Thursday, January 31, 2013

Olympus unveils Stylus XZ-10 with f/1.8-2.7 zoom, smartphone sharing app

Olympus unveils 12megapixel compact Stylus XZ10  with f1827 zoom, smartphone sharing app

Olympus is carrying on the recent compact camera trend of fast-ish zoom lenses and wireless sharing capability with the launch of the 12-megapixel Stylus XZ-10. The new model follows in the footsteps of the company's top compact dog XZ-2 model, sporting a slightly smaller 1/2.3-inch sensor and a wider range 5x optical zoom with a similar f/1.8-2.7 iris. Otherwise, it's aimed more at the casual carry-around crowd with a 40 percent smaller body, touch-screen focus selection, control ring exposure adjustment, a 3-inch 920k dot TFT LCD, art filters (in the smartphone app), image (or film) stabilization and 1080P 30 fps HD video. Olympus is also trumpeting its smartphone OI.Share capability, allowing images to be sent wirelessly to an iOS or Android device and edited with the included app -- provided you have the optional Toshiba FlashAir card. It'll be arriving in March in black, brown or white at a rather steep-sounding £349, which equates to $550, though exact US pricing hasn't been revealed yet. See the PR after the break for more nitty-gritty.

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Announcing the OLYMPUS STYLUS XZ-10 compact digital camera, equipped with the new PHOTO STORY function for new photographic possibilities

Olympus Imaging (Haruo Ogawa, president) is proud to announce the OLYMPUS STYLUS XZ-10, on sale from Late February, 2013. This model packs a high speed, high-quality i.ZUIKO DIGITAL 5x optical zoom lens, and versatile functions such as the new PHOTO STORY for expanding photographic expression, all in a lightweight and compact camera body.

Main Features

With the 26mm - 130mm (35mm film camera equivalent) f/1.8 - 2.7, high speed 5x optical, high-quality i.ZUIKO DIGITAL lens, and the inclusion of iHS Technology, high-quality images with beautifully defocused backgrounds and shots under dim light are possible.

The OLYMPUS STYLUS X series is a lineup of compact digital cameras that offer superb image quality and expressive power, and is the first compact digital camera equipped with a lens bearing the ZUIKO name. The ZUIKO lens was first included on the Semi Olympus I; the first-ever Olympus camera in 1936. The ZUIKO has been used for the past 77 years, continuing its tradition as a high-performance lens. In January 2011, the OLYMPUS XZ-1 was announced as the first model in the X series, and in September 2012, the STYLUS XZ-2 was announced as the X series flagship model. Both models are equipped with a high speed f/1.8-2.5 lens which is bright from wide-angle to telephoto, achieving acclaim as capturing high-quality images that rival SLR cameras.

The STYLUS XZ-10 brings the superb image quality of the X series to a high-end compact that can be enjoyed on a daily basis due to its advanced portability, functionality, and performance. A refined, solid design is used for the slim camera body with the pursuit of a compact, and lightweight form. The control ring and Touch AF Shutter made popular on the XZ-2 are still available on the XZ-10, providing spectacular performance and the ability to capture every photo opportunity. For those who want to capture everyday scenes as special memories, rich in personality, PHOTO STORY has been added to Art Filters. This function captures multiple viewpoints in a single image and puts them together for an artistic creation. With the OI.Share smartphone application, users can quickly and easily share images and post them to social networking services. Keeping up with the times, Olympus has crammed new ways to enjoy photos into a small package.
Main Functions - Details

1-1. 26mm-130mm Focal Length (conversion) f/1.8-2.5 iZUIKO Zoom Lens
The lens on the STYLUS XZ-10 is a 5x optical zoom that covers a focal range from 26-130mm (35mm film camera equivalent). The XZ-10 boasts an f/1.8-2.7, high speed lens, with the brightest aperture value in its class at f/2.7 on the telephoto end over 100mm, making beautifully defocused images and high-quality images under dim light condition possible at telephoto settings. This bright lens is also perfect for capturing moving subjects. This lens is a combination of Olympus's superb lens technology, and the spare-no-expense design process by including DSA (Dual Super Aspherical) and EDA (Extra-low Dispersion Aspherical) lenses in the lens group, for the high depictive quality equal to that of Olympus interchangeable SLR ZUIKO DIGITAL lenses. Additionally, to thoroughly eliminate ghosting and lens flares, reflectivity was kept to half of the previous value at a wavelength of 450 to 650 nm, thanks to the lens surface treated with the Olympus-original ZERO (ZUIKO Extra-low Reflection Optical) coating. These measures ensure highly clear depictive performance with a sense of transparency, even in backlit or other unfavorable conditions.

1-2. iHS Technology
iHS stands for "intelligence", "high-speed", and "high-sensitivity". With a 1/2.3 type, 12.0 megapixel,*2 high-speed, high-sensitivity, back-illuminated CMOS sensor, and the TruePic image processing engine designed for the OLYMPUS PEN, users will always be able to capture the subject they want, beautifully, and without missing a shot. In addition, the XZ-10 also inherits Fast AF from the OLYMPUS PEN.

2. Compact, Lightweight Body and Slim, Solid Design
When compared to the XZ-2, the XZ-10 is slimmer with a 40% smaller volume. With this smaller design, high-quality images can be enjoyed in a camera with high mobility. A built-in lens barrier and fixed grip have been included in answer to many requests, improving portability and operability. With three colors to choose from including black, white, and brown, users can select one that best fits their lifestyle.

3-1. New Function: PHOTO STORY
The new function, PHOTO STORY, is included on the XZ-10 to bring out users' artistic abilities and powers of expression when shooting. By capturing a scene from multiple viewpoints and then combining them into a single image, everyday scenes and memorable scenes can be recorded in various ways. Users simply turn the mode dial to PHOTO STORY, choose a favorite theme (Standard, Speed, Zoom In/Out, Fun Frame), and touch inside the frame to use Touch AF Shutter and easily complete their artistic shots. At the same time, it is easy to create images with style and personality by combining the type, effect, frame aspect ratio, and number of images according to the selected theme. The finished image can be checked in Live View and users can continue shooting various types of images. Because multiple viewpoints are included in a single image, recreating the story of the scene is possible, making it easier to put yourself in that captured scene.
Selectable PHOTO STORY Themes (4 types)
Standard: Simple type with split images
Speed: Slide a finger to shoot continuously (Finger can be slid to split multiple images)
Zoom In/Out: Combines both close-up and pull-back effects
Fun Frame: Film formats or Instant camera formats where the date can be added

3-2. Art Filter
With 11 Art Filters and 5 Art Effects, users can create more stand-out pictures for users to enjoy.

