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City and Hospital Celebrate New Public Art

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On August 14, representatives from Mills-Peninsula Health Services and the City of Burlingame will attend a celebration in honor of the new installation Ode to Joy, a series of eight sculptures by acclaimed artist Douwe Blumberg.

The Kentucky-based artist responded to Mills-Peninsula’s national call for design submissions for a public work of art to adorn the grounds of the new medical center, which opened in May 2011. Blumberg’s design depicting birds taking flight was chosen by a selection committee, hospital employees and members of the community. Blumberg installed his sculptures of cast aluminum birds at Mills-Peninsula this spring. With more than 200 completed commissions, Blumberg has created artwork for Ground Zero in New York City, the Las Vegas Veterans’ Memorial and the royal residence in Dubai.

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$10,000 Scholarship Awarded by Sutter Maternity & Surgery Center, Alliance Award

Sutter Maternity & Surgery Center (SMSC) and the Central California Alliance for Health (The Alliance) have named Aaron Surrey, a June 2013 Health Sciences graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC), as the recipient of the 7th annual Primary Care Physician Award. The award comes with a $10,000 scholarship.

Aaron Surrey

Aaron Surrey

“Aaron is the seventh UCSC Health Sciences senior that we have sponsored since the inception of this program,” said Larry deGhetaldi, M.D., president of Palo Alto Medical Foundation Santa Cruz and SMSC community board member.  “This has been a wonderful collaboration with The Alliance and UCSC.  We are very proud of each of the seven future primary care physicians.” 

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Annual Soul Stroll for Health is May 18

The 12th annual Soul Stroll for Health Walk will be held on Saturday, May 18, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Coyote Point Park, San Mateo. There will be one-, three- and five-mile courses marked along the beautiful bay-front path in San Mateo’s Coyote Point Park. 

The African American Community Health Advisory Committee (AACHAC) organizes the annual event to raise awareness of the benefits of good nutrition and exercise in preventing heart disease and diabetes. 

Triathlete Aaron Perry is this year’s celebrity chairperson.

This year’s event will feature celebrity chairperson Aaron G. Perry, the world’s first African American diabetic Ironman. An Ironman Triathlon consists of a 2.4–mile swim, a 112–mile bike ride and a 26.2–mile run, a grueling test of strength and endurance. A pioneer in the area of diabetes and exercise to communities of color, Perry is the president and founder of Rebalanced-Life Wellness Association, a nonprofit organization dedicated to changing the culture of wellness within communities of color. In 2008, he wrote “Through the Storm,” the story of his personal Ironman Triathlon triumph.

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Author Anna Quindlen to Speak at Annual Women’s Health Benefit

April 29 Event Funds Local Breast Health Programs

The 12th Annual Mills-Peninsula Women’s Health Luncheon and Lecture, on Monday, April 29, will feature a lecture by award-winning author and columnist Anna Quindlen, entitled, “Is 60 the New 40: Middle-age or Midlife? A Short Guide to a Happy Life and Other Words of Wisdom.”

Quindlen is an award-winning author, journalist and opinion columnist.

The event will be at the San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront Hotel at 1800 Old Bayshore Highway in Burlingame. Registration begins at 11 a.m., and the luncheon and lecture run from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. A book signing will follow the lecture. The event is expected to draw a capacity crowd of 1,000 attendees. The registration deadline is April 22, 2013, but the event is already nearly booked. Limited tickets are still available for $150 each.

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Free Anti-Bullying Workshop in San Mateo on March 30

Art Contest Deadline is March 22, 2013

Everyone plays an important role in ensuring all children are safe from bullying – including young people themselves, but not everyone knows how. To help people learn coping techniques and strategies to overcome and end bullying of all kinds, the  African American Community Health Advisory Committee (AACHAC) in partnership with Mills-Peninsula Health Services, is sponsoring a half-day, anti-bullying workshop for youth, teens and parents called, “Bullies Tear Down, Friends Build Up!” 

The free community workshop will be held on Saturday, March 30, 2013, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at  Mills Health Center’s Hendrickson Auditorium at 100 S. San Mateo Drive in San Mateo, Calif.

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Community Invited to Soul Stroll for Health, May 19

The community is invited to join in a healthy day of walking and getting fit at the annual Soul Stroll for Health on Saturday, May 19, at San Mateo County’s 670-acre Coyote Point Recreation area. The event begins at 9 a.m. and continues until 1 p.m.

This is the 11th consecutive Soul Stroll for Health, created with a special focus on improving health in the African American, Hispanic and Pacific Islander populations in San Mateo County through good nutrition and physical activity. This popular annual event is sponsored by the African American Community Health Advisory Committee (AACHAC) in partnership with Mills-Peninsula Health Services.

The celebrity chair this year is fitness expert Dr. Ian SmithHe has served as the medical/diet expert for six seasons on VH1’s highly-rated Celebrity Fit Club, is the creator and founder of “The 50 Million Pound Challenge,” and is a medical contributor on the nationally syndicated television show Rachael Ray. Dr. Smith is also the host of his own nationally syndicated radio show “Health Watch” on American Urban Radio Networks.

Everyone is welcome to walk, run or stroll along the one-, three- or five-mile course. There will be a kids’ zone, free health screenings and entertainment. Estimated participation is 2,000-2,500 people. Online registration is encouraged.

For more information, please contact AACHAC Executive Director Gloria Brown at (650) 696-4378.