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Foodborne illness can strike anyone.

Each year, one in six Americans get sick from contaminated foods or beverages. That’s about 48 million people. Most of them will recover without any lasting effects from their illness. Some people are at a higher risk for developing foodborne illness. These include pregnant women, young children, older adults, and people with weakened immune systems.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in the United States, approximately 3,000 people die each year of illnesses associated with food poisoning.


Can you describe the five things you do to stay healthy?

It has been five years since the First Lady launched her “Lets Move” campaign and to celebrate the anniversary she is asking everybody to give her five reasons to be healthy.

The First Lady is hoping to encourage everyone across the country to participate in the challenge. “I want kids, parents, maybe a few celebrities to give me five ways to be healthy”
Have you been making healthier choices over the past five years? Have you planted a garden, joined a dance class, eaten more fruits and vegetables? Stay involved! Share what you’re doing to lead a healthier life!





Time your shower to keep it under 5 minutes. You’ll save up to 1,000 gallons per month.

Encourage your family and friends to take the pledge to save water.


What is a Tsunami ?

A tsunami is a series of large ocean waves usually caused by a major earthquake on the sea floor, a landslide, or volcanic activity. Tsunamis are not affected by tides or currents; a tsunami in the ocean means the whole water column is moving, not just the surface. A tsunami can strike any ocean shoreline.

A tsunami wave in the open ocean can be more than 100 km across. That’s roughly the length of 1000 American football fields! Tsunami waves are huge and can travel very quickly, at about 700 km/hr, but they are only about one meter high in the open ocean. The danger...




ACS Funding Opportunities

American Cancer Society (ACS): The Role of Health Policy and Health Insurance in Improving Access to and Performance of Cancer Prevention, Early Detection, and Treatment Services. The ACS requests proposals designed to stimulate research that will generate new knowledge of the effects of the US healthcare system and the role of insurance on both access to and outcomes with respect to cancer screening, early detection, and treatment services. Learn more.



American Public Health Association
applauds global climate change agreement

Statement from APHA Executive Director Georges C. Benjamin, MD

The adoption of the Paris Agreement is a historic moment in the worldwide effort to address climate change. APHA applauds the more than 190 world leaders who worked together to establish a long-term framework to reduce carbon emissions. This plan is a crucial investment in global health that will ultimately save lives and decrease health care costs.

We strongly support President Barack Obama's commitment to combating climate change and are proud that the U.S. is leading the fight to create a healthier environment for generations to come.

Avoid gift card scamsAvoid gift card scams


Be careful when selecting gift cards for your friends and loved ones. Crooks have learned how to exploit this popular form of gift-giving through tampering, trickery and outright theft.

Even when the Holiday season is over, gift card sales are a year round business for many retailers. Because of this we want to bring gift card scams to your attention. These scams can drain the value right out of your card before you get to use it.

Whether you choose a gift card from a store display or have a clerk hand it to you, always take the time to examine both side of the packaging before paying for it. Better yet, remove the packaging before you leave the store. If you can see the PIN number or detect signs of tampering, don’t pay for the card or ask for another. Let the store’s management know why. If the card can’t be used for online or “card not present” purchases you don’t have to worry as much because the thief would need the card in hand to use it.

National Influenza Vaccination Week 2015.

Have you gotten your flu shot yet? If not, you should before influenza starts to spread in the next weeks and months.

Wilma Wooten M.D. M.P.H. County public health officer“Everyone should get a flu shot,” said Wilma Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., County public health officer. “The vaccine is the most effective way to prevent getting sick.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone 6 months and older get a flu vaccine every year. The vaccine is safe and effective. It takes two weeks for immunity to develop.

Vaccination is especially important for people who are at high risk of developing serious complications from influenza. In addition to getting vaccinated, people should also avoid getting sick.

The flu vaccine is available at doctors’ offices and retail pharmacies. If you don’t have medical insurance, you can go to a Community Health Center or County public health center to get vaccinated. For a list of locations, visit www.sdiz.org or call 2-1-1.

West Nile Virus Remains a Risk


The colder temperatures and rain season have arrived. But that hasn’t closed the door on the 2015 West Nile virus season.

The total number of “confirmed” and “probable” human West Nile virus cases has increased from 35 in mid-November to 41 as of this week. At the same time, County environmental health officials said they are still collecting dead infected birds: 47 since Nov. 1, bringing this year’s total to 362. Because of that, County public health and environmental health officials said people should still remember to protect themselves from mosquitoes.


