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American Cancer Society (ACS) www.cancer.org 1-800-ACS-2345
1523 California Avenue * (661) 327-2424

The American Cancer Society is the nationwide community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer through research, education, advocacy, and service.  Visit our website for a list of services and programs that we offer. (makes connections to Kern Family Health Care)

American Youth Soccer Association
Region 73 - (661) 336-0964

Adaptive Aquatics Center
1800 Westwind Drive, Bldg 500, Bakersfield, CA 93301
For more information call (661) 322-9411.

Pool group exercise classes are lead by a lifeguard. The classes are $50.00 per month for three 1-hour sessions. Provider referral is needed for exercise classes. Independent pool exercise is $45 per month Swim lessons are available for all ages, for pregnant women (with a provider referral) and for children with special disabilities (with a provider referral). Cost varies on programs and age. Sliding scale fee is offered for low-income. Summer camp program for children 5-12 years of age include swim lessons, land exercise, and nutrition education. Healthy snacks are provided. Provider referrals are not needed. Cost range from $25.00 to $150.00 per child for the eight week program. Summer camp is offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Bakersfield Racquet Club
1660 Pine St., Bakersfield, CA 93301
Member owned private facility with a Courtside Restaurant, BRC Sport’s Shop and G & G Personal Training that is open to the general public. For information call:  (661) 325-8652

Bike Bakersfield
1708 Chester Avenue, Bakersfield, CA 93301
For more information call (661) 321-9247.
Visit their website for a list programs and their calendar of events.

The Bike Bakersfield program visits local elementary schools to provide free bike safety class for children. “Bike Kitchen” – you can donate a bike for repair or volunteer for their 10 hour program to receive a bike. The program teaches the basics of bike repair and maintenance. Ladies night – the second Tuesday of each night is a course on general bike maintenance.  The program begins at 6:00 p.m. and is for ladies only. Bike Bakersfield meets at Beach Park on the first Saturday of each month for a 12 mile bike ride.  The entire family is encouraged to come and enjoy the ride.

Boys and Girls Clubs of Kern County
801 Niles Street – Main site (call for other locations)
Contact Natalie Martinez at (661) 325-3730; nmartinez@bgclubsofkern.org

After school program:  Monday thru Friday, 2:00 – 6:00 p.m., $10.00 registration and $80.00 per month. Programs offered are computers, nutrition and cooking classes, photo club, dance class, art room and teen room, playground and full-size gym for soccer, baseball, football and other activities. Spring and Summer Camp: Monday thru Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Spring break: $10.00 registration and $90 per week, prices vary for summer camp.

Buck Owens Wellness Resource Center (no website)
1524 27th Street, Ste. 101, Bakersfield, CA 93301
Main line:  (661) 869-6580

The Center provides counseling with a dietitian. A provider’s referral is needed for an appointment with a nurse and/or dietitian. Accepted insurance:  Healthy Families, Health Net, Gemcare, and Kern Family Health Care. For details and more information, contact Barbara Smith, R.N. at (661) 321-3737 or Kira Wiggins R.D. at (661) 869-6581

Clinica Sierra Vista (CSV)
1430 Truxtun Avenue, Ste. 300, Bakersfield, CA 93301
Contact Angie Kurtz, R.D. or Ana Sanders, R.D at (661) 326-6490

All CSV sites offer nutrition services through their WIC program for pregnant and post-partum women, infants, and children up to 5 years of age. Medical nutrition therapy is available for all CSV patients with a CSV provider’s referral. Accepted Insurance:  various, please call to verify. Sliding scale payment is offered for low-income.

City of Bakersfield Recreation and Parks
Administrative Office
900 Truxtun Avenue, Ste. 100
Bakersfield, CA 93301
For information please call (661) 326-FUNN (326-3866)

Community Action Partnership of Kern
500 East California Avenue, Bakersfield, CA 93307
Nutrition services are available for WIC participants who include pregnant and post-partum women, infants, and children up to 5 years of age  For more details and  information call (661) 327-3074.

Michelle Chynoweth, R.D. C.D.E.
Dietitian provides nutrition counseling with a doctor’s referral. Private pay only. For more information call (661) 872-1295

Greenfield Walking Group
5400 Monitor Street, Bakersfield, CA 93306 – Stiern Park
Greenfield residents meet Monday through Friday from 8:00 – 9:30 a.m. to walk along Stein Park.  Anyone is welcome to join the walking group. Contact Jennifer Lopez at (661) 205-3743

Health Net
3100 19th Street, Ste. 300, Bakersfield, CA 93301
Nutrition Information Line at 1-800-804-6074
Medical nutrition therapy is available by a Health Net provider’s referral. Additional services for Health Net members include: "Weight Watchers" – 10 free weeks for children and adolescent ages 10-20. "Fit Families for Life" – a 5 week in home module. Accepted insurances: Medi-Cal, Healthy Families, Healthy Kids, and Health Net, you may contact Juli Coulthurst at (661) 321-3916 for local Health Net information.

