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Draft Septic System Requirements Available for Review and Comment

Draft Septic System Requirements Available for Review and Comment

(Woodland, CA) – Yolo County Environmental Health invites the public and other agencies to review and comment on a draft Local Agency Management Program (LAMP) for the permitting, siting, design, monitoring and maintenance of septic systems. The plan also includes provisions for graywater systems, septic pumper trucks and non-discharging wastewater units such as composting toilets.

The intent of Yolo County’s draft LAMP is to:

Eat the Rainbow Nutrition and Gardening Class March 16

Eat the Rainbow Nutrition and Gardening Class March 16

In celebration of National Nutrition Month (March), the Yolo County Health & Human Services Agency will offer a class entitled “Eat the Rainbow”.  The class will be held at the Hanna & Herbert Bauer Memorial Community Garden on Wednesday, March 16 from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.

This class will highlight the vitamins and minerals that are found in a variety of fruits and vegetables grown locally and will teach participants how plants use food from the soil to create those nutrients.  Participants will learn strategies for growing and eating a colorful mix of fruits and vegetables to support good health.  This class includes taste tests of fresh produce grown in the garden.

The class is free to all but pre-registration is required by March 14.  To register, contact Robin Rocksvold at (530) 666-8528 or robin.rocksvold@yolocounty.org

Mental Health Service Act Community Planning in March

Mental Health Service Act Community Planning in March

The community is invited to attend the Yolo County Mental Health Service Act Quarterly Stakeholder Meeting on March 1 to kick-off the community planning process for fiscal year 2016-17, and additional community input meetings on March 9.  

The Mental Health Services Act (known as MHSA or Proposition 63, and passed by California voters in 2004) places a 1% tax on personal income in excess of $1 million.  This tax revenue is directed specifically to improving mental health treatment.  The funds are distributed to California counties with the goal of transforming the public mental health system into one that is consumer- and family-driven, accessible to underserved populations, oriented toward the principles of recovery, culturally aware and which provides appropriate services.

Yolo County’s Ambulance Provider Achieves Accreditation

Yolo County’s Ambulance Provider Achieves Accreditation

The Yolo County Emergency Medical Services Agency is excited to announce that the county’s ambulance provider, American Medical Response (AMR), has received accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services for its compliance with national standards of excellence. Yolo County’s exclusive ambulance service contract with AMR includes certain stipulations and requirements to remain in compliance.  Achieving national accreditation is one of the compliance standards. With this achievement, AMR becomes the only accredited service in Yolo County and the 23rd ambulance service to be accredited in the state of California

“Accreditation represents AMR’s firm commitment to our community and patients,” said Yolo County Emergency Medical Services Agency Administrator Kristen Weivoda.  “AMR continuously strives to do their best and we view their accreditation as another step toward excellence in Yolo County.”

Confirmed Zika Case in Yolo County

Confirmed Zika Case in Yolo County

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed today that a Yolo County resident has tested positive for Zika virus.  This individual recently traveled out of the country and had a mild case of Zika.

Zika virus is a relatively new disease for the Western hemisphere.  It first appeared in Brazil in May of 2015.  It has since spread to 20 countries in Central and South America and the Caribbean, including Mexico.  Zika is spread through mosquito bites, not casual person-to-person contact.  According to the CDC, the most common symptoms are fever, rash, joint pain and red, itchy eyes.  Symptoms are usually mild and last several days to a week.  Many people who have Zika will not experience symptoms.  There is currently no vaccine or treatment for Zika.

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!