CCHC’s goal is to provide every individual that walks through our doors with high quality service. We want people to thrive and live life to their fullest potential! Here at CCHC, we understand the importance of children’s well-being and we are pleased to announce the opening of a new Pediatric Department at our Glendale location on April 2nd, 2018!
The new pediatric suite will provide the following services, including but not limited to:
- School and Sports Physicals
- Regular Check-ups
- Sick Visits
- Dental Services
- Eye care to kids ages 4 & up, including General Exams, prescription of Glasses/Dilation
- Forms for WIC & Head Start Registration
- and much more.
Let’s keep our children happy and healthy! Call us at (818) 265-2264 to schedule an appointment or stop by to say hello!
Do you have a smoke alarm in YOUR home?
Smoke alarms in YOUR home can help save YOUR life and the lives of your loved ones. Smoke alarms allow you to get out of your home or building in time, in case of a fire.
- It is important that your smoke alarm is located inside of your room and outside, too. You want to be able to hear the alarms in case of an emergency.
- If you live in a big home, be sure to install more than one alarm. You want to be sure that everyone in your home is able to hear it, so that they can get to safety in case of an emergency. Make sure to perform the home safety check prior to moving in!
- Be sure to replace your home’s smoke alarms every ten years to ensure they work properly.
- If you or anyone in your family is hard of hearing you can install special smoke alarms that have strobe lights and bed shakers.
- If you are unsure if your smoke alarm is properly installed, you can always call your local fire station and they can inspect your fire alarm to ensure it is working properly
(National Fire Protection Association, 2016)
Your Safety Matters!
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CCHC is a comprehensive medical home serving various communities within the greater Los Angeles area. We offer a variety of services to the community; however CCHC is also committed to providing families in our community with essential resources that benefit the overall wellness of individuals.
On Saturday, August 12, 2017, CCHC Hosted its 2nd Annual Back to School Wellness Event. To ensure students are going back to school with the tools and resources required, we provided 635 backpacks filled with school supplies to the children in attendance. We were pleased to have enjoyed the day with over 900 members from the community.
Thanks to our community partners, sponsors and the communities we serve. We are extremely grateful for your support.
Aligned with our mission of ensuring the health and wellness of each individual we serve, over 300 children and adults in attendance received free health screenings at the event. With the support of our partners from the Glendale Community College Nursing program we were able to provide vision and dental screenings to the participants.
FUN, FUN, FUN!!!
Families also had an opportunity to receive health education materials and community resources, engage in fun games and activities, and enjoying the free food and music. Children in attendance were able to participate in various activities such as: rock climbing, face painting, and arts and crafts. Participants were also able to enjoy a soccer shoot out activity provided by our partners at Blue Shield of California. By collaborating with various organizations, our events continue to grow and support the needs of the children, adults, and families in our community. We aim to provide a fun, informative, and resourceful event for everyone and we look forward to doing so every year.
What’s the Buzz?
This is what the community had to say about this event.
What was most valuable about the event?
“Screenings and backpacks”
“Good info, backpacks with supplies”
“The dental screenings and rock climbing wall”
“Everything! Thank you for your effort to help the community”
Would you consider attending this event again or a similar Back to School Fair in the future? Why or why not?
“Absolutely, my kids loved their backpacks”
“Yes! We all had a good time”
“Yes, because the games were so much fun”
“Yes, because of the medical services”
We hope to see you next year!
For more information on how you can collaborate in our annual events, please contact our Outreach department via email at email@example.com.
Get lean in 2018
Let’s be real. Many of us set a “weight loss” goal every year. But, how many of us truly accomplish it? Losing weight is not an easy task. If you’re ready to get started, we have a guide to help you achieve this goal in 2018. Here are some useful tips:
Making the decision to lose weight is a big step. We recommend you write down how much weight you want to lose, why you want to lose weight and what you really want to accomplish by losing the weight. Some reasons may include, to feel better about yourself, family history of heart health diseases, or because you simply want to live a healthier life style. All these choices are reflected upon your decision to take the next step. It will be a constant reminder of why you want to lose the weight and will surely keep you motivated.
