Health fair gets community backing in Sacramento

The Shine Self-Wellness Expo at the George Sim Community Center on Saturday featured doctors, karate and community vendors in an effort to bring health awareness to interested parties. Event chair and director Evette Tsang has worked to bring local businesses and thought leaders together in order to promote a community collaboration of what good health can mean to a community. University of California, Davis Clinical Professor and President of the Chinese American Medical Association of California, Xin-Nong Li, explained how health awareness can decrease costs for everyone. “We have the same concerns of health as Americans do…we want to promote simple lifestyle changes, healthy eating habits and regular exercise… this will decrease the cost of medications people need and decrease the amount of visits to the doctor…” Li explained. Local city council member Kevin McCarty of District 6 agrees with Li, “There are 7 million people in California that don’t have medical insurance… healthy lifestyle changes will make insurance affordable by driving the cost of healthcare down.” “I am a big supporter of health and wellness,” McCarty went on to say. The future for this type of wellness fair is clear and is on the rise according to Tsang. Her company, Shine Wellness Inc., promotes wellness on a community level by engaging local businesses to help spread the word of good health. Sponsors and vendors […]

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2nd Annual FREE Kids’ Fair Happens June 23

Summer is a traditionally a time of fun for children – yet can also be a time for accidents. To help families approach summer in "safe style," South Sacramento nonprofit groups and businesses are teaming up to present the second annual free Kids’ Safety and Health Fair Saturday, June 23, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Bethany Presbyterian Church, 5625-24th Street, Sacramento (off Fruitridge Road between Freeport Boulevard and Highway 99). In addition to a free BBQ hotdog lunch, there will be face-painting, karaoke, a magician, music and a children’s bounce-house. Among the participating groups are the California Highway Patrol, Sacramento Public Library, Sacramento City Fire Department, Sacramento County Children’s Health Initiative, Wal-Mart and others. There is no charge to attend. All activities and materials are free! Last year’s Kids’ Fair attracted several hundred families. For information, call (916) 428-5281 or e-mail cathy.bethpres@yahoo.com. The Kids Safety Fair is presented by volunteers of Bethany Presbyterian Church and Vietnamese Grace Community Church, both of which are multi-ethnic congregations. A downloadable flyer in English and Spanish, as well as a map, are available online. Bethany Presbyterian Church is the oldest of the Presbyterian churches in the South Sacramento/Land Park area, drawing participation from as far away as Pocket/Greenhaven, Elk Grove/Laguna, East Sacramento/Rosemont and midtown/downtown Sacramento. The church, which moved from Oak Park to its current site in […]

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High School Students Journey to Wellness By Way of Oz

  True or false: High school students in Sacramento are actively and enthusiastically involved in changing the way they and their families think about, shop for, and consume food? Absolutely true. And if this surprises you, you should have a chat with some of the teens involved in what could really be thought of as “living laboratories” of Hiram Johnson, Sacramento Charter, and Luther Burbank Senior High Schools. No doubt they are not the only adolescents interested in engaging in a healthier lifestyle, but they are the first local students to participate in a movement, co-founded by well-known celebrity heart surgeon and television host, Dr. Mehmet Oz, known as HealthCorps. The idea took root in 2001, after Dr. Oz performed a heart bypass on a 21-year old woman. When he returned to the young woman’s room, he found the family celebrating the success of her surgery with a mountain of fast food burgers and fries! He was dumbstruck at the lack of awareness, knowing that what he had just given her was likely only a temporary fix. He realized that to make a permanent difference, intervention would have to begin much earlier. There were already programs designed for younger age groups, so, despite some skepticism from colleagues, Dr. Oz chose teenagers as his focus for affecting change. Unable to convince anyone to finance a program […]

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“Live With the Chef” Cooking Class at Arden Hills Wednesday Evening!

Versatile and delicious, cooking with mushrooms adds flavor and flair to many gourmet dishes and everyday meals, too.  At the next “Live With the Chef” cooking class at Arden Hills Resort Club & Spa on Wednesday, April 18 beginning at 6 p.m., talented Chef Rina will demonstrate special cooking techniques and share secrets for incorporating mushrooms to create low calorie but high impact recipes that maximize the flavor and nutrition of every meal. This special monthly cooking class is focused on incorporating fresh ingredients designed for a healthy and well balanced diet. You’re invited to join this ongoing and popular adult cooking series – couples are welcome, too! Space is limited, so reserve yours today. For more information, call 916-482-6111 or visit www.ardenhills.net   Disclosure: Traci Rockefeller Cusack represents a number of businesses and organizations throughout the greater Sacramento region including Arden Hills Resort Club & Spa.

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“Live With the Chef” Cooking Class at Arden Hills This Wednesday!

With spring in the air, it’s time to explore and delight in all the bountiful early season has to offer with tasty vegetables like asparagus, spring onion, carrots and potatoes, too! Arden Hills Resort Club & Spa can help you create healthy, delicious and nutritious recipes during the next "Live With the Chef – Spring Has Sprung" cooking class on Wednesday, March 21, beginning at 6 p.m. Talented Chef Rina will demonstrate special cooking techniques and share secrets to low calorie but high impact recipes that maximize the flavor and nutrition of every meal. This special monthly cooking class is focused on incorporating fresh ingredients designed to maximize the nutrients for a healthy and well balanced diet. For more information, call 916-482-6111 or visit www.ardenhills.net   Disclosure: Traci Rockefeller Cusack represents a number of businesses and organizations throughout the greater Sacramento area including Arden Hills Resort Club & Spa.

