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Eating fruit provides a variety of health benefits.


Fruits contain many vitamins and minerals that help your child grow and stay healthy. People who eat more fruits in an overall healthy diet have lower risks of some chronic diseases. Include fruits in meals and snacks every day. Fruits may be fresh, frozen, canned, or dried, and may be whole, cut-up, or pureed.

Choose canned fruits packed in water or 100% juice instead of syrup, because light or heavy syrup adds sugar and calories.

WIC San Ysidro Health Center


Fight the Bite News- Posters- Articles

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

Recovery Happens


National Recovery Month provides a vehicle to celebrate these accomplishments and helps to spread the positive message that behavioral health is essential to overall health, that prevention works, treatment is effective and people can and do recover. Recovery is Real

On Saturday Sept 7, 2013 was the "Recovery a Community Affair." Please select the image for more information.



Decorating with poinsettias has become a holiday tradition


One of the most delightful decorations at Christmas is the poinsettia.

Beautiful Poinsettia Ornaments are often used as a holiday center-piece decorations, and are a beloved holiday tradition.

Before you put the poinsettia on the mantel and hang that mistletoe, there are a few things you need to know.

plant has different chemicals a d potential reactions, and while those in plants such as rosemary and...


Don't Wait. Get Flu Vaccine Today


Flu shots - Seniors.....If you are 65 years or older, it’s especially important for you to get flu vaccine every year. You are at higher risk of developing severe complications from the flu, such as pneumonia, that can make you seriously ill and put you in the hospital. Even if you’re healthy, you’re still at higher risk of flu-related complications. And if you have chronic medical conditions, like heart problems, diabetes, lung problems such as asthma, or cancer, getting the flu can make those problems worse. The flu and its complications could prevent you from staying active and living independently.

.....The best way to protect yourself is to get the flu vaccine. And tell your friends and fam. ily to get vaccinated, too—they will be protecting themselves and you from the flu!

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that more than 60 percent of seasonal flu-related hospitalizations in the U.S. each year occur in people 65 and older.Contact your physician or visit for flu-vaccine locations.

Beware of Holidays Scam


.....The holidays are here and unfortunately, scheming and scamming do not Bewaretake a break for the holidays. For most people the holidays are the most wonderful time of the year, including scammers and thieves. Be vigilant. The holidays provide extra opportunity for a variety of theft and financial-fraud scams. Scammers look for easy targets and you may be considered just that.

... Black Friday is the start of great holiday shopping deals. Be extra careful with online buying and never agree to reveal your personal information just to participate in a promotion. Don't fall for prices that are too good to be true -- they usually are.

.....Mail and telephone scams ...


Help Mom Aid Homebound Seniors


.Getting good soups with variety of vegetables...Since the County’s More on the Menu (MOM) program began in April 2012, your donations have provided more than 14,000 deliveries of fresh fruits and vegetables to some of the neediest homebound older adults in San Diego County. MOM has made a difference in the healthy food choices for these participants.

One happy recipient sent us a thank-you letter: “May I thank you for all the great food you send to me at the end of each week. I make some good soups out of all the good vegetables.”

Every dollar received from the community goes directly to the purchase of fresh produce; the County covers administrative costs.For more information about supporting MOM, visit

Dead Birds Show West Nile Virus Season Not Over


.....Two more dead birds have tested positive for West Nile virus, prompting County officials to remind people to protect themselves from mosquitoes that can carry the potentially-deadly disease even as -- fall -- seemed to be bringing cooler temperatures.

.....“We think of West Nile virus as a warm-weather disease and we are starting to see cooler days and nights, but finding these birds should remind everyone to be careful,” County Environmental Health Director Jack Miller said. “Fortunately, there are easy ways to protect yourself, such as wearing insect repellant and long-sleeved shirts and pants if you’re out at dusk when mosquitoes like to feed.”


Simple Tips to Stay Prepared

By San Diego County Aging and Independence Services


This is the time of year when we switch to daylight savings time. Many people use this change as a reminder to put a new battery in their smoke alarms. With that safety measure in mind, there are other steps people can take to safeguard their homes and themselves.

The following are some personal preparedness tips and home preparedness tips from the County’s Ready San Diego:

— Register your cellphone and email for emergency notifications with AlertSanDiego on the Ready San Diego website.
— Establish an out-of-state phone contact to help reach separated family members in case of a disaster.
— Create a family disaster plan and each year review, update and practice it.
— Create an emergency supply kit and inspect it every six months. Include at least 3 days of food and water (a gallon per person per day) for each family member, current medications, battery-powered radio and flashlight, working batteries, first aid kit, a change of clothing and pet supplies, if needed, and some cash (ATMs might not be available)
— Store the disaster kit in an easily accessible location so you can take it with you should you need to evacuate.
— Make duplicates of prescriptions, insurance papers and other critical documents and store them off-site.
— Learn how and when to use a fire extinguisher.
— Keep your vehicle’s gas tank at least half full at all times.
— Know how and where to shut off utilities in your home, such as the gas and water valves and circuit breaker.
— Inspect your home for evacuation routes and potential hazards, such as tall, heavy furniture that should be secured to the wall.
— Make a video/list of all valuable possessions in your home, with the make, model and identification number.
— Review your insurance coverage. Make sure you are adequately covered to replace your home, personal property and landscaping.

