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May 31 World No Tobacco Day

May 31 World No Tobacco Day

Every year, communities around the world mark May 31 as ‘World No Tobacco Day’, highlighting the health risks associated with tobacco use and advocating for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption.  In commemoration of the event, the Yolo County Tobacco Prevention Program invites residents to join in their efforts to stamp out tobacco use in Yolo County.

“Tobacco use is still the number one cause for preventable deaths worldwide,” said Yolo County Health Officer Constance Caldwell, M.D.  “Every year, over 40,000 Californians, 480,000 Americans and 6 million people worldwide die due to tobacco-related illnesses.  Regrettably, many who die will not be smokers themselves, but instead, were put at risk due to secondhand smoke.  Now, with electronic cigarettes enabling more and more youth to get hooked on nicotine, it will take the support of the entire Yolo County community to fight back against all deadly and addictive tobacco products.”

WHAT'S FOR BREAKFAST TODAY: VEGETARIAN HASH

WHAT'S FOR BREAKFAST TODAY: VEGETARIAN HASH

We are always looking for ways to get in our veggies - check this great recipe from Clean Eating Magazine (www.cleaneatingmag.com).  Incorporating eggs into this low-cal hash makes for a colorful, nutritionally loaded breakfast – the acorn squash has more potassium than a banana! Mix in scrambled eggs or top with a poached or fried egg. Serves: 6 - Hand-on time:  15 minutes - Total time: 25 minutes

INGREDIENTS:

·         3/4 lb small new potatoes, left unpeeled

·         1 small acorn squash, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch pieces

·         1 tsp fresh rosemary, chopped, divided

Beginner’s Composting Class April 29

Beginner’s Composting Class April 29

Interested in learning more about how to hot compost?  The Hanna and Herbert Bauer Memorial Community Garden, located in Woodland and sponsored by the Yolo County Health Services Department, will host a free beginner’s composting class on Wednesday, April 29, 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.

Composting can be a great way to utilize organic waste from your yard to enhance the success of your garden.  This class will provide the basic skills and techniques used in hot composting, an introduction to making compost tea, and instruction on how to use compost and compost tea to improve plant and soil nutrition. 

This is a hands-on class, taught by the garden assistant and expert, David Linebarger, so please be willing to roll up your sleeves and get some experience in the process.  Gloves and shoes that can get dirty are recommended.

Public Health & Wellness Fair April 8

Public Health & Wellness Fair April 8

In celebration of National Public Health Week, April 6-12, the Yolo County Health Services Department invites the community to attend this year’s annual Public Health & Wellness Fair on Wednesday, April 8, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  The fair will be held in the parking lot on the southeast corner of Beamer and Cottonwood Streets in Woodland.

“We welcome all residents to join us for our Public Health & Wellness Fair on April 8,” said Yolo County Board of Supervisors Chair Matt Rexroad.  “This is a wonderful opportunity to explore the services and programs our county Health Services Department and partners offer that can enrich the health and well-being of our communities now, and into the future.”

Grant Funds Traffic Safety/Underage Drinking Prevention Projects

Grant Funds Traffic Safety/Underage Drinking Prevention Projects

The Yolo County Department of Health Services Friday Night Live partnership has received a grant for $5,000 to support FNL youth leaders in their implementation of campaigns to address traffic safety / underage drinking issues in their community.  The funding, provided through the California Friday Night Live Partnership, with a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, will allow youth to lead projects that will engage peers, their families and communities around these important issues.