North Lake Tahoe Truckee health and wellness briefs |

North Lake Tahoe Truckee health and wellness briefs

TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — Content is selected from e-mail submissions to Community Editor Amy Edgett at Send the 5w’s: who, what, when, where and why, about 100-175 words.

CCTT Public Service Award of Excellence

Nevada County Public Health Department’s Health Education Specialist Devin Bradley was recently awarded the Public Service Award of Excellence from the Community Collaborative of Tahoe Truckee. This award recognizes one stand-out individual who rises to the daily challenges of CCTT’s organizations, works one-on-one with clients and who goes above and beyond to serve. Devin was honored for his collaborative work with community partners in Truckee and North Lake Tahoe. He has spent many volunteer hours supporting youth at events and trainings associated with Friday Night Live, Safe and Sober recreational activities, Friday Night Life Mentoring, Tobacco Merchant Education, Suicide Prevention, Wellness Center, Nutrition, Teen Pregnancy Prevention, and the Teen Clinic.

He has taken the initiative to nominate teens for community awards and scholarship opportunities to help them succeed beyond high school. Devin is known for consistently looking for ways to help different community groups work together for the common goal of supporting youth.

Truckee Clinic receives TTCF Women’s Fund Grant Award

Nevada County Public Health Department’s Truckee clinic was awarded a grant of $10,000 from the Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation Queen of Hearts Women’s Fund. The grant will support the clinic’s reproductive health work, including STD detection and prevention as well as pregnancy prevention.

While teen birth rates in the county are generally low, Latina teens in Truckee have a much higher rate of pregnancy.

The grant will also allow the clinic to focus on preventing the spread of Chlamydia. Clinic staff recently conducted a patient satisfaction survey and found 85 percent found their care to be “excellent” and 15 percent rated it “good.”

The county clinic is one of few regional options for low cost reproductive health care. The women’s fund has more than 1,100 members who vote on the grants.

A special thanks to Kathlee Martin, clinic nurse practitioner, and Debbie Daniels from Public Health who spearheaded the writing and presenting of this grant.​

Additional Queen of Hearts recipients include:

Truckee Public Art Commission, artistic bike racks for the community

Big Brothers Big Sisters, one-on-one mentoring for success

Disabled Sports USA Far West, recreational scholarships for local low income disabled youth

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Join Slow Food Lake Tahoe for a Holistic Nutrition Series

Every Sunday in January 2014, 2-3:30 p.m., Stephanie Dodds from will teach a free class about sustainable and holistic nutrition in the Wanderlust Yoga studio at Squaw Valley. Learn about eating for health principles, lean proteins and clean fats, colorful complex carbohydrates, and sustainable nutrition based on the Bauman College principles. There will be a gluten-free and dairy-free recipe taught at each class, with samples. Register for classes by emailing Raw Chef Steph at with desired dates of attendance. Register and attend all four classes to be entered to win prizes. Class is free, however a $5 donation is appreciated and contributed to Slow Food Lake Tahoe.

Join Slow Food at Click on the red “become a member” button on the home page.

Endurance Snowshoe Hike

Beginning Jan. 4, all Saturdays through March, 8:30 a.m. to noon. Start with a hot buffet breakfast at Stella restaurant then head to Donner Summit. Tahoe Trips and Trails will provide snowshoes, poles and knowledgeable guides who will share Donner Pass area history. The spectacular scenery and crisp mountain air will be a sweet reward. Breakfast, handcrafted snacks, hot beverages and knowledgeable guide are included. Cost is $80 per person, call 530-587-2251 or visit

Free Community Program

Kick Nicotine workshop series

Begins Monday, Jan. 6, 5:30 p.m. Series of six workshops, once a week, Mondays. Drop-ins welcome.

The Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Center, in conjunction with the Tahoe Forest Health System Wellness Neighborhood will host a series of workshops to help the community become nicotine-free. Trained clinical psychologists, nutritionists, pharmacists and clinicians will guide you through the process of kicking the nicotine habit. This program offers:

Free carbon monoxide testing

Relapse prevention support and strategies

Learn to quit without gaining weight

Learn different techniques to replace nicotine cravings

Keep yourself, your children, and non-smoking family members healthy

Save money and improve your quality of life

For more information, or to register, please contact Kirk Ditterich, PsyD, licensed behavioral health clinician 530-582-8207.

Gene Upshaw Memorial, Tahoe Forest Cancer Center, Patient Teaching Library, is located at 10121 Pine Ave. in Truckee.

Dream Home tours volunteers needed

The Tahoe Forest Health System Foundation is proud to be the official charity of for the 2014 HGTV Dream Home at Schaffer’s Mill in Truckee.

Volunteer docents are needed for the HGTV Dream Home tours Jan. 2-Feb. 16.

Funds from ticket sales support the Tahoe Forest Health System Wellness Neighborhood and its mission to fund community wellness in the Truckee/Tahoe region. The Wellness Neighborhood partners with community based organizations to increase access to local healthcare services. They also focus on important health care issues to optimize our community’s health through outreach.

Please go to to sign up.

Join the American Red Cross

Are you looking for a way to meet new people and give back to your local community? Become a volunteer with the American Red Cross. Join the monthly meeting and find out how you can become part of the Red Cross team. The next meeting will be held at the Truckee Airport on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Contact Emergency Services Coordinator Tami Martin at 916-709-3416 or for information.

‘Better Than Sex

The Ecstatic Art Of Awakening Coaching’

Friday, Jan. 10, 6-9 p.m., For Goodness Sake.

Arjuna Ardagh will draw upon dozens of real life examples from coaches and clients, in which he explains a simple and repeatable methodology to support others in living their fullest potential in every possible dimension of themselves. Ardagh’s latest book, “Better than Sex,” describes the ecstatic art of awakening coaching: how anyone can become a support to anyone else in discovering the Open Secret that is an infinite source of stillness, wellbeing and creativity, and bring it forth in every area of their life.

Millions of people are having glimpses of who they really are: beyond the endless machinations of thought and reactive feeling. Such a moment of “awakening” changes everything, and unleashes a wellspring of energy, humor and love.

So many people today feel a deep longing, a commitment to live this more expansive consciousness in their day-to-day life, but at the same time have an intuitive resistance to the old traditions of patriarchy, dogma and conformism.

Awakening Coaching is an innovative and brilliant new way of approaching spiritual awakening, stripping our deepest and most profound longing back to its most essential roots.

Arjuna Ardagh is an Awakening Coach, writer and public speaker. Visit and

Please call 530-550-8981 or e-mail to register.

Junior Biathlon program and clinics

In the spirit of this Olympic year, Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Center is offering a new Junior Biathlon program led by former U.S. biathlon team member Tom McElroy for children in second through eighth grade.

Children will be coached to improve skiing skills and learn marksmanship and gun safety using specially designed, 100-percent safe, laser biathlon rifles. There will be eight after-school lessons held on Tuesdays, Jan. 14-March, 3:45-5 p.m. Participants must have basic ski handling skills. The cost of the program is $120.

Tahoe Donner will also offer new biathlon clinics for adults and children. After range instruction and a brief history participants will ski or snowshoe a short loop and then practice their shooting skills with an elevated heart rate. This is a 1.5-hour clinic from 10-11:30 a.m. for ages 13 and older or 11:30 a.m. -1 p.m. for juniors ages 7-12. Cost $30; trail pass required. The clinics will be held Jan. 5, Jan. 12, Feb. 8, and Feb. 17.

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