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  • Burn Institute to hold annual Firefighter Boot Drive

    Updated Feb 22, 2024

    SAN DIEGO -- On Thursday, March 7, local firefighters will take to the streets for the Burn Institute Annual Firefighter Boot Drive. Hundreds of uniformed firefighters will be stationed at intersections across the county to collect donations for the Burn Institute's fire and burn prevention education and burn survivor support services. North County Fire personnel will be found on Ammunition and South Mission Road from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. collecting donations; 100% of the...

  • Affordable health screenings coming to Temecula

    Updated Feb 22, 2024

    TEMECULA – Residents living in and around the Temecula area can learn about their risk for cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, diabetes, and other chronic, serious conditions with affordable screenings by Life Line Screening. Grace Presbyterian Church will host this community event on March 15. The site is located at 31143 Nicolas Road in Temecula. Screenings can check for: · The level of plaque buildup in your arteries, related to risk for cardiovascular disease, stroke and overall vascular health. · HDL and LDL...

  • County's Love Your Heart event encourages San Diegans to know their blood pressure numbers

    Updated Feb 22, 2024

    Cassie N. Saunders County of San Diego Communications Office The County’s Love Your Heart campaign is celebrating 13 years of supporting San Diegans in understanding the importance of heart health through a variety of ways, including hosting no-cost blood pressure screenings at locations throughout the county and Mexico. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, and the second leading cause of death in San Diego County and Mexico. In 2022, nearly 5,000 people died in San Diego County from heart...

  • TVH achieves milestone with 100th transcatheter aortic valve replacement

    Updated Feb 22, 2024

    TEMECULA – Southwest Healthcare Temecula Valley Hospital (TVH) announced the successful completion of its 100th Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) procedure, marking a significant milestone in the hospital's commitment to providing advanced cardiovascular care to the community. TAVR is a minimally invasive procedure that treats aortic valve stenosis, a condition where the heart's aortic valve becomes narrowed, restricting blood flow. The procedure is an...

  • Life's reset button

    Updated Feb 22, 2024

    Kate Rhéaume, ND Special to the Village News Feeling sluggish and burned out, and reaching for the “Life Reset Button” only to realize there isn’t one? Fortunately, there is a course of action anyone can take to start fresh, stay balanced, and feel rejuvenated, and the best news is, it’s not complicated. Let us start with movement. Being active is the most cost-effective mood booster and stress buster money can buy. Exercise is as effective as medication in treating low mood and helps reshape brain structure to...

  • Small changes during Heart Health Awareness Month can put California seniors on path to better health

    Updated Feb 22, 2024

    Dr. Damanpreet Jamarai UnitedHealthcare February is Heart Health Awareness month, a great time to start on the path to better heart health and wellbeing and to understand the risk factors that can contribute to heart problems. Late last year, the America’s Health Rankings report highlighted a startling fact: heart disease is one of eight chronic conditions that has reached record highs since the report began tracking health and wellbeing in the United States. Despite a decline in deaths tied to heart disease, it remains...

  • Poetry with Purpose event raises funds to combat suicide among military vets

    Tim O Leary, Village News Correspondent|Updated Feb 16, 2024

    Words make us wonder. Words make us feel. Words help us heal. Those realities dawned on me during the most recent Poetry with Purpose gathering in Temecula, an event that raised funds to prevent suicides among our military veterans. About 40 people paid $15 each to speak and listen Thursday, Jan. 18, at The Coffee Shop, 27725 Jefferson Avenue, a hybrid food and drink business. The beneficiary was a nonprofit group, Save the Brave, and the host. The poetry group was launched...

  • How healthy is your milk?

    Shelby Ramsey, Special to the Village News|Updated Feb 16, 2024

    I'll cut to the chase – likely very questionable. Do yourself a favor. Turn your milk container around. It doesn't matter if you drink whole milk, skim milk, almond milk, or cashew milk. Turn it around. Look at the ingredients. If it seems: You can't pronounce them Have no idea what they are, or It's a tremendously long list (just for milk) It may be time to re-evaluate your weekly milk purchase choice. Milk is not just milk anymore. What was delivered to our parents or...

