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Rim Fire sends smoke to Valley floor

Rim Fire sends smoke to Valley floor

Health caution through weekend for most of air basin

The Rim Fire in Tuolumne County has prompted local air officials to issue a health cautionary statement for smoke impacts in six Valley air basin counties: San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Merced, Madera, Fresno and Tulare, especially the foothill and mountain areas. The caution is in place through Labor Day weekend, when visitors will be traveling to the Sierra Nevada.

If winds should shift, Kings and the Valley portion of Kern counties may become affected, as well.

“Our rule of thumb is, if you can see and smell smoke, you are probably being affected,” said Samir Sheikh, the Air District’s director of air quality analysis. In that event, air officials advise residents to take whatever health precautions their conditions warrant.

Four Foods to Have on Hand for Dinner in a Flash

Four Foods to Have on Hand for Dinner in a Flash

Allison Burch

Here’s a typical pre-kid meal scenario: my husband and I come home from working all day, crack open a cold one and meet in the kitchen to create a “quick-n-easy” meal inspired by whatever celebrity chef we happened to see on TV that week. Sounds ideal, right? Here’s the catch: it’s nine at night!

“How will we ever feed our (future) kids?” I groan over the oven-roasted rutabaga.

One toddler later, I’ve learned a few mama-tricks along the way that let us have a meal the whole family enjoys. Stock your freezer and fridge the right way and most of the hard work’s done! Here are a few things I make sure are always on hand for easy and tasty dinners.

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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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