2. Healthy Choices
For many of us, this may be the most difficult to achieve. Our choices are reflected upon our attitudes and beliefs. Rewarding ourselves with a doughnut or maybe a slice of cake, puts you at a higher risk of developing unhealthy eating behaviors such as binge eating. The choices we make of what we put in our bodies have the biggest impact on our health. To get this process started, , we recommend you purchase and cook healthier choices of the foods you eat by having well-balanced diets and snacking on healthier foods. This involves, eating more fruits and vegetables and reducing the amount of red meat and sugars. Another good tip is to avoid sugary drinks and sodas and replace them with a glass of water.
We know many of us have busy lives and simply don’t have ‘time’ to go to the gym, but a little goes along way. Even if it’s as little as 10 minutes a day in your own home, it is better than nothing at all. The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states the best way to lose weight is by setting short-term goals. It is important to be specific and realistic with your goals. For example “I will start exercising 2 times a week for 30 minutes.” This puts more value into doing the work and increases your motivation.
We understand it may be frustrating to put in the work and not see immediate results. Remember to be patient and stay focused. It’s important to keep in mind that everyone’s body is different. Results are not instant and you may not notice it in the beginning. We recommend reflecting back to the reasons “why” you want to lose weight and use that as your motivation to keep going. You can also take pictures at intervals of your plan to see the impact of your weight loss.
Getting support from family members, coworkers, or friends is encouraged to keep you motivated throughout your journey. Setting a schedule and motivating one another will increase the chances of healthy behaviors and result in losing weight. Stay away from influences that will encourage unhealthy behaviors. For example, when someone offers you a doughnut or ice cream, remember to stay committed and think about all your hard work. This will encourage you to say “No!”
Remember, with the right tools, you can start the new year on a healthy note!
Do you practice food safety? If you are cooking for you or your family be sure that you handle the food safely.
The steps below are great to follow when handling food:
Constantly wash hands and surfaces!
- It is important that you wash your hands and surfaces because bacteria can contaminate food you prepare, and harm you or your family.
- Remember to wash hands properly for at least 20 seconds with soap and water.
- Be sure that all utensils are properly washed to prevent cross contamination.
Do Not Cross Contaminate!
- Raw meats, chicken, fish, and eggs can spread different illnesses because of the bacteria they naturally carry. It is really important that you don’t handle these food items near vegetables and remember to separate cooking meats and veggies.
- Have a plate for raw and cooked meats and remember not to place them on the same plate.
- Replace your cutting board once it starts to look worn out to avoid bacteria from hiding in small cuts.
- Store raw meat separately from other food items in the fridge.
Cook at the right temperatures!
- To avoid bacteria from growing, be sure to always freeze your food below 40· and when cooking a hot meal be sure to keep the temperature above 140· Fahrenheit.
- 40·-140· is a DANGER ZONE for food safety.
Put your food in the refrigerator
- Bacteria will begin to grow in your food if you do not put the food away in the refrigerator on time.
- Refrigerate your food promptly. Don’t leave food out for more than two hours. In the summer, food should be put away within an hour after consumption.
(Food Safety, 2017)
Comprehensive Community Health Centers (CCHC) is pleased to announce it has been granted funding from LA Care Health Plan to support efforts in serving vulnerable and underserved populations.
Funding will be utilized to purchase adaptive equipment to support patients with disabilities. It will allow CCHC to provide and improve population and individual-level reporting capacity, improve provider retention rates, and increase access to care for hearing impaired patients over the next 2 years.
To address the needs of our patients with mobility limitations, adjustable exam tables will allow providers to properly assess their patients and address their concerns. Hearing devices will help our hearing impaired patients improve their hearing and speech comprehension when they are in our care. Patients will be able to more effectively communicate with their providers and reduce any misunderstandings that may occur as a result of their hearing impairment.
CCHC received this grant through the Robert E. Tranquada Safety Net Awards aimed at improving the infrastructure for community clinics. CCHC is proud to be a recipient of the grant in support of our core values to provide everyone with accessible, culturally-appropriate, high quality health and wellness services.
For more information about LA Care Health Plan visit www.lacare.org
On December 16th, 2017, we hosted our 2nd Annual Toy Giveaway and Health Fair event to kick off the holiday season by distributing toys and providing fun games and activities to families living in Sunland-Tujunga and neighboring cities. The event was a great success in that it brought community spirit alive, with children and families enjoying a fun filled and a memorable day.