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Arden Hills Names Ashurina Younan as Chef de Cuisine

Arden Hills Resort Club & Spa has promoted Ashurina (Rina) Younan from Sous Chef to Chef de Cuisine, effective immediately.  In her expanded new role as Chef de Cuisine, Chef Rina will oversee the entire food services division at the Resort that includes event/banquet catering and two on-site restaurants — Mangos and Sprouts Natural Foods Cafe. Chef Rina joined Arden Hills in March 2011 with an extensive background working in food service positions in resort environments throughout the greater Sacramento area. Previously, she worked as Sous Chef for Thunder Valley Casino Resort in Lincoln; as Lead Chef for Scott’s Seafood on the River (that also serves Le Rivage guests); and as Lead Cook for Cache Creek Casino Resort in Brookes, California. Prior to working in the food services industry, she earned her Culinary Arts Certificate from San Diego Culinary Institute. Disclosure: Traci Rockefeller Cusack represents a number of businesses and organizations throughout the greater Sacramento area including Arden Hills Resort Club & Spa.

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“Live With the Chef” Cooking Class at Arden Hills Tonight!

With the winter chill still in the air, hot soups packed with antioxidants hit the spot to heat up our bodies and immune systems, too.  And, Arden Hills Resort Club & Spa can help you create healthy, delicious and nutritious recipes during the next "Live With the Chef" cooking class tonight at 6 p.m. The talented chef will demonstrate special cooking techniques and share secrets to low calorie but high impact recipes that maximize the flavor and nutrition of every meal. This special monthly cooking class is focused on incorporating fresh ingredients designed to maximize the nutrients for a healthy and well balanced diet. You’re invited to join this ongoing and popular adult cooking series – couples are welcome, too! Disclosure: Traci Rockefeller Cusack represents a number of businesses and organizations throughout the greater Sacramento area including Arden Hills Resort Club & Spa.

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“Live With the Chef” Cooking Class at Arden Hills This Wednesday!

With the start of the New Year, it’s likely you’re trying to find ways to keep that resolution to eat better and lose weight, right? Arden Hills Resort Club & Spa can help you pave the way to a delicious and nutritious approach to cooking during the next "Live With the Chef" cooking class on Wednesday evening, January 18, at 6 p.m. The talented chef will demonstrate special cooking techniques and share secrets to low calorie but high impact recipes that maximize the flavor and nutrition of every meal. This special monthly cooking class is focused on incorporating fresh ingredients designed to maximize the nutrients for a healthy and well balanced diet. You’re invited to join this ongoing and popular adult cooking series – couples are welcome, too! Space is limited, so reserve yours today. For more information, call 916-482-6111 or visit www.ardenhills.net.   Disclosure: Traci Rockefeller Cusack represents a number of businesses and organizations throughout the greater Sacramento area including Arden Hills Resort Club & Spa.

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The SPCA & kennels of camp kindness

My long lived neighbor and companion, Timothy Murray, adopted his first dog "Maxwell Smart" from a shelter none other than God’s SPCA, Church of Christ. Un doubly he has never needed him more each day. After two years with this special companion; the wired haired terrier and him has never felt more an item. It was no non-sense considering an adoptive pet request program offered by the little church of Rio Linda. Evidentiary, the Pet Programs were suitable for SPCA torts reform and due process; because it was easy to cleave to dog repair and salvation. I welcome those opinions of who maintain advertising still is needed in this system to keep a steady and consistent draconian function. At camp kindness adults, seniors, and the disabled have opportunities to enrich their experiences through Hodge podgy with animals so they can draw on the natural qualities of interbreeds.. Yes, open door shelters are continually seeking animals in need. Liberally avoiding euthanasia they are more than a kennel; they’re a home. The society for the prevention of cruelty to animals surely made me thoughtful. At last there were animals that found placement in counties of Sacramento; including Placer, Yolo, & El Dorado and even stories of success of its adopter’s over our charitable networks. My Deacon has auspiciously prepared me to choose from an established variety of […]

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In the Moment at Fusion Yoga

Now in my 40s, I wake up a little stiff each morning and think about getting older. In the next moment, I am suddenly cooking breakfast, packing lunches, and rushing to take the kids to school. Amidst this frenzied routine one day, I slammed the car door to the yelping of our four-legged family member, Piggie. Because of my thoughtlessness, poor Piggie was inside the car whimpering with her tail poking out from the doorjamb. Ugh. How can I be more conscious of my actions and be “in” the moment? These days, so many people are turning to yoga. Does it really work to pull oneself into the present as well as help with those aches and pains? Ashtanga. Vinyasa. Power. Knowing where to start can be confusing, and while I’ve taken classes here and there, nothing stuck. Some studios were intimidating and appeared to be for the “in crowd” wearing hip attire and smiles on their bums. An Internet search brought Fusion Yoga Studio to my attention, and I decided to check out the karma class. It is offered twice a week to make yoga accessible regardless of one’s ability to pay. A donation bowl accompanies each class for voluntary contributions. It was noon on a Wednesday. The yoga room was lit by an array of candles on the floor and a few wall […]

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