Celebrating Healthy Lifestyles Throughout Stanislaus County

Contentment Health is a healthy lifestyle magazine designed to help you find the well-being you need and the life you want right here in Stanislaus County. There are so many cool things in Stanislaus County to celebrate, so many unknown heroes out there doing amazing things and so many hidden gems to shine a light on, and we can’t wait to introduce you to them!

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STORY UPDATE: Saving Bunnies, ONE ARTICLE AT A TIME

BY ALEX CANTATORE Contentment Health’s recent story “The Real Story of Abandoned Easter Bunnies” (p. 38-39, March/April 2015) has gone global, thanks to the support of the rabbit community. Randy Koga, founder of Trinket’s Memorial Rabbit Sanctuary, has received more than $800 in donations due to the Contentment Health article. He’s also received several phone […]

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Countywide Farmers MARKETS

BY ALEX CANTATORE The heart of the world’s most productive agricultural region. NO, IT’S NOT CHRISTMAS. BUT IF YOU ASK A LOCAL FOODIE, YOU MIGHT HEAR THAT FARMERS MARKET SEASON IS ACTUALLY THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR. Across Stanislaus County, in the heart of the world’s most productive agricultural region, a slew of […]

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Raising CROPS AND FUNDS

BY ALEX CANTATORE Everyone has sold chocolate, or cookie dough, or popcorn to help raise money for his or her school. But here, in the heart of America’s agricultural heartland, why not sell something local – and healthier? Why not sell fruit trees? That’s the question Jason Hall, Owner and General Manager of La Grange-based […]

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INSPIRATION on WHEELS

 BY JUSTIN SOUZA Even here, in the United States’ most productive agricultural region, most schoolchildren don’t really understand where their food comes from. And they certainly don’t know about the high-tech, cutting edge science jobs that drive modern agriculture. Enter the National Ag Science Center, based in Modesto. The Center was founded in 2010 to […]

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MORE VEGETABLES FOR THE future

BY KATELYN GOYETTE IN-SHAPE HEALTH CLUBS The valley is an abundant source of fruits and vegetables, but many are unaware of just how much is here. Just in the San Joaquin Valley alone, there are about 24 farms and 12 farmers markets. The great thing about living in the center of an agriculturally rich county […]

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THE WORLD CHAMPION ARM WRESTLER

BY ALEX CANTATORE “I’M VERY COMPETITIVE,” SAYS JUDY DODD, PLAINLY. It’s a drive that guided Dodd’s life as she arm wrestled at a world-class level, ultimately taking home a world championship. And it drives Dodd today, as she competes in the burgeoning sport of CrossFit. She sits inside a spartan gym with a few racks […]

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LOSING 150 Pounds, THE healthy WAY

 BY ALEX CANTATORE January 7, 2014. It’s the day that Amber Flores decided to change her life. In the past 15 months, Flores has lost 150 pounds. And it all started with a seemingly simple decision. “I just sort of said, ‘I’m done. Enough,’” Flores recalls. That one, transformative moment was years in the making. […]

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INSPIRING PLACES: Downtown Riverbank

 BY ALEX CANTATORE What was once a dilapidated downtown is now an adorable district, poised to become the hub of the city once again. After years of relative neglect, Downtown Riverbank underwent a multi-million dollar renovation project starting in 2007. The renovation is part of a much larger, longer-term plan to revitalize Downtown Riverbank, moving the […]

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Mexico, Ireland Come to Gallo Center

BY ALEX CANTATORE Mariachi Girl Foster Family Theatre Saturday & Sunday, March 21 & 22, 2 p.m. $8/12/20 Fun for the whole family – diversión para toda la familia – is coming to the Gallo Center for the Arts on March 21 and 22. Mariachi Girl, a bilingual, family-friendly musical, is making its California debut […]

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Stanislaus County FairVirginia White, She's Painting the TownTraffic streams by a mural honoring Royal Robbins on the building shared by Jaunt and Camp 4 at the corner of Needham and College in Modesto. The mural, handpainted by local artist Aaron Vickery, celebrates the achievements of Modesto’s famous climber. Adventurous skaters brave the cold to enjoy Turlock’s Fields of Ice as the sun sets on December 3, 2013. Just off Canal Rd in Turlock between November 29 and January 12, the rink at R.A.M. farms offered area residents an 80x60 foot ice field to skaters of every skill level.ALMOND BLOSSOMS
Almond orchards begin to bloom in Stanislaus County. Amidst drought concerns, farmers worry that low water availability will negatively impact one of the County’s largest crops for years to come.PROSPECT THEATER
Members of Modesto’s Prospect Theatre Company rehearse a new play while construction continues at the Company’s new location on K Street in Modesto. After 13 years on Scenic Drive, the venerable troupe made a move to a more spacious facility this January.
Stanislaus County Fair
Virginia White, She's Painting the Town
Traffic streams by a mural honoring Royal Robbins on the building shared by Jaunt and Camp 4 at the corner of Needham and College in Modesto. The mural, handpainted by local artist Aaron Vickery, celebrates the achievements of Modesto’s famous climber.
Adventurous skaters brave the cold to enjoy Turlock’s Fields of Ice as the sun sets on December 3, 2013. Just off Canal Rd in Turlock between November 29 and January 12, the rink at R.A.M. farms offered area residents an 80x60 foot ice field to skaters of every skill level.
ALMOND BLOSSOMS Almond orchards begin to bloom in Stanislaus County. Amidst drought concerns, farmers worry that low water availability will negatively impact one of the County’s largest crops for years to come.
PROSPECT THEATER Members of Modesto’s Prospect Theatre Company rehearse a new play while construction continues at the Company’s new location on K Street in Modesto. After 13 years on Scenic Drive, the venerable troupe made a move to a more spacious facility this January.