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Healthy cooking demonstration at Prestige Senior Living March 29

Healthy cooking demonstration at Prestige Senior Living March 29

MANTECA - Where can you find food that is not only good tasting but also healthy? Right in your own kitchen, says Prestige Senior Living executive chef Ken Jones. As part of an educational seminar series, Prestige will host a community cooking demonstration with Jones on Tuesday, March 29, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Prestige Senior Living in Manteca, 1130 Empire Avenue. The event is free and the community is encouraged to attend.

Jones’ demonstration, "Flavors of Life: Delicious and Healthy Meals for the Entire Family," will feature of number of simple dishes that not only taste good but are part of a healthy diet.

"Eating a balanced, moderated diet is one of the best practices for living a healthy, fulfilled life at any age," said Jones.

Sutter Tracy Community Hospital presents $200,000 in Community Access to Care Grants

Sutter Tracy Community Hospital presents $200,000 in Community Access to Care Grants

TRACY – Sutter Tracy Community Hospital recently endorsed and helped secure $200,000 in grant funding for two local medical clinics: Tracy Family Practice and Tracy Free Clinic. The checks will be presented on Tuesday, March 15 at 3:30 p.m. in the Emergency Department waiting room at Sutter Tracy Community Hospital, 1420 North Tracy Boulevard.

The Tracy Free Clinic is a free healthcare clinic, committed to providing services to the uninsured, under-insured and the displaced. The grant will be used to expand clinic space, allowing for increased patient visits and services. It is projected that with the grant funding, the clinic will have the capacity to serve over 900 patients by the end of 2011. 

Tracy Family Practice provides necessary medical care to improve the health and quality of life for members of the community. The grant will help increase patient access to chronic disease management, education and support.

12 tips to healthy eating

12 tips to healthy eating

MANTECA — Every five years, the government updates Dietary Guidelines. Uncle Sam has just updated the guidelines again, based on all the latest in nutrition research.

Here are 12 gems, made simple by your friends at Su Salud/Your Health :

1. Eat less. Especially if you’re overweight.

2. Get active. Reduce time spent on the couch, in front of a screen, or at a desk.

3. Eat less salt.

Local mom starts support group for hydrocephalus

Local mom starts support group for hydrocephalus

TRACY - Since Joey Chavez’s diagnosis with hydrocephalus, the 8-year-old has had nine brain surgeries, starting at age 2. The most recent was Dec. 9, when he had a shunt replaced at Children’s Hospital and Research Center in Oakland.

His mother, Kim Ruiz, impressed with her son’s fortitude, has turned their shared experience into motivation to help others with the same condition.

Joey has had three shunts, a procedure in which a doctor skillfully guides a catheter through the brain matter, Ruiz explained, to combat the fluid that builds up inside his brain cavities.

Marrow registry drive in memory of Victoria Martin Feb. 25

Marrow registry drive in memory of Victoria Martin Feb. 25

MANTECA - BloodSource will hold a marrow registry drive on Friday, Feb. 25 at George McParland Elementary, 1601 Northgtate Drive, honoring the memory of Victoria Martin who passed away in May 2010 from lymphoma at 34 years old. The drive will be held from 3 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Martin left behind her husband Jerry, and two children, Gerald and Delicia, and a Manteca community who came together to help one of their own. The community helped grant Martin’s dying wish for a festive church wedding the Martins had never had, though married for 18 years.

Without a bone marrow match in her family for a lifesaving marrow transplant, marrow registry drives were held for Martin with hopes to find a matched donor. However, a marrow match was never found. There is a great need for racial and ethnic diversity on the marrow registry to help patients like Martin.

Martin was a yard supervisor at McParland School in Manteca.

St. Joseph's offers mobile mammogram screenings

TRACY - St. Joseph's Medical Center will provide low-cost mammogram screenings from their "clinic on wheels" from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011, in the Safeway parking lot at 1801 West 11th Stree.

The screenings are available for $80 by appointment to any woman with a physician's referral. Women enrolled in certain medical programs may be eligible for a mammogram at no cost.

Interested women, of all ages, should make an appointment by contact by calling 1-866-430-8222.

The mammograms are provided by St. Joseph's through an innovative program that brings services to patients who may not otherwise have access to these resources.