Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Sutter Amador Hospital hosts classes for those considering a joint replacement

JACKSON, CA – Sutter Amador Hospital will begin offering a new total joint replacement class for any members of the community who have joint pain or are considering a joint replacement surgery in the future.

“We understand people have several concerns when it comes to having a major surgery and we are here to address all of them,” said Jodi Porteous, R.N., surgical nurse at Sutter Amador Hospital. “This free class is an opportunity for people to meet with our care teams on an individual level to answer questions, provide a plan for recovery and ensure their comfort with the operation.”

The class covers a wide variety of topics from the admission process, physical therapy, pain management and how to prepare your home and caregiver for a successful recovery.

“Our goal is to help make you feel as comfortable and prepared as possible before going into a procedure.” said Anne Platt, CEO of Sutter Amador Hospital. “At Sutter Amador Hospital you can be sure our team of surgeons, physicians and nursing staff are committed to surgical excellence and quick recoveries to get our patients back to the lives they love.”

Whether your procedure is scheduled or you plan to have a joint replacement in the future, the hospital’s multidisciplinary team of nurses, physical therapists, dieticians and physicians will provide a broad education of the procedure and the tools and education needed for a quick recovery. The class materials will focus on helping prepare you and your loved one for joint replacement surgery by familiarizing you with pre and post-operative procedures.

“We believe it is equally important to educate the caregiver and the patient together on what to expect,” said Patrick Osgood, M.D., board certified orthopedic surgeon with Surgical Affiliates. “Our skilled surgical team is dedicated to providing the highest quality of care for our patients and their families.” 

Registration is required. To sign up for the class, please call the Sutter Amador Hospital Surgery Department at 209-223-7420 or visit to register for the class online.

This free class is available to anyone in the community who has joint pain or is considering a joint replacement surgery in the future.

Classes are held the third Monday of each month.
First class begins on April 16. Registration is required to attend.        
 Sutter Amador Hospital
 200 Mission Blvd., Jackson, Multi-Conference Room

We understand that most people have questions and concerns before going into surgery. Our staff want to help educate and prepare you for a joint replacement surgery by familiarizing you with our procedures and goals for your recovery. The class is designed to help alleviate any stress or anxiety you or your loved ones might have about the procedure.

For more information about joint replacement and other surgical services offered at Sutter Amador Hospital, visit

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Kendig Chiropractic: Chiropractic Care for the Young and the Young at Heart

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Chiropractic Care for the Young and the Young at Heart
Children and adults are the same but different. Most kids want to play all the time, but they also are required to go to school. Most adults would prefer to play all the time – relax, go to the gym, read a book, watch TV, or get together with friends – but most adults need to go to work at least 5 days a week. Interestingly, what most young people don't know about adults, especially older adults, is that they think of themselves as much younger than they actually are chronologically. For example, long ago, when a reporter asked the ...
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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Grand Opening Reception: Upcountry Wellness Center - Sat Mar 10

UC Cooperative Extension Announces Food Waste Prevention Week - Mar 5-9

The University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) in the Central Sierra, along with Governor Jerry Brown and other California officials and agencies announces March 5-9, 2018, as “Food Waste Prevention Week” in the State of California. UCCE Central Sierra pledges to raise employee and public awareness about the economic, environmental and social impacts of unused food.

According to recent estimates almost 12 billion pounds of food gets thrown away in California each year, and individual consumers are responsible for more food waste than grocery stores and restaurants combined. Forty percent of all food waste happens in homes or by individuals, and nine out of ten Americans throw away food too soon because they misunderstand expiration date labels. “Many people don’t understand the confusing system of expiration date labels that come on food packages,” according to Katie Johnson, Nutrition, Family and Consumer Sciences Advisor for UCCE Central Sierra. “With the exception of infant formula, these dates typically refer to freshness or quality, not to safety. Of course, food does go bad and we should all practice safe food handling to avoid illness – but we shouldn’t be throwing away food that’s still healthy and nutritious.”

Food waste has consequences for communities in the Central Sierra region. California Food Policy Advocates estimate that one in seven residents of Congressional District 4 in the foothills don’t always have enough food to eat. However, the Natural Resources Defense Council estimates that an average American family of four tosses out about 1,000 pounds of food each year, wasting roughly $1,500 on food that goes unused. “$1,500 of food a year could make a big difference for families trying to put healthy meals on their tables. Everyone in our communities deserves enough safe, healthy and affordable food,” says Johnson.

When food is thrown away, valuable resources like water and energy are wasted as well. For example, it takes around 55 gallons of water to produce and transport one egg from chicken to refrigerator. Food waste is also the single largest component of landfills, where it decomposes and releases methane - a climate pollutant 80 times more potent than carbon dioxide (CO2) over a 20 year period.

Food Waste Prevention Week was created not just to raise awareness about the economic, environmental and social impacts of unused food, but also to inspire Californians to take action. To join in the effort, Central Sierra residents can consider the areas where they see waste happening in their lives and look for ways to reduce it. Solutions might include asking for composting bins to be installed at the office or a community center, seeking out imperfect produce, or working with schools to set up a cafeteria share table.

To learn more about food waste prevention and how to store, save and use food, visit
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"Foundations in Fitness" Expo - Sat Mar 10

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

World Labyrinth Day: Walk As One at 1 - Sat May 5

World Labyrinth Day: Walk as One at 1pm
Join us in this 10th Annual Global Event for Peace

Walk as one at 1:00  in solidarity with other labyrinth walkers around the globe, for peace, justice and freedom in our troubled world.
All welcome  ~ This is a FREE event
When: Saturday, May 5, 2018
Time: At 12:45 there will be a brief presentation regarding World Labyrinth Day and an introduction on labyrinth walking for first time walkers.  At 1:00,  Walk as One at 1:00p.m. as we come together in celebration of peace.
Where: The Labyrinth in Amador City. Located behind the Old Amador Hotel,  14196 Main Street, off the back parking lot.
Learn more about labyrinths and local events on Facebook: The Labyrinth Project of Amador County. The Labyrinth Project is funded through Mental Health America of Northern California.
For more information Contact the Labyrinth Project Coordinator, Marla at (209) 256-3750 or at