Kern County Aging and Adult Services
Group Meals are available for anyone over 60 years of age at several locations.  Go to the web page for a list of sites. 24-Hour prior reservations may be required and a donation is requested. Some centers provide free or low cost transportation to and from the center.

Kern County Association of Diabetes Educators
For more information call (661) 833-1681.
To find a qualified nutrition professional -- a Registered Dietician (RD) in Kern County, call (800) 877-1600 Ext. 5000 or go to www.eatright.org.

Kern County Special Olympics
A local grass-roots movement that provides year-round sports training and athlete competition to children and adults with disabilities. For more information contact Dave Murphy (661) 322-9598  or email  sokekrn@aol.com

Kern Family Health Care (KFHC)
9700 Stockdale Highway, Bakersfield, CA 93311
For more information, call  (800) 391-2000 (Isabel Cintron)

Medical nutrition therapy with a registered dietitian is available to KFHC members through provider referral.  Free one-on-one nutrition counseling sessions, weight and diabetes management classes available to members in English and Spanish through self, staff or provider referral.

Kern Medical Center / Outpatient
Diabetes, heart healthy and weight loss classes are offered in English and Spanish. The patient needs to be referred by KMC or Sagebrush provider. Accepted insurance: MIA or self-pay. For more information call Wendy Phillips, R.D. e-mail: phillipw@kernmedctr.com

Kern Wheelmen Bicycle Club
P.O. Box 9662
Bakersfield, CA 93389
The Kern Wheelmen Bicycle Club is a group of some 150+ cyclists that live around Kern County, California who enjoy bicycling as recreation and sport.  As a Club, we seek to offer cycling events and/or rides that span a spectrum of cycling interests.

Kaiser Permanente (KP) Kern County
8800 Ming Avenue, Bakersfield, CA 93311
Shape (KP Kids™) Program - Pediatric Weight Management Program offers six sessions on nutrition, exercise, and family behavior change. The program includes interactive group learning, on-site physical activities, pedometers, games, prizes, snacks and more. The program is for children between the ages of 5-12. Cost for KP members is $95 for the first child, $47.40 for the second child and the third child is free. For more information call (661) 664-3846

National Health Services
Administrative Office and phone number
655 South Central Valley Highway, Shafter, CA
(661) 746-9194
Medical nutrition therapy is available for cholesterol, diabetes and hypertension with a dietitian or through classes offered in English and Spanish. A Dietitian is certified for weight management of children and adults and accepts referrals from any provider. 5-A-Day program provides basic nutrition education for the community and classes are held at all National Health Services’ clinics. Accepted Insurance: various, please call to verify. Sliding scale payment is offered for low-income. For more information contact Mona Dawar Ph.D. at  (661) 459-1810 or Jaelita Macanas R.D.

Police Activity League - Bakersfield PAL
301 East 4th Street, Bakersfield, CA 93307
For information call 283-8880
PAL provides assistance with homework and offers recreation through various sports such as wrestling, boxing, basketball, football etc. Students engage in art activities and have access to a game room. The after school program is free and runs Monday through Friday from 2:30 – 6:00 p.m. The girls’ social development class is for junior and high school girls. Girls meet once a week to learn about nutrition, sewing, cooking and other activities.

South Valley Bicycle Coalition
We love bicycling and have the common goal of making our communities more bicycle friendly.  Our mission is to promote equity and safety on our roadways for all bicyclists and to promote bicycling for transportation, recreation and fitness.

Terrio Therapy-Fitness
4101 Easton Drive, Bakersfield, CA 93309
Contact Lori Tolleson at (661) 377-1700 Ext. 208
Terrio Kids is an eight week program about nutrition, fitness, behavior modification, and parent coaching. The program is for children 8 years of age and upward. Classes are taught only in English. Clients are accepted by a provider referral or with a prescription. Cost vary upon insurance coverage.  With no insurance, the program cost is $250.00 per month or prepaid cost of $450.00 for eight weeks. Medical nutrition therapy with a dietitian is available for diabetes. Accepted insurances: most insurance are accepted except for Medical.

YMCA of Kern County
5800 District Blvd, Bakersfield, CA 93313
Office hours:  8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
After school program:  Monday thru Friday, 2:00 – 6:00 p.m., membership fee for 1 year is $75.00 for an individual - or a family rate of $140.00 with a monthly fee of $185.00, receive a 20% discount for more than one child. Programs offered are assistance with homework, daily art projects, and sports time for basketball, soccer and other activities. Day camps: 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Day and summer camps offer a variety of programs and prices vary by program


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