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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015 7B ANIMALS, from page 1B powers, and Florence Nightingale, who used small pets to provide companionship to patients. Cider is a perfect example. The 11-year-old mixed breed is a certified therapy dog living at the Eastern Plumas Health Care nursing facility in Loyalton. Staff members say hanging out with Cider produces "instant smiles." "The residents just love her," said Sue Whitfield, director of nursing. "She seems to know when somebody is sick. She's a very calln dog and will go up to residents and let them pet her, and they talk to her." At EPHC's Portola skilled nursing unit, 4-H kids visit annually bringing dogs, goats and small horses right into the facility. The unit also has love birds on hand to spend time with the residents, says Lorraine Nobel, director of nursing at the Portola campus. "They make this laughing sound and it's like they're laughing at you," she added. "And laughter is the best medicine. It really, really does help our seniors." In Cromberg, Horses Unlimited Inc. is a nonprofit organization providing therapeutic horseback riding for people with special needs in Plumas, Lassen and Sierra counties. Founded in 1969, it's part of the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International. HUI representatives say therapeutic horseback riding offers physical, emotional and mental rewards to individuals with disabilities. Research shows that horseback riding gently and yhythmically moves bodies in a manner similar to a human walking gait. Riders with impaired mobility can experience increased balance, muscle control and strength. In addition, when people with learning or developmental disabilities saddle up, it helps them increase their concentration, patience and discipline. Furthermore, the jury isn't out on animal advantages within in the justice system. Animals trained by Paws'itive Teams, a California organization training therapy and service animals, work with foster children during evaluation sessions as a stress reducer. The group also has a dog teaming up with kids who have to testify against their abuser. In some cases, a judge will allow the children to take the dog with them onto the stand for support. And if you have a newborn in the family -- get a pet. WebMD says babies raised in pet,friendly households may be less likely to experience allergies and asthma. Moreover, infants with dogs or cats at home have fewer colds and ear infections during their first year then those living with pet-free families. But for all of the wonderful, and Varied, benefits our animal companions give to us, we must give back. AVMA says the perks resulting from the human-animal bond must be symbiotic. "People experience great benefits from living or working with therapy animals, and we must make sure that the animals benefit from working with us," said Dr. Emily Patterson-Kane, of the AVMA Animal Welfare Division. "The real power of the human-animal bond is that people and animals can make each other's lives richer and more meaningful." Horses Unlimited riding students withdisabilities gain physical, Certified therapy dog Cider is a big hit with Eastern Plumas emotional and mental rewards in the program. Photo courtesy Health Care skilled nursing facility residents in Loyalton. Photo Horses Unlimited Inc. courtesy Eastern Plumas Health Care GA AJV4 ) 'LLNESS Health for Mind, Body, 201S Starts Here! 18+ Classes a Week Yoga for beginners to advanced plus restorative Gentle Fit Zumba & Fitness Egyptian Belly Dance Tai Chi Intro to Yoga/4 week series (starts Jan 18) 86 E. 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' * Pregnant women * Mothers with new babies * Children under five years including those cared for by a single father, grandparent, foster parent, step-parent or guardian * Migrant families We * Special checks to buy healthy foods * Education and support for breastfed babies * Nutrition education to make your family healthier * Referrals to health care and other community services Working Families May Quilfy Is Your Family Income Within These Guidelines? # of Persons Annual Monthly Weekly Bi-Weekly in Family Gross Gross Gross Unit Income Income Income 1 21,590. 1,800 416 831 2 29,101 2,426 560 1,120 3 3,051 705 1,409 4 5 36,612 44,123 51,.634 3,677 4,303 849 993 1,698 1,986 If you are pregnant, count yourself as two. These guidelines effective until 06-30-15 WlC comes to Greenville Portola & Chester. Call our Quincy office to schedule an appointment. WOMEN, INFANTS & CHILDREN . WlC.Office . 711 E. 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