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  • Mindful Beginnings: The importance of prioritizing mental health in your New Year's resolutions

    Updated Jan 22, 2024

    Rhonda L. Randall, D.O. Special to the Village News With the New Year here, many are still considering what will be on their list of resolutions, and mental health should be top of mind. A recent study shows that in 2023, one of the highest reported New Year's resolutions was to improve mental health (36%), reflecting a growing recognition of mental well-being as pivotal to our overall quality of life and highlighting a collective commitment to prioritize self-care and emotion...

  • Healthy Habits: Drinking Water – 9 types for hydration

    Updated Jan 21, 2024

    Dr. Megan Johnson McCullough Special to the Village News We all too often hear that we need to drink more water. Staying well hydrated is beneficial for every cell in our body, good for our brain, and is necessary for our body to function efficiently. We have the choice of so many beverages that opting for plain water isn't always appealing. There are nine types of water we can drink, so maybe knowing the choices can steer us towards this liquid if there's a particular type...

  • Dry January and Beyond: Stop drinking for your health

    Updated Jan 18, 2024

    Dr. Archana Dubey Special to the Village News Millions of people worldwide are participating in the health movement of Dry January,by choosing not to drink alcohol for the month. Because many Americans reported increasing their alcohol intake during the coronavirus pandemic, there is concern that consumption has remained high even after the pandemic ended. Health professionals report they are seeing increased drinking habits, especially among women. California ranks 34th in the nation in excessive drinking, with 19.1% of adul...

  • Prevent flammable liquid burns

    Updated Jan 18, 2024

    SAN DIEGO – There is a growing concern among first responders and the medical community over the increased occurrences of flammable liquid burns. Flammable liquid burns occur when liquids that can easily catch fire come into contact with the skin and ignite. These burns can be particularly dangerous due to the rapid spread of flames and the severity of injuries they can cause. Flammable liquid burns commonly result from accidents involving gasoline, alcohol, kerosene or other volatile substances. These accidents might...

  • Taking charge of your health: Cervical cancer and the importance of regular check-ups

    Updated Jan 18, 2024

    VISTA – In our busy lives, it is crucial for every woman to prioritize her health. One aspect that often goes unnoticed until it’s too late is cervical health. Cervical cancer is a serious but preventable condition, and getting care at the right time can make all the difference. So, what is cervical cancer, why do regular check-ups matter, and how can the women’s health services at VCC can be a valuable resource for you? Cervical cancer typically starts with abnormal cell changes that may develop into cancer over time....

  • Dry January can be a huge help

    Updated Jan 11, 2024

    Nickolaus Hayes Special to the Village News Drinking during the holiday season is commonplace. Social drinking is widely accepted and lightens moods and brings people together. However, many people see their drinking habits change and find themselves consuming more alcohol than usual. The holidays are a complex time of year; even the weeks leading up to it can be challenging. Dry January is an opportunity to abstain from alcohol for the entirety of the first month of the year and reset your mind and body. If you need a...

  • Parkinson's Support Group to learn about sound healing

    Updated Jan 11, 2024

    FALLBROOK – North County Parkinson's Support Group (NCPSG) Fallbrook invites anyone interested to join its monthly Parkinson's Support Group meeting, Friday, Jan. 26, 10 a.m. to noon. The meeting is held at the Fallbrook Regional Health and Wellness Center 1636 E. Mission Road. The guest speaker will be Daniel Ide - CHT, MNLP, RADT, who will talk about the “Benefits of Sound Healing/Claim Your Power.” Ide is a fellow within the recovery community and a long time educator with an eclectic history of study, training and...

  • Feeding San Diego prepares for increased food donations with SB 1383

    Updated Jan 11, 2024

    SAN DIEGO – Feeding San Diego, the county’s leading hunger relief and food rescue organization, will be working with a new type of food donor this new year: large-scale businesses that serve up massive quantities of purchased and prepared foods. As outlined by Senate Bill 1383, California’s Short-Lived Climate Pollutant Reduction Law, which first went into effect for Tier 1 businesses Jan. 1, 2022, as of Monday, Jan. 1, 2024, the following businesses must donate edible surplus food to food recovery organizations like...

