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Sacramento to Celebrate Heart Month with Go Red For Women Event at Arden Fair

Sacramento to Celebrate Heart Month with Go Red For Women Event at Arden Fair

Featuring a Macy’s fashion show, healthy cooking demos, CPR trainings, giveaways and more

WHAT:  The American Heart Association in Sacramento will celebrate American Heart Month with its own Go Red fashion show at Arden Fair on Saturday, February 6. The fashion show will feature local adult and children heart disease survivors, cardiologists and volunteers. The event will also feature healthy cooking demos, free health screenings, CPR trainings and giveaways. Women, men and families of all ages are invited to attend the celebration and to help raise awareness of heart disease as the number one killer of women by wearing red.       

WHO:  The American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women is asking everyone to help America Go Red!

Zika Information Available Online

Zika Information Available Online

The Yolo County Health & Human Services Agency’s Community Health Branch has released a Health Alert to Yolo County medical providers regarding the Zika virus, and has provided the alert and other related information on www.yolohealth.org.

National news stories have highlighted a surge in the number of newborns in South America born with a serious and uncommon birth defect called microcephaly (abnormal smallness of the head, a congenital condition associated with incomplete brain development).  The birth defect, as well as miscarriages, are believed to occur in mothers infected with the Zika virus, a germ spread to people through mosquito bites. 

West Sacramento Adult Wellness Center Re-Opens

West Sacramento Adult Wellness Center Re-Opens

The Yolo County Health & Human Services Agency’s West Sacramento Adult Wellness Center, located at 500-B Jefferson Boulevard, recently re-opened with a warm winter celebration attended by clients, contract providers, local representatives and staff.  

The West Sacramento Adult Wellness Center, now occupying the space previously held by the WIC (Women, Infants & Children) program, is much larger and better equipped than the former center, which closed in 2010 as a result of the recession.  Staffed by peer support workers, the new and expanded Adult Wellness Center serves Yolo County mental health clients offering socialization, life skills, arts and crafts, job readiness skills, Wellness Recovery Action Planning (WRAP) classes, group support activities and more.

American Heart Association Seeks Heart-Healthy Woman For Go Red Total Makeover

American Heart Association Seeks Heart-Healthy Woman For Go Red Total Makeover

44 million women in the U.S. are affected by heart disease and stroke and each of them have a story to tell. Join ABC10’s Dina Kupfer at The American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women® movement as she emcees the Go Red Total Makeover on Saturday, February 6 at Arden Fair from 10am to 2pm. The event will spotlight one local heart-healthy woman who is in the process of making herself over from the inside out.

Nominees should be a female resident within the community or surrounding area and have taken action to improve her heart health.  The heart-healthy makeover recipient will receive a $500 Macy’s gift card at the Go Red Total Makeover event, and additionally, will participate in local media and in-studio interviews.

Drought Housing Relocation Funds Approved

Drought Housing Relocation Funds Approved

The California Department of Housing & Community Development has awarded $150,000 to Yolo County to provide relocation assistance to Yolo County residents without access to potable water as a result of the drought.

This award, from the Community Development Block Program, is part of the Drought Housing Relocation Assistance Program which was established under the governor’s drought state of emergency to assist eligible households, renters and homeowners in relocating and receiving rental assistance for 12 months in the event they lack reasonable access to potable water as a result of the drought.  The program also provides assistance with security deposits, last month’s rent and a one-time moving cost allowance.

Beginner’s Composting Class January 16

Is learning how to “go green” on your list of resolutions for 2016?  Then come to the Hanna & Herbert Bauer Memorial Community Garden in Woodland on Saturday, January 16, from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m., for a free composting class sponsored by the Yolo County Health & Human Services Agency Community Health Branch.

 

Composting is a great way to utilize green materials from your yard or garden and can enhance the success of your plants or crops.  This class will teach the basic skills and techniques used in “hot” composting, provide an introduction to the benefits of composting for plant nutrition, and detail how to use compost to improve your soil.  This is a hands-on class so be willing to roll up your sleeves and get some experience in the process.  Gloves and shoes that can get dirty are recommended.

 

Health Officer Urges Yolo County Residents to Get the Flu Vaccine

Health Officer Urges Yolo County Residents to Get the Flu Vaccine

Yolo County Health Officer Dr. Ron Chapman urges people in Yolo County to get the flu vaccine.

Each year, flu causes millions of illnesses, hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations and thousands of deaths in the United States.  Flu can cause severe disease across all ages.  According to the recent California Influenza Surveillance Report, there were 78 influenza-associated deaths reported in persons under 65 years of age in California during the 2014-15 influenza season.  To reduce this threat, Dr. Chapman recommends the annual flu vaccine for everyone six months of age and older, including pregnant women.

Common symptoms of the flu include fever or feeling feverish, a cough and/or sore throat, a runny or stuffy nose, chills, fatigue and body aches.  Children may also have nausea, vomiting or diarrhea.  To stop the spread of flu and other respiratory illnesses: