 (Wednesday) 4 to 7 p.m.: Join the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation of Sacramento as they illuminate the California State Capitol blue in celebration of World Diabetes Day. World Diabetes Day brings together the community while spreading diabetes awareness to further research and treatment. Dress in blue and show your diabetes support at the Capitol in Sacramento.

Big Brother/Big Sister Class in Lodi

Nov. 14 (Wednesday) 3 to 4:30 p.m.: Lodi Memorial Hospital offers a big-brother/big-sister preparation class for children ages 3-8 to 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. Information: www.lodihealth.org.

All-Day Childbirth Preparation Class

Nov. 17 (Saturday) 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.: 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 orwww.StJosephsCares.org/Baby. Preregistration is not required for this free class.

Helping Special Needs Child Understand Sexuality

Dec. 4 (Tuesday) 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.: The Birds, The Bees and Your Special Needs Child: Helping Your Child Understand Issues Related to Sexuality is sponsored by Family Resource Network. Registration required. San Joaquin County Office of Education Wentworth Education Center, Chartville 1 Room, 2707 Transworld Drive, Stockton. Information: www.frcn.org/calendar.asp or (209) 472-3674 or (800) 847-3030.

NEWS

Sutter Gould Flu Shot Clinic Schedule

Sutter Gould Medical Foundation conducts flu shot clinics for their patients in the Central Valley. The cost is $20 for a cash paying patient, but often the patient’s insurance plan will cover that charge. We encourage SGMF patients to obtain their vaccination during these flu shot clinics and to check with their insurance to see if this is a covered cost. Click here for the clinic scheduleSGMF patients may also receive a flu shot during a regular office appointment, but again, should check to see if insurance covers it, as the cost may be higher due to office visit copays, professional visit fees, etc.

November is National Diabetes Month

National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP), a federally funded program of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, includes more than 200 partners at the federal, state and local levels working together to reduce the morbidity and mortality associated with diabetes by changing the way diabetes is treated. Nearly 26 million Americans (8.3 percent of the population) are living with diabetes. In San Joaquin County, it’s even higher – at least 8.7 percent, or more than 60,000 residents have diabetes – and it is one of the leading causes of death. Another 79 million Americans have prediabetes, putting them at increased risk of the disease (Source: National Diabetes Fact Sheet, 2011).

  • Making lifestyle changes to improve your health— is not easy. Even if you know what to do to improve your health, figuring out how to do it and fitting it into your daily routine can be a big challenge.
  • Making changes step by step – such as losing a small amount of weight if overweight, and becoming more active – can go a long way toward helping you prevent or delay type 2 diabetes. Losing even 10 to 15 pounds – if you weigh 200 pounds – can make a big difference in helping you prevent type 2 diabetes. If you have diabetes, making similar types of changes can help you reach your blood sugar (glucose) blood pressure and cholesterol goals to prevent diabetes-related health problems.
  • The NDEP’s “Make A Plan” tool can help you think about what is important to your health and what you are willing and able to do so you can break down your goals into small, achievable steps.
  • Once you have your plan in place, the NDEP can provide you with a number of tools to help you meet your health goal. Whether you are looking to eat healthier, be more active, manage your weight, cope better with stress and emotions, or stop smoking, you can find tools to help.

This November, make a change to live well at www.YourDiabetesInfo.org. Many people know what to do to improve their health; it’s figuring out how to do it and fit it into their daily routine that’s challenging. The NDEP provides many behavior change resources on their online library – Diabetes HealthSense – that can help people make changes to prevent type 2 diabetes and manage their diabetes so they can prevent complications. Left untreated, diabetes can lead to serious complications such as heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, blindness and amputation.

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.

The Great Health Care Debate Workshop-in-a-Box

The Central Valley Health Policy Institute based at Fresno State has developed an Affordable Care Act Policy Education Tool, “The Great Health Care Debate Workshop-in-a-Box,” to be offered to community organizations and members of the public. The Great Health Care Debate Workshop-in-a-Box can be described as a basic curriculum and process for introducing the Affordable Care Act, understanding its flaws, options for improvement and understanding the Romney/Ryan voucher care alternative. “It’s a nice, objective, nonpartisan presentation,” said Dr. John Capitman, executive director of the Central Valley Health Policy Institute. “People learn tools that can be used for making their own judgments about health care reform.” Included in The Great Health Care Debate Workshop-in-a-Box is a complete power point presentation with a full script and accompanying participant workbook. The workbook provides a frame through which health care policy should be examined, as well as an examination of the ACA and Ryan/Romney proposal. The Workshop-in-a-Box also includes a supporting glossary, reference section, quick sheets and current health care policy news. The Great Health Care Debate Workshop-in-a-Box is designed so that even a health care policy novice can learn, examine and understand the ACA in a way that allows them the capacity to engage others in the debate around current health care policy options in the U.S. “We will facilitate workshops with organizations that request the service and will also provide the Workshop-in-a-Box to others in the hopes that they facilitate The Great Health Care Debate Workshop in their own communities or organizations,” Capitman said. To request The Great Health Care Debate Workshop-in-a-Box or to schedule a workshop, contact Dr. John Capitman at (559) 228-2159.

