ImPACt! Issue No. 4

Focus on Health Regional Meeting
Issue No. 4 January-February 2013
 Our January Regional Meeting: Focus on Health!

Dear Advocates, Advisors, Facilitators and Friends:
January 26th was our first Regional Meeting of the year! All but three of our People First and self advocacy groups were represented. We also hosted self-advocates from several local programs: Easter Seals Self Advocates from Marysville and Choices Connections Client Advisory Committee from Elk Grove. As always we came together in the spirit of cooperation and learning. Some 115 of you shared four hours of training, questions and activities. 
Since the beginning of the year is traditionally reserved for resolutions meant to change our life for the better, PAC identified health, exercise and nutrition as the focus for this meeting. 
Charles McCarron shared his 200 lbs weight loss journey that gave him back his life.  On the way he has climbed Half Dome in Yosemite, hiked and pedaled his way to a new, can do outlook. He also found friends and relationships he never expected, just a few years ago. As a man with developmental disability he talked about some extra challenges he faced convincing physicians he would be able to stick with dietary and post surgery restrictions as a condition to getting bariatric surgery.
Trudy Scott talked about connection between anxiety as well as depression and the foods we choose to eat. Her presentation sparked some interesting discussion about wealth and health connection. Can people who are paid sub-minimum wage really afford organic foods or grass-fed beef?
Of course we had our own group-Breaking out of the Disability Box develop a video about this subject, which had it's premier at the meeting.
Finally, information is power and your medical information is your power to live longer and get better medical care. We had a good presentation by our own Cindy Benson about health journaling and everyone got a copy of a health journal developed by Molly Kennedy so they can start using this tool to organize and communicate their medical information to their health providers. 
I would like to thank all our self-advocates, presenters, advisers, facilitators and volunteers for making this meeting such a success!
I am really looking forward to our next meeting in May and hearing how everyone used the information from this meeting in a positive way.
Ed Plon
Peer Advocacy Connection, 
Supported Life Institute. 
In This Issue
Visual Self Advocacy
Sub-minimum wage advocacy
Charles McCarron: 200 lbs weight loss
Trudy Scott Antianxiety Food Solution
Health Journaling
Calendar of Events
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Our Next Regional Meeting: 
May, 2013 from 10 am to 2:30 pm
Courtyard by Marriott, Cal Expo.
1782 Tribute Rd.
Sacramento, CA 95815

Please register through your chapter or call Ed at 916-567-1301 or e-mail
Bellow: Breaking Out of the Disability Box self advocacy group doing a video training on sub-minimum wage.

  BODB Training
Breaking out of the Disability Box is one of our youngest chapters.  It also has some of the younger members among all our groups.  They are students at American River College and are interested in animation and visual media as a way to popularize the message of inclusion.  The chapter just finished an animated short about sub-minimum wage. Please follow the link below to preview the short.

Charles McCarron's journey was called inspirational by many Regional Meeting participants.  His presentation featured " before and after" pictures.  What was striking about these pictures, was not necessarily the weight loss itself, but how radically Charles' life had changed in the last several years because of the weight loss: from a couch potato to a mountain climber!

Charles McCarron at RM
Trudy Scott CN is a Food Mood Expert and Nutritionist. Her book: The Anti-anxiety Food Solution is now available from New Harbinger or from her website:
Lunch at RM
Finally If you wish to try your hand at health journaling, here is a link:
This particular version was developed by Molly Kennedy.


ASAN Sacramento:
1st Monday of the Month
5:30 to 7:30pm 
Supported Life Institute
2025 Hurley Way # 105 
Sacramento, CA 95825

