Health and Wellness

The HEAL Project Garden Program Promotes the Healing Powers of Fresh Food

Posted by on Mar 17, 2017 in Community, Health and Wellness

In this article published in the March 2017 issue of Half Moon Bay Magazine, Sutter Health Plus is recognized as a donor of The HEAL Project. The HEAL Project provides health, environmental and agricultural education for underserved elementary school children.

A lush green oasis lies among the construction campus of Hatch Elementary School. It’s where the new HEAL garden takes root.

The old garden, once tucked away near the multipurpose baseball and soccer field, was destroyed as the bulldozers working on the school’s recent modernization project rolled in. Understandably, the inadvertent consequence of progress upset many parents and children who had worked so hard on the garden. After a generous donation from Sutter Health Plus, the HEAL Project was able to erect a bigger and better version of the garden, complete with raised garden beds and a pleasing pergola. Read More

Sutter Health Plus Supports Nonprofit Organizations in Underserved Communities

Posted by on Dec 19, 2016 in Community, Health and Wellness

Donation to St. Hope Academy. Left to right: Jake Mossawir; Georgia West; Stephanie Walton; Tracy Messineo

As a local not-for-profit HMO, Sutter Health Plus supports the overall health and wellness of the community it serves. In 2016, the health plan is donating $330,000 to 10 organizations in Northern California, ranging from health centers delivering primary care to the underserved community, to an environmental science camp for elementary school students. Recipients include:

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Sutter Health Plus Helps Fit Quest Program Expand into Central Valley Schools

Posted by on Nov 14, 2016 in Community, Health and Wellness

Fit Quest photo lightened 9 20 16Hundreds of school children in the Central Valley will soon experience the joy of hands-on learning about health and wellness through the Shady Creek Outdoor Education Foundation’s Fit Quest Program. This year’s community benefit donation of $75,000 from Sutter Health Plus will help the popular program currently serving Placer, Sacramento, Sutter and Yuba county schools expand into Stanislaus and Merced counties.

The Fit Quest Program teaches fifth and sixth grade students fun and easy ways to increase physical activity, adopt healthy eating habits and engage in activities that promote mental wellness. During the 2015-2016 school year, Fit Quest reached over 2,500 students with its outdoor and classroom programs. During the 2016-2017 school year, it will reach hundreds more children at 11 Central Valley schools and outdoor camps. Read More

Sutter Health Plus Helps The HEAL Project Garden Grow

Posted by on Nov 9, 2016 in Community, Health and Wellness

The HEAL Project GardenIn 2015, The HEAL Project garden at Hatch Elementary School in Half Moon Bay was demolished by new construction, upsetting the children, teachers and parents. This year’s donation of $43,333 from Sutter Health Plus will enable The HEAL Project to resume the popular 10-year-old project that introduces hands-on gardening and healthy cooking lessons to hundreds of San Mateo County elementary school students.

This year, The HEAL Project is able to provide their Intensive Garden Program (IGP) to 220 second and third grade students, and the Garden Club project to 330 first, fourth and fifth graders. Some of the Sutter Health Plus funds will be used to set up a new water catchment system from the roof of the building next to the gardens, and an automatic irrigation system. Currently, the gardens are hand-watered by buckets of city water. Read More

New Program Helps Members Manage Stress

Posted by on Jun 12, 2015 in Health and Wellness

Sutter Health Plus offers a Wellness Coaching Program to help members with weight management and tobacco cessation—all at no cost. Beginning July 1, 2015, we’re excited to add stress management coaching to help members learn how to deal with stressful situations, make time for themselves and much more.

The Wellness181385986 Coaching Program combines life coaching with personal accountability as a way of engaging members in effectively managing their health conditions and achieving wellness goals. A member who joins the program works one-on-one with a coach, trained in personal life coaching, to uncover barriers to self-management, link behavior to personal values, and set goals to make healthier lifestyle choices. Participation is easy. Coaching appointments are by telephone and the first call lasts no more than 20 minutes.

Members may call 1-866-961-8513 for more information about the Wellness Coaching Program.

A Summertime Message: Save Your Brain, Use a Helmet

Posted by on Jun 10, 2015 in Health and Wellness

Sutter Health, Doctors and Hospitals, Northern California www.sutterhealth.orgBy Jennifer Nuovo M.D., Chief Medical Officer

One evening not so long ago, a car hit my daughter while she was riding her bicycle to her college campus. The car’s driver was making a left turn onto the campus and didn’t see her. Thrown from her bicycle, my daughter smacked her head on a rock and lost consciousness for a few minutes. Several hours, a trip to the emergency room, stitches for the big gash in her head, a CT scan, and concussion later, my daughter was fortunate enough to go home. Her bicycle did not fare as well—it was a mangled mess. Read More