The event, which is free and open to the public, will feature many giveaways and free product samples and demonstrations from various store categories, including supplements, body care, grocery, food, produce, as well as tastings from Mother’s juice bar, kitchen and bakery. Continue reading
Improve your health, help the environment and cut the costs of driving by hopping on a bicycle to celebrate Bike Month with the Orange County Transportation Authority.
National Bike Month encourages cyclists of all ages to go outside to ride their bikes to school, work or around town. Pledge to ride your bike anytime during May on OCTA.net/BikeMonth to be entered to win one of two bikes and Fitbits. Cyclists can also record their rides on OCTA’s Strava club for a chance to win. Continue reading
Orange County Drug and Alcohol Overdose Deaths on the Rise
The Orange County Health Care Agency (HCA) released the “Drug and Alcohol Morbidity and Mortality in Orange County” report that provides a summary of the leading causes of substance-related overdoses in Orange County. Compiled in collaboration with the Orange County Sheriff-Coroner division, the report found that the overall rate of drug/alcohol overdose deaths in the county increased by 82% since 2000.
Key findings include: Continue reading
Letter to the Editor
By: Margarita Palomar Beaty, Santa Ana resident
There’s a lot of uncertainty for anyone covered by a healthcare plan these days, but for seniors on Medicare Advantage, our coverage is vital to our health and welfare. I’ve been on traditional Medicare and Medicare Advantage, and I have much greater peace of mind on Advantage. For seniors like me living on a fixed income, Medicare Advantage offers a cap on out of pocket expenses and a low co-pay for doctor’s visits. The same goes for prescriptions. It is a complete health plan. Continue reading
HAPPY NOT-FAT TUESDAY! MUSCLE MAKER GRILL OFFERS FREE MARDI GRAS GRILLED CHICKEN SALAD TO WELL-WISHING GUESTS ON FEBRUARY 28
Rapidly Growing, Health-Focused Fast-Casual Brand Celebrates Mardi Gras with FREE Guiltless Entrée
HOUSTON, TX (February 16, 2017) – To help health enthusiasts celebrate Mardi Gras, without baring it all, Muscle Maker Grill®, the rapidly expanding fast-casual restaurant brand, promoting a healthy lifestyle by offering nutritious alternatives to traditional dishes, today announced that it will offer one FREE Mardi Gras Grilled Chicken Salad to any guest that wishes a Muscle Maker Grill employee a Happy not-Fat Tuesday on February 28th.
Committed to providing healthier fuel for your active lifestyle, Muscle Maker Grill locations will let the good times roll without the regret this Mardi Gras with its Mardi Gras Grilled Chicken Salad (390 calories,11g carbs,44g protein): Cajun seasoned grilled chicken breast on a power blend of romaine, spinach and baby kale with turkey bacon, tomatoes, onions and low carb salsetta dressing. Offer valid at participating locations. Continue reading
“We must stop Republicans from repealing Obamacare. But we can’t just play defense. We need to guarantee health care to all as a right.” – Senator Bernie Sanders
Over the week of February 19th to 25th, Congress will be in recess and our Representatives will return to their homes and local offices all over the nation. With so much at stake, now is the time to let our legislators know where we stand as a community on the issues of Medicare for All, Medi-Cal, Social Security, the Affordable Care Act and Universal Healthcare. Continue reading
LAST CHANCE: FREE ENROLLMENT ASSISTANCE IN ORANGE COUNTY ON SATURDAY, JAN. 28 AND SUNDAY, JAN. 29 AS DEADLINE TO SIGN UP FOR OBAMACARE COVERAGE APPROACHES
January 31 Marks Official Deadline to Sign up for Obamacare Coverage Effective throughout 2017; AltaMed Health Services to Offer Free Enrollment Assistance for Orange County Residents
WHO/WHAT: January 31 marks the deadline to sign up for Covered California health care coverage that is effective throughout 2017. On Saturday, January 28 and Sunday, January 29 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
AltaMed Health Services, the largest network of Federally Qualified Community Health Centers in Southern California, will provide the public with free health insurance enrollment and renewal assistance at its Health Insurance Resource Center in Santa Ana. Multilingual certified enrollment counselors will be available to assist the public. Continue reading
