Health/Fitness

SHERIFF’S SEARCH AND RESCUE FORCE FINDS SEVERED ARM FOR INJURED CALTRANS WORKER

By Miriam Raftery

November 17, 2011 (Poway) – A quick-thinking emergency room nurse at Pomerado Medical Center in Poway helped reunite a Caltrans worker with his arm, which was severed in a freak accident at 1:45 p.m.  The nurse suggested calling the San Diego Sheriff’s Search and Rescue team to find the missing arm.

RAW MILK PRODUCTS RECALLED AFTER SAN DIEGO BOY FALLS ILL WITH E-COLI


November 16, 2011 (San Diego) – Raw milk products produced by Organic Pastures have been recalled and quarantined statewide by the California Department of Public Health after five children who drank the milk became infected with the same strain of E.coli. A San Diego County child was among those stricken.

 

5 TIPS TO PASS ON THE STUFFING THIS THANKSGIVING

 November 14, 2011 (National) --  It’s you against the turkey. Are you going to come out of this thing a butterball or a better woman for it? Don’t succumb to stuffing yourself this Thanksgiving, says internationally-renowned fitness and nutrition expert JJ Virgin, co-star of TLC’s hit series Freaky EatersIf you’re like most people during Thanksgiving, you mindlessly slip back into the kitchen to “clean” and nosh on seconds… and thirds… initiating the holiday-season binge that carries through New Year’s Eve.


Don’t give in and pack on the pounds unnecessarily! Instead, put the leftover triple-layer pumpkin pie back in the fridge and replace eating with these suggestions:

 

 

SAN DIEGO CHILDREN LOSING BULGE

New Study Reveals Obesity Rate Drops: “Live Well” program credited with positive results

November 11, 2011 (San Diego) -- It appears San Diego County children and adolescents are putting down the sodas and Twinkies and becoming more physically active.

A new study conducted by the California Center for Public Health Advocacy (CCPHA) revealed that the obesity rate among local children dropped by nearly four percent.

FITDESK PEDAL DESK TURNS SEDENTARY COMPUTER WORK INTO A HEALTHY EXERCISE OPTION

 November 11, 2011 -- (Nashville, Tennessee) - FitDesk is a unique product that combines two seemingly polar opposite activities - exercise & computer work - into one productive and efficient activity. The FitDesk Pedal Desk is an innovative product that allows a person to exercise comfortably on a stationary bike while using a laptop computer or playing a video game.

  

HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS DECLARE EMERGENCY DUE TO FUNDING CUTS THAT THREATEN MEDICARE AND MEDI-CAL FOR CALIFORNIA SENIORS, FAMILIES AND CHILDREN

By Miriam Raftery

November 10, 2011 (Sacramento) – California, already ranked among the nation’s worst in Medi-Cal reimbursement rates, faces more steep cuts in its 2011-2012 budget. In late October,the federal government approved the bulk of the state's cuts. Now, Congress will soon weigh whether to slash a mammoth half-trillion dollars from Medi-Cal and Medicare.
 

NEED A HELICOPTER RESCUE? YOU MAY BE PAYING THE BILL

November 5, 2011(San Diego) – Councilmember Marti Emerald says San Diego needs to recover its costs for use of the City’s medical/rescue helicopters. So she is asking Congress for federal permission to allow the city to charge patients for costs of treatment and rescue services. Emerald says the move is needed to assure rescue helicopters are available when needed.

NOVEMBER 2011 PROGRAMS FOR SHARP SENIOR CENTER AT GROSSMONT CENTER: DIABETES NOV 8

DIABETES LECTURE AND SCREENING
 
November 1, 2011 (El Cajon) -- November is National Diabetes Month. Learn about diabetes and how the proper nutrition can make a difference from a Sharp Certified Diabetes Educator. Lecture is Tuesday, November 8 from 2 to 3 p.m. followed by a free blood glucose screening from 3 to 3:30 p.m. at the Grossmont Healthcare District Conference Center, 9001 Wakarusa St. La Mesa. Reservation required. Call 1-800-827-4277.
 
 
 

TICKS TEST POSITIVE FOR TULAREMIA IN LOS PENASQUITOS CANYON PRESERVE

 
Hikers Urged to be Cautious and Use Insect Repellent When Hiking


October 28, 2011 -- Several ticks collected in routine monitoring last week in the Lopez Canyon area of Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve have tested positive for tularemia, a potentially serious illness also known as “rabbit fever,” County environmental health officials said Friday.
 

