Food coupons for seniors available on Wednesday
The Del Norte Senior Center will be distributing coupons for seniors at the Farmers Market starting Wednesday.
Each eligible person will receive a free coupon booklet worth $20 (10 $2 coupons) that can be redeemed at certified farmers’ markets throughout Del Norte and Humboldt counties to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables.
Those eligible for coupons must be at least 60 years old and meet the income guidelines: for a single person, a maximum monthly income of $1,679; for a two-person household, a maximum monthly income of $2,268.
Coupons will be distributed at the Del Norte Senior Center on Wednesday from 10:30 a.m. to noon and 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis.
People who would like to participate but have limited mobility may appoint a proxy to pick up coupons or shop on their behalf. Proxy forms are available at the Del Norte Senior Center and must be signed by the recipient prior to receiving coupons. Organizers request that this be done prior to Wednesday.
For more information, call Tracy at the Del Norte Senior Center at 464-5511, or contact Area 1 Agency on Aging at (707) 442-3763, extension 200.
Annual Health Fair unfolds today at county fairgrounds
The Del Norte Community Health Fair offers a plethora of information on everything related to health.
Admission is free to the Saturday event at the fairgrounds from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m..
There will be more than 30 exhibitors, including the Area 1 Agency on Aging, Del Norte American Red Cross, Denti-Cal, Prostrate Cancer Support Group, Tobacco Use Prevention Program and Taking Off Pounds Sensibly.
That’s in addition to the usual supporters: DHHS, Sutter Coast Hospital, Del Norte Community Health Center, Del Norte County Unified School District and First 5 Del Norte.
There will be information on nutrition, safety, first aid, physical activity and saving money on prescriptions, said Vanessa Schaub, a health clerk for Public Health .
The “Re-Think Your Drink” campaign will have samples of the infused water featured at last Saturday’s Farmers Market along with information about the hidden costs of sugar-sweeten drinks.
Del Norte High School cheerleaders will be serving food; proceeds will support the team.
Booths will have healthy snacks, and the skating rink will open with free admission.
There will be door prizes and possibly live entertainment. The Lost Coast Kids’ Gym will be doing demonstrations.
Eureka forum will focus on heart health Thursday
The Redwood Memorial and St. Joseph Hospital foundations’ “Community Health Forum” series kicks off Thursday with a free educational forum on heart and blood vessel health.
“Heart and Blood Vessel Health,” will feature presentations by cardiologists from Humboldt Medical Specialists — Cardiology in Eureka. Dr. Andrew Michaels, Dr. Hugh Parker and Dr. James Schipper will cover cardiovascular disease prevention, diagnosis and local treatment options.
Space is limited and a reservation is required. Call (707) 269-4205 to reserve a seat or for more information. Details about this and other community health forums hosted by the Redwood Memorial and St. Joseph Hospital Foundations are available online at www.stjosepheureka.org or www.redwoodmemorial.org.