With the support of our community partners and organizations alike, over 1000 unwrapped toys were donated to children (ages 0-12). The Fire Department added some excitement by attending the event and donating hundreds of toys in support of the event. . We raffled off huge teddy bears, skate boards and other toys in addition to the 10 bikes donated by the Los Angeles Police Department Foothill Division.
In line with our mission of ensuring the health and wellness of each individual, over 200 children and adults in attendance received free dental and vision screenings at the event. With collaboration with West Coast University, we offered a smooth and easy screening experience for all attendees.
Event attendees enjoyed free lunch sponsored by El Pollo Loco, in addition to healthy fruits and healthy snacks, in line with the event theme of ‘working towards a healthy 2018”.
In addition to face painting, photo booth and other fun activities, holiday treats and great music added a great touch to the event.
We would like to take this opportunity to extend our gratitude to all our partners who supported us in hosting toy drives and/or sponsoring the event. With their collaboration, we were able to pull off this awesome event to empower those in our community.
You can find a complete collection of photos from the event on our Facebook page. Click Here!
Happy Holidays and we hope to see you next year!
Comprehensive Community Health Centers (CCHC) is pleased to announce it has received a $122,000 grant from Health Net Health Plan to support staff development and training opportunities at our organization.
The grant will be utilized to strengthen CCHC’s healthcare safety net through development and implementation of strategies that prepare new employees for success, foster an environment of professional growth, and improve staff engagement and retention.
To ensure our staff receive appropriate trainings in a timely and efficient manner, staff will have the opportunity to use and complete required trainings utilizing CCHC’s new learning management system. Funding will also allow CCHC staff to receive cultural competency training, which will support the organization in effectively delivering health care services that meet the needs of our communities.
The funding will also enable Medical Assistants to receive medical interpretation certification. By gaining the skills necessary to understand, communicate, and effectively engage with patients, our care teams will be better positioned to meet the needs of the diverse population we serve.
CCHC received the grant through Health Net’s Community and Infrastructure Investment Program. Health Net awarded $4.2 million to 22 healthcare organizations to support workforce development activities and improve the quality of health data collection. CCHC is proud to be one of the 22 recipients of this grant in support of our mission to improve the quality of health care provided to our patients.
People always talk about how we should respect our partners, and that it is important that we look out for warning signs of when our partner/s is being abusive. But, what if it is us that is being abusive toward our partner/s?
Would you be able to identify your own abusive behavior? It could be challenging, but not impossible. It is extremely important that we offer our partner/s respect and that they feel safe when they are with us.
Communication is Key! If you have a difficult time communicating with your partner, we’ve shared some tips below that can help improve that communication:
- Find the right time: it is important to always speak openly to your partner, if you are bothered about something, it is important that you talk about it. Be sure that you and your partner are both calm and not distracted.
- Talk face to face: avoid talking about important things via text, or on the phone. Face to face interaction is important!
- Do Not Attack: communicate with your partner how you feel by using “I” statements such as “I feel hurt” etc. Do not use “You” statements such as “You always do…..”. These statements provide the platform for your partner to misunderstand your point of view.
- Check Your Body Language: If you have good body language, your partner will feel that you truly do care and that you are listening to them. Have good eye contact and eliminate all possible distractions. Focus is golden!
- Use the 48 Hour Rule: If you are upset over something your partner did, you need to communicate it to them. Give yourself some time so that when you talk, you do not attack your partner verbally.
It could be hard to communicate with your partner, but if you are able to communicate effectively, many problems can be avoided in your relationship. This will help establish a healthy relationship.
Are you struggling with finding time to exercise? Many of us can relate! It is difficult to find the time to exercise, especially when you’re balancing a full time job with other responsibilities.
To help keep you more active, we’re sharing a few tips to keep you active throughout your day.
- On your way to work!
If you live near your job site, try walking or riding a bike to work. If you drive to work, you can increase your physical activity by parking as far as possible from the parking lot to the building entrance to increase your daily steps.
- Stay standing!
- If possible, try to stand while you are working. Standing desks are a great option.