Unwrap Safety for the Holidays: Put a Lid on Your Kid

Give your child the joy of opening an additional holiday present and give yourself peace of mind if you get them a bike, skateboard or scooter.

The San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA), Rady Children’s Hospital and Racers and Chasers are teaming up to remind people that those gifts need to be accompanied by a properly-fitted helmet, as well as wrist guards and elbow and knee pads if it’s a skateboard.

“Riding a bike, skateboard, or scooter are great ways for kids to get exercise and encourages them to choose healthy, physical activities over things like video games and television,” said Nick Macchione, HHSA Director. “ But it's important to keep safety in mind at all times and a proper helmet should be essential equipment for riders of any age."

“During the past year, 222 children under the age of 15 were injured riding their bikes, scooter or skateboards in San Diego County,” said County Public Health Officer Dr. Wilma Wooten, M.D., M.P.H. “It’s estimated that wearing a helmet can reduce the risk of severe brain injuries by approximately 85 to 90 percent.”

Any helmet should be labeled to indicate that it meets the standards set by the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission. For more information about injuries in children, see the County website at:sdhealthstatistics.com.

Making Children’s Lives Better

In 1969, San Ysidro Health Center’s (SYHC) Founding Mothers came together with a common mission that would set the tone for health and well-being in their community for generations to come. The mothers, with their entire families, typically had to travel at great lengths to receive basic medical care for their babies and toddlers. To solve this problem, the Founding Mothers formed “el Club de Madres” to help their children and people in the community find affordable, high quality, health care in their own neighborhood. At that time, only one physician serve...


Voluntary Recall of Martinelli's Sparkling Beverages


The S. Martinelli & Company of Watsonville, California, today announced a voluntary nationwide recall of certain lots of Martinelli’s 8.4 oz. mini glass bottles of Gold Medal Sparkling Cider, Sparkling Cider Northwest Blend, Sparkling White Grape, and Sparkling Red Grape, due to the possibility of small glass chips at the top of the bottles occurring when opening the bottle, which could possibly enter the beverage.

Consumers could potentially be cut or injured if a chip occurs. Consumers who have purchased the product can return the product to its place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-800-662-1868 at any time, 24 hours a day.

Norovirus outbreak has sickened people in nine states.

The outbreak of norovirus at a Chipotle about half a mile from campus has sickened 141 Boston College students, according to Jack Dunn, a spokesperson for the school.

NorovirusOfficials said an employee at the restaurant was sick during a shift last week and may have caused the outbreak of norovirus, which is very contagious and causes nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Chipotle says it offers employees paid sick days and that the employee in question would have been eligible for the benefit.In addition, 12 students who did not eat at Chipotle have also come down with norovirus symptoms," Dunn said. "We expect that number will continue to grow considering the highly contagious nature of the norovirus.

Norovirus can be transmitted by eating contaminated food, or by touching infected surfaces, then putting your fingers in your mouth. The best way to stop norovirus in its tracks is to wash your hands, especially after using the bathroom and changing diapers, but also before eating and when preparing food.

Chris Arnold, a Chipotle spokesman, also said an employee coming in sick was in violation of the company's policies. Before reopening the restaurant in Boston, Arnold said all the employees are being tested for norovirus, and that they will not return to work until they are cleared.

Five Penalties You Face for Giving Alcohol to Minors

According to the latest California Healthy Kids Survey, 13 percent of 7th graders, 24 percent of 9th graders and 33 percent of 11th graders had consumed alcohol in the past 30 days. Furthermore, 6 percent, 14 percent and 22 percent of those respective groups of students indicated they had binged on alcohol, defined as drinking five or more drinks in a row to become intoxicated quickly.

In an effort to keep alcohol away from minors, the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) is reminding adults that it is against the law to host underage drinking parties and to allow minors to drink.

“Minors drink because they get alcohol from parents, older siblings, relatives and friends who are willing to give alcohol to them,” said Alfredo Aguirre, director for HHSA’s Behavioral Health Services division. “Minors drink because there are people willing to accept a bribe and buy them alcohol or store clerks fail to check IDs.”

A study from the American Medical Association shows underage drinking is a factor in nearly half of all teen car crashes, the leading cause of death among teenagers. Fights, assaults and sexual assaults also occur.

“Underage drinking is dangerous and binge drinking even more so. Consuming large amounts of alcohol in a short period of time can result in alcohol poisoning which can be fatal,” Aguirre added.

