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Major Award to Help San Joaquin County Battle Chronic Disease, Improve African-American Health

Major Award to Help San Joaquin County Battle Chronic Disease, Improve African-American Health

A $235,000 grant was awarded this month to help San Joaquin County implement policy, program and environmental changes aimed at improving health in the African-American community.

Funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the grant will be administered by the California Center for Public Health Advocacy (CCPHA) and its local partner, the Stockton branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). The funds are part of the CDC’s Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) program, and will be used to develop and promote community strategies and policies that improve nutrition, increase physical activity and expand access to healthy foods in organizations serving African-American and low-income residents. 

Gambling raid pays off for Tracy CA Boys & Girls Clubs

The Tracy Boys & Girls Clubs are reaping a windfall from a Tracy police raid on an internet gambling cafe last May.

During the raid, officers confiscated 50 Dell and Gateway computers and part of the defendent's  plea of "no contest" to the charges included a stipualtion that the computers would be given to charity.

Tracy Police Sgt. Alex Neicu said that normally material confiscated from an illegal activity is destroyed, the department wanted to do something different in this case,  so they gave the Boys & Girls clubs 39 of the computers (with monitors, keyboards and mice).


Niagara Water holds friendly competition to raise donations for Food Bank

Niagara Water holds friendly competition to raise donations for Food Bank

Employees at Niagara Bottling Company in Stockton recently held a competitive food drive to assist the Second Harvest Food Bank, which provides and distributes food to more than 35,000 people in San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties.

Niagara organized a friendly competition between the shipping, management, maintenance and production departments to see who could donate the most food. The winner was chosen by donation weight and each winning team member received lunch and $20 of "Niagara bucks". 

The winner was the maintenance department with 160 pounds of food. Altogether they raised 404 pounds of food for Second Harvest food Bank!

San Joaquin USA doctors join typhoon relief efforts in Philippines

Dr. Katherine Gabon Cadacio of Stockton flew out of San Francisco International Airport last night bound for her homeland. It won't be a vacation.

Cadacio, 42, a family medicine doctor at the Kaiser Permanente Medical Offices on West Lane, is going home to the Philippines on a mission to do what she can to relieve some of the pain and suffering wreaked by the effects of Typhoon Haiyan two weeks ago.

Another area physician, Dr. Bill King, 59, a Kaiser assistant-physician-in-chief based in Manteca, is on call to follow Cadacio to the devastated island nation. They will be among more than 140 Kaiser doctors, nurses and other medical professionals from the large health provider's Northern California network who have signed up to spend two weeks in the disaster zone.

CSU Chancellor White Impressed By Visit to CSU Stanislaus

California State University Chancellor Timothy White visited CSU Stanislaus on Thursday, meeting with students, faculty and staff as part of his tour of the 23-campus CSU system. During his visit, the chancellor praised the campus’ commitment to student success and its efforts to build strong relationships with the community.

While touring campus in the morning, White got some tips from music students on how to conduct an orchestra, took a few swings against the baseball team’s new virtual pitching machine, and visited with the women’s soccer team, which recently won its second conference championship in three years. He also sat down for impromptu talks with students in the university’s Writing Center and other spots on campus, and he said he came away from those conversations with a sense that the university truly understands the needs of its students.