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EDH Community Vision Coalition Collaborates with Sheriff on National Rx Drug Take-back Day

EDH Community Vision Coalition Collaborates with Sheriff on National Rx Drug Take-back Day

On Saturday, April 30, the El Dorado Hills Community Vision Coalition “for safe, healthy and drug-free youth” collaborated with the El Dorado Sheriff’s Office for National Rx Drug Take-back Day.  The event took place at the Sheriff’s substation at Town Center between 10 am and 2 pm during which time over 5 trash-can size containers of prescription drugs were turned in for proper disposal. 

Reducing access to prescription drugs is a major strategy for the Coalition.  Prior to the Drug Enforcement Agency organizing this national event, the Coalition hosted two similar events and has been promoting awareness about the increasing epidemic of prescription drug abuse among teens.

Snowline Hospice to Host 18th annual Living With Grief® Program

Snowline Hospice to Host 18th annual Living With Grief® Program

Each year the Hospice Foundation of America (HFA) presents a nationally recognized distance learning program to more than 125,000 people in 2,000 communities. For more than a decade, this annual educational event has been instrumental in educating healthcare professionals and families on issues affecting end-of-life care. The program provides an opportunity for a wide variety of professionals – including doctors, nurses, funeral directors, psychologists, educators, social workers and bereavement counselors – to share and exchange ideas and obtain continuing education credits.

This year HFA’s 18th Annual National Bereavement Program focuses on “Spirituality and End-of-Life Care.” The program will discuss differences between spirituality and religion, while also addressing spirituality during illness, death and grief; spiritual assessment and empowerment, and life review.

To Count or Not to Count... That's the Question!

To Count or Not to Count... That's the Question!

To count or not to count… that is the question!  The answer is not to count!  Count what you ask?  CALORIES!!

It was announced recently by David Kirchoff, President of Weight Watchers, the world’s largest diet company, “Calorie counting has become unhelpful. When we have a 100-calorie apple in one hand and a 100-calorie pack of cookies in the other, and we view them as being 'the same' because the calories are the same, it says everything that needs to be said about the limitations of just using calories in guiding food choices."

Kirchoff and Weight Watchers have eliminated the company's popular "Points" system, which encouraged dieters to lose weight by eating any foods as long as they kept the portions small.

Friends don’t let friends drive drunk this St. Patrick’s Day

Friends don’t let friends drive drunk this St. Patrick’s Day

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Organic Living... it's worth it!

Organic Living... it's worth it!

Organic Living – Is there REALLY a difference between organically grown and conventionally grown foods?  What is conventionally grown food?  It seems that everyone wonders what the answers to these questions are - so you’re not alone!
 
**YES!  There’s definitely a difference between organically grown food and conventionally grown food.  Conventionally grown food is just a fancy name for the ‘regular’ food that you buy at the grocery store with no specifications on the package about it being organic.  To be legally labeled “Certified Organic,” the farms need to be free of herbicides, pesticides and fungicides for a given amount of time.  This amount of time depends on the organic classification that the farm has.  Essentially what this means is that there is nothing added to help the food grow faster, grow larger or fill your body with harmful toxins.  That’s right… harmful toxins

Blue Shield kicking off groundbreaking health study in El Dorado Hills

Blue Shield kicking off groundbreaking health study in El Dorado Hills

Blue Shield of California is kicking off a groundbreaking study this month to learn more about effective ways to increase non-exercise physical activity. 

During Heart Health Month roughly 240 Blue Shield employees will simultaneously walk and work on walkstations, which are treadmills with integrated computers and phones. This will happen twice a week over the course of 90 days, starting mid February.  

Of the 240 employees about 100 employees at the company's El Dorado Hills campus are participating. 

In addition to utilizing the walkstation, participants will be asked to complete surveys and take screenings prior to the study commencing, at the mid-point and end of the study. Researchers from UC Berkeley and Harvard will be studying the impact of different incentives on healthy behaviors.