To report underage drinking parties, contact your local police department, the Sheriff's Department at (858) 565-5200 or Crime Stoppers Anonymous Tip Line at (888) 580-8477.

Parents who suspect their child might have a drinking problem are encouraged to call the County Access and Crisis Line at (888) 724-7240.

Fall Prevention Awareness

A major earthquake may happen anytime in California.You may only have seconds to protect yourself.

DO NOT run outside! Trying to run in an earthquake is dangerous, as the ground is moving and you can easily fall or be injured by debris or glass. Running outside is especially dangerous, as glass, bricks, or other building components may be falling. You are much safer to stay inside and get under a table.

Federal, state, and local emergency management experts and other official preparedness organizations all agree that "Drop, Cover, and Hold On" is the appropriate action to reduce injury and death during earthquakes. The ShakeOut is our opportunity to practice how to protect ourselves during earthquakes.

The Great California ShakeOut is an annual opportunity to practice how to be safer during big earthquakes: "Drop, Cover and Hold On." The ShakeOut has also been organized to encourage you, your community, your school, or your organization to review and update emergency preparedness plans and supplies, and to secure your space in order to prevent damage and injuries.
Why is it important to do a Drop, Cover, and Hold On drill?
To react quickly you must practice often. You may only have seconds to protect yourself in an earthquake, before strong shaking knocks you down--or drops something on you. Practicing helps you be ready to respond. Visit: ShakeOut.org for more information.

Fall Prevention Awareness

Each year, more than 12,000 older adults in San Diego County arrive at the hospital after a fall. You are more likely to fall if you take multiple medications, have low Vitamin D, get dizzy, have problems seeing, or have trouble walking and getting around. However, there are many things you can do to stay active, independent, and fall-free. That is why the California State Legislature has designated the first week of autumn each year to be Fall Prevention Awareness Week.

The San Diego Fall Prevention Task Force has been leading the way locally in education and resources to keep older adults from this type of harm.For more information or to participe please call 1-800-827-1008

Fire spark

About Home Fire

By The American Red Cross

Did you know that if a fire starts in your home, you may have just two minutes to escape?
The most effective way to protect yourself and your home from fire is to identify and remove fire hazards.


APS Program Gets Top State Award

An Adult Protective Services (APS) program that helps safeguard vulnerable adults has received the
Innovation Award, the top honor from the California State Association of Counties. The Acutely Vulnerable Adult program was developed to focus on adults with severe cognitive or communication defi cits that can prevent them from protecting themselves from maltreatment and who are dependent on someone, often a family member, who has been assessed as being high risk for perpetrating abuse. APS does more frequent monitoring of these cases.



Scams Impacting the Hispanic Community

County officials are alerting the public about a group of scam artists known to be targeting elderly residents in the county, particularly seniors in the Hispanic community.

The San Diego County District Attorney’s Office, the County’s Health and Human Services Agency and other local law enforcement agencies are currently investigating several reports of this scam.



Become An Ombudsman Volunteer

Make a difference! Become an advocate for residents living in long-term care facilities. Learn more about what is means to become a certified volunteer ombudsman at the next orientation from 4 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 20, at 5560 Overland Ave. Suite 171, San Diego, 92123. To attend the orientation, call (800) 640-4661 by Monday, Jan.18




First Local Flu-related Death of the Season Reported

A 90-year-old man who died from complications due to influenza is the first local flu-related death recorded this season, the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency reported today.

The man, who had existing medical conditions, tested positive for influenza A and died on Oct. 28. Last flu season, the first of 97 influenza-related deaths in the county did not occur until January when activity was higher.




First Local Flu-related Death of the Season Reported

A 90-year-old man who died from complications due to influenza is the first local flu-related death recorded this season, the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency reported today.

The man, who had existing medical conditions, tested positive for influenza A and died on Oct. 28. Last flu season, the first of 97 influenza-related deaths in the county did not occur until January when activity was higher.




Eating more fruits and veggies can be fun – and it’s worth it!

Most people know that eating fruits and vegetables is important for good health, but most of us still aren’t getting enough. On September, SALUD+HEALTH INFO proudly participated in Fruits & Veggies – More Matters Month



Do you and your family have a plan in the event of an emergency?

Sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency within the Department of Homeland Security, the National Preparedness Month encourages Americans to take steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses, schools, and communities.

The National Preparedness Month and Ready.gov has guidelines for creating a readiness plan and building a disaster kit for emergencies that could help your family and your community.

Don't Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today.


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