Sunday Socials:
Temple Coffee 
1010 9th Street 
Sacramento, CA. 95814
Alta Client Advisory Committee (CAC)
2nd Tuesday of the month
2:00pm to 4:00pm
Alta California Regional Center
Brenda Smith Conference Room 
2241 Harvard Street, Suite 100
Sacramento, CA 95815
February 12th, March 12th
ARC-Breaking Out of the Disability Box
Group is working on a new Video Project so meetings are specific to the project and current members, please contact Ed to join this group.
Feb. 3rd-Inclusion Video Production Planning
Auburn People First:
Every 3rd Tuesday-4pm
General Meeting at Bayside Auburn Church 450 Nevada Street, Auburn Ca. 95603
Officer Meeting Feb. 5th 3-5 1450 Oakridge Auburn, CA 95603
Chapter Meeting Feb. 19th 4-5:30 at Bayside Auburn Church
Spaghetti Dinner Feb. 19th 5:30-6:30 Bayside Auburn Church
Attend Dance-Yuba Sutter PF  Feb. 22nd 6-9pm Allen Scott Youth Center, Marysville
Capitol People First:
1st Saturday of the month general meeting: State Capitol Building, Rm 125
February: 2nd 
General Meeting from 1-3, State Capitol, Rm. 125
February: 4th
Board Meeting from 2:30-5pm at Disability Rights California
February 25th
Board Meeting  from 2:30-5 pm at Disability Rights California
March: 2nd General Meeting at State Capitol, Rm 125
March: 18th Board Meeting at Disability Rights California
March: 25th Board Meeting at Disability Rights California
Easter Seals Self Advocacy Group
Every Friday at 10 am at 1670 Sierra Ave. 601, Yuba City, CA
Jan.31st 10:30-11:30 at Easter Seals III
Galt PF:
Dec. 21st
9:30-11:30 Chapter meeting at the Horizon Church in Galt.
Nov. 16th
9:30-11:3O Abuse Training at Galt Adult Community Training
Marysville PF:
Every 3rd Friday of the Month
Feb. 15th:Meeting and Bingo from 5-8pm Round Table Pizza Marysville
March 15th:Meeting and Bingo from 5-8pm Round Table Pizza Marysville
Nevada County People First
3rd Saturday of the Month
10 am to 12 pm
321 Dorsey Dr.
Grass Valley, CA 95945
(Starting to work on community vegetables project)
Peer Advocacy Connection Meeting
Feb. 13th, March 13th
10am to 12:30pm
Supported Life Institute
2025 Hurley Way, Suite 105
Sacramento, CA 95825
Placerville PF
Meetings 4th Wed. of the month at Denny's Forni Rd. in Placerville at 3:30 pm
Tonya Sims: 530-417-6224
Linda: 530-626-7954


Valentine's Potluck Dance February 8th
6-9 pm at the Office of Education
6767 Green Valley Rd.
Bldg L. Placerville, CA
South Area People First
Wackford Community Center
9014 Bruceville Road, Elk Grove Ca. 95758
Room Poppy B
Zach Miller 916-240-0890
Free Museum Day 2/2/13 Old Town Sacramento
Chapter Meeting 2/9/13 Raley's 4900 Elk Grove BLVD, Elk Grove 95758
Officers at 1-2:30, General from 2:30-4:30
South Lake Tahoe PF
Officer Meeting: 1st Thursday of the Month 5:30-7 pm at Denny's    Feb. 7th, March 7th
2870 Lake Tahoe Blvd, So Lake Tahoe CA 96150
General Meeting: 3rd Thursday of the Month 5:30-8 pm at the Classic Cue,  Feb. 21st and March 21st 
 1965 Lake Tahoe Blvd, So Lake Tahoe, CA 96150




No Information at this time.



 Yolo People First: 

Feb. 9th 
General Meeting 12:30 to 3:30 at Davis Senior Center
Feb. 13th
Officer Meeting 5:30-8pm at Davis Senior center
March 9th 
General Meeitng
Feb. 13th
Officer Meeting
Yuba Sutter People First
General Meeting: 5 pm Round Table Pizza, Gray Ave. Yuba City.
Feb. 22nd:
Dance,Dance! at Allyn Scott Youth Community Center, Marysville, CA 95901
Having an event and you want to spread the word? Put it on the IMPACT calendar by contacting Ed at:
916-567-1301 or! 
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PAC meets on the second Wednesdays of each month from 10am to 12:30pm at Supported Life Institute.
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2025 Hurley Way Suite 105
Sacramento, California 95825