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Sutter County Wins Top Statewide Award
August 31, 2010
Sutter County's Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program has won the statewide Best Practices Award—Excellence In Health Linkages, a competitive award given each year to just one of the 82 WIC programs operating in California.

WIC is a federally-funded health and nutrition program designed to safeguard the health of low-income women, infants and children up to age 5 who are at nutrition risk. In addition to assisting families in buying healthy supplemental food from local vendors, WIC provides education in healthy eating, physical activity, and breastfeeding.

Sutter County was chosen for the award, presented by the California Department of Public Health, because of its successful collaboration with community health partners: they teamed up with the First 5 Commission-Smiles Dental Van to provide more than 200 dental screenings and dental work for children 5 and under; and they teamed with the Sierra Health Foundation to provide nutrition education, physical activities and gardening experience for mothers at three substance abuse treatment programs.

Dental services for children under age 5 are difficult for WIC participants to obtain. The Smiles Dental Van provides comprehensive dental services at the main WIC site and satellite sites, thereby decreasing transportation and access to care barriers. As a direct result of this services, many WIC participants were able to obtain the required dental services need for kindergarten enrollment.

Nutrition education and access to healthy foods is vital in recovery from substance abuse. The Living Strong program funded by a grant from Sierra Health Foundation, utilized peer educators to provide access to nutrition education, physical activity, and to plant and grow gardens. The peer educators attended WIC staff trainings and incorporated the WIC "Healthy Habits For Life" messaging in their training of mothers in the substance abuse program. The Living Strong program served 250 clients.

WIC participants must meet income guidelines and be pregnant women, new mothers, infants or children under age five. Foster children are eligible for the program.

PICTURE: From left: Karrie Spencer, Sutter County WIC Registered Dietician; Marcia Barnes, Sutter County WIC Program Coordinator; Linnea Sallack, WIC Program Division Chief, California Department of Public Health; Dr. Horton, Director of California Department of Public Health

No Cost Pertussis (Whooping Cough) Shot Clinics
August 17, 2010
Sutter County Public Health Division is offering two no-cost pertussis (whooping cough) shot clinics.

Parents must bring their children’s yellow immunization cards (shot records) to the clinic.

The first of two shot clinics will be held:
Tuesday, August 24, 2010 from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Live Oak Senior Center
2750 Date Street, Live Oak [Map]

The second shot clinic will be held:
Saturday, August 28, 2010 from 8:00 to 11:00 a.m.
Yuba City Certified Farmers Market
Town Center on Plumas Boulevard, Yuba City [Map]

Portraits From Glass: Faces of Yuba-Sutter
August 03, 2010
The photography studio on the second floor of the now-demolished Odd Fellows Building on D Street in Marysville housed a series of portrait photographers from the 1870s until the 1920s. Many residents of Marysville,Yuba City, and surrounding communities had their portraits made there. Before the building was demolished in the 1970s, many people took away glass plate negatives stored there, thereby saving an important part of local history. Scattered to the four winds, some of these original glass negatives returned home to the Community Memorial Museum to become a permanent part of our community’s history.

Exhibit runs from August 20 to November 21, 2010

Photographer Allan Lamb scanned, printed, and restored these precious glass plate negatives as a donation to the museum. He founded the Image Restoration Center to save California’s deteriorating photographic history one photograph at a time.

For more information, call 822-7141.

Attention Sutter County Childcare Providers
August 02, 2010
Attention Sutter County Childcare providers: There are still a few spaces left in the Creating Great Starts and Lessons Learned classes. The classes are provided by the Sutter County Children and Families Commission and are open to licenses childcare providers. Enroll today!

The Sutter County Children and Families Commission (SCCFC) is pleased to announce two child care provider, early educator classes. The SCCFC has approved $38,000 in funding to continue the Lessons Learned and Creating Great Starts classes for FY 2010/2011. The classes are open to licensed childcare providers in Sutter County.

Applications will be due no later than Friday August 13th, at 12 noon.

If you have questions or would like more information call (530) 822-7505.