Orange County Health Care Agency
Increases in STDs have been reported in California as well as across the US. Orange County has experienced significant increases in syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia from 2011-2015, and the trend continued in 2016 (year-end data not final yet), with case numbers at the end of November being equal to or higher than cases for all of 2015. The increases in Orange County by disease for 2011-2015 are as follows:
- Syphilis: 330% increase in cases of primary, secondary and early latent syphilis, which are the “early”,
or contagious forms of syphilis (from 108 cases in 2011 to 464 cases in 2015)
- Chlamydia: 46% increase (from 7924 cases in 2011 to 11,561 cases in 2015)
- Gonorrhea: 138% increase (from 976 cases in 2011 to 2317 cases in 2015)
Health Care Agency: Its Not Too Late to Vaccinate
The Health Care Agency has reported a rapid increase of flu activity in Orange County over the past few weeks and reminds residents that it’s not too late to vaccinate. More than 900 confirmed influenza cases have been reported by local medical providers to date this season. Nine adults between the ages of 18-64 and two children under 18 years of age have developed severe infection requiring a visit to intensive care.
“The rapid rise in reports of illness and hospitalization around the state makes it likely that this will be a severe flu season,” said County Health Officer Dr. Eric Handler. “The vaccine seems to match well with the virus we’re seeing, and it’s a quick and easy way for folks to protect themselves against severe complications from the flu.” Continue reading
On behalf of the Orange County Health Improvement Partnership (HIP), the Orange County Health Care Agency announces the availability of the 2017-19 Orange County Health Improvement Plan for public review and comment at www.ochealthiertogether.org through December 16, 2016. Continue reading
Dr. Kent Lehman, a Santa Ana doctor, has been placed on probation for eight years by the California Medical Board and has been restricted in what medications he can prescribe, according to the O.C. Register.
Lehman was accused of prescribing addictive opiates without a medical reason. He also was accused of gross negligence, due to prescribing opiates without first conducting proper physical exams and inadequate record keeping as well. Lehman is no longer allowed to prescribe certain controlled substances, including narcotics. Continue reading
For Immediate Release: October 18, 2016
Contact: HCA Communications, Media Line: (714) 834-2178, Email: HCAComm@ochca.com
Orange County Reports Season’s First Influenza Case
Free Flu Vaccinations Every Thursday
(Santa Ana, CA) – The Orange County Health Care Agency has confirmed our county’s first confirmed case of influenza signaling that flu season is officially here. Influenza is a seasonal contagious respiratory illness which can be caused by influenza A or B viruses. Flu symptoms may include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, headaches, body aches, chills and fatigue. Flu illness can be severe, leading to missed school or work, hospitalization and even death. Continue reading
Free dental, vision, and medical care will be provided at the upcoming RAM of California Clinic from October 29 – October 30, 2016 at Concorde Career College, located at 12951 Euclid Street, #101, in Garden Grove.
California is a big state with big health care needs, and RAM events in California consistently treat thousands of people. RAM has served the people at The Forum in Los Angeles, Coachella, Santa Ana Schools of Orange County, and in the state capitol of Sacramento. Continue reading
Supervisor Andrew Do: Rising Mental Health Hospitalizations, Declining Prenatal Care Demand County Solutions
Orange County Children’s Partnership Publishes 2016 Report on “Conditions of Children in Orange County”
(Santa Ana, California) — Orange County Supervisor Andrew Do is calling for the county to take action to address rising mental health hospitalization rates and declining prenatal care, based on new findings published in the 2016 Report on the Conditions of Children in Orange County.
The 22nd annual report, which was released Tuesday, offers a comprehensive assessment of the health, education, and safety of the county’s 840,000 children. Continue reading