Tahoe Truckee health and wellness announcements

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Learn about GAPS

Join the first Truckee GAPS Group Wednesday, March 27 at 6 p.m. to learn how the health of the digestive system has a direct connection to the health of the rest of the body. Learn how this nutritional protocol is healing people all over the world. To RSVP and receive the address of this educational meeting, call 530-414-8726 or email To learn more about this group and future group meeting dates, visit

The GAPS (Gut and Psychology Syndrome) protocol has been found to help with psychological symptoms and conditions such as: Autism spectrum disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD/ADD), schizophrenia, dyslexia, dyspraxia, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, bipolar disorder and other neuro-psychological and psychiatric problems.

The GAPS protocol has also been found to help with physiological symptoms and conditions such as: Digestive symptoms and disorders, auto-immune disorders, rashes, eczema, psoriasis, nephropathy, bed wetting, thrush, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, allergies and food sensitivities.

The GAPS protocol is designed to allow the body to detoxify in order to lift the toxic fog from the brain and the rest of the body to allow it to develop and function properly. In order to achieve this, the digestive tract needs to be cleaned up and healed so that it will no longer remain the major source of toxicity. Once this occurs, the digestive system can then become a source of nourishment as it is meant to be.

Lindsay Rojas of Traditional Roots Nutrition is a Nutritional Therapy practitioner (NTP) as well as a Certified GAPS Practitioner (CGP). Lindsay sees GAPS clients on an individual basis and she also holds Reno and Truckee GAPS Group meetings as well. These educational meetings are free of charge and are open to anyone looking to learn more about the Nutritional Program and what it can do for their health.

Spring break lifeguard training

The Truckee Donner Recreation and Park District will host a Lifeguard Training class that includes certification for lifeguarding both pools and lakefront. Upon completion, participants will receive a certification in: Lifeguard training, oxygen administration, CPR, AED, and First Aid. The class is April 2-6, noon-5 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday, and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Cost is $220. Secure employment this summer with this class. Call 530-582-7720 for more information or to register.

Mastering Happiness

Practical skills and ideas for living well by Joel Wade, April 5, 6-8 p.m. at For Goodness Sake. Are you making the most of the possibilities in your life? Drawn from research in the field of positive psychology and his three decades of working as a psychotherapist, teacher, and life coach, Joel Wade will demonstrate some of the basic principles for improving the happiness, fulfillment and satisfaction in your life. You will learn to relate better with the people in your life and live with integrity, optimism, willpower, and gratitude. Be prepared to take home some powerful tools and skills you can begin to practice immediately in order to turn your vision of a better life into action, and into genuine, tangible improvement!

Joel F. Wade, Ph.D. is an author, psychotherapist and life coach in Santa Cruz, Calif. He also consults with businesses on improving trust, communication, and well being. Dr. Wade offers workshops and seminars on mastering happiness, centered around cutting edge research in the field of positive psychology and several decades of experience as a Marriage and Family Therapist, Life Coach and teacher. His website is .

Please call For Goodness Sake to register. 530-550-8981 or visit for more details. This event is offered free of charge. Donations are greatly appreciated, but not required.

Volunteers needed for Rx Drug Take-back Event

The Tahoe-Truckee Future without Drug Dependence (TT-FWDD) Coalition is looking for community volunteers for the Rx Drug Take-back Event scheduled for Saturday, April 27, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. in Truckee and Tahoe City.

The Rx Drug Take-back Event is designed to provide the community with a safe, convenient, and free method to drop off unused, expired, or unwanted medications. At previous take-back events, Tahoe-Truckee has collected and disposed of more than 600 pounds of prescription medications helping to prevent youth drug abuse and the contamination of waterways.

If interested in volunteering at this event, learning more about it or the TT-FWDD Coalition; please contact 530-546-1924,,

Exercise for Energy

The Cancer Center Exercise for Energy Program for current and recovering patients is a free supportive care program in Incline Village, Nev. The free six-week class, “Exercise for Energy,” is a supportive care program for current and recovering cancer patients, offering guidance and support, and useful tools to return to and maintain health and wellness. Program begins April 17, 2013. Class meets Wednesdays and Fridays from 12:30-1:30 p.m. at IVCH Physical Therapy and Medical Fitness located at 333 Village Blvd, Ste. 201, on the corner of Village and Alder, one block from Incline Village Community Hospital.

The class will incorporate strengthening, stretching, breathing, balance, cardio, and wellness education. All classes are supportive, medically-managed, taught by health professionals, and will give you the tools you need in a supportive environment.

Prescreening is required. For more information or to register, call 775-831-1964 or email

Community Acupuncture Happy Hour

Learn about and enjoy the amazing health benefits of acupuncture at an affordable rate with Carla McClure, LAc. Acupuncture can treat a large variety of health issues or just help you feel great. Acupuncturists are licensed as primary care providers in California and are trained in Western medicine diagnosis. The cost of the drop-in clinic is $30 for needle treatment only. For manual therapy or massage, cost is $20 for 15 minutes. Every Monday night, 5-7 p.m. at Joyful Life Acupuncture, 11890 Donner Pass Road, Ste. 1, at Northwoods Blvd., Truckee. Learn more at

Desk worker conditioning class

Owner of Elemental Back & Body, Chiropractor and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist Dr. Spencer Cruttenden will be hosting weekly Desk Worker Conditioning Classes on Wednesdays, 5:30 p.m. at the CR Johnson Healing Center. Spencer’s class will directly address common problems and imbalances that build up in people who spend a lot of time sitting at a desk. Cost is $10 with all proceeds going to the High Fives Foundation – CR Johnson Healing Center. In order to provide the appropriate amount of attention to each participant, Spencer will limit the class to eight people. Book your spot today at Spencer@elementalbodies, or 530-545-9076.

“Sitting at a desk all day takes a toll on the body,” said Spencer Cruttenden of Elemental Back & Body. “I am excited to offer this much needed class to people who can really benefit from it.”

The CR Johnson Healing Center is located at 10775 Pioneer Trail, Ste. 108, Truckee, 530-587-4453.

I’m Here, I Matter and I Have a Voice

Practical tools for discovering, honoring and expressing your inner truth. Join these empowering workshops starting May 1, first and third Wednesdays, 6-7:30 p.m. in “The Living Room” downstairs at Church of the Mountains,

10069 Church St., across from the Old Rec Center in Truckee. Presented in Spanish and English with live music and light refreshments. Learn how you can create a happier life—from the inside out. $5 suggested donation. For more information contact Reyna Lopez at 530-386-2148 Español or Colleen Jackson at 530-308-5053 for English. Workshops From the Inside Out are facilitated by “Change from the Inside Out Coach” Colleen Akiko Jackson, helping women reconnect with their core wisdom and experience the fullness of who they are, emerging to an inspired life of joy that radiates to our families, communities and beyond.

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