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Resource center opening soon

JESSICA LAND, Sierra Sun

Lake Tahoe area residents with questions about health issues will find answers at Tahoe Forest Hospital’s new Community Wellness Resource Center on the corner of Donner Pass Road and Pine Avenue.

The Resource Center’s Grand Opening is Tuesday, Dec. 7 from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m.

The whole day will be an open house for the public. Access to health information in the form of books, journals, pamphlets, videos, tapes and the Internet will be available.

These resources will continue to be free to the public from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily after the opening.

“It is going to be a great day to come and sample all the new resources available for the community and to sample some heart healthy food,” said Windy Smith, Tahoe Forest Hospital’s Health Promotions Coordinator.

There will be a stretching workshop at 10:45 a.m., beginning yoga at 1:15 p.m. and strength training at 3:45 p.m. In between these workshops creative and “heart healthy” food will be provided. Attendees can sample alternatives to holiday feasting including festive salads and fast and healthy desserts.

Mini-massages will be available by appointment.

Janet Brady, Director of Health Promotions, has been working on the creation of the CWRC since she began working for the hospital ten years ago. It became a reality in the strategic plan for the hospital that was made three years ago.

“We are thrilled to finally get the center off the ground and to showcase all the resources the hospital has,” said Brady.

She emphasized that even though the center is located in Truckee, people from all over the Tahoe region are invited to use their services. The web site, http://health.tfhd.com, is one way for people outside Truckee to benefit from the center.

The site provides physician referrals, Tahoe Forest Hospital event schedules, reference lists, and a link to the hospital’s pharmacy.

At the open house Brady will also kick off fund-raising for the Mt. Fuji climb she, Smith and two other local women will participate in this August. Brady, Smith, Laurie Martin, and Lois Fletcher, all Truckee residents, are raising money for breast cancer research and awareness by participating in the Breast Cancer Fund’s upcoming Mt. Fuji event.

Besides rallying the community to support the cause, Brady calls out to ” all the wonderful physicians, counselors, and therapists who have seen a rise in cancer in our community” and invites them to attend the open house.

She said she hopes the Community Wellness Resource Center will give the community and health providers an opportunity to create a network of support for important health issues like cancer. For information call Tahoe Forest Hospital Health Promotions at (530) 582-3483.


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