  • Fallbrook Food Pantry has been serving the community since 1991

    Updated Jan 11, 2024

    FALLBROOK – Social scientists say that giving to others is good for the giver – acts of generosity actually make them feel better. And surrounding oneself with generous people is infectious. With these motivations in mind, the Golf Club of California Women's Club expanded their organization's purpose beyond golf, to include contributing to the well-being of Fallbrook. The Fallbrook Food Pantry is one of their favorite charitable organizations. Several years ago, the club...

  • Food carries health risks

    Shelby Ramsey, Special to the Village News|Updated Jan 11, 2024

    Did you ever stop to think that every bite of food you eat comes with its own set of health risks? Given that studies have indicated we spend a little over one hour a day eating – isn't it worth educating yourself on best practices, as well as tuning in to how restaurants approach crafting your meals? What you put in your mouth today has gone through several stages: It has been grown, watered, touched, picked, lugged, transported, refrigerated, frozen, prepped, cleaned,...

  • California adds resources to fight the opioid crisis

    Updated Jan 4, 2024

    SACRAMENTO – Governor Newsom launched a new tool to continue California’s efforts in fighting the ongoing opioid crisis on Dec. 14 – a comprehensive website with resources for Californians: Opioids.CA.GOV, https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CCDPHP/opioids/Pages/landingpage.aspx. This website serves as a reliable source of information on prevention, data, treatment, and support where Californians can also access information related to the state’s use of opioid settlement funds and efforts to hold drug-traffickers...

  • County's Free4Me Program recognized with award

    Updated Jan 4, 2024

    Cassie N. Saunders County of San Diego Communications Office The County of San Diego's Free4Me program was awarded the 2023 California State Association of Counties Challenge Award. The program provides free menstrual products in County bathrooms. The Challenge Awards is an annual celebration recognizing innovative and creative programs across the state. Nearly two-thirds of low-income people in the United States report being unable to afford menstrual products at some point...

  • Six reasons why you should take your mental health seriously

    Updated Jan 4, 2024

    Stan Popovich Special to the Village News 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...

  • Simple ways to make meals healthier

    Updated Jan 4, 2024

    Cooking food at home is one of the simplest ways to gain greater control over personal health. Cooking at home is the easiest way to know precisely what you're putting into your body each day. Cooking your own meals also enables you to customize recipes so they align with any dietary restrictions or personal preferences you may have. According to a 2021 survey by the consumer market research firm Hunter, 71% of people in the United States planned to continue cooking more at...

  • TrueCare places in top 20% of health centers for clinical quality excellence

    Updated Jan 4, 2024

    SAN MARCOS – TrueCare, a nonprofit community-based health center serving San Diego and Riverside counties, has been honored with the Health Center Quality Leader (HCQL) Silver badge for achieving the best overall clinical quality performance and improving health outcomes for patients in rural and underserved communities. This distinction is awarded to the top 20% of health centers nationwide by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services through the Health Resources...

  • Temecula Valley Hospital receives the 2024 Women's Choice Award as one of America's best hospitals for patient safety

    Updated Dec 28, 2023

    TEMECULA – Southwest Healthcare Temecula Valley Hospital was named one of America's Best Hospitals for Patient Safety by the Women's Choice Award, America's trusted referral source for the best in health care. The award signifies that TVH is in the top 4% of 4,728 U.S. hospitals for patient safety in safe surgery practices and lower rates for complications and infections. "Not all hospitals can say they are the safest in the country, and by identifying those who are, the...

  • TrueCare acknowledged as a breastfeeding friendly health center

    Updated Dec 28, 2023

    SAN MARCOS – TrueCare, a nonprofit community-based health center serving San Diego and Riverside Counties, has been recognized as a Breastfeeding Friendly Health Center (BFHC) by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), California Breastfeeding Coalition (CBC), and California WIC Association. TrueCare is the only Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) in California to achieve this recognition. The organization has been a trailblazer in becoming a breastfeeding-friendly health center. Over the past four years,...