- Do you work on multiple floors? Use the stairs instead of the elevator.
- Go for a walk around the block during your breaks to increase your daily step count and get some fresh air.
- Use a fitness ball instead of a chair!
This will help you improve your balance and tone your core muscles.
- Be ready to move!
You could always workout minimally while working by keep resistance bands and small hand weights at your desk and use them when you get a chance. If you don’t have weights, look for a heavy binder or book.
It might not be a full hour cardio session, but these small changes can help you stay more active and moving in the office! Good luck!
Southern Californian’s are used to earthquakes. Unfortunately, earthquake drills are a common activity in schools and the workplace. In Southern California, we are always talking about “The Big One” – presumably, we have a higher possibility of experiencing another big quake in the coming years. It sounds scary, right? Don’t be frightened, there are many things you can do to prepare yourself and your loved ones for an unexpected earthquake big or small.
Be prepared! Don’t let Mother Nature catch you by surprise.
|1. Secure your space! Identify the hazards in your home and secure any items that could fall during an earthquake.
|2. Create a Plan! It is important that you and your family create a disaster plan in case of an emergency. Be sure that your family members understand the plan and how to communicate in case of an emergency.
|3. Have a disaster toolbox!
a. Prepare a disaster supply box.
b. Store flashlights, blankets, water, food, and a first aid kit. You can also store anything you might find necessary for your family.
|4. Financial Hardships! Be sure to always keep your important documents together and in a safe place. Make sure to protect your home! You may even want to consider home insurance in case there is damage during an earthquake.
Now that you know how to better prepare for an earthquake, here are steps on what to do during the shake out.
- Drop, cover, and hold!
a. Drop low to the ground.
b. Take cover under a sturdy table or desk.
c. Hold onto until the shaking stops.
- Take safety measures!
a. If necessary, evacuate your home.
b. Help those who are hurt.
c. If possible, prevent further injuries.
| 3. Reconnect and restore your daily life. Natural disasters happen and we can be prepared if and when they do.
Source: Southern California Earthquake Center, 2017
New parents always have hard time understanding when the appropriate time is to take their children for their first dental visit. Studies conducted in the state of California show that “54% of children will have tooth decay by the time they start kindergarten in Los Angeles County alone.” According to the California Children’s Report card, in 2016, tooth decay was found to be the most common chronic illness affecting children. It is important for parents to understand the basics of dental hygiene and how to help prevent tooth decay in the early stages of their children’s lives.
Causes and Prevention
To prevent children from having early childhood cavities, parents have to first understand and find out if their child is at risk of developing cavities. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recognizes that children run a great risk of suffering from early childhood caries if they are frequently exposed to sugary liquids, such as breast milk, formula, milk, juice and other sweet fluids. Therefore, the AAPD suggests that children who are at risk of early childhood cavities visit a pediatric dentist by the age one.
So how should a parent understand if their baby is at risk? First and foremost, it is important for parents to periodically check for white spots on their children’s teeth. If white spots are present, this could be a sign of dental caries and parents are advised to schedule appointments with their pediatric dentist as soon as possible.
To prevent babies getting tooth decay, dentists recommend cleaning baby’s gums and teeth after every feeding.
For children between the ages of 1 and 6, dentists strongly recommend that parents limit intake of juice to 4-6 ounces per day.
A common cause of cavities is the bacteria that are spread from parents to children as a result of sharing. Dentists therefore recommend not sharing a toothbrush or utensils with children and instilling these habits early in childhood.
Dentists also recommend brushing children’s teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and the perfect amount of toothpaste should resemble the diameter of a penny!
As parents and caregivers, we must remember to schedule appointments with our dentists every six months for a basic cleaning, flossing and general check up for cavities or tooth decay.
For more information about dental services provided at CCHC, please click here! To schedule and appointment with one of our pediatric dentists, call:
CCHC Glendale – (818) 265-2259 | CCHC Sunland – (818) 273-8800 | CCHC Eagle Rock – (323) 543-2444
Are you feeling stressed? Don’t know how to deal with it? No worries, you are not alone. Everyone- adults, teens and even children experience stressful situations. Usually, in stressful situations we tend to rely on family and friends to vent and receive support, however this may not be sufficient for some people. Many of us need different forms of support to feel a sense a relief. Some people cope with stress by taking a vacation, others go for walks and some chose to meditate.