4-1. Touch AF Shutter
The Touch AF Shutter function allows users to instantly select the exact location they want to focus on simply by touching the screen on the rear of the camera. By including the FAST AF system, which is the crystallization of years of Olympus AF technology, and the easy controls of the touch screen, subjects throughout the screen can easily be focused on, whether in the center, background, or edges, allowing users to snap the shutter at just the right moment. Touch screen operations also include Live Guide settings, AF position selection, magnified playback, and browsing of images. With these features, a truly comfortable photo experience is achieved.

4-2. Control Ring
Just as with the XZ-2, a function can be selected for each shooting mode and assigned to the control ring. Because settings such as the aperture value or exposure compensation can be quickly adjusted with a twist of the control ring, users can capture photos exactly the way they want without missing a shot. These features realize an optimum control scheme for artistic expression.

4-3. Fn (Function) Button
The Fn (Function) button has been placed on the back of the camera for assigning frequently used functions. Users can choose multiple functions out of 16 options to assign based on their shooting style or convenience. Users can easily call up or switch between functions assigned to the Fn (Function) button and control ring and change setting values as needed, allowing them to quickly set up their preferred style.

5. Smartphone Application: OI.Share
OI.Share is a free iPhone and Android smartphone application used for easily sharing high-quality images. When used together with a Toshiba-brand FlashAirTM*1 card (equipped with an internal wireless LAN), images can easily be sent using a smartphone. Because communication settings can be made from within a dedicated menu on the camera, by connecting to a smartphone, it is easy to send images without ever using a computer. After importing images, OI.Share can be used to apply Art Filters or link to social networking apps to share photos and communicate through images. A one-time password can also be issued for connecting to multiple smartphones simultaneously to share images with friends and family on the spot.

Effective number of pixels: 12 million*2
Zoom factor: 5x optical zoom, 10x super resolution zoom
Wide: 26mm wide-angle (35mm film camera equivalent)
Image stabilization: DUAL IS
(CMOS shift type & high-sensitivity shooting, Multi-motion Movie IS)
Rear display 3.0 type, 920,000 dots, TFT color LCD
Movie shooting: Full High-definition movies (MOV/H.264)
Other Features

Handheld Night shooting mode with the flash can be used to beautifully capture night scenes and people
Advanced iAUTO function with 29 automatically detectable scenes
Dual IS - Cutting-edge image stabilization technology for reducing subject blur
Multi Motion image stabilization support for movies compensates for slow, strong camera shake that occurs when breathing or walking
High-Speed Movie for slow-motion playback of quickly moving subjects
Electric auto pop-up flash
Intuitive GUI linked with the control ring
Equipped with an ND filter for controlling exposure in 3 steps, for beautifully defocused shots even in bright condition
Super Macro shooting for distances up to a minimum of 1 cm
4 aspect ratios for matching the framing needs of any subject
Supported media: Memory cards, (SD, SDHC, SDXC, UHS-1 compatible), Eye-Fi cards, FlashAirTM

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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Google Science Fair 2013 kicks off, uses Hangouts to help inventive teens (video)


The Google Science Fair began in 2011 as a way to spur a love of science among teens and, just possibly, spark a few breakthroughs for science as a whole. It's back for a third year, and there's big improvements to both the competition's technology and rewards. The 2013 Fair will have Google+ Hangouts on Air for help and motivation, as well as to introduce us to the 15 finalists during the vote for a public-chosen award in August. The early talks will include Segway pioneer Dean Kamen and sea explorer Fabien Cousteau, among others. Finalists once again get prizes from Google itself, Lego, National Geographic and Scientific American, but there's extra bonuses this year for the grand prize winner: along with the $50,000 scholarship, Galapagos Islands trip and other individual gifts, the winner's school will get both $10,000 and a Hangout session with CERN. Young inventors have until the end of April 30th to submit their projects, and we'll learn about the very cream of the crop on September 23rd.

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We offer a total compensation and benefits package to help with your needs today and build for your future tomorrow. We recognize that each employee is an individual with individual needs, lifestyles, and interests. Our benefits package was created with the flexibility to support employees who are at different places in their lives and careers.

Pinnacle values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity in employment. We offer a safe, healthy work environment for employees through a commitment to maintaining a drug-free workplace.
Pinnacle has ongoing employment opportunities at our headquarters in Seattle, our more than 40 branch office locations nationally and our many managed communities throughout the country.

Pinnacle is the national leader in third-party fee management of investment real estate encompassing multi-family, commercial space, affordable housing and military housing. Pinnacle is built on four basic principles:

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    The Fun Ones ? MSH ? Blog Archive ? Don't Let the Winter Chill ...


    After the holiday season is over, the winter blues can get a lot of people down. Unpredictable weather and cold temperatures can put a damper on any party or event. Though the winter season can seem to take the fun out of being social, the party can always be moved indoors! By adding some cool and unique entertainment, you can take the blues out of any winter gathering.


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    Tuesday, January 29, 2013

    Quality Schools: School Culture

    School culture is an important part of education. it is?directly?related?to the satisfaction of all?stakeholders?of school.?

    The diagram below represents the components of school culture.?

    Patterson, Purkey, and Parker (1986) summarize the general knowledge base regarding school culture:

    • School culture does affect the behavior and achievement of elementary and secondary school students (though the effect of classroom and student variables remains greater).
    • School culture does not fall from the sky; it is created and thus can be manipulated by people within the school.
    • School cultures are unique; whatever their commonalities, no two schools will be exactly alike -- nor should they be.
    • To the extent that it provides a focus and clear purpose for the school, culture becomes the cohesion that bonds the school together as it goes about its mission.
    • Though we concentrate on its beneficial nature, culture can be counterproductive and an obstacle to educational success; culture can also be oppressive and discriminatory for various subgroups within the school.
    • Lasting fundamental change (e.g. changes in teaching practices or the decision making structure) requires understanding and, often, altering the school's culture; cultural change is a slow process.

      (p. 98)

      Reference: Southwest Educational Development Laboratory, 2013, School Context: Bridge or Barrier to Change [Online] Available from :?


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    App-driven life: When in Rome, you can turn lights on back home

    Want to know how to change your smart phone into a light switch? Philips Hue bulbs are controlled by your Android or iPhone, letting you turn them on and off from another room or another country.?

    By Chris Gaylord / January 27, 2013

    Your phone -- you want it to be a light switch? There's an app for that. The search for new apps spurs demand for creative app designers like Ben Johnson and Michelle Chen, pictured, at Raizlabs in Boston.


    Now that most phones connect to the Internet, how about your light bulbs? Dutch electronics giant Philips trotted out a new kind of bulb last year ? one of the first to come with its own Internet router.

