The signs in front of local schools do not carry a message that most kids want to hear — “School Begins in Early August.” In spite of protests, our kids are now making the usual preparations: buying school supplies, school clothes and often a new backpack. Whether old or new, some guidelines for using backpacks will come in handy for both youth and their parents.
Chandler resident Gus LaZear was named vice president and general manager of the Virginia G. Piper Sports & Fitness Center for Persons with Disabilities (SpoFit), a program run by the Arizona Bridge to Independent Living.
A new fruit that research says packs more antioxidants than popular “superfoods” like blueberries, acai berries and goji berries is establishing itself in the aisles of mainstream grocery stores, showing up in everything from juices to powdered supplements to baby food.
Each year, the Arizona Medical Association (ArMA) recognizes special individuals or groups who have contributed to the success of medical care in Arizona. Recipients were recognized in an awards ceremony during the ArMA President’s Banquet at the Phoenix Country Club on May 30, which featured Gov. Jan Brewer as an award recipient and the keynote speaker. Brewer’s keynote speech provided an overview of the work to restore and expand the Arizona Medicaid program, Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS).
The city of Phoenix has recognized the first 33 FitPHX Business Award winners for completing training on strategies for helping their employees lead healthier lives. The businesses were the first participants in FitPHX’s partnership with the Healthy Arizona Worksites Program, a public health initiative of the Arizona Department of Health Services, the Maricopa County Department of Public Health and the Arizona Small Business Association.
Many Americans have heard of the National School Lunch Program. It is one of the most successful ways we fight childhood hunger, both here in Arizona and across the U.S. Through the program, 461,802 Arizona children received free- or reduced-price lunch during the 2013-14 school year; across the country, 19.5 million students received healthy meals.
This wouldn’t be about Sam Allen if the 71-year-old Mesa resident has his way. He doesn’t mind being part of it, but what follows wouldn’t focus as much on his efforts as much as it would the many people he works alongside during the week.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) report an average of 30 million children and adolescence participate in sports annually. Of these players, the CDC estimates approximately 600,000 youths will go to the emergency room with dental related injuries involving children as young as 5 years old. In attempt to promote awareness of facial injury prevention, five organizations have sponsored April as being the National Facial Protection Month. These organizations’ 2014 message to the public is “to remind young athletes to play it safe by wearing a mouth guard during recreational and organized sports this spring.” The nation’s top five organizations leading this cause are the American Dental Association (ADA), American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS), American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, and the Academy for Sports Dentistry.
Research has shown that sugar is addictive … in fact, eight times addictive as cocaine. In 1821, each person consumed approximately 10 pounds of sugar annually. Today, that number is an astounding 160-190 pounds of sugar per person annually. On top of that about 55 percent of the sugar produced in the U.S. comes from sugar beets, 95 percent of which have been genetically engineered.
A relatable storyline and a dedicated cast and crew will fill