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The well-known and popular Survivor Mud Run made a triumphant trek to Lathrop earlier this year (April 21 and 22) as 4,719 participants tackled a barrage of obstacles nearly four miles long. Action included hurdles, a cargo climb, a cargo craw, a log jam, monkey bars, legs of rubber, a woven web, a survivors slide and, of course, mud pits. The daunting obstacles, some even tagged with monikers like 'ditch of death' and 'doomsday hill' did little to deter Oakdale Leader classified advertising coordinator Michelle Kendig from an experience she says was 'priceless'. She had an opportunity to share ...

July 24, 2012 | Ike Dodson | Health & Wellness

Zumba: The dance of life

Zumba is a way of life.

July 24, 2012 | 209 Health & Wellness | Health & Wellness


Tamara McKinstry, a registered dental assistant, had been taking classes in cardiopulmonary resuscitation for years as part of her certification process, but never gave it much thought outside of the classroom. But that all changed one night in 2010 at an Atwater bar owned by her mother.

July 24, 2012 | By SABRA STAFFORD 209 Health & Wellness | Health & Wellness

Firefighters, soccer moms take it to the next level

Derek Leong thought he was pretty fit and healthy.

July 24, 2012 | 209 Health & Wellness | Health & Wellness

If You DON’T Snooze, You Lose

Loud snoring may appear hilarious in the movies, or be comically mimicked by a family member who hears "logs sawing" down the hall, but obstructive sleep apnea is no joke. It can raise your risk of a stroke, increase your blood pressure, and put you more in danger of having diabetes.

July 24, 2012 | By RICHARD PALOMA 209 Health & Wellness | Health & Wellness

Want to reduce ER wait time? There’s an app for that

So you broke your ankle slipping on that ladder doing something you knew wasn't a good idea.

July 24, 2012 | 209 Health & Wellness | Health & Wellness

Pointers for protecting feet from skin cancer

Walking on the beach, frolicking in the surf, participating in sports, strolling through a theme park while on vacation - your feet will carry you through a lot of fun this summer. But can paying attention to them help you avoid the most common form of cancer in America? Possibly, experts say.

July 24, 2012 | | Health & Wellness

Hold your place at ER online at Doctors Medical Center

Tired of spending hours in a stuffy, overcrowded ER waiting room? Doctors Medical Center of Modesto has a solution with InQuickER. This is an emergency room service that facilitates patient satisfaction by allowing consumers to hold a place at the ER online, while waiting in the comfort of their own homes.

July 24, 2012 | | Health & Wellness

How parents can help their kids achieve good oral health

More than two-thirds of children will have at least one cavity before their 19th birthday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report. While tooth decay remains one of the most common health problems in children, it is also the most preventable, experts say.

July 24, 2012 | | Health & Wellness

Valley Oak takes a multi-specialty group approach

Valley Oak Dental Group is a multi-specialty group practice committed to providing the highest quality dental care in a comfortable, caring environment. Established in Manteca in 1979, the dental practice has grown as the dental needs of the surrounding communities have grown.

July 24, 2012 | | Health & Wellness

Fighting the five most common foot woes

From eating better foods to getting an adequate amount of sleep and exercise, we're a very health-aware society. So why is it that many Americans routinely overlook one of the cornerstones of good health?

July 24, 2012 | | Health & Wellness

Eating out: Keeping the focus on healthy

Everyone loves a treat now and then, but how do you enjoy a night out on the town without packing on the pounds thanks to the oversized, filled-with-fat, portions served at restaurants? According to Diane Alcorn, RD, Registered Dietician and Director of Nutrition and Food Services at Oak Valley Hospital, it is possible to eat healthily without sacrificing taste and fun.

July 24, 2012 | By KIM VAN METER 209 Health & Wellness | Health & Wellness

Sonora Regional Medical Center offers holistic approach to joint pain

Is joint pain keeping you from the activities you enjoy? Sonora Regional Medical Center offers a patient-centered approach to joint pain, from non-invasive conservative treatments to joint replacement surgery.

July 24, 2012 | | Health & Wellness

First signs different, but threat similar for men & women

Special to 209 Health & Wellness

July 24, 2012 | | Health & Wellness

Holistic Life Institute offers acupuncture assistant training

The Holistic Life Institute, School of Massage and Natural Health in Oakdale, is pleased to announce the opening of its newest program – "Acupuncture Assistant" – which leads to Acupuncture training via a registered tutorial.

July 24, 2012 | | Health & Wellness

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