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    These Philips Hue bulbs can be controlled by your Android or iPhone, allowing you to turn them on and off from the couch or ... from another country. The Hue application lets you adjust the brightness and color of each bulb individually and then program different settings for certain situations.

    Dinner time? Maybe dim the lights to 70 percent brightness and give them a slightly reddish tint. New painting that you want to show off? Take a photo of the artwork with your phone and then tell the lights to match certain colors from the image.

    In tests done by the Monitor, the Hue bulbs seem well designed, even though the app is not that intuitive. Perhaps foreseeing this problem, Philips opened up the software that runs these lights, allowing programmers to craft their own Hue apps. Already, Apple's online store has a 99-cent homemade disco app called Magic Hue that can take control of the Philips bulbs and tell them to pulsate in tempo with music.

    Each of the LED bulbs shines with the strength of a 50-watt incandescent, but sips just 8.5 watts of power ? an energy efficiency similar to that of curlicue compact fluorescents.

    However, Wi-Fi lights aren't cheap. A starter kit of three bulbs and a router costs $200. Each additional light is $60. Competitor GreenWave Reality offers a four-pack of colorless, app-powered lights and a router for $200, with extra bulbs costing $20 apiece.


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    Monday, January 28, 2013

    How To Prepare Your Kitchen For The Market - Home Stager in Atlanta

    As I?m sure you?ve heard, kitchens are one of the ?key-rooms? to a buyer. That said, it?s important that it look its very best when you put your home on the market.

    Here are some tips to help get you started:

    • Do a thorough cleaning.
    • Clean and organize the inside of your cupboards, as well as your pantry. Potential buyers will definitely be opening them to see just how much space they?ll have for their own items.
    • For the exterior of the cupboards, clean by using a detergent and then followed by a water and vinegar mixture. Next, apply an orange oil as this will help them shine.

    One of the most frequently asked questions from homeowners who will be living in the home while it?s on the market is what to have on their counter tops.

    Having staged hundreds of vacant homes throughout Atlanta, my recommendations include:

    • Removing everything off the counters and add only those items you use daily.
    • Detergent bottles and sponges should be placed under the sink
    • Remove all paperwork. While the kitchen counter top is convenient for incoming mail (junk or otherwise), its best to keep your counter tops clutter-free.
    • Make it pretty by adding accessories.

    Here are a few examples of some of the kitchens we?ve staged:




    Accessories used in kitchens by Atlanta home stager, Kathy Nielsen


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    Study Bolsters Quantum Vibration Scent Theory

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    How does the sense of smell work? Today two competing camps of scientists are at war over this very question. And the more controversial theory has just received important new experimental confirmation.

    At issue is whether our noses use delicate quantum mechanisms for sensing the vibrations of odor molecules (aka odorants). Does the nose, in other words, read off the chemical makeup of a mystery odorant?say, a waft of perfume or the aroma of wilted lettuce?by ?ringing? it like a bell? Chemistry and forensics labs do this all the time with spectrometers?machines that bounce infrared light off mystery materials to reveal the telltale vibrations that the light provokes. Olfaction might, according to the vibration theory of smell, do the same using tiny currents of electrons instead of infrared photons (see previous coverage of the vibration theory here).

    The predominant theory of smell today says: No way. The millions of different odorants in the world are a little more like puzzle pieces, it suggests. And our noses contain scores of different kinds of receptors that each prefer to bind with specific types of piecesSo a receptor that is set to bind to a molecule called limonene sends a signal to our brains when it finds that compound, and that's one of the cues behind the smell of citrus. Likewise that same receptor wouldn't bind to hydrogen sulfide?which smells of rotten eggs.

    So, the promoters of the standard theory say, the familiar chemical interactions between receptor and odorant are all that's needed to explain olfaction. No fancy quantum vibration theory is necessary.

    Yet here's a twist: odorant molecules typically contain many hydrogen atoms. And hydrogen comes in multiple forms, each very chemically similar to the others. But those different isotopes of hydrogen do strongly affect how a molecule vibrates. So deuterium, containing a hydrogen nucleus that has both a proton and a neutron (as opposed to plain-old-hydrogen that has just a proton), might help scientists discriminate between the proposed vibration and standard chemical binding theories of olfaction.

    According to new research published today in PLoS ONE, human noses can sniff out the presence of at least some kinds of deuterium. Specifically, experimenters found regular musk molecules smelled different from ones that contain deuterium. "Deuterated" musks, says researcher Luca Turin of the Alexander Fleming Biomedical Sciences Research Center in Greece, lose much of their musky odor and instead contain overtones of burnt candle wax.

    The finding represents a victory for the vibration theory, Turin says. And, he adds, it makes some sense, when you consider the purpose of our olfactory ability?whatever its mechanism is. The natural world contains thousands of types of molecules. Some are good for us, and some are bad. The nose helps to distinguish one from the other. "Olfaction is trying to be like an analytical chemist," Turin says. "It's trying to identify unknowns." Chemists identify unknowns using spectrometers. Olfactory receptors, according to the vibration theory, act like little wetware spectrometers.

    Adding to Turin's quiver is a 2011 finding in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences indicating that drosophila flies, too, can smell the difference between a molecule called acetophenone (which to humans smells sweet) and its deuterated cousin.

    That?s all well and good, says Eric Block, professor of chemistry at the University at Albany in New York State. But, he says, it hardly proves the vibration theory. For one, he points out that Turin once claimed humans, like drosophilia, could sniff out a deuterated version of the molecule acetophenone from the regular stuff. But in 2004 Nature Neuroscience published a contrary claim, that human noses can't smell the presence of deuterium in acetophenone (Scientific American is part of Nature Publishing Group). In Turin?s new paper, he says he's confirmed the 2004 finding, but Block remains unconvinced.


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    Toyota back on top as global auto sales champ

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    Toyota has officially reclaimed its global sales crown, the maker confirming it produced 9.75 million vehicles in 2012.

    That was slightly ahead of a preliminary tally Toyota forecast as the year came to a close and locks it in first place ahead of General Motors, which sold 9.29 million vehicles.? Volkswagen, at 9.1 million, came in third for 2012.

    Toyota?s sales were slightly lower than the company had projected earlier in the year, the shortfall reflecting the ongoing dispute between Japan and China over a chain of small, uninhabited islands both nations claim.?

    In customary fashion, Toyota officials downplayed the sales results. ?Rather than going after numbers, we hope to make fine products, one by one, to keep out customers satisfied. The numbers are just a result of our policy. And our policy will continue unchanged,? Toyota spokeswoman Shino Yamada told the Associated Press.?