According to Mayo Clinic, meditation can help restore your calmness and inner peace when feeling stressed, anxious, tensed and worried. If you are not as familiar with meditation, don’t worry, we have some fun, inexpensive techniques to share with you today. Anyone can practice meditation. Whether you’re out taking a walk, waiting at the doctor’s office, or simply in your own home. When you meditate, you are able to block out thoughts that may cause you to stress. Here are a few of those meditation tips.
In this form of meditation, you form mental images of places or situations you often find relaxing. Examples are beach waves, bird chirping, soft music or simply, the warmth of the sun. Once you have your perfect mental image, try to use as many senses as possible to guide you through forming the image.
This type of meditation allows you to develop your conscious awareness by focusing on what you experience on a daily basis. You can observe your thoughts and emotions, but always remember to let them pass without judgment.
Qi Gong is part of traditional Chinese medicine that allows you to meditate while combining meditation with slow physical movement and breathing exercises.
Yoga is another popular form of meditation, which incorporates exercises with each movement. The poses require balance and flexibility, allowing you to distract your mind from stressful thoughts.
When meditation is performed, some of the most common features include focused attention, relaxed breathing, quiet setting, comfortable positions and an open attitude. Experimenting with various forms of meditation is recommended until you find what works best for you.
Next time you are feeling stressed, overwhelmed, exhausted or just tired, remember to breath, remain calm and meditate.
As you get older, it seems like you become more forgetful or you simply don’t have the head space to retain the information we receive on a daily basis. While you can’t get around the fact that your memory speed slightly decreases every 10 years of your life, here are 5 things to do to help your brain out:
Catch some zzz’s
Skipping out on hours of sleep may be the reason you sometimes forget a thing or two. Deep sleep can help shift memories into your long term brain space. If you get less than eight hours of sleep, you may want to adjust your bedtime.
Don’t go through that door!
It’s happened to you before. You’ve walked through a doorway and lost your train of thought. Researchers aren’t sure why this happens but recent studies have shown a correlation between recall memory and walking into a new space. So when trying to remember information, avoid the door.
Amongst all the hustle and bustle of everyday life, you will need to be still to remember information. At least for 8 seconds- that’s what studies have shown. Concentration during this short amount of time can help transfer memories from short term to long-term memory
Eat right, Think Right
Food impacts your thought process. Although the sugars and fats may keep you temporarily alert, it doesn’t serve the brain well. If you don’t already, be sure to include antioxidant rich foods, including colorful fruits and vegetables into you food diet.
Get ready to rumble!
Well, not really–just close your fists in rumble position and that should do it. Research has shown that clenching the fist of the opposite hand you write with can help you recall information you have recently memorized; however, If balling up your fists in fighting stance isn’t your thing, you could do some exercise instead. Exercise has a similar effect of increasing alertness and blood flow.
Image source: http://www.prevention.com/health/why-youre-forgetful
Stress: A common word and a normal daily experience of the 21st century. With everyone’s busy schedules and going about daily errands of ‘life’, people often complain about types of stress they endure at work, at home and everywhere else.
It’s hard to cope with stress, but engage in this discussion. How does one deal with stress? By resorting to food perhaps? Does eating replace the feeling one endures during stress or help to produce a ‘feel good’ effect? Why do people often resort to eating when they are stressed out? Many of us wonder about this common phenomena called “Stress Eating”. We try to cope with stress through food; we eat foods that make us happy or calm our nerves – mostly unhealthy – and often high in sugars and fat. It should be mentioned that stress can trigger other unhealthy behaviors such as less exercising, loss of sleep, drinking more alcohol, which in turn add up to the calories in our body.
It’s almost second nature to often hear these phrases from co-workers, family members or friends:
“I don’t feel like eating. Not in the mood. I am stressed out”.
“I had such a rough day, I am so stressed out. I can’t even think about eating.”
“I have such a busy schedule – I can’t catch a break. I am extremely stressed. Someone get me some ice-cream!”
“There are not enough hours in the day! Talk about being stressed! I need some comfort foods!”