These are just some of the ideas provided in the County’s website.

San Diego Finds a Sweet Way

to Make Everyone Smile Happy and Healthy

By San Diego County Childhood Obesity Initiative


....SAN DIEGO- Healthy Kids Choice today announced the 5th annual Candy Buy Back program in San Diego County. From November 1st-8th, children who wish to bring in their excess, unopened Halloween candy to participating dentist and physician offices located around the county will receive $1 per pound. Collected candy will be sent as a gift to United States military service men and women serving our country overseas via Operation Gratitude. Families can cash in and “treat the troops” all the while supporting their children’s health.

“This program is a perfect fit for the San Diego community. We are very encouraged by the number of dentists and physicians who are volunteering to participate this year and are hopeful our local families will see the many benefits this program brings,” states Cheryl Moder, Director of the San Diego County Childhood Obesity Initiative, a program facilitated by Community Health Improvement Partners.

How does the program work? After Halloween, participating dentists and physicians purchase the unopened candy from young trick-or-treaters for $1 per pound. Once they have collected the candy, the dentists and physicians coordinate with local shippers (many of which have agreed to ship the candy at no cost) to send it to Operation Gratitude to fill up thousands of care packages for the troops. For troop safety, Operation Gratitude works from the Army National Guard armory in Van Nuys, California, to assemble the packages. Once completed, they are sent to service members overseas. Last year, more than 6,100 pounds of candy were collected in San Diego. This year the goal is to collect more than 8,000 pounds.

In exchange for their donated candy, children may receive healthy snacks, including fresh organic apples donated by Jimbo’s...Naturally! Complimentary snacks are based on availability.

Program partners include Healthy Kids Choice, Inc.; The San Diego Dental Society; The San Diego County Childhood Obesity Initiative, a program facilitated by Community Health Improvement Partners; Mailboxes and More; and That Place that Ships. To find your local participating dentist, physician, or business, please visit

Tropical weather in San Diego could...

increase the mosquito population.


.....Mosquitoes lay their larva in a moist wet climate. On average, tropical systems can produce as little as one inch of rain to ten or more inches of rain. The more water, the greater chances for mosquitoes to enhance in population.
Mosquitoes can be breeding in your backyard! They breed in the big lakes and lagoons found around San Diego County, but they can also breed right in your own backyard. Mosquitoes can breed anywhere; all they need is a ½ inch of water.

.....Check your yard for standing water. If you have any sources of standing water help your community by getting rid of them. Smaller sources such as pet water dishes or plant saucers can be dumped out. For the bigger backyard sources such as pools or ponds, make sure they are properly cleaned and maintained. If you suspect that a foreclosed or unattended property in your neighborhood is breeding mosquitoes in the backyard please contact the Vector Control Program.


Did you know that school supplies
are not all what a child needs to succeed in the school?


.....Health Check-Ups are Needed for School. Make sure your children have the healthy children succeeed in the school necessary health check-ups to start school.
.....California law requires all children entering first grade to have a health check-up. Check-ups, even when a child is not sick, allow the doctor to find and treat many health problems before they become serious and affect a child’s ability to succeed in school. Check-ups are also an opportunity for parents to ask questions about their child’s health.
.....“Check-ups help to prevent medical problems and ensure that children don’t miss school; they help ensure children are able to do their best and succeed.” said Wilma Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., San Diego County Public Health Officer.
.....California law also requires children entering public school for the first time at kindergarten or first grade to have an oral health assessment or “dental check-up” . Families unable to find or afford medical and dental check-ups may be eligible for exams at no cost by calling the San Diego County, Maternal, Child and Family Health Services at 800-675-2229. .

Vaccines are not just for kids.


...Some vaccine-preventable diseases have become very rare in the United States thanks to vaccines. However, outbreaks still happen. As you get your children ready to go back to school, it’s important to remember teens and even college students should also get the recommended vaccines, health officials say.
...“All parents should make sure their children and teens are up-to-date with their immunizations. Vaccines not only protect your children but also those around them. Immunizations prevent many diseases, disability, and death.” said Dr. Dean Sidelinger, child health medical officer for the County Health and Human Services Agency.
...Vaccinations are the best way to protect communities and schools from outbreaks that can cause unnecessary illnesses.Older children need vaccines too because they are at higher risk of catching certain diseases, like meningococcal meningitis.
...Preliminary data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that in 2012, more than 41,000 cases of whooping cough, including 18 deaths, were reported across the United States. In 2011, measles sickened 220 people in the U.S., a higher number than usual.

For more information on immunizations and the diseases they prevent, contact your health care provider or visit:

In September, San Diego Celebrates Grandparents Day


...Never in her wildest thoughts did Jeanne Salvadori think that after turning 60, her life would be filled with back-to-school shopping, pediatrician appointments and even potty training.