    The Detroit Bureau:?US Auto Sales Surging as New Year Gets Underway

    Nonetheless, it marked a significant comeback for the Japanese giant which first captured the global sales crown in 2008, displacing GM after seven decades as the sales leader. The U.S. maker plunged into bankruptcy the following year, recovering only with the assistance of a massive government loan.

    With production back to normal, Toyota saw its sales in the home Japanese market surge 35% in 2012 while overseas sales jumped 23%.? Adding additional models to the ?family,? the Prius line firmed up its position as the world?s best-selling hybrid nameplate.
    Toyota briefly fell to third in the global chase in 2011, the maker suffering significant production cuts in the wake of Japan?s March earthquake and tsunami. It didn?t fully restore its worldwide production network to normal operations until the end of the year.

    But not everything went as well as expected ? notably in China where Toyota was just one of many Japanese businesses to suffer as the dispute over the Senkuko Islands ? which the Chinese call the Daioyu ? flared up. A Toyota dealership was torched and mobs destroyed many of the maker?s products. Sales fell by roughly half in the early weeks of the dispute though they have begun to recover more recently.?

    The Detroit Bureau:?Mazda betting on alliances with Toyota, Fiat

    Toyota did have some other issues, notably a surge of safety-related problems including additional recalls related to the maker?s unintended acceleration issue. In all, Toyota recalled more vehicles than any other maker in the American market in 2012, and it ended the year by agreeing to an estimated $1.2 billion settlement related to the unintended acceleration issue. Even so, most analysts say the maker?s reputation escaped with relatively little damage.

    Toyota is forecasting another increase in sales for 2013, hoping to reach a record 9.91 million. That is still short of an earlier projection of at least 10 million, however.

    General Motors officials have not yet set out their own forecast and that could depend on the strength of the ongoing U.S. recovery. Earlier this month, Chairman and CEO Dan Akerson said the maker expected sales in the States to reach somewhere between 15.0 million and 15.5 million for 2013.?

    The Detroit Bureau:?Toyota Settles First of 100s of Wrongful Death, Injury Lawsuits

    The wild card is Volkswagen, the aggressive German maker laying out plans to snatch the sales ground by the time it wraps up its current, 10-year growth plan in 2016.? The weakness of the home European market could delay that strategy, though VW hopes to offset that by stressing China, Latin America and the recovering U.S. market where it was one of the fastest-growing brands in 2012


    Copyright 2013 The Detroit Bureau


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    Sunday, January 27, 2013

    IMPACT opens doors to fitness ? for life - College of Public Health ...

    Beyond disability

    When Kathryn and Doug Collins moved to Corvallis from northern California with their 10-year-old son, Jeff, they did so with his future in mind.

    They wanted Jeff, who is on the autism spectrum and experiences intellectual and developmental disabilities, to grow up in a community that would support his growth as a child and his success as an adult.

    Jeff Collins

    Jeff offers pointers to Sam

    For the Collinses, one of the gateways was IMPACT, which they learned about from an elementary special education teacher. ?It was a way for us and for Jeff to meet people in a new community, and it was one of the few activities outside of school where he could play with others,? Kathryn says.

    ?It?s a joyful place,? she adds. ?When you have a child with special needs, so much of life is centered around remedial actions and therapies. It was nice for him to go somewhere and just have a good time.?

    It also meant an hour and a half of respite for she and Doug while Jeff played games and swam ? and occasionally a chance to talk with parents and experts about ways to support their son and children like him.

    When Jeff was 18, he transitioned to exercising at Dixon Recreation Center with IMPACT, which introduced him to the world of fitness he would enter as an adult, and also made room for children on IMPACT?s long wait list to be part of the program.

    ?It was a huge developmental step,? Kathryn says. ?It got him out of his comfort zone and into a new environment where he could interact and work out with OSU students ? his non-disabled age-mates. It was inclusive and integrated, allowed him to take more personal responsibility and helped move him to the next level of independence.?

    Jeff Collins

    Exercise and Sport Science student Joe, Sam and Jeff work on soccer dribbling skills

    When he aged out of IMPACT at 21, he joined a local fitness center within walking distance of his home and where he continues to work out. Today, those 21 and older have the opportunity to participate in IMPACT for Life to ease the transition from IMPACT to exercising more independently, whether that?s at a local gym, park or aquatic center. IMPACT for Life pairs these young people with a mentor to help further their fitness goals and keep them physically active within their community. Doing so, as Kathryn says, allows peers to help with this change instead of parents, which provides many advantages for these young adults.

    About 13 years ago, Jeff himself became a mentor. Now 33, he shares his love of fitness with an 18-year-old friend at Dixon. In addition to volunteering at IMPACT, he works six mornings a week at the local golf course, which he has done since high school, goes to a gym nearly every day, has friends all over town and lives on his own.

    And in 2012, this young man, who as a child struggled with spoken language, addressed members of the National Council on Disabilities in Salem and Washington, D.C., about abolishing the sub-minimum wage for people with disabilities.

    ?All the opportunities he?s had have contributed to him living as independently as he does ? and having a healthy life including exercise and nutrition,? Kathryn says. ?Being integrated into a community is a big part of moving beyond disability. IMPACT was a good start toward that.?


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    Japan launches two intelligence satellites

    Japan launched two intelligence satellites into orbit on Sunday amid growing concerns that North Korea is planning to test more rockets of its own and possibly conduct a nuclear test.

    Officials say the launch Sunday of the domestically produced H2-A rocket went smoothly, and the satellites ? an operational radar satellite and an experimental optical probe ? appear to have reached orbit.

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    Japan began its intelligence satellite program after North Korea fired a long-range missile over Japan's main island in 1998. North Korea conducted a launch last month that it says carried a satellite into orbit but has been condemned by the United States and others as a cover for its development of missile technology.

    The latest Japanese launch was in the planning stages long before the current increase in tensions with North Korea, but underscores Japan's longstanding wariness of its isolated neighbor's abilities and intentions.

    The radar satellite, which can provide intelligence through cloud cover and at night, is intended to augment a network of several probes that Japan already has in orbit. The optical probe will be used to test future technology and improvements that would allow Japan to strengthen its surveillance capabilities.

    Japan still relies on the United States for much of its intelligence.

    Its optical satellites are believed to be about as good as commercial satellites, meaning they are able to detect objects of about 40 centimeters (16 inches) in size from their orbits. With the additional radar satellite, Japan hopes to be able to glean intelligence on any specified location once a day.

    Japan, which hosts about 50,000 U.S. troops, is especially concerned about North Korea because its main islands are already within range of the North's missiles. Along with developing its own network of spy satellites, Japan has cooperated with Washington in establishing an elaborate missile defense shield.