POLICE DEPARTMENTS STRIVE TO HELP OFFICERS COMBAT STRESS

By Elena Pena
 
October 26, 2011 (San Diego’s East County)--When we think about police officers, recent incidents such as shootings and high-speed pursuits come to mind. We might also think of their day-to-day duties such as patrolling, giving out tickets and responding to emergency calls. Rarely does the public actually take into account the high levels of stress and resulting health risks associated with being a police officer. 
 

MEDICARE OPEN ENROLLMENT: OCTOBER 15 - DECEMBER 7

 

October 21, 2011 -- Curious about what new benefits Medicare has to offer?  Looking to change your health coverage?  Medicare’s annual open enrollment started October 15.  During open enrollment, anyone with Medicare can make changes to their health care coverage. All final selections for next year’s Medicare coverage must be made by December 7.  Please visit www.medicare.gov/find-a-plan or call 1-800-MEDICARE for more information. 

TARGET RECALL CHILDREN’S FROG MASKS DUE TO SUFFOCATION HAZARD

 
 
October 21, 2011 (Washington D.C.). - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Target today announced a voluntary recall of children’s frog masks due to suffocation danger. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product. Scroll down for details.
 

MEDICAL MARIJUANA SUPPORTERS TO MARCH IN PROTEST TUES. OCT. 18 OVER FEDERAL SHUT-DOWN OF CA DISPENSARIES

 

Protest planned Tues. Oct. 18 at Civic Center

 

By Jeremy Los

 

Oct. 16, 2011– A medical marijuana advocate  stricken with scoliosis threatened to jump off an overpass above State Route 163 on Friday night after the U.S. Department of Justice announced plans to raid and shut down hundreds of medical marijuana dispensaries throughout the state.

 

HOUSE PASSES BILL THAT WOULD ALLOW HOSPITALS TO REFUSE ABORTION EVEN WHEN MOTHER’S LIFE IS AT STAKE

 

Local Republican Congressmen vote to deny emergency care to save mothers’ lives
 

By Shannon Michael
 

October 15, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – The Republican-controlled House this week passed a restrictive measure that would let hospitals refuse to provide an abortion even if urgently needed to save a woman’s life.

 

“The misnamed Protect Life Act is about allowing women to die if they need an emergency abortion,” said Meghan Rhoad at Human Rights Watch. “It is a vicious attack on women’s rights and on the most basic right to life.”

 

Local Republicans Duncan Hunter, Brian Bilbray, and Darrell Issa voted for the bill, H.R. 358, while San Diegio Democrats Bob Filner and Susan Davis voted against it.

CALIFORNIA ENDOWMENT NAMES SAN DIEGO’S GARY PETILL A HEALTH HAPPENS HERO

 

 

October 13, 2011 (San Diego) - Today, The California Endowment announced the first six ‘Health Happens Heroes’ award recipients honoring school food and nutrition directors from across the state who are pioneers in making healthier school meals that kids want to eat.  The awards coincide with National School Lunch Week (Oct 10-14), a time to raise awareness about how healthy school meals contribute to the well-being and academic achievement of children.


The California Endowment praised the work of
 GARY PETILL, Nutrition Services Director for the San Diego Unified School District, for working to improve healthy eating habits by offering more fruits and vegetables and implementing lunchroom salad bars featuring local and organic produce in every K-12 school in the district.  
 

FREE TEXTING TIPS FOR NEW MOMS CATCHES ON IN SAN DIEGO

 

Text4Baby Provides Health Tips to Thousands of New Moms in San Diego


 
 
October 13, 2011 (San Diego) -- Today, text4baby announced that over 2,000 new San Diego parents have signed up for its free text messaging service that provides vital pre- and postnatal information. Text4baby’s remarkable success is evident nationwide, with over 200,000 new parents enrolled in the free program since its launch in February 2010.

APPEALS COURT TO HEAR STATE BUDGET CASE OVER THREAT TO THOUSANDS OF DISABLED CALIFORNIANS

 

By Miriam Raftery

 

October 13, 2011 (San Diego’s East County)--The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments yesterday in Pasadena in a lawsuit that has sweeping implications for the state budget and thousands of low-income, disabled Californians and their families.

