New daytime session of Healthier Living Class begins for individuals with chronic health conditions |

New daytime session of Healthier Living Class begins for individuals with chronic health conditions

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United Way of Nevada County is hosting an "Evening Out & Pint Night" at Smiley Guys SmokeHouse from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday. Smiley Guys will donate a percentage of food sales that night to the United Way of Nevada County and its 20 local partner agencies.

In addition, Sierra Nevada Brewery will donate a percentage of every pint sold. This is a great opportunity for community members to enjoy a delicious slow-cooked meal while giving back to the community. Take-out orders are included.

United Way encourages the community to come have fun and savor some wonderful slow-cooked food at Smiley Guys, located at 131 Joerschke Drive in Grass Valley. Call 530-274-2933 for information or to order your take-out meal. For information, visit

Come join us for a night of fun, good beer and great food and remember to drink responsibly.

For information, call United Way at 530-274-8111 or visit

Daytime session of Healthier Living Class begins

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Western Sierra Medical Clinic will host a new daytime session of the six-week Healthier Living Workshop beginning Tuesday. The program is designed to support and educate individuals living with chronic health conditions and is free and open to the public.

Weekly classes will take place at Miners Family Health Center Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to noon in the facility's conference room. Classes cover topics such as pain and symptom management, the benefits of condition-appropriate exercise and nutrition, dealing with difficult emotions, relaxation techniques and tips for communicating with health care professionals.

Chronic conditions are generally defined as being of long duration and slow progression and may include heart disease, stroke, cancer, chronic respiratory diseases, diabetes, MS, celiac disease, ALS, arthritis and chronic pain.

"These classes continue to grow in popularity," says co-instructor Joanna Snider-Lipa, LCSW at Western Sierra Medical Clinic. "The program provides a true turning point in the lives of participants as they learn to manage their chronic health conditions with more ease."

Participant interaction, shared learning experiences and the creation of weekly personal action plans are part of the program.

This program was created by Stanford University and is made possible at WSMC through a grant from the California Collaborative for Chronic Disease Prevention.

Every participant will receive the companion book, "Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions," and a guided relaxation tape. Pre-registration is required and can be done by contacting Chris Grace at 530-274-9762.

For information about Western Sierra Medical Clinic, visit Miners Family Health Center is located at 1345 Whispering Pines Lane in Grass Valley.

Papa Murphy's pitches in

for brain tumor research

On Tuesday, Papa Murphy's Take 'N' Bake Pizza will donate 20 percent of proceeds made from regularly priced items to the National Brain Tumor Society. The NBTS is a leader in the brain tumor community, bringing together the best of research and patient services for patients, families, caregivers, researchers and medical professionals. The organization exists to find a cure and improve the quality of life for those affected by brain tumors. Each year, more than 210,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with a primary or metastatic brain tumor, which amounts to more than 575 per day. Mention this fundraiser when you come in. For information about NBTS, visit

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