    North Korea's powerful National Defense Commission declared last week that the country would carry out a nuclear test and launch more rockets in defiance of the U.N. Security Council's announcement that it would punish Pyongyang for its long-range rocket test in December with more sanctions, calling it a violation of a ban on nuclear and missile activity.

    North Korea's state news agency said on Sunday that leader Kim Jong Un vowed at a meeting of top security and foreign officials to take "substantial and high-profile important state measures."

    Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.


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    Joe's Health Calendar 1/26/13 Walk More Eat Less

    Insectfest (Science for Kids)

    Jan. 26 (today) 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.:?Come join the?World of Wonders Science Museum, 2 N. Sacramento St., Lodi,?for a day of insect-dedicated fun. The WOW Science Museum will be filled with a variety of insects brought to you by local stores and museums. In addition to the chance to touch some of their creepy crawlers, the WOW will offer temporary face tattoos, arts and crafts, and other bug-related activities. Come see what ?all the buzz? is about! Regular museum admission prices apply.

    Kick Off New Year With Pledge to Your Health

    Jan. 26 (today) 9 a.m.:?The fun, family-friendly St. Joseph?s 5K Fun Run/Walk for Wellness starts at?Maple and North California streets in Stockton. The race is a flat, double looping, 5km (3.1 mile) run/walk through University Park for people of all ages and fitness abilities. Last year, nearly 400 runners and walkers joined to kick off the new year with a pledge to a healthier lifestyle. Proceeds from this year?s Run/Walk for Wellness will benefit the St. Joseph?s CareVan. St. Joseph?s CareVan is a mobile health clinic that provides health care services for over 4,000 low-income, medically underserved and vulnerable individuals in Stockton. The CareVan decreases unnecessary hospitalizations including emergency department visits and assists patients in finding medical homes. Get your family, friends and co-workers to sign up today and have a great time giving back to the community. Kids and baby strollers are welcomed and encouraged. Registration is $35 and includes an event long-sleeve T-shirt and a goody bag. Children younger than 10 are $10. Each child participant will receive a medal courtesy of Fleet Feet Stockton. Registration and Jenny Cooke at?(209) 461-3338?or?

    VA Offers Flu Vaccine to Veterans

    The 10 facilities of the VA Palo Alto Health Care System are offering flu vaccinations to thousands of eligible California military veterans. While veterans are encouraged to request their flu vaccination during regularly scheduled appointments, walk-in clinics are available at the following locations and times. Current information from the VA Palo Alto Health Care System is always posted at?

    • Stockton:?Community Based Outpatient Clinic, 7777 S. Freedom Road, French Camp; Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • Palo Alto:?3801 Miranda Ave.; Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • Menlo Park:?795 Willow Road, Bldg. 321, Front Desk; Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m.
    • Livermore:?4951 Arroyo Road, Bldg. 62, Third Floor; Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • Capitola:?Community Based Outpatient Clinic, 1350 41st Ave., Suite 102; Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • Fremont:?Community Based Outpatient Clinic, 39199 Liberty St.; Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • Modesto:?Community Based Outpatient Clinic, 1524 McHenry Ave.; Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • Monterey:?Community Based Outpatient Clinic, 3401 Engineer Lane, Seaside; Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • San Jose:?Community Based Outpatient Clinic, 80 Great Oaks Blvd.; Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • Sonora:?Community Based Outpatient Clinic, 13663 Mono Way; Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    CareVan Offers Free Daily Health Clinic

    St. Joseph?s Medical Center CareVan offers a free health clinic for low-income and no-insurance individuals or families, 16 years old and older. Mobile health care services will be available to handle most minor urgent health care needs such as mild burns, bumps, abrasions, sprains, sinus and urinary tract infections, cold and flu. Clinics do not offer chronic care services such as high blood pressure and diabetes, unless noted. No narcotics prescriptions will be available. Information:?(209) 461-3471.?Clinic schedule is subject to change without notice. Walk-In appointments are available.

    • Jan. 26 (today) 8 a.m. to noon:?St. Joseph?s 4th annual 5K Fun/Run Walk for Wellness at University Park, 1004 N. Grant St., Stockton. All proceeds will benefit St. Joseph?s CareVan Program.
    • Jan. 28 (Monday) 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.:?Dollar General, 310 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Stockton. Includes diabetes and blood pressure screening. This clinic is sponsored by St. Joseph?s Spirit Club members.
    • Jan. 29 (Tuesday) 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.:?Spanos School, 536 S. California St., Stockton.
    • Jan. 30 (Wednesday) 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.:?Rite Aid, 1050 N. Wilson Way, Stockton.
    • Jan. 31 (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.

    Your Diabetes Success Plan in Stockton

    Jan. 29 (first of eight Tuesdays) 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.:?St. Joseph?s Medical Center CareVan Program offers free eight-session diabetes class series on basics to a healthy life: 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.??Arnold Rue Community Center Social Hall, 5758 Lorraine Ave., Stockton. Registration is not required. After attending six sessions, participants diagnosed with diabetes will receive a free glucometer. Information:(209) 461-3251?or?

    Stockton Meth & Crime Town Hall

    Jan. 31 (Thursday) 6:30 p.m.:?The Stockton Meth & Crime Town Hall will feature award-winning journalist Scott Thomas Anderson, who spent 18 months as an embedded reporter with Northern California law enforcement in order to produce his new book, ?Shadow People: How meth-driven crime is eating at the heart of rural America.? Stockton Mayor Anthony Silva will be a special guest. The free event will be at?San Joaquin County Behavioral Health Services, Conference Rooms A & B, 1212 N. California St., Stockton. Light refreshments will be served. Information: Carol at?(209) 323-0499. This event is sponsored by?Celebrate Life Meth Free, St. Joseph?s Behavioral Health Center and Anthem Blue Cross.

    Support Heart Health for Women, Get Free Soup

    Feb. 1 (Friday):?Mimi?s Caf? is dedicated to raising awareness for heart health and truly supporting the women we love. For 10 years, 627,000 women?s lives have been saved through the American Heart Association?s Go Red For Women movement, but the fight is far from over. Health is not an option and Mimi?s wants all their guests and teammates to join together to help prevent heart disease, the No. 1 killer of women. Mimi?s Cafe is again raising awareness and funds for Go Red For Women this February, American Heart Month, with its second annual campaign, Mimi?s Goes Red. Come into?Mimi?s Caf?, 5607 Pacific Ave., Stockton, on Feb. 1, the 10th National Wear Red day, wearing red and receive a free cup of Mimi?s Signature Soup. In addition, throughout the month, guests who donate $1 will receive a heart-shaped tribute card to inscribe and display in the restaurant to complement the iconic red dress standee and red d?cor. A $5 donation comes with a limited-edition sparkle red dress lapel pin, with 100 percent of all donations going directly to the American Heart Association. As a thank you, donors will receive up to $30 in Mimi?s savings. Every Tuesday throughout the month, as a show of appreciation, warm-hearted guests can also enjoy a complimentary cup of Mimi?s hot and savory soup with a donation. Information:(209) 952-1150.

