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Covered California announces health plans for small businesses

Covered California announces health plans for small businesses

SACRAMENTO — Covered California, the state’s new health benefit exchange, announced Aug. 1 the insurance carriers and rates for its small-group market, the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP).

“Employer-sponsored health coverage has historically played an important role in insuring Californians, and our launch of a full-choice small-group market is a testament to the state’s commitment to build on the critical role of employer-based coverage,” said Covered California Executive Director Peter V. Lee.

Smoke from Aspen, other fires infiltrates Valley floor

Smoke from Aspen, other fires infiltrates Valley floor

New health caution for the eight-county air basin

The Aspen Fire and other fires burning in northern California and Oregon have prompted local air officials to issue a health cautionary statement for smoke impacts in the entire Valley air basin. This includes San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Merced, Madera, Fresno, Kings, Tulare and Kern counties as well as the foothill and mountain areas.

West Nile Virus detected in San Joaquin Count man

West Nile Virus detected in San Joaquin Count man

Health Officials Urge Everyone to Take Precautions to Reduce the Risk of Illness

San Joaquin County Health Officer, Dr. Karen Furst, confirmed that a 65 year old male living in Stockton is the first human with West Nile Virus (WNV) infection in San Joaquin County this year. The man has been reported as an asymptomatic blood donor. Although for reporting purposes this does not meet the case definition for the California Department of Public Health to count as a case, it does indicate that there is currently active transmission of WNV to people in San Joaquin County.

Last year, San Joaquin County’s first detection of WNV infection in a human was also diagnosed about the same time in July.

2013 Weekly Challenge #30: Fuel up with a Protein Shake!

2013 Weekly Challenge #30:  Fuel up with a Protein Shake!

With the overwhelming variety of sports foods available today, it can be difficult to figure out what to eat to fuel your workouts. Before gels, bars, or sports drinks, though, it is important to note that the best way that you can prepare your body for a workout is to properly recover from your previous workout. Your recovery foods should include protein for muscle recovery along with glycogen-replenishing carbohydrates.

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2013 Weekly Challenge #29: Do Unto YOURSELF

2013 Weekly Challenge #29:  Do Unto YOURSELF

This week is all about YOU. Be kind to YOU. Do nice things for YOU. Remember what is special and what you love about YOU.

This challenge may seem easy, but I'm betting many will have a hard time with it.

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San Joaquin USA best in U.S. for nutritionists

San Joaquin USA best in U.S. for nutritionists

San Joaquin USA best in U.S. for nutritionists

Lower cost of living a big factor in Web ranking  

   If you are an expert in diet and nutrition, San Joaquin County is a great place to ply your trade, a new analysis says.

   The county, known demographically as the Stockton metropolitan area, is the best area in the nation for nutritionists and dietitians, according to ValuePenguin, an insurance-comparison website.

   It based this conclusion by comparing U.S. metro areas for nutritionists' median salaries, the cost of living, number of jobs and the location quotient - the relative number of dietitian jobs locally vs.

WEEKLY CHALLENGE: EAT LOCAL!

WEEKLY CHALLENGE: EAT LOCAL!
2013 Weekly Challenge #24: Eat Local! You hear it all the time: Eat Local! But why?

Here are 8 reasons to eat local foods (taken from about.com):

1. Local Foods Are Fresher (and Taste Better)