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August 2013


CalAgrAbility conducted four Get Moving: Arthritis Prevention and Pain Management Exercise Program classes at Clinica Tepati in Sacramento, the Atria in Davis, the Fibro Friends Fibromyalgia Group in Vacaville, and the Native Women’s Wellness in Colusa. Forging collaborations with Native Americans in rural farming areas through this program is successful. Staff have also been asked to expand and continue with Fibro Group, which has recruited additional attendees in rural Solano County.

As commodity events continue, CalAg was represented at the Capay Tomato Festival, the Winters Ag Tour, and the Courtland Pear Fest, where farm families and locals from urban areas gather to learn about food and farming and to view displays. In addition, staff disseminated information at a Veterans Fair in Roseville.

CalAg has been successful in working with a prosthetist in the Central Valley in assisting a consumer from North Central California to obtain a prosthesis. The prosthetist is offering his work on a pro bono basis.

With more and more consumers with low vision and limited means to obtain exams and treatment, CalAg continues collaborations with One Sight through LensCrafters in various areas in California. This month, two consumers received free exams and eyeglasses.

CalAg with the Hear! Here! Chapter of the Hearing Loss Association have completed the bilingual injury prevention 4-fold brochure, which is being disseminated throughout the state. The monthly bilingual public service announcement program is still underway with farm safety announcements being broadcast throughout the west and into Mexico.

Submitted by Martha Stiles