    Your Diabetes Success Plan in Manteca

    Feb. 1 (first of eight Fridays) 9 to 11 a.m.:?St. Joseph?s Medical Center CareVan Program offers free eight-session diabetes class series on basics to a healthy life: 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.??Manteca Senior Center, 295 Cherry Lane, Manteca. Registration is not required. After attending six sessions, participants diagnosed with diabetes will receive a free glucometer. Information:?(209) 461-3251?

    Give Kids a Smile Free Dental Services

    Feb. 2 (Saturday) 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.:?Free dental screenings, cleanings, X-rays, fluoride and emergency treatments for children up to 17 years old will be offered atUniversity of the Pacific?s Chan Family Health Sciences Learning Center, 757 Brookside Road, Stockton. All children must be accompanied by an adult. The event, Give Kids a Smile Day, includes games, clowns and face painting. Give Kids a Smile is annually sponsored by the San Joaquin Dental Society in association with University of the Pacific. Services will be provided by volunteer dentists from the community and students from Pacific?s Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry. Information:?

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

    Feb. 2 (and 11 following Saturdays) 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.:?NAMI presents a free series of 12 weekly education classes for friends and family of people with major depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder, borderline personality disorder, panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder and co-occurring brain disorders. Classes will be held at?530 W. Acacia St., 2nd?Floor, Stockton?(across from Dameron Hospital). Information:?(209) 468-3755.

    Meet Lodi Hospital?s New Da Vinci Surgical Robot

    Feb. 2 (Saturday) 2:30 to 4 p.m.:?Don?t miss the special da Vinci open house for the public in the main lobby of?Lodi Memorial Hospital, 975 S. Fairmont Ave., Lodi.?The da Vinci technology allows surgeons to use the assistance of a robot for general, gynecological and urological surgeries. It offers less invasive surgeries and, because of its precision, the chance for greatly improved outcomes. Several Lodi Health surgeons have recently become certified experts with the technology, and they will be on hand to demonstrate their skills. And there will be a contest for those 18 and younger to name the robot. The winning entry will receive $250 for their college fund.

    The Secrets of Baby Behavior

    The Public Health Breastfeeding Initiative is pleased to bring this terrific four-hour training to San Joaquin County. Our goal is to spread these important?Baby Behaviormessages to hospital staff, health care providers and community organizations throughout the county. You are welcome to attend any session at any location, but pre-registration is required.?Click here for information?or contact Mary Woelfel at?(209) 468-3267?or? Presented by the?UC Davis Human Lactation Center:

    • Feb. 7 (Thursday) 1:30 to 5:30 p.m.:?San Joaquin General Hospital, French Camp; RSVP:?(209) 468-6914.
    • Feb. 15 (Friday) 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 6 p.m.:?Sutter Tracy Community Hospital, Tracy; RSVP:?(209) 833-2419.
    • March 15 (Friday) 7:30 to 11:30 a.m.:?Dameron Hospital, Stockton; RSVP:?(209) 461-3136.
    • March 25 (Monday) 7:45 to 11:45 a.m.:?St. Joseph?s Medical Center, Stockton; RSVP:?(209) 467-6331.
    • March 28 (Thursday) 1 to 5 p.m.:?Robert J. Cabral Agricultural Center, Stockton; RSVP:?(209) 468-3267.

    Breastfeeding Class in Lodi

    Feb. 7 (Thursday) 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (or March 7):?Lodi Health offers ?Breastfeeding: Getting off to a Great Start,? a free, 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 Tuesday, March 19, 6:30 to 8 p.m., and is available only to participants who have already attended ?Breastfeeding: Getting off to a Great Start.? Classes are held at?Lodi Memorial Hospital, 975 S. Fairmont Ave., Lodi. Registration:?(209) 339-7520. Visit? information.

    Black Barbershop Free Health Screenings

    Feb. 9 (Saturday) noon to 4 p.m.:?Free screenings for blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes during the annual Black Barbershop Health Outreach Program, hosted by the University of the Pacific Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, will be held at three barbershops in Stockton. The program is part of a national outreach effort designed to bring awareness to the African American community about how important it is to obtain regular screenings for blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes. Those three illnesses have been identified as the leading causes of death in African Americans. The event is free and all are welcome to participate. Information: Adaeze Okeh at?(619) 245-9876?or? The Black Barbershop screenings will be held at:

    • Dudes and Divas, 345 N. California St., Stockton.
    • Bay Kutz, 533 W. Harding Way, Stockton.
    • Tru Barber Styles, 8037 West Lane, Suite A, Stockton.?

    Healthy by Choice, Not by Chance

    Feb. 10 (Sunday) 3 to 6 p.m.:?Manteca CHIP (Complete Health Improvement Program) presents its fourth annual Valentine?s Banquet at?Robert J. Cabral Agricultural Center, 2101 E. Earhart Ave., Stockton. It will feature vegetarian cuisine, entertainment, drawings and a presentation with featured guest Dr. Hans Diehl, founder of Manteca CHIP. Tickets: $35 for those 16 and older;?$30 early bird by Jan. 18. Information: Linda at?(209) 589-3807.

    Free Mass Fatalities Planning and Response Training

    Feb. 12 (Tuesday) 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.:?The Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium (RDPC) is making it easier for emergency responders in the Northern San Joaquin Valley to be prepared for such events by delivering a free U.S. Department of Homeland Security-certified course in mass fatality planning and response for rural communities. This eight-hour instructor-led course will be offered at the?Stanislaus County Sheriff?s Regional Training Center, 3805 Cornucopia Way, Modesto, giving participants the basics of mass fatality response while providing the opportunities to exchange rural perceptions and brainstorm solutions to simulated emergencies.?Registration deadline is Jan. 29.?Click here to register.

    Teaching Healthy Habits for Life: A Community Approach

    Join the California Department of Education at one of four forums to forge partnerships among school districts and other agencies that provide nutrition education and promotion in your community. Explore how each organization?s structures, services and goals support students in discovering how to eat and have a healthy life. Together, we will strategize how best to leverage and share resources for the common goal of improving the health and academic success of students. Information: Heather Reed at?