  • Bromelain to the rescue for chronic sinusitis

    Updated Dec 28, 2023

    Karen Jensen, ND Special to the Village News Chronic Rhinosinusitis (CRS) is one of the most common lingering medical conditions worldwide. CRS affects one in seven people each year in the U.S., compromising the quality of life (QOL) in all age groups. CRS had a more significant effect on social function, an essential aspect of QOL, than ischemic heart disease, chronic heart failure, or rheumatoid arthritis, based on how miserable the symptoms were. Even so, little is written about CRS, treatment is controversial, and it is...

  • Are your groceries costing you your fitness goals?

    Updated Dec 28, 2023

    Shelby Ramsey Special to the Village News We have all been tempted, distracted, or given in to foods or products at the grocery store that were not on our list. Some of which we regretted the next day after consumption. (And some of which we did not regret!) It's like being the main character in a crazy video game. Instead of constantly trying to swerve and dash cars as the character illegally attempts to jaywalk, it's the unhealthy, processed foods, and sweet treats that...

  • Hope Clinic for Women reviews 2023

    Updated Dec 28, 2023

    FALLBROOK – In 2023, at 1,040 client visits, Hope Clinic for Women (HCW) provided over 4,620 free services valued at more than $678,000. Women's services included pregnancy tests, maternity and infant resources, ultrasounds, abortion pill reversals, parenting classes, and mentoring. In June 2023, HCW initiated new fatherhood programming for dads and dads-to-be that included weekly coaching visits and a monthly Guy's Night Out event where all coaches and dads met for pizza...

  • Writer is praised as a pioneer at Fallbrook's new wellness center

    Updated Dec 21, 2023

    Tim O'Leary Special to the Village News I rarely consider myself a pioneer, but recently I was praised as one and I have three certificates to prove it. For my volunteer work with Fallbrook Regional Health District's Wellness Center, I received a certificate of recognition signed by state Assemblymember Marie Waldron, which said, "In honor and gratitude of your commitment to providing quality health education and services ..." A certificate of commendation signed by Jim...

  • 5 ways seniors can exercise their minds in 2024

    Updated Dec 21, 2023

    Brittany Tran Special to the Village News Research has shown there are steps we can take to maintain our health as we age. In my work with UC San Diego's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, I meet seniors every day who are taking a proactive approach to aging by enrolling in the continuing education courses we offer. The approaching new year brings exciting possibilities and opportunities to continue the journey of cognitive well-being. How can older adults keep their minds sha...

  • Tips to avoid excessive drinking during the holidays

    Updated Dec 21, 2023

    Marcel Gemme Special to the Village News During the holidays, the time before Christmas and New Year’s Day accounts for some of the highest rates of alcohol consumption. Christmas week especially creates a number of opportunities for drinking. Whether you are attending family gatherings, work parties or other celebrations, there is endless temptation to consume alcohol. Even those individuals who are social drinkers tend to find themselves drinking more alcohol. Fortunately, there are practical tips that you can use to poli...

  • Healthy Habits for Bonsall & Fallbrook Folks – Running fast – How to increase speed

    Updated Dec 21, 2023

    Megan Johnson McCullough Special to the Village News Some people have the gift of speed when it comes to running. What makes a person get from point A to point B faster than others, has a few factors to keep in mind. Physical fitness ability certainly plays a role, mindset towards running and technique can be influential to speed. Physiological factors are big indicators of speed. The circulatory system with your heart and lungs are the oxygen pumpers, so their health and...

  • New year will bring expanded Medi-Cal coverage to people ages 26-49

    Updated Dec 13, 2023

    Cassie N. Saunders County of San Diego Communications Office Starting Jan. 1, more San Diegans will be eligible for full Medi-Cal coverage. A new state law gives full Medi-Cal coverage to adults ages 26-49, regardless of immigration status. "Expanding Medi-Cal to cover younger adults is desperately needed in such difficult financial times. Providing a safety net to our most vulnerable neighbors is incredibly important and builds the opportunity for San Diegans to thrive,"...

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