Studies have shown that stress, for a short period of time, can suppress one’s appetite. Stress for prolonged periods of time does however lead to overeating. This is caused by a hormone called cortisol released by the adrenal gland. Cortisol increases appetite which leads to overeating. When stressed, admit it – one resorts to “comfort” foods such as pizza, French fries, Mac and Cheese, ice-cream, Cinnamon rolls, caffeine, sweets and many more. Stress is one of those things that just comes with daily life. How you deal and handle stress is key, and here are a few suggestions:
*Eating healthy is the key. Do you know that you can fight stress with food? Ironic but true. If you choose the right food, such as antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables, lean protein, and grains we can boost our immune system, reduce stress, and feel healthier.
*Eat regular balanced meals and have healthy snacks in between. Avoid binge eating.
*Drink a lot of water.
*Exercise. It is a great way to relieve stress. You can practice yoga as well.
*Sleep, plenty of sleep!
*Get social support. Talk to a friend or a family member.
Like in the movie Forest Gump, he says “…life was like a box of chocolates. “You never know what you’re gonna get.” We never know where life will lead us to and we cannot predict how things turn out. Take it day by day, while taking good care of yourself and your family. Work towards minimizing those areas that lead to increased stress and put a plan in place to reduce the stress level. Speak to your doctor or your medical team about how you can cope with stress and options to help you manage stress.
Do you love taking selfies and sharing them online? Do you spend hours getting ready and take multiple shots of your face until your chin looks just right? Are you extremely picky about what selfie you post and do you anxiously wait to see how many likes you can get? Well, we have some news for you: studies suggest that selfies may indicate low self-esteem and a slew of other mental health disorders.
In 2013, Oxford Dictionary announced “selfie” as its International Word of the Year, yet the word “selfie” can pretty much reflect the essence of this generation – the Millennial’s. Millennial’s are completely consumed by social media: activities such as sharing pictures of our food, places we visit, our Frappuccino, the classic gym photo, and most of all selfies. There are a multiple reports discussing the topic of selfies and how it affects confidence levels and more. According to psychologists, a person who takes a lot of selfies tends to have low confidence levels. Another indication of frequent selfie-taking activities suggests that individuals may be looking for validation from peers to determine their self-worth.
Typically selfies are not taken after any meaningful life event, they are taken for no reason at all: in restrooms, in the car while driving, during class, at work and in many inappropriate locations. After the selfie, it goes a step further when it comes time to post. Various filters and edits are made to erase flaws and create the “perfect” image. Perhaps if selfies were achievement photos snapped by people who overcame great hurdles in life or simply made a small difference in the world, there would be greater significance to the act of selfie-taking. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Society has altered our perceptions and has made us believe that physical attractiveness is our most important quality. In that respect, society teaches the younger generation that our self-worth is a reflection of how many followers we have on Instagram or how many likes and comments we can receive on our “flawless” selfies.
Let’s stay grounded and remember that our value and worth as individuals is much more than the validation we receive on social media. Let’s all take a moment to put our lives in perspective and realize that we all have so much more to offer than our exterior. If you are feeling unconfident, go for a hike, go to the gym and get those endorphins going. We must remember that flaws are beautiful and we all have something unique and wonderful to offer to the world.
Southern Californians always need to prepare for two types of natural disasters: Earthquakes and Wild fires. We all love those hot summer days but unfortunately, they often lead to wildfires that endanger our lives, homes and animals. That’s why it is extremely important to stay safe and take precautions to prevent more damage.
When a brush fire is burning near our homes, we all panic and hope that it gets put out as soon as possible. A million things run through our mind! Is anyone hurt? Can it be controlled? Will I have to be evacuated? While we focus on our lives and wellbeing, we have the brave fire fighters and fire crew on our minds, hoping they remain safe!
When we are in this situation it is important that we stay calm and seek safety.
Here are a few steps to help you get through such situations:
- Keep the area CLEAR! It may get hot, but it is extremely important to keep our backyards well kept. Make sure to pick up any dry leaves or materials that are likely to 2. If possible, trim off any hanging branches that can attract flames.
- Screen, Seal, and Close! Smoke may enter through vents, window or doors. Be sure to close these correctly to minimize the volume of smoke that enters our homes.
