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EMC offering healthy living seminars
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Emanuel Medical Center is hosting a series of free Healthy Living Education Series featuring sessions on cancer care, obesity, reducing your risk for falls, heart health and preventing diabetes.

Emanuel Medical Center will be hosting a series of free Healthy Living Education Series featuring experts from the hospital and the cancer center.

Cancer Care Close to Home – Sept. 6
Featuring: Sandra Zaky, MD, MS, DABR, Clinical Assistant Professor Radiation Oncology, Stanford University School of Medicine; Sangeeta Singh-Heinrichs, MSW, Social Worker at Emanuel Cancer Center

Patients don’t have to travel far to receive comprehensive, personalized cancer care. Patients receive multi-disciplinary physician involvement in medical oncology and radiation oncology at the Emanuel Cancer Center. Learn more about Emanuel’s partnership with Stanford Health Care, screenings, treatments and support services.

“It is important for our community members to know these services are available in their backyard,” said Alisa Ward, manager of the Stanford Emanuel Radiation Oncology Center. “We are dedicated to providing optimal care for our cancer patients.”

Skip the Super Size – Sept. 19
Featuring: Amanda Manotok, M.S.R.D., Chief Clinical Dietitian at Emanuel Medical Center

Obesity has many serious long-term consequences. We will explore the definition, statistics and causes of obesity, as well as how dietary management – learning appropriate portion sizes and ways to increase physical activities – can improve your health.

“When your body gets all the nutrients it needs from a smaller portion of food, you are less likely to eat too much,” Manotok said. “Foods like fruits and dark green vegetables help increase your body’s intake of nutrients. And, physical exercise is a key component of both maintaining a healthy weight and promoting weight-loss.”

Stay on Your Feet – Oct. 4
Featuring: Jeanette Olvera, PT, DPT, Director of Rehabilitation at Emanuel Medical Center

Falls are frightening and reduce your mobility and independence. Increase your awareness of the risk factors associated with falls. Recognize potential hazards inside your home and surroundings, and learn short and long-term strategies to reduce your risk for falls and injury.

“As we age, health conditions and the medications we use to treat these conditions, can make falls more likely to happen,” shared Olvera. “Making some quick changes to your home, like cleaning up clutter and changing lighting, can make a huge difference in fall prevention.”

Be Heart Smart – Oct. 17
Featuring: Chris O’Brien, RN, Certified Chest Pain Coordinator at Emanuel Medical Center. This seminar will also include training in compression-only CPR.

The heart is your body’s engine and keeps your body moving. Being heart smart means knowing the numbers that could save your life, recognizing the signs of an early heart attack and making healthy lifestyle choices. There are simple steps you can take to prevent heart disease. The leading risk factors for developing heart disease include high cholesterol, hypertension, diabetes, obesity, smoking, a sedentary lifestyle and family history.

“If you have risk factors, it’s important to know what they are and how to treat them,” explained O’Brien, who will be focusing on this during the seminar.

Don’t Sugar Coat It – Nov. 8
Featuring: Ramsina Betsayad, RN-BSN, Diabetes Educator at Emanuel Medical Center

Diabetes. It’s only a word, not a sentence. Learn more about types of diabetes, hypoglycemia signs, symptoms and actions to take, diagnostic tests and blood glucose target ranges.

There is currently no cure for diabetes. But, the disease can be managed by monitoring blood sugar levels and maintaining a healthy lifestyle comprised of diet, exercise and a healthy weight. And with the help of Emanuel, you know you have access to the latest treatment options. You will leave with tools to develop a healthy, balanced meal plan and an understanding that food is our medicine.

All of the free seminars in Emanuel’s Healthy Living Education Series are being held from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at Samaritan Village Ballrooms at 7700 Fox Road in Hughson. Refreshments will be served. To register to attend one or more seminars, please call 855-902-5633 or visit