Calling All Heroes to Fight Childhood Obesity

Deadline Oct. 15 (Monday) 9 p.m.: UnitedHealthcare and Youth Service America are inviting schools and other community-based nonprofit organizations in Northern California to “Step into Service” by applying for UnitedHealth HEROES grants. UnitedHealth HEROES is a wellness initiative designed to encourage young people, working with educators and youth leaders, to create and implement walking, running or hiking programs aimed at helping fight childhood obesity. Grants of up to $1,000 will be awarded to youth-led programs in Northern California that include both an activity element, in which kids count their steps, and a service component that increases awareness, provides direct service, enables advocacy on behalf of a cause, or features youth philanthropy around the issue of childhood obesity. UnitedHealth HEROES activities will begin on Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service Jan. 21 and end on Global Youth Service Day April 26-28, 2013. To learn more about the UnitedHealth HEROES program and to apply for a grant, visit www.YSA.org/HEROES. The application deadline is 9 p.m. on Oct. 15. Grant recipients will be notified in November. A list of previous grant winners is also available online.

Faith-Based Mini Grants Available

Deadline Oct. 31 (Wednesday): First 5 San Joaquin announces the release of the 2012-13 Faith- Based Community Initiative (FBCI) Mini-Grant for funding up to $1,000. Click here for full application. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis now through Oct. 31 or until funding is no longer available.  Early submissions are encouraged. Information: Jovanna Gonsalves at (209) 953-5437 or jgonsalves@sjgov.org.

Affordable Care Act Toolkits

As consumers, businesses and health plans continue to prepare for full implementation of the Affordable Care Act in 2014, the California Department of Managed Health Care has released a series of toolkits to educate Californians about the changes that have already occurred in the health care system. “The Affordable Care Act puts in place strong new consumer protections, provides additional coverage options and gives people more tools to make informed choices about their health care,” DMHC Director Brent Barnhart said. “These toolkits are designed to ensure that individuals, families, seniors and businesses are aware of the ways they can benefit from these changes in our health care system.” The four toolkits are designed to provide information and resources targeted to individuals, families, seniors and small businesses and contain audience specific questions and answers, a resource guide, and fact sheets on topics such as: when a plan can cancel your coverage; how to file a grievance or appeal; how to keep your coverage through a “grandfathered” health plan; getting the most from your health care dollars; and the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP). The toolkits were funded through a federal Affordable Care Act consumer assistance grant.

Healthy Families: What Parents Should Know NOW

The final California state budget eliminated Healthy Families, a program providing affordable health, dental and vision coverage to nearly 900,000 California children. These children will be moved into the state’s Medi-Cal insurance program eventually and will continue to be covered by Healthy Families until then. The state’s plan for moving those covered by Healthy Families into Medi-Cal will be presented to the Legislature in October 2012. In the meantime, parents with children in Healthy Families need to understand they still have coverage and are aware of the upcoming changes. The following fliers may help:

$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.

How to Implement ‘Rethink Your Drink’ in Suffering Community

First 5 San Joaquin invites you to partner with them to promote the Rethink Your Drink (RYD) campaign in San Joaquin County. Our community is facing an unprecedented health crisis. Not only do extra calories from added sugar in drinks (such as sodas, sports drinks, juice blends and punch) contribute significantly to obesity, but they also contribute to the rise of related chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease. The RYD campaign aims to address this crisis by educating families about the link between consumption of these sugary drinks and the health risks. From July through September, this quarter’s health messaging efforts from First 5 San Joaquin will focus on equipping educators and advocates with resources to empower families to make healthier drink choices. Click here for more information and resources to assist you in your efforts.  Join the movement to help families make the change!

Facts About Fruits and Vegetables

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

We’re FAT!

Here are the latest statistics on Stockton and surrounding cities on overweight and obesity.

Institute of Medicine Aims to Accelerate Progress in Preventing Obesity

Report Recommends Strategies, Calls On All Sectors of Society to Take Action Now The Institute of Medicine (IOM) has released a report that outlines comprehensive strategies for addressing the nation’s obesity epidemic and calls on leaders in all sectors to accelerate action to advance those strategies. The release was a highlight of the second day of the 2012 Weight of the Nation conference, hosted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

  • Make physical activity an integral and routine part of life.
  • Create food and beverage environments that ensure healthy food and beverage options are the routine, easy choice.
  • Transform messages about physical activity and nutrition.
  • Expand the role of health care providers, insurers and employers in obesity prevention.
  • Make schools a national focal point for obesity prevention.

The full report, a summary, practical guides for taking action and other materials are available for free on the IOM website.

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 diet, 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.

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. http://healthreform.kff.org/faq.aspx. 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.http://healthreform.kff.org/video-explainers.aspx. Kaiser’s Health Reform Source, http://healthreform.kff.org, 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.

ONGOING

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 or SJCancerInfo@dignityhealth.org.

Respiratory Support Group for Better Breathing

First Tuesday of month 10 to 11 a.m.: Lodi Memorial Hospital West, 800 S. Lower Sacramento Road, 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 www.lodihealth.org.

The Beat Goes On Cardiac Support Group

First Tuesday of month 11 a.m. to noon: Lodi Memorial Hospital offers a free cardiac support group at Lodi Memorial Hospital 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.

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 visit www.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.

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.org or (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 Memorial Hospital offers an Adult Children with Aging Relatives support group at the Hutchins Street Square Senior Center. Information: (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 www.Dameronhospital.org.

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 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) 464-7369 or www.stocktonfoodbank.org.

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.

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.

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 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.

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 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.

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.

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 orwww.calaveraspublichealth.com.

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 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.comThanks, Joe

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