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Fruit Tree Care Class February 6

Fruit Tree Care Class February 6

The winter months are the optimal time to care for your fruit trees and help them stay healthy throughout the year.  Join the Yolo County Health & Human Services Agency at the Hanna & Herbert Bauer Memorial Community Garden on Saturday, February 6 from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. for a hands-on fruit tree care class in the garden’s orchard.

This class will be a taught by a UC Master Gardener of Yolo County.  Participants will learn proper fruit tree training and pruning techniques to optimize tree health and fruit yield, will get tips on how to select bare root fruit trees, and will learn about ideal timing for fruit tree planting and care.  Gloves and shoes that can get dirty are recommended.

The class is free to all but pre-registration is required by February 5.  To register, contact Robin Rocksvold at (530) 666-8528 or robin.rocksvold@yolocounty.org

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

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

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

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

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

Hanna & Herbert Bauer Memorial Community Garden Recognized

Hanna & Herbert Bauer Memorial Community Garden Recognized

On January 26, the Yolo County Health & Human Services Agency’s Hanna & Herbert Bauer Memorial Community Garden was honored as one of 23 innovation challenge finalists at the statewide Let’s Get Healthy California Innovation Challenge Conference held in Sacramento.

The Let’s Get Healthy California task force began in 2012 with the goal of making California the healthiest state in the nation.  The Let’s Get Healthy Initiative includes six goal areas, each of which was highlighted at the conference.  Yolo County’s garden project, entitled “Growing Healthy Habits”, showcased the innovative ways that a community garden can improve food access to low income residents, provide nutrition and gardening resources for the community and be a place for youth to learn about the food system. Yolo County’s garden project coordinator served with four others as conference panelists to discuss community initiatives focused on the goal area of living well.

Zika Information Available Online

Zika Information Available Online

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

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

Services Provided at the Winters Service Center

Services Provided at the Winters Service Center

The Yolo County Health & Human Services Agency’s Winters Service Center, located at 111 E. Grant Avenue, provides services to approximately 300 walk-in residents monthly, and manages a caseload of 400 public assistance customers.  The center is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Programs and service provided by Yolo County at the Winters Service Center include:

Free Immunization Clinics in Winters

Free Immunization Clinics in Winters

The Yolo County Health & Human Services Agency will begin holding regularly scheduled immunization clinics at the Winters Service Center, located at 111 E. Grant Avenue, on the first Monday of every other month, starting on February 1.

No appointment is needed to take advantage of this free service.  All recommended vaccinations, except varicella (chicken pox), will be available for children ages 0-18 years who are uninsured, Medi-cal eligible, American Indian or Alaskan Native, and those whose insurance does not cover the needed vaccinations.  The clinic will also be offering hepatitis A, hepatitis B, HPV (human papillomavirus), meningococcal and MMR (measles mumps, rubella), vaccines to uninsured or underinsured adults, 19 years and older.  Flu, pneumococcal and Tdap (adult tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccines are available for adults regardless of insurance status.

Pioneer High School Friday Night Live Preventing Underage Drinking

Pioneer High School Friday Night Live Preventing Underage Drinking

The Yolo County Health & Human Services Agency’s Friday Night Live (FNL) Program has been awarded a $5,000 grant to support youth leaders in implementing campaigns meant to directly combat underage drinking in their communities.

The grant is provided through the California Friday Night Live Partnership (CFNLP), with funding from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to give youth opportunities to lead local projects that will be developed by youth and may include school activities, outreach to parents and social norms campaigns to decrease underage drinking among youth peers.  They will actively engage their peers, family members and community members in reducing underage drinking and the plethora of issues that result from the behavior.