Co-sponsored Talks at Local Libraries
Rather than hosting presentations at Mission Oaks this summer, PlaneTree will co-sponsor a number of health lectures at Santa Clara County Library
locations and at Joyce Ellington Library (the branch of the San Jose Public Library
housing the Community Health Information Center). By partnering with heavily utilized organizations which have larger community rooms, we can provide health information to more people. Our first two lectures will be -
Bone Health Basics: Live Long with Strong Bones!
Shelley Powers, an educator and speaker for the local chapter
of American Bone Health
, will discuss bone development and loss, and the detection and treatment of osteopenia and osteoporosis. Lisa Richardson, a registered dietitian, will focus on how you can use nutrition and physical activity to keep your bones healthy. Computer-based fracture risk assessments will be available for attendees between 45 and 85 years old who have not been treated for bone loss.
Get Your Brain Going! Start with your Feet!
Physical activity is great for your brain--don't let painful feet be a barrier. Learn health secrets for happy feet from podiatrist
Leslie Oldenbrook, DPM, and receive a free foot health screening. Dr. Oldenbrook's presentation will cover, among other topics: anatomy facts & fiction, common conditions and treatments, best footwear choices, and how to keep your best feet forward.
Clearing out Your Medicine Cabinet
You may have heard that expired and unwanted pills should be neither thrown away nor flushed down the toilet. (Unfortunately both of those disposal methods release biologically active chemicals into the environment, contaminating ground and surface water and soil.)
Has your medicine cabinet gotten cluttered with over-the-counter and prescription
medications you'll never use because you aren't sure what to do with
all of them?
Currently the best practice for limiting pharmaceutical pollution from unused drugs is to collect them for subsequent burning in special hazardous-waste incinerators. In the South Bay we are fortunate to have numerous drop-off sites which accept drug wastes (from households only):
- Prescription and over-the-counter medications for humans and pets
- Vitamins and supplements
- Medicated ointments, liquids, etc. in leak-proof containers
The following items should NOT be included:
- Infectious or bloody waste, including sharps (syringes, lancets, etc.)
- Personal care products such as shampoo, hand crème, or make-up
- Empty containers
- IV bags
We recommend you remove or efface personal information, including prescription numbers, from any original packaging. Unwanted drugs are accepted at these collection centers:
- Santa Clara County Health Department and Sheriff sites: All drugs, legal and illegal, may be discreetly deposited in receptacles similar to USPS mail collection boxes.
- Sites for Sunnyvale residents only: All drugs, except illegal narcotics.
- Specific pharmacies: Any non-narcotic drugs when their pharmacies are open; public welcome. We are aware of three drugstores which accept unwanted medications:
Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy (408)395-1231 54 N. Santa Cruz Av., Los Gatos 95030
M-F, 9-6:30 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 9-6 p.m.
Remove pills, capsules, etc. from all packaging;
place loose in a zippered bag. Leave liquids, creams,
and gels in original containers. Inhalers okay. Leiter's Pharmacy(408)292-6772 1700 Park Av., #30, San Jose 95126
M-F 9-6:30 p.m.; Sat. 9-6 p.m.; Sun. closed.
May be in original containers. No inhalers.
Santa Clara Drug(408)296-5015 2453 Forrest Av., San Jose 95128
M-F 9:30-6 p.m.; Sat. 8:30-1 p.m.
May be in original containers. Inhalers okay.
If you have waste sharps (syringes, lancets, etc.), this document
lists drop-off sites in Santa Clara County for them. If you live elsewhere, you can locate disposal programs for drugs and sharps near you on the Earth911 website
To learn more about this issue, explore websites for the Teleosis Institute
and the Environmental Protection Agency
Thursday, April 30 Celebrate PlaneTree's 20th anniversary with library staff and other patrons and supporters while enjoying the Crimson restaurant's convivial atmosphere and delectable dishes! Join us for a no-host, "Cal-Ital" lunch at this fine restaurant a few blocks from the library. Call Crimson at (408) 358-0175 to make a reservation between 11:30 A.M. and 1:30 P.M.
You'll enjoy good company while supporting another worthy non-profit: Crimson is one of many restaurants
participating in the national Dining Out for Life event on April 30. Restaurants donate at least 25% of gross sales to raise money for programs which help community members who have HIV/AIDS. Proceeds from the local Dining Out event will benefit The Health Trust's multi-faceted AIDS services.
Over 20 South Bay restaurants with diverse cuisines and prices will participate in Dining Out for Life, most of them during the evening meal. Even if you can't join us for lunch, you can still eat well and support a worthy cause by dining at one of these other generous restaurants on the last day of April.
Saturday, May 2
You're not a complainer, right? So here's a little thought experiment for you: today while you're interacting with other people for a couple of hours, count the number of times you complain or make negative comments about yourself, others, or situations.
Are you surprised with the result?
Our next book group discussion will center on the ideas presented by Will Bowen in A Complaint Free World: How to Stop Complaining and Start Enjoying the Life You Always Wanted. Everyone is invited (even if you don't make it through the book)--be sure to RSVP so we can plan seating and snacks.
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