- Keep it all together! It is always a great idea to keep all important documents in a safe and easily accessible location in case of emergency evacuations. You should include documents such as birth certificates, passports, vaccination cards, or anything else you feel may be important..
REMEMBER, if it is not safe it is important that you leave it behind. Material items are replaceable. Your well being matters the most!
For more tips on wild fire safety please visit: www.firewise.org
Tired of the same old boring salad, day after day? Let’s face it, eating a salad everyday can get a little boring; iceberg lettuce, Caesar dressing, plum tomatoes, perhaps a touch of grilled chicken – how much repetition of this can you handle? The great outcome and health benefits of eating a leafy green salad are incredible and here’s a list of various ways we think you can use to spice up that salad up!
- Mix & Match your Greens: Changing your greens allows you to receive a variety of different nutrients. Try adding mixed greens, spinach, kale, arugula, alfalfa etc.
- Make your own dressing: Ranch, Cesar and balsamic vinaigrette are fine and dandy, but a unique dressing can take your salad to the next level of deliciousness. Try making your own vinaigrette with oils and vinegars. Try any of the recipes shared here (link to website).
- Add a little crunch: Adding different textures to your salad is a fun way to change things up. Try adding some roasted nuts like almonds, walnuts etc.
- Add some sweets and color: If your salads are usually a little bitter, throw in something sweet. Raisins or cranberry raisins are a delicious sweetener. Both are packed with fiber and add a whole different pool of flavors to your salad. Also, don’t be afraid to throw in a bit of nature’s candy—fruit. Try adding pomegranate bits, pineapple, chunks of mango, watermelon or strawberries. It’s perfect for the summertime!
- Change the texture: Most salads are just chopped veggies and lack variety. Avocado is a delicious ingredient you can add to smooth out some of that crunch. You can also add quinoa, garbanzo beans, pinto beans or come delicious boiled corkscrew pasta.
The absolute most important thing to remember is to have fun and be creative! Just because it’s a salad does not mean that you are limited to basic salad bar type ingredients. Adding unique toppings to your salad keeps your taste buds interested and keeps you eating healthy. Bon appétit everyone!
Photo Source: http://www.hellawella.com/turn-boring-salad-its-head-these-fun-recipes-and-tips
The skin care remedies we’re sharing with you, will not only save you some money, but you’ll definitely enjoy applying these onto your skin. The great thing is that all remedies are natural and they all include… FOOD!
Food is not only essential for us to consume, but perfect for brightening, tightening and moisturizing our skin. Clogged pores and dead skin cells contribute to acne and while there are many cleaners, acne remedies and more, it is important to remove all buildup in a proper and natural way. Using store-bought face scrubs or cleaners may cause skin irritation to some due to a variety of reasons, whereas using food as a natural remedy improves our skin in the most ordinary way. Keep reading to find out how you can keep your skin healthy with ingredients you can find in your kitchen!
Olive Oil works great as a moisturizer for dry skin. It also works great as a makeup remover. Apply a small amount on your palm and massage gently onto skin for about 1-2 minutes. Wash away with hot water and a washcloth (use soap if desired)
Sugar works as a natural exfoliator for the skin. This natural exfoliator will remove dead skin cells and leave your skin feeling smooth and bright. Squeeze the juice from half of a lemon into a small container. Mix one spoonful of sugar to make the exfoliating paste. Rub gently onto your face and hands. Leave on for 10 minutes and then remove with hot water by gently scrubbing away.
Yogurt has natural probiotics and lactic acid which helps soften and sooth the skin. You are able to use yogurt as a facial mask to rejuvenate skin and give it a beautiful glow. Add a tablespoon of olive oil and three tablespoons of yogurt to a container. Mix well and apply mixture to your face for about 30 minutes, three times a week.
Aloe Vera is able to speed up skin cell reproduction, fight inflammation and reduce redness. It works great for treatment of acne scars and helps sooth the skin. First access the Aloe Vera plant by selecting one leaf. You can find aloe vera gel from the aloe plants. Simply cut off a leaf from the plant and remove the thorns. Be with the thorns! Once you remove the outer layer, you will see a thick gel form. Apply the gel to face and leave on for 10-15 minutes. Rinse off with warm water while gently massaging the face. Apply moisturizer if needed.