  • Healthy Habits: Grapes – Nature's candy that's good for you

    Megan Johnson McCullough, Special to the Village News|Updated Feb 16, 2024

    Grapes are sometimes called "nature's candy" because they have a sweet/sour taste that many people enjoy. They're an easy, convenient, quick snack with nutritional value. They're an ingredient and flavor for jellies, jams, wines and juice. They also come in dried form as raisins. They come in different varieties and colors including green, black, red, pink and yellow. The list of benefits is quite long for grapes, making them a go-to fruit to munch on. Grapes are high in...

  • Healthy habits build healthy smiles

    Updated Feb 16, 2024

    Fernanda Lopez Halvorson County of San Diego Communications Office Cavities are the most common chronic childhood disease. When left untreated, cavities in children can be painful or cause infections leading to learning issues, school absences and even emergency room visits and hospitalizations. The good news is that they are completely preventable. February is National Children’s Dental Health Month which promotes the benefits of good oral health from an early age. “It’s never too soon to begin taking care of...

  • FRHD expands its collaborative partnership with Palomar Family Counseling

    Updated Feb 9, 2024

    FALLBROOK – Fallbrook Regional Health District and Palomar Family Counseling Service, Inc. are pleased to announce an exciting expansion in their collaborative partnership. FRHD hosted an Open House at its Community Health & Wellness Center to officially launch this collaborative partnership and to spotlight the collective dedication to mental health and community support. What's included in this partnership are counseling services that are now available to the...

  • Get the help to understand Covered California insurance options

    Updated Feb 9, 2024

    VISTA – The New Year brings with it an opportunity for people to prioritize the health and well-being of themselves and their family. It also brings the opportunity to enroll in the kind of health insurance that is right for each person. With the help of their expert staff, Vista Community Clinic (VCC) is here to guide people towards a healthier and more secure future. Open enrollment for Covered California runs through the end of January, and allows individuals and families to enroll in or make changes to their health...

  • California Poison Control: Make a New Year's Resolution to protect children from cannabis edibles

    Updated Feb 9, 2024

    CALIFORNIA – Children don't know that the colorful cannabis edibles wrapped in packages that often mimic familiar-looking brands of gummies, candies and other snacks can be risky for them to eat. but adults do. And according to California Poison Control, these edibles can increase the risk of accidental poisoning and send children to the emergency room. Edibles have become so pervasive that there has been a dramatic increase in the number of incidents in which children younger than 5 are eating edible cannabis products bein...

  • Stay sober and maintain healthy romantic relationships

    Updated Feb 9, 2024

    Jody Boulay Special to the Village News Recovering from addiction is different for each person. There are circumstances where a person in recovery feels a need to pursue romantic relationships. Valentine’s Day can often create emotions that spark this desire. Generally, most health professionals recommend that people in early recovery from substance abuse wait about one year before pursuing a new relationship. However, there is no set-in-stone time limit, but it’s crucial never to lose sight of recovery goals. California...

  • Parkinson's Support Group to learn about mobility products

    Updated Feb 9, 2024

    FALLBROOK – North County Parkinson's Support Group (NCPSG) Fallbrook invites everyone to join them for their monthly Parkinson's Support Group meeting, Friday Feb. 23, 10 a.m. to noon held at the Health and Wellness Center 1636 E. Mission Road. The speakers will be Ben Marsh and Kindra French from 101 Mobility and Sam Bosboom from Rollz Mobility. The topic is “Home Safety for Aging in Place & Mobility Products.” 101 Mobility is the largest full-line provider of mobility and accessibility equipment in the nation, and it...

  • Assemblymember Marie Waldron announces expanded Right to Try legislation

    Updated Feb 1, 2024

    SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Marie Waldron (R – Valley Center) introduced AB 1944, legislation to allow patients with rare and ultra-rare diseases to work with their doctors to seek cutting-edge individualized treatments, Jan. 29. Rapid advances in medical innovation enable researchers to design treatments specifically tailored to individual patients based on their genetic information. Sadly, many patients with rare diseases will never have the opportunity to try these groundbreaking treatments. The current FDA clinical...

