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World Diabetes Day observed Nov. 14

World Diabetes Day observed Nov. 14

On Thursday, November 14, San Joaquin County Public Health Services (PHS) will take part in the local observation of World Diabetes Day. According to the 2011- 2012 California Health Interview Survey, 10.9% (53,000) of the adult population in San Joaquin County has diabetes. In California, the rate is 8.4%. These high numbers illustrate the need to educate county residents about the risk for diabetes and how to prevent the crippling effects of this disease.

Diabetes is a challenging disease that affects the entire family in many ways. San Joaquin County Health Officer, Dr. Karen Furst advises, “It is important for people with diabetes and their families, to work together to manage diabetes and prevent serious health problems such as heart disease, stroke, blindness, kidney disease, and nerve damage.” Usually, people with diabetes who have a strong family support system are better able to cope with the day-to-day demands associated with the disease.

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Feed your belly and a good cause

Feed your belly and a good cause

Come join the Stockton Ballet School's Holiday Fair with food trucks that will help fundraise for the school and Company.

There will a variety of vendors and trucks to help you shop for the holiday early! Spicy Grill, Mamas and Tapas and The Butler's Pantry will be there as well as retail brands as Thirty-One, Krispy Kreme, See's Candies, Mixed Bags, EZ-Threadz Designer Turbans and more accessories.

New Personal Belief Exemption Form for Childhood Vaccination to Encourage Health Education

New Personal Belief Exemption Form for Childhood Vaccination to Encourage Health Education

October 30, 2013 - The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) today made available the Personal Belief Exemption (PBE) form parents or guardians are required to use ..... Read More

Free flu vaccine clinics for San Joaquin county residents

Free flu vaccine clinics for San Joaquin county residents

San Joaquin County Public Health Services (PHS) will provide seasonal influenza vaccinations free of charge on Monday, October 28, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (or until supplies run out), at two community sites in Stockton: Delta College in Upper Danner Hall and downtown, next to the Stockton WorkNet office on South Lincoln Street. These special flu vaccine clinics are open to everyone, 3 years of age and older. They are “walk-in” clinics and no appointment is required.

Those who do not have health insurance and those at highest risk of complications from the flu, including pregnant women and persons with long term medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease, and other chronic illness, are especially encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity. Flu vaccination is also important for people who live with or care for people at high risk for influenza-related complications, and for anyone caring for newborns.

How to make your own nut butters

How to make your own nut butters

Nut butters like peanut and almond are staples in almost every house. They are good on everything from apple slices to the classic pb&j sandwich. But did you know that nut butters are so easy to make at home? And a lot cheaper. Plus, you can make your own flavors using different types of nuts. So, what are you waiting for? Get out your food processor and start making your own nut butters today!... Read More

Colleges work to convince local students to consider higher education

One of the biggest problems area educators have today is getting Central Valley students to believe higher education is a possibility for them. It's an attitude that both K-12 and post-high schools are battling with a host of tools and programs.

"We really have two areas of focus," said Nancy Shaw, who is the Beyond Our Gates: Tomorrow Project Administrator at the University of the Pacific.

"One is to increase the percentage of SUSD (Stockton Unified School District) students going to college. The second is to increase the overall high school graduation rates."

Pacific's strategy toward accomplishing that goal has focused on the Tomorrow Project for the last three years. The project gives students in sixth through ninth grades the chance to attend academies on campus.