    • Feb. 13:?San Jose.
    • Feb. 21:?Woodland.
    • March 6:?Fresno.
    • March 15:?Los Angeles.

    Total-Joint Replacement Class

    Feb. 14 (Thursday) 1 p.m. knee class; 2 p.m. hip class (or Feb. 28):?Lodi Health?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 Health 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, visit?


    Feb. 23 (Saturday) 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.:?Asthmanology ? Aimed to bring asthma awareness and education to the community. Joined by Respiratory Works, the?World of Wonders Science Museum, 2 N. Sacramento St., Lodi,?will be filled with activities aimed to increase awareness of asthma. Educated staff from Respiratory Works will be on site to advocate and bring asthma education and awareness to kids and families. If you have asthma, know someone with asthma or want to learn more about asthma, this event is for you. Regular museum admission applies. Information:?(209) 368-0969?or?

    SALUD Outreach

    Feb. 23 (Saturday) 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.:?University of the Pacific student pharmacists will be offering free screenings and health information at?The Market at San Joaquin Delta College, South Burke Bradley Road, Locke 3 Parking Lot, Stockton. Attendees can have their blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes checked and receive a health consultation. Admission and parking are free and Spanish speakers will be available. Information:?

    Childbirth Preparation Class in Lodi

    Feb. 23 (Saturday) 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (or March 23):?Lodi Health?offers a complimentary one-day childbirth-preparation class at?Lodi Memorial Hospital, 975 S. Fairmont Ave., Lodi. Call?(209) 339-7520?to register. For information on other classes, visit?

    Planning a Career in Health Services?

    Deadline Feb. 24 (Sunday):?Health Plan of San Joaquin?s Health Careers Scholarship Program awards up to 20 $2,500 scholarships to high school seniors from San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties to pursue a medical career.Click here for information and application.?Visit? learn more about Health Plan or contact Shani Richards at?(209) 461-2284?or?

    Volunteer for HICAP in Stockton and Lodi

    Week of Feb. 25:?HICAP (Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program) volunteer counselors help people understand Medicare. Do you enjoy working with seniors? Are you energetic, computer-literate and interested in giving back to your community? Medicare is a complex and often confusing health insurance benefit for individuals 65 and older, as well as for younger disabled individuals. Would you like to help people understand Medicare and assist in the resolution of problems with Medicare or related health plans? Our counselors typically volunteer 20 hours per month during business hours.? We currently need additional counselors in Stockton & Lodi. HICAP Services of Northern California provides a comprehensive training and mentoring program. Our next training session will be held in West Sacramento and begins the last week of February.? Our counselors are registered with the California Department of Aging and provide services right here in San Joaquin County. If this sounds of interest to you, please contact HICAP about becoming a Registered HICAP Counselor. Get an application packet now from Susan Billings, assistant program manager, HICAP Services of Northern California, at?(916) 375-3761?or?

    Kidney Smart Class

    Feb. 28 (Thursday) 2 to 4 p.m. (or 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.

    Big-Brother/Big-Sister Class in Lodi

    March 13 (Wednesday) 3 to 4:30 p.m.:?Lodi Health offers a free big-brother/big-sister preparation class at?Lodi Memorial Hospital, 975 S. Fairmont Ave., Lodi.?This class, for children ages 3 through 8, will help youngsters adjust to the arrival of the new baby. Registration:?(209) 339-7520.

    Diabetes Resources in San Joaquin County

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

    Covered California Annual Report

    The first-ever Covered California Annual Report has been delivered to the governor and Legislature and is now available online.?This annual report is statutorily required. A link to the annual report has been added to Covered California?s homepage at? access the report using this?link.

    Protect Yourself and Pets Against Extreme Cold

    San Joaquin County residents can expect very cold weather over the next week or more, particularly overnight, and should take steps to protect themselves, their pets and livestock, according to San Joaquin County Public Health Services. ?Taking precautions and making preparations for extremely cold weather will reduce the risk of weather-related health injuries,? said county Health Officer Dr. Karen Furst. ?Exposure to extreme cold can cause injury or serious health conditions. Those especially at risk during cold weather include seniors, infants and other vulnerable people,? Furst said. Tips to stay healthy and safe during cold weather include the following:

    • Maintain a heated environment inside your home. Have extra blankets on hand. Be aware that space heaters can be a fire risk. Choose heaters with an automatic shut-off switch and nonglowing elements.
    • If you do not have heat, go to a friend or family member?s home or local shelter.
    • Do not bring outdoor heating devices into the home (e.g. barbecues and other cooking equipment) because they can produce deadly carbon monoxide (visit CDC at
    • Regularly check on family members or neighbors who are elderly or have special needs, especially if they live alone.
    • If you live alone, keep in contact with friends and family.
    • Wear several layers of lightweight and warm clothing, a hat and mittens, and cover your mouth with a scarf to protect your lungs when outside.
    • Avoid heavy exertion in the cold; cold weather can put added strain on the heart. If you must work outdoors, dress warmly and work slowly.
    • Be cautious when traveling; check road conditions before traveling and let others know of your route and estimated time of arrival. Keep extra blankets, food and water in your vehicle.
    • Move family pets indoors or to an enclosure out of the elements. Likewise, protect livestock or other large animals from the cold weather. Make sure they have access to unfrozen water.
    • Insulate pipes and allow faucets to drip slowly during cold weather to avoid freezing; learn how to shut off water valves (in case a pipe bursts).

    The most common cold-related health problems are frostbite and hypothermia:

    • Frostbite results in a loss of feeling and color in affected areas of the body. It most often affects the nose, ears, cheeks, chin, fingers or toes and can permanently damage the body.
    • Hypothermia occurs when the body is exposed to very cold temperatures and begins to lose heat. In adults, hypothermia can appear as shivering, confusion, memory loss, fumbling hands, numbness or slurred speech. Children may have very low energy and cold skin that appears red. If any of these signs appear, the person?s temperature should be checked. Individuals with temperatures below 95 degrees Fahrenheit require medical attention immediately.?San Joaquin County residents who have an emergency related to the cold weather should call 911.

    Other common symptoms of cold-related health problems to be aware of include: stiff muscles, slowed breathing, dizziness, puffy face and waxy or discolored skin. If you need emergency medical attention, call your physician or 911 immediately. County officials will continue to monitor the weather conditions. Additional tips to stay healthy and safe during cold weather are available on the San Joaquin County Public Health Services website,?

