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  • County Cool Zones open as temperatures heat up

    Gig Conaughton, County of San Diego Communications Office|Updated Jun 13, 2024

    The County of San Diego opened its annual Cool Zones program June 3, just as the region is expecting to face its first potential summer-like temperatures this week. The Cool Zones program was created two decades ago. It was designed to give older adults, people with disabilities and people with health concerns free, safe air-conditioned shelters to visit to escape extreme heat. The program will run from Saturday, June 1 through Oct. 31. Cool Zone sites include the county's 33...

  • Students are home from school: 4 tips to address youth mental health

    Dr. Donald Tavakoli, Special to the Village News|Updated Jun 13, 2024

    As high school and college students finish their spring terms and prepare for summer, it’s a critical time to check their mental health and consider how to engage in conversations about it. It is especially important for college students, as the “Second Annual Student Behavioral Health Report” revealed a significant jump in self-reported mental or behavioral health concerns among college students as compared to high schoolers. The report found college students self-report a near-50% increase in anxiety, depression and suici...

  • Fathers should be talking to their children about drugs and alcohol

    Nickolaus Hayes, Special to the Village News|Updated Jun 13, 2024

    What does it take to be a responsible father? While there are countless answers to this question, it generally means playing an essential role in a child’s life and showing up daily. Generally, fathers provide abundant love, support and involvement, making sacrifices to ensure their children are loved and cared for. A father is always there for their children, offering guidance, support and education. The greatest joy for any father is seeing their children thrive, do well in life and be healthy. Things can happen in life, h...

  • How to convince someone to get help for their mental health

    Stan Popovich, Special to the Village News|Updated Jun 13, 2024

    There are many reasons why some people are reluctant to get help for their mental health or addiction issues. In addition, many people are not sure what to do when encouraging someone to get the help they need for their mental health. As a result, here are seven suggestions on how to convince a person struggling to get some assistance. 1. Talk to the person instead of talking at them: Nobody wants to be lectured or yelled at. The person who is struggling is scared and they need help in overcoming their fears and resistance to...

  • Are sugar substitutes bad for you? Yes

    Dr. Jennifer Brix ND, Special to the Village News|Updated Jun 13, 2024

    Sugar substitutes were once touted as a miracle food because they had no calories, needed no land for growing and didn’t appear to impact blood sugar levels or weight. Synthetic sugars have now been suggested to cause weight gain, increase cancer risk and play a role in cardiovascular disease. Common synthetic sugar substitutes include saccharin, aspartame, sucralose and erythritol. Some were discovered accidentally, while others were created with the goal of being the next big thing in the low-calorie or no-calorie sweetener...

  • California Farm Bureau-sponsored bill targets health and economic impacts of wildfire smoke advances

    Updated Jun 6, 2024

    SACRAMENTO – Legislation sponsored by the California Farm Bureau that aims to improve the understanding of the health impacts of wildfire smoke and enhance the state’s ability to mitigate these impacts through data-driven approaches has passed the California Senate with unanimous support. The bill moves on to the California Assembly. Senate Bill 945, the Wildfire Smoke and Health Outcomes Data Act, authored by California Sen. Marie Alvarado-Gil, D-Jackson, seeks to establish a statewide integrated wildfire smoke and health da...

  • FPUD to replace GAC filter media at Santa Margarita treatment plant

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Jun 6, 2024

    The Fallbrook Public Utility District has awarded a contract to replace the filter media in the granular activated carbon vessels at the Santa Margarita Groundwater Treatment Plant. FPUD’s board voted 5-0 May 29 to award a $680,777 contract to Calgon Carbon Corporation for the replacement of Filtrasorb 400 carbon media over the next three years, and the contract allows for annual price increases based on costs but not to exceed 10% annually. The filters are part of the granular activated carbon system which removes per and p...

  • String of events bring life, death, healing into focus

    Tim O Leary, Special to the Village News|Updated Jun 6, 2024

    I pray, dear reader, that you permit me to detour from the mindless wanderings of my typical prattle. Today's fare will ponder the gift of life, the heartache of death, and the pangs of healing that follow the hurt. My week has been an emotional roller coaster. It will be tough to tell this tale with my usual allotment of ink. The week began with my publisher asking me to write about a local ministry with international ties. Next came the surprise birth of a baby goat, and...

  • Is it time for a cookware makeover?