  • Flood victims should watch for mold

    Tracy DeFore, County of San Diego Communications Office|Updated Feb 1, 2024

    Flooding from the Jan. 22 torrential storms was bad enough, but now residents cleaning up their damaged homes face the threat of mold. The longer materials stay wet, the more likely mold will grow. It takes only two to three days for mold to form. Mold can pose health problems, especially for young children, seniors and those who are already ill. Long-term exposure can affect anyone. To take care of it, flood-impacted residents can hire a licensed mold remediation contractor w...

  • Embracing love and memory: Valentine's Day for older adults

    Updated Feb 1, 2024

    Vicky Gemme Special to Village News While Valentine’s Day is often associated with young love, it is also a very significant milestone for many older adult couples who have spent their lives together. It is a day to not only celebrate lasting love but to reflect on the memories they have shared. And while this day may be joyous for some, for others who may have lost their significant other, it can be a challenging time that requires additional support. Aging adults can celebrate Valentine’s Day in various ways. With such...

  • Six reasons why you should take your mental health seriously

    Stan Popovich, Special to the Village News|Updated Feb 1, 2024

    Many people underestimate the impact that mental illness can have on an individual or family. It can be difficult to admit that you have a mental health problem in your life. Secondly, it can be just as difficult in getting the people you know to understand your situation without making any kinds of judgments. As a result, here are six reasons why you should make your mental health an important priority in your life. 1. Your situation will improve if you get help: Your anxieties and fears can be challenging to manage and...

  • High blood pressure linked to poor gut health

    Dr. Karen Jensen, Special to the Village News|Updated Feb 1, 2024

    High blood pressure is a significant risk factor for human health. In the U.S., 116 million people experience hypertension, and in Canada, it’s one in five adults. Recent research on gut microbiota and high blood pressure has received increased attention showing an association between the two. Gut microbiota is key to human health, and maintaining gut microbiota health is essential. The gut microbiome, what is it? The gut microbiome is an ecosystem that contains a diverse population of microorganisms, including yeasts,...

  • Chi is the key

    Updated Jan 25, 2024

    Inglis Carré Special to the Village News What is Chi? It is a special type of energy. Every living thing has Chi. Inanimate objects have it also. Chi flows in our bodies through pathways called meridians and it can be enhanced by special exercises, massage, and meditation. Chi also surrounds us. It is in the very air we breathe. The Chinese character for Chi represents steam, vapor, or mist rising upward from a pot of rice, which is connected to the concept of nourishment....

  • Michelle's Place to honor Executive Director Kim Gerrish, Feb. 2

    Updated Jan 25, 2024

  • What is the pain scale?

    Shelby Ramsey, Special to the Village News|Updated Jan 25, 2024

    You've been asked this question before. Where do you rate your pain on a scale from 1-10? Do you know what each number means? It's confusing but clarity will soon be yours. Most medical facilities use the Stanford Pain Scale (1-10) as a reference guide. Pain tolerance is subjective. This is how the scale is generally explained: Pain level: 0 – You are not experiencing any pain at all. 1 – You are having an occasional mild pain, but it doesn't have much effect on you. 2...

  • Screen time is slowing children's neurological and social development

    Updated Jan 25, 2024

    Martha Rosenberg The Epoch Times Forty years ago when television was king, women used to joke about setting the table with the remote control placed next to the fork, so addicted were people to TV. Flash forward to today’s screen culture, and you find many children spend more time on screens than they do sleeping or with a full- or part-time job. Increased screen learning in schools and COVID-19 shutdowns have added to the mix of video games, smartphones, laptops, and tablets that have all but captured today’s children....

  • Stretch dollars for radiant health

    Updated Jan 18, 2024

    Stephanie Rubino, ND Special to the Village News Shocked by your recent grocery bill? Food prices continue to climb, and food insecurity has serious health implications for everyone. Healthy food access and consumption are essential and should not be compromised. One of the first steps to eating well while protecting your wallet is meal planning, which helps people create a focused grocery list and search for deals that allow them to save. There are useful phone apps that can help people shop for sales6 and compare store...

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