    Better Mommy Care Will Improve Community

    First 5 San Joaquin invites you to partner with us to help expecting and new parents give their baby the best possible start in life, and help keep new moms in good emotional and physical health. Statistics show that the earlier a woman starts prenatal care, the healthier she and her baby will be. San Joaquin County ranks near the
    bottom in infant mortality, low birth weights and prenatal care. However, there is much we can all do to address this and help to ensure that new and expecting mothers receive the best ?mommy care? possible.?Read on for?more information and resources to assist you in your efforts!

    Baby With Birth Defect Born Every 4? Minutes

    January:?Every 4? minutes, a baby is born with a major birth defect in the United States. January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month, a time to focus on raising awareness about the frequency with which birth defects occur and of the steps that can be taken to prevent them.?While not all birth defects can be prevented, there are things a woman can do get ready for a healthy pregnancy. In light of this, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has put together a site filled with guidelines, quotes, and rights-free resources on how to manage health conditions and adopt healthy behaviors before, during, and after pregnancy.?View CDC?site here. a free web-based platform designed to assist hospitals (with particular attention to critical access and other smaller facilities), nonprofit organizations, state and local health departments, financial institutions, and other organizations seeking to better understand the needs and assets of their communities, and to collaborate to make measurable improvements in community health and well-being.

    State Makes it Easier to Dispute Health Plan

    The California Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) launched?a new secure, easy-to-use online form?to allow Californians to file complaints regarding their health plan quickly and easily from any computer.?The portal?(click here), available in both English and Spanish, enables consumers to request an external review of a health plan?s denial of medical services, known as an Independent Medical Review.? Previously, health plan enrollees had to submit the required forms and paperwork via mail or fax. ?With more Californians to gain health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act, this new online portal will ensure there is a fast and easy way for them to get the care they are entitled to,? said Diana Dooley, secretary of the California Health and Human Services Agency. Each year, the DMHC receives and resolves approximately 4,000 complaints from health plan members. Topics range from issues relating to access to care, claims, enrollment, benefits or coordination of care. Additionally, the DMHC annually administers approximately 1,700 Independent Medical Reviews of a health plan denial of service. These reviews are conducted by independent doctors not affiliated with the health plan.??This new online portal will help more Californians take advantage of the free health care assistance available through the Department of Managed Health Care?s Help Center,? said Brent Barnhart, DMHC director. The DMHC also unveiled two new online videos explaining the services available through the DMHC Help Center. Independent Medical Review process:? Services available through the DMHC Help Center:? The secure complaint portal and online videos were funded through a federal Affordable Care Act grant. The DMHC regulates managed care health plans in California, protects the rights of approximately 20 million health plan enrollees, educates consumers on their health care rights and responsibilities, and preserves the financial stability of the managed health care system. Since 2000, the department has helped more than 1 million Californians resolve health plan problems through its Help Center. Information and assistance is available 24/7 at? by calling?(888) 466-2219.

    No Time Like Now to?GET FIT!

    First 5 San Joaquin invites you to partner with us to help families and communities in San Joaquin County?GET FIT!?Recent reports indicate that 1 in 5 children between 2-5 years old are already overweight or obese.? More than two-thirds of obese children will become obese adults.? Obesity can cause health problems that may include high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and elevated blood cholesterol levels.? Children who are physically fit are less likely to suffer from chronic diseases in childhood and adulthood, and are more likely to become physically active adults. This quarter?s health messaging efforts will focus on equipping educators and advocates with resources to help families to?GET FIT.??Read on for more information and resources to assist you in your efforts.?Join the movement to help families make the change!

    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? 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.

    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.

    $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?, and there is no application deadline. Organizations or private donors can make tax-deductible donations to the foundation at this website. In 2011, UHCCF awarded more than 1,200 grants to families across the United States for treatments associated with medical conditions such as cancer, spina bifida, muscular dystrophy, diabetes, hearing loss, autism, cystic fibrosis, Down syndrome, ADHD and cerebral palsy.

    Facts About Fruits and Vegetables

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

    We?re FAT!

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

    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.

    Journey to Control Diabetes Education Program

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

    Man-to-Man Prostate Cancer Support Group

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

    Crystal Meth Anonymous Recovery Group

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

    Yoga for People Dealing with Cancer

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

    Respiratory Support Group for Better Breathing

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

    The Beat Goes On Cardiac Support Group

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

    Planned Childbirth Services

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

    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?

    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:? 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?

    • 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. 467-6550.

    Mother-Baby Breast Connection

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

    Adult Children With Aging Relatives

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

    Smoking Cessation Class in Lodi

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

    Individual Stork Tours At Dameron

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

    Brain Builders Weekly Program

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

    Infant CPR and Safety

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

    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 Espa?ol

    Cada segundo Viernes del mes:?Participantes aprender?n los fundamentos sobre la?observaci?n de az?car de sangre, comida saludable, tama?os de porci?n y medicaciones. Un educador con certificado del control de diabetes dar? instruccion sobre la autodirecci?n durante de esta clase. Para mas informaci?n y registraci?n:?(209) 461-3251. Aprenda m?s 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?

    Crystal Meth Anonymous Recovery Group

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

    Free Diabetes Class in Spanish

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

    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?

    Stork Tours in Lodi

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

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

    Click here?for Dameron Hospital?s?Event Calendar.

    Click here?for Doctors Hospital of Manteca?Events finder.

    Click here?for Hill Physicians website.

    Click here?for Kaiser Central Valley News and Events

    Click here?for Lodi Memorial Hospital?Event Calendar.

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

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

    Click here?for San Joaquin General Hospital?website.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    WIC (Women, Infants & Children) Program

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

    Stockton?(209) 468-3280

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

    ?Manteca??(209) 823-7104

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

    ?Tracy?(209) 831-5930

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

    Flu Vaccine Available at Calaveras Public Health Department

    Recent news reports of an expected severe flu season in 2013 have created an interest in receiving flu vaccine. The Calaveras County Public Health Department encourages residents who have not been vaccinated to do so soon. ?Flu cases in the U.S. have occurred earlier than normal and the severity of the flu this year is greater,? reported Dr. Dean Kelaita, county health officer. State and county health officials anticipate increased flu activity in California in the coming weeks and urge vaccination now.? ?Getting vaccinated now allows time for immunity to develop from the vaccine before cases increase,? Kelaita said. People at high risk for complications from the flu, include:

    • Children aged 6 months until their 5th birthday
    • Pregnant women
    • People 50 years of age and older
    • People of any age with certain chronic medical conditions
    • People who live in nursing homes and other long term care facilities

    All individuals over 6 months of age are recommended to get flu vaccine to protect young infants and high risk family members. Medi-Cal and Medicare are accepted. Fee: $16, but no one is turned away for inability to pay. Information:?(209) 754-6460?or? Vaccination clinics:

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

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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? 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?, Joe


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