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Health briefs published May 26, 2012

Recipes sought for the Farmers Market contest

The Network for a Healthy California’s Rethink Your Drink campaign is launching the summer season with a contest to promote drinking water over sugary drinks.

The public is invited to submit recipes for water infused with fruit, vegetables and herbs with no added sugar (also give a name for the concoction) to Program Director Deborah Kravitz at  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Rethink Your Drink will have a booth at the first Crescent City Farmers Market on June 2 at the fairgrounds with infused water for the public to sample and vote for their favorite. A winner will be selected that day.

Campaign organizers will then be at the Health Fair on June 9 at the fairgrounds with samples of the winning recipes, Rethink Your Drink information and giveaways.

Those who submit an infused water recipe should bring the ingredients to the Rethink Your Drink booth at the Farmers Market by 9 a.m. Water and containers will be provided. There will be prizes for top recipes.


Schedule low-cost lab tests for the June 9 Health Fair

Sutter Coast Hospital will offer low-cost lab tests at the Health Fair on June 9 starting at 7:30 a.m.

Call Vanessa Schaub at 464-3191 ext. 272 to schedule lab draws. Tests available are:

• CHEM panel test for glucose, kidney function, electrolytes and liver function.

• Lipid panel test for cholesterol, triglycerides and good cholesterol.

• CBC test for anemia, infection, etc.

• PSA test for prostrate cancer screening for males only.

• TSH test for thyroid function screening.

• GLYCO test for diabetes screening.

Prices are $5 per test or $10 for prostrate screening. Anyone choosing to have the CHEM panel or a lipid panel cannot eat or drink anything after midnight prior to the test.

The Health Fair will be June 9 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the fairgrounds.


Health forums to focus  on heart health in June

The Redwood Memorial and St. Joseph Hospital foundations will hold a new series of health forums open to the community. The “Community Health Forum” series will kick off on June 14, with a free educational forum on heart and blood vessel health.

The forums will focus on common ailments. Physicians and other specialists will serve as presenters and will be on hand to answer  questions.

June’s topic, “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 at the forum 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.


New executive director for Agency on Aging

Longtime senior advocate Maggie Kraft is the new executive director of the Area 1 Agency on Aging, which serves Del Norte County. Kraft will take the reins June 4.

Kraft has been working in Botswana, Africa, as an HIV/AIDS capacity building specialist for the Peace Corps. For the last 13 years, she was the Department Director and the public face of the Adult Day Health Care programs in Eureka and Fortuna run by Humboldt Senior Resource Center.

She led the transition into the Alzheimer’s Resource Center that opened two years ago in Eureka, was part of the Dementia Care Coalition, helped develop a volunteer program and did community outreach around dementia issues.

Area 1 Agency on Aging is a nonprofit that works in advocacy, caregiving, information and assistance referrals, health insurance counseling, and volunteering for elderly people in Humboldt and Del Norte counties. A1AA also does contracted nutrition programs and legal services.


Del Norte Triplicate:

312 H Street
P.O. Box 277
Crescent City, CA 95531

(707) 464-2141

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