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'Bands for Boobs Benefit Concert' takes place April 9

'Bands for Boobs Benefit Concert' takes place April 9

WOODLAND - Show your support for breast cancer research at the 2nd Annual Bands for Boobs Benefit Concert on Saturday, April 9 from 1 p.m. - 8 p.m. at Browns Corner, located 392 West Main Street in Woodland. The event is free for all ages.

"Be a bra" and support the breasts you know by becoming an advocate for breast cancer treatment, research and awareness. While you're there, you can also help Team Cupcakes for the Cure as they will be holding their second fundraiser at the concert in honor of the Sacramento Valley Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

For more information about the concert, email bandsforboobs@gmail.com or call (530) 383-1679.

'Yoga Bond' debuts on Vacaville's Channel 26

'Yoga Bond' debuts on Vacaville's Channel 26

VACAVILLE - "Yoga Bond" with Martha Bond, a show designed for beginning yoga practitioners to help create a stable core, reduce stress and become more flexible, is now on the air on the City of Vacaville's television channel, Channel 26.

The intent of the show is to provide a way for seniors to exercise in a safe, low-impact way in their homes. However, the show is good for anyone wishing to learn the techniques of yoga.

The first episode of Yoga Bond can be seen on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 6 a.m., Noon and 7 p.m. and Saturdays at 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Channel 26 (Comcast), Channell 99 (AT&T U-Verse) or online at www.cityofvacaville.com.

Bond, a certified yoga therapist, teaches a series of yoga classes at the McBride Senior Center. For more information about Bond and the show, visit www.yogabond.com.

Renowned surgeon from Mexico to speak at UC Davis Health System

Renowned surgeon from Mexico to speak at UC Davis Health System

Distinguished surgeon José Octavio Ruiz Speare will speak at UC Davis Health System on his efforts to improve health care throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. His address, titled "Reflections on Leadership in Health," will highlight the need to build humanist competencies among physicians in order to improve health care for underserved populations in the U.S., México and throughout Latin America.

Ruiz’s address takes place on Thursday, April 14, from noon until 1 p.m. at the UC Davis MIND Institute auditorium, 2825 50th Street in Sacramento. Light refreshments will be available at 11:30 a.m.

Ruiz, whose career spans over 40 years of military service, is a renowned transplant and trauma surgeon who is known in Latin America for establishing trauma training centers, educating scores of physicians and refining guidelines for organ distribution.

Sutter Davis Hospital awarded for excellence

Sutter Davis Hospital awarded for excellence

DAVIS - Sutter Davis Hospital is one of only four health-care organizations in the state to receive the top honor from the California Awards for Performance Excellence, or CAPE.

The award program, based after the Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Program, recognizes organizations that demonstrate superior performance in seven key business areas: leadership; strategic planning; customer and market focus; measurement, analysis and knowledge management; workforce focus; process management; and results.

"The commitment of Sutter Davis Hospital to the principles and core elements of the Baldridge criteria is truly inspiring," said Brent Duggleby, chairman of the CAPE Council. "Each organization that participates in the process gains, and Sutter Davis Hospital is an exceptional example of excellence."

Sutter Davis Hospital received the Gold-level award.

Sugar, health symposium coming up at UC Davis March 17

DAVIS - More than 100 researchers, health professionals, students, policymakers and community members interested in reducing and preventing obesity and related diseases will gather Thursday, March 17, at the University of California, Davis, for a one-day symposium focused on sugar consumption and its impact on human health.

New and unpublished data, all pointing to converging evidence that sugar is at the root of many modern disease epidemics, will be presented and discussed, according to conference coordinators.

The one-day conference is part of a University of California Office of the President collaboration between UC Davis, UC Berkeley and UC San Francisco to promote cutting-edge research on obesity. It is funded by the University of California.

This year's symposium, titled "Sugar Highs and Lows: Dietary Sugars, the Brain, and Metabolic Outcomes" will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in UC Davis' Walter A. Buehler Alumni and Visitors Center.

Support group available for those with mental illness

Support group available for those with mental illness

DAVIS - NAMI-Yolo (a chapter of NAMI, the Nation's Voice on Mental Illness), announces NAMI Connection, a free 90-minute support group for people living with serious mental illness. The group meets every Friday from 1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m. at Homestead Co-op, 2610 Grambling Court in Davis.

NAMI-Yolo provides education, advocacy and support for people living with mental illness. Too often, mental illness can be an isolating experience. Talking with someone to share coping strategies and insights, as well as problems and concerns, can be an important link in the path to recovery.

The support group is lead by peer facilitators who understand the daily challenges of living with a mental illness.

For more information, visit www.namiyolo.org/connections or call (530) 756-8181 and leave a message for someone to call you back.