Oatmeal is good for sensitive skin and may be applied as a facial to moisturize face. Apply one teaspoon of lemon juice, two tablespoons of oatmeal and one tablespoon of honey. Combine all three ingredients together, spread the mask on your face, and leave on for 15 minutes. Use warm water to rinse off.
Raw Apple Cider Vinegar
Raw apple cider vinegar is very beneficial due to its powerful healing compounds such as potassium, magnesium and probiotics. It can be placed on the skin to remove excess dirt, kill bacteria from acne, dead skin cells and remove the appearance of fine lines. It is important to dilute the apple cider vinegar with water. You may put half of portion of each. Due to the acidity, it is recommended to first test it on the bottom of your chin in case it causes an allergic reaction. If you are able to proceed, apply in small dabs on the face with a cotton ball. Leave on for 10 minutes until dry. (Rinsing is not necessary, but you may do so and apply moisturizer).
Baking soda works great as an exfoliant too! Apply a mixture of baking soda and water to make the paste. One tablespoon of each should be sufficient. Then apply to face and leave on for 10-15 minutes. Rinse off with warm water and apply moisturizer.
Now that you have some tips for a better skincare, remember that it is also as important to maintain a healthy diet. Work on avoiding greasy foods, eat healthy, incorporate more greens in your diet, eat more fruits and drink plenty of water!
“TV/media or video games are bad for your kids”. Is this true or is it just a myth? What effect does TV have on your kid? Let us discover together!
Parents often have a busy schedule trying to juggle between work, home, and everything in between – trying to achieve that work-life balance. Yes, yes… admit it- sometimes parents try to keep their kids busy by occupying them with TV or video games just to get a few minutes to finish up tasks and errands around the house. Let’s be completely transparent here – no, we are not pointing a finger at you; many of us are extremely guilty of the same “crime”. Or is it a crime?
Studies reveal that parental guidance on TV should start from an early age. You heard it right. Even if your kids are a few months old, TV can have a dramatic impact on them.
We often wonder if TV/media/video games have a positive effect on our kids. Think about this – do our kids learn from TV, especially if they watch educational movies or programs? The answer lies in what kids watch on a consistent basis. Are the programs kids watch educational or good for them to digest? What about kids who spend hours playing video games? Many of these games do contain substantial amounts of violence and inappropriate language and kids are exposed to them daily. Have we talked about the TV ads? That’s a whole other conversation.
Let us be honest. TV/video games have negative effect on our kids. How? Check this out:
- Impacts kid’s brain development. When TV replaces reading, less thinking occurs. Hence, it affects school performance. Less reading may lead to drop outs in the future.
- Encourages sedentary lifestyle, which may lead to obesity.
- Decreases social skills. Kids do not want to play with other kids or even go outdoor. They feel content playing with their video games.
- Disturbs sleep leading to concentration impairment.
- Leads to aggressive behavior due to violence on TV.
Whether we like it or not, technology is advancing, and watching TV has become part of the everyday activities in many households. How do we tackle this and deal with all this information? As parents and community members, we have to be smart about decisions we make for kids and how much we enable them to explore and ‘grow up.’ So, what can we do and how do we alleviate some of these issues.
Here are some helpful tips:
- Turn off the TV during meals and enjoy family time.
- No TV in kids’ bedrooms.
- Watch TV together. Control what they watch and enjoy each other’s presence!
- Limit the hours. Interact more with your kids: talk and play with them more often.
- Encourage kids to do outdoor activities such as sports. We do not want our kids to end up being a couch potato.
- Read a book. This will have a tremendous impact on your kid. You can visit the library or have kids check out books from their schools. Our organization also has a great literacy program implemented from the Reach Out and Read platform, where each kid will receive a book after every well-child visit. How amazing is that? Parents can read to their kids and work to improve their kids’ literacy levels and strengthen their parental bonds.
Every kid is their parent’s pride and joy. Let us provide a healthy environment; let us read, play, and talk with our kids. They are our future!!
This project is/was supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number H80CS10607 Health Center Program, total award amount of $2,493,062 with 88.9% financed with nongovernmental sources. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.