 

LIFE ON THE AUTISM SPECTRUM: LIFE WITH MOTHER

By Brian Lafferty

 

October 13, 2011 (San Diego) – When I was little I would have an occasional paralyzing fear that my mom and dad were going to die too soon. I don’t know why I had this fear. All I know is it would keep me up at night and it made me cry.

 

COUNTY UNVEILS WEST NILE VIRUS PREVENTION VIDEO GAMES

 

Games aim to make it fun for kids to learn how they can help prevent the disease

 

October 9, 2011 (San Diego)--Now, learning how to “Fight the Bite” and protect yourself from West Nile virus can be fun, says the San Diego County Department of Environmental Health. The agency has created a new website, http://www.SDSwatTeam.com, and two specially-created video games to let kids (and even adults) play while learning about protecting themselves and others from West Nile virus, the potentially-deadly disease that is spread by mosquitoes.

RAMONA ELEMENTARY STUDENT TESTS POSITIVE FOR WHOOPING COUGH


County Reports 379 Pertussis Cases for Region

 

October 7, 2011 (Ramona)--An East County elementary school student was diagnosed with pertussis, commonly known as whooping cough, County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency officials said today. The 9-year-old, who was up-to-date with immunizations, attends Mt. Woodson Elementary School in the Ramona Unified School District.

 

FLU VACCINE AVAILABLE AT SEVERAL LOCATIONS

 

 

October 6, 2011 (San Diego and East County) -- Sharp Healthcare announces a series of flu clinics in San Diego and East County.  A $2 donation is suggested.  Scroll down for details on locations. No appointments are necessary. These  flu vaccination clinics are for seniors aged 60 and over, adults with chronic illness and family caregivers of older adults. Call 619-740-4214 for details.

 
 
 
 

 

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AUTHOR DAVID HORGAN OFFERS TIPS FOR "WHEN YOUR PARENTS MOVE IN"

Medical Educator Offers Tips for an Easy and Harmonious Living Arrangement 

By David Horgan 
 
 
October 6, 2011 (San Diego’s East County)--There is a rising trend of parents moving in with their adult children. All across the country, the return of multi-generational living is having an impact. The pluses include a closer relationship with mom or dad and more time for grandchildren to share with their grandparents. The arrangement can work for both parties, but preparation is the key to harmonious family living.

HOW HEALTHCARE REFORMS WILL IMPACT YOUR BUSINESS: CHAMBER PRESENTS FREE PROGRAM TONIGHT IN LA MESA

 

October 6, 2011 (La Mesa) – How will federal health care reforms impact the health of your business and employees? The San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce presents a free program tonight, featuring a panel that includes physicians, representatives from the hospital and insurance industries, the County health department, and a human resources/employment law specialist.

 

16 DEATHS, 72 ILLNESSES FROM CONTAMINATED CANTALOUPES

 

Deadliest food outbreak in over a decade; illness may occur weeks after consuming Listeria bacteria

 

September 28, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – Federal authorities with the Centers for Disease Control and the U.S. Food & Drug Administration warn consumers not to eat cantaloupes unless you’re certain where they came from. If in doubt, throw it out.

 

Millions of cantaloupes are being recalled after sickening 72 people and leading to 16 deaths linked to Listeria in the deadliest food outbreak in a decade. The recall covers cantaloupes distributed to at least 25 states, with illnesses reported in 18 states, including California. 

16 ALVARADO HOSPITAL PHYSICIANS NAMED TOP DOCTORS

According to San Diego Magazine’s Annual Special Issue

 
September 27, 2011 San Diego, CA Alvarado Hospital Medical Center has 16 physicians in 11 specialties named "Top Doctors" in the annual San Diego Magazine "Physicians of Exceptional Excellence" survey done collaboratively with the San Diego County Medical Society.
 
 

COUNTY AWARDED COMMUNITY TRANSFORMATION GRANT


 

Health and Human Services Agency Awarded Grant to Help Create a Healthier Community  


   
September 29, 2011 (San Diego) -- The County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) was awarded a grant of over $3 million for prevention of chronic disease in San Diego. Today’s grant award has the potential to bring over $15 million to the region over the next 5 years. This is the second largest Community Transformation Grant awarded to a county government in the nation. 

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