...Salvadori, who raised three children of her own, is a school nursing services program specialist with the San Diego County Office of Education. Due to a series of events, Jeanne and her husband Larry, 75, find themselves raising four grandchildren ranging from 5- to 11-years-old.The couple fortunately had a large enough house to accommodate the children.

...She said it’s important for whoever is responsible for raising a child to ensure the child has a healthy connection to his school and the necessary adult support to make that happen.

...“My point is I wish I had this information the first time around,” she said. “A lot of grandparents are struggling trying to raise grandchildren.”“There is nothing unique about our story,” Salvadori continued, “there are thousands of grandparents in San Diego trying to do right by their grandchildren.

...An estimated 21,000 grandparents and family relatives in San Diego County are in the same situation as the Salvadoris raising grandchildren. Jeanne has an important message for them she will be delivering as a keynote speaker at San Diego County’s "Grandparents Raising Grandchildren" event is being held on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013.

Select HERE for more information

Health Centers Increasing Access to Affordable,
Cost Effective, High Quality Care


...... More than 21 million people are getting health care at nearly 9,000 community health center sites in every state and territory. In San Diego, the community health centers focus on meeting the basic healthcare needs of their individual communities. Health centers maintain an open-door policy, providing treatment regardless of an individual's income or insurance coverage.

..... Health centers are places where mothers can take their children for dental checkups, or flu shots, where seniors can fill their prescriptions, and where adults can turn for help in managing their hypertension or diabetes. They are also key sources of local employment and economic growth.

..... With a proven track record of success, community health centers have played an essential role in national recovery and reinvestment efforts and will play a key role in implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

..... HHS Secretary Sebelius said: "That’s why health centers are one of the best investments our country can make in its future, and why the Obama administration has made expanding our nation’s network of centers a top priority. "

Is Your Child Fully Vaccinated?


......Getting every recommended dose of each vaccine provides children with the best protection possible. If a child misses a shot, it can be difficult to figure out the best way to catch up. To help, CDC and colleagues at Georgia Tech have developed the Catch-Up Immunization SchedulerExternal Web Site Icon , an online tool that shows parents and healthcare providers the best options for getting children 6 years of age and younger back on schedule.
......The Catch-Up Immunization Scheduler uses a child's birthdate and vaccination history to automatically create a personalized vaccination schedule. This tool simplifies the process, providing support for healthcare providers and parents/caregivers.

Using this tool, you can:
• Enter, update or modify a child's vaccination history
• Load a previously saved vaccination history
• Print a vaccination schedule
• Generate an accelerated vaccination schedule (to schedule immunizations as soon as possible)
• Save the child's vaccination history to your computer for future use


County’s “Cool Zones” Are NOW Open


.....With temperatures expected to reach the mid. 90s throughout the San Diego region, health officials warned the public to take precautions to avoid heat stroke and other heat-related illnesses.

.....“Even short periods of exposure to high temperatures can cause serious health problems,” said Wilma Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., County Public Health Officer. “Spending too much time in the sun, doing too much on a hot day, or staying too long in an overheated place can cause heat-related illnesses, including heat stroke, exhaustion and cramps.”

.....Elderly people, especially 65 years and older, infants and children and people with chronic medical conditions are more prone to heat stress. Neighbors of the elderly, especially those living alone, should check on their well-being.
Specific conditions contributing to risk include obesity,fever, dehydration, heart disease, poor circulation, and sunburn. Risk behaviors ...


Please select COOL ZONE word for the nearest site to your home.

Mosquito populations have begun to rise with the warmer weather.


....The County of San Diego Vector Control Program contractor applies mosquito larvicide by helicopter to wetlands in an effort to reduce the mosquito population and the risk of West Nile virus. Female mosquitoes can lay up to 200 eggs at a time in the still water found in wetlands. These eggs hatch into larvae which feed on organic material. Larvicides are made from bacteria that are specific to mosquito larvae and will not harm other wildlife. This results in the efficient elimination of larvae before they can develop into biting adults which can spread diseases such as West Nile virus.
....Controlling mosquito abundance is essential in preventing the spread of West Nile virus and other mosquito-borne diseases.



Don’t Let Bacteria Crash Your Party


People getting ready for a holiday party don’t picture themselves sick in bed or in the hospital shortly after the festivities, but that’s what could happen if food on party buffets isn’t handled and served safely.
Bacteria can bring foodborne illness for everybody to the party! They hitch a ride on perishable foods. To be a safe host, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recommends following the four basics of safe food preparation: “Clean, Separate, Cook and Chill.”


Protect Yourself From the Unwelcomed Visitors


... The discovery of a harvest mouse that tested positive for hantavirus has prompted San Diego County vector control officials to remind people to be careful around rodents and to protect their homes from infestations.

The most common mouse found in urbanized....



Cooking is the leading cause of home fires and injuries


According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), unattended cooking is one of the leading sources of home fires that occur around the holidays. Always always watch the food cooking and set timers to remind yourself to check on it every so often.

Avoid cooking when you’re distracted, tired, under medication and at risk of falling asleep. You must be alert while cooking to avoid accidents.



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