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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:

Distracted Driving Putting Yolo County High School Students at Risk

Distracted Driving Putting Yolo County High School Students at Risk

During a recent one hour monitoring of distracted driving habits near high schools in West Sacramento, Winters and Woodland, drivers were found to be visibly and dangerously demonstrating the need to improve their focus.  Distracted driving observations included the following:

 

Distraction

River City HS

West Sacramento

(Total cars = 1,269)

Winters HS

Winters

(Total cars = 758)

Pioneer HS

Woodland

Yolo Bonus Bucks Launches November 1

Yolo Bonus Bucks Launches November 1

On November 1, the Yolo County Health & Human Services Agency, in partnership with several local retailers and a local farmer, will launch the Yolo County Bonus Bucks Pilot Program – Yolo Bonus Bucks – to increase fruit and vegetable consumption among CalFresh clients.

Yolo County applied for and was awarded a $100,000 United States Department of Agriculture grant to implement a financial incentive pilot program to encourage the purchase of fruits and vegetables by CalFresh clients.  Yolo County was one of only two counties awarded the pilot project funding.