CalAgrAbility conducted five Get Moving: Arthritis Prevention and Pain Management Exercise Program classes during the month of March. Four of those classes were in English and were conducted at the Davis Senior Center in a series of classes that will end on Tuesday, April 2, 2013. A total of 24 participants registered for the eight-week exercise classes. Participants enjoyed the classes so much that CalAgrAbility will be starting a second course. This will be a ten-week course, every Thursday beginning April 11, 2013 and ending on June 13, 2013. The fifth class was conducted in Spanish at Clinica Tepati. This marks the 19th Spanish language class at Clinica Tepti. Fourteen people attended the class. The twentieth class will be conducted on April 20th. CalAg staff also conducted a Taking the Reins: Living and Working with Arthritis on California Farms workshop in Galt, California for the senior citizens group. A total of 29 people attended, most with arthritic conditions. Participants enjoyed the exercise breaks and are interested in Get Moving exercise classes.
Staff attended the annual Inter-Agency Meeting for migrant housing in Yolo County. Several agencies were present: Yolo Health Department, Migrant Education, Catholic Diosis of Sacramento, St. James Church, Woodland Health Care, Yolo Children's Alliance, WIC, Communicare Health Centers, Planned Parenthood, Dixon Family Practice, Winters Health Care, Yolo District Attorney, SDVC, Life Center, and others. CalAg staff members were able to network with many agencies that are interested in Get Moving classes and Taking the Reins workshops. CalAg will be working with Yolo Health Department-Nutrition Division to reach out to an all-male camp in Knights Landing, Ceja-Reyes Camp. The Accreditation of Allied Health Education Program at Woodland Community College would like for CalAg to conduct a Spanish TTR for their students. CalAg staff will be attending health fairs at all three migrant centers in May to provide services to the residents.
This month, CalAgrAbility was able to sign up consumers for free cataract screenings through the Mission Cataract USA program with Kaiser Permanente in Rancho Cordova, California. They will be screened on April 13 and if they qualify they will get a free cataract surgery on May 10. CalAg staff also referred three more consumers to the One Sight Eyeglasses program through LensCrafters Optical. LensCrafters Optical works with One Sight to provide low-income, uninsured patients free eye exams and eyeglasses. LensCrafters Optical and One Sight have provided eyeglasses for three consumers in the past and will continue to provide eyeglasses. For more information on One Sight, visit www.onesight.org/na.
Submitted by Martha Stiles