    Karlene Karst BSc Nutrition, Special to the Village News|Updated Jun 6, 2024

    Have you ever heard of perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances? No? Well, perhaps you’re more familiar with their acronym PFASs? Or maybe you’ve recently heard on the news or from friends that cooking with Teflon pans can harm your health, and you realized that the nonstick coating that makes Teflon pans so easy to clean contains PFASs. People are unaware that these toxic chemicals accumulate in our environment and bodies and can have severe health impacts.  What are PFASs? PFASs are a group of man-made chemicals that...

  • The best clean, effective sunscreens

    Shelby Ramsey, Special to the Village News|Updated Jun 6, 2024

    Protecting our skin is just as important as protecting our internal and mental health. Which products are on my current and favorite clean sunscreen list? We'll get to that soon. First, let's talk basics. What is clean sunscreen? In my opinion, it's a brand that cares and values human health and the planet. The ingredients are transparent, easy to understand (no dictionary needed), has minimal ingredients, and does not harm your body. The assumption is many non-clean brands...

  • Dine 'N Dash to feature addition of student dueling chefs

    Julie Reeder, Publisher|Updated May 30, 2024

    Dine ‘N Dash, one of the premiere events of the year from Fallbrook Food Pantry, brings together local restaurants, pubs, bakeries, juice bars, and coffee shops for an afternoon and evening of food, fun, music, and giving back to our community in need. As a result of the Food Pantry’s new programs teaching students about nutrition and healthy cooking, they have added four student chefs as a SPOTLIGHT event. These high school students from the C.H.O.P. Culinary Arts pro...

  • CHOP program has been influential

    Brianna Trujillo, Special to the Village News|Updated May 30, 2024

    I am from the Pala Band of Mission Indians. I am a junior at Temecula Valley High School and I'm graduating this year, a full year early, to be one step closer to my goal of being a veterinarian. I had the privilege of joining the CHOP program hosted by the Pala Youth Empowerment Initiative, Pala Band of Mission Indians, and Fallbrook Food Pantry in February of 2024. Going into the program, I knew little to no information about cooking but I went in ready to learn it all....

  • My culinary journey leads to a career

    Arianna Gastelum, Special to the Village News|Updated May 30, 2024

    My passion and my journey in culinary have blossomed over the past year. I was able to take my first Introduction to Culinary class junior year. This year I was lucky enough to take two culinary classes, advanced culinary and advanced baking. Through those classes I have gained many skills that I was able to practice at school, home, and at work. My culinary classes quickly became my favorite classes and what I looked forward to the most throughout the school day. Not only for...

  • My culinary journey has just begun

    Maximiliano Bamford, Special to the Village News|Updated May 30, 2024

    It's an honor to be a part of this chefs dueling competition. I'm a part of the advanced culinary class at Fallbrook High School and for many years I have been obsessed with cooking. I haven't fully figured out what to do after high school, but my aspirations are to either go to a community college or go to a culinary school to improve and share my skills with the world. If I were to go to a culinary school, I would love to share the food ideas I have learned over my years of...

  • My culinary journey in the kitchen

    Madison Guerrettaz, Special to the Village News|Updated May 30, 2024

    I've been taking culinary classes for two years now. As a student, I've grown both inside and outside the kitchen, improving my skills and confidence significantly with the help of my culinary arts teacher, Mr. Cruz. Mr. Cruz has been integral in developing and fostering my love for cooking, but most of all baking. Through my classes at Fallbrook High School, I've been able to develop the skills I've needed to successfully navigate a kitchen both safely and efficiently and...

  • Foundation for Senior Care hosts 2024 Healthy Living Faire, June 8

    Updated May 30, 2024

    FALLBROOK – The Foundation for Senior Care is once again hosting the annual Healthy Living Faire scheduled for Saturday, June 8, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. This year's Faire will take place alongside the Fallbrook Farmers Market, with vendors set up between Alvarado and Hawthorne streets. Sponsored by San Diego Gas and Electric, the 2024 Healthy Living Faire offers a fantastic opportunity to engage with health-focused businesses and organizations. Attendees can explore a wide r...

  • County confirms 3rd measles case of 2024

    Fernanda Lopez Halvorson, San Diego County Communications Office|Updated May 23, 2024

    San Diego County public health officials have confirmed the third case of measles in the region this year in a 13-month-old resident who had recently traveled overseas. The county previously confirmed two other cases in the region this year. None of the three cases are linked, but all are associated with international travel. Before 2024, the last confirmed measles case in the county was in 2019. The unimmunized infant may have exposed others at the following times and locations: • Children’s Primary Care Medical Group El...

  • Dr. Wooten honored with California Public Health Award

    Fernanda Lopez Halvorson, County of San Diego Communications Office|Updated May 23, 2024

    The California Department of Public Health honored County Public Health Officer Dr. Wilma J. Wooten with its highest recognition, the Beverlee A. Myers Award for Excellence in Public Health. The Beverlee A. Myers award is presented annually for outstanding leadership and dedication to all aspects of public health. During the award ceremony in Sacramento, CDPH leadership honored Dr. Wooten's 23 years of County service, highlighting her leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic...

  • Temecula now accepting vendor applications for Health & Community Resource Fair

    Kim Harris, Special to Valley News|Updated May 23, 2024

    The city of Temecula announced it is accepting vendor applications for its 12th annual 2024 Health & Community Resource Fair scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 28. Guidelines for vendors are also available. “We are seeking vendors in the fields of health and wellness that can provide free health screenings, community resources, emergency preparedness, public safety awareness, and more,” the city said in a news release announcing its search. The event, once again sponsored by Temecula Valley Hospital, is designed to provide the com...

  • Need space – just say no

    Karlene Karst BSc Nutrition, Special to the Village News|Updated May 23, 2024

    Are you a people pleaser? I am, and at this time of my life, responsibilities and demands are at an all-time high. As a 46-year-old woman, juggling motherhood to three growing kids (two teenage boys and an eight-year-old daughter), a home, a large extended family, friendships, a spouse, and work, including a start-up business, is more than enough to make my head spin most days. Oh, did I also mention that I want to exercise, eat healthy, read, and go to bed by 10 p.m.? So how does anyone fit all these roles into their day,...

  • Mary Murphy of NCFPD is awarded the San Diego County Burn Institutes Maltese Award.

    Updated May 23, 2024

    FALLBROOK – North County Fire Protection District's Mary Murphy was awarded the San Diego County Burn Institutes Maltese Award. Murphy's journey in enhancing firefighter wellness began with her pivotal role in developing state fire training curriculum focused on cancer prevention and behavioral health for Firefighters and First Responders. Her commitment extends through her teachings across three San Diego County fire academies, where her knowledge and passion have touched the...

  • Help keep emergency rooms ready by giving blood or platelets

    Updated May 18, 2024

    SAN DIEGO – When every second counts, blood products can provide lifesaving care. The American Red Cross asks the public to give blood or platelets during Trauma Awareness Month in May to keep hospitals prepared for all transfusion needs, including emergencies. Type O blood donors and donors giving platelets are especially needed right now: Type O negative is the universal blood type and what emergency room personnel reach for when there is no time to determine a patient’s blood type in the most serious situations. Type O pos...

  • Talk to your veterans about substance misuse

    Michael Leach, Special to the Village News|Updated May 18, 2024

    There is a growing problem within the veteran community. Substance use, addiction, and overdose have impacted many veterans’ lives. Unfortunately, the stigma that surrounds addiction prevents countless veterans from seeking help. We must continue to destigmatize the discussion about addiction, focus on helping veterans, and highlight how drug education and early intervention play a significant role in reducing substance use, especially with alcohol. Alcohol is often the catalyst that leads to addiction for many people as i...

  • PHMG detects 'suspicious activity' shuts down phones, patient portal

    Village News Staff|Updated May 18, 2024

    Palomar Health Medical Group has shut down its phone lines and patient portal while it investigates “suspicious activity on certain computer systems within its network.” Fallbrook’s Graybill Medical Group is part of PHMG and is included in this shutdown. According to an NBC 7 news report, in a letter to patients dated May 6, PHMG said it detected the activity on May 5. PHMG took the affected systems offline, to “prevent the spread of any potential malware and launched an investigation into the nature and scope of the event,...

  • Mental health facts that can help someone you know

    Stanley Popovich, Special to the Village News|Updated May 18, 2024

    I dealt with fear and anxiety for over 20 years and there are 21 facts that I discovered during my mental health struggles that can help anyone who struggles with fear and anxiety. Knowing these important mental health facts can save someone you know a lot of time and money in the long run. 1. Getting help for your mental health is the best thing you can do. 2. Ignoring your mental health issues will only prolong the problem. 3. Running away from your mental health issues does not work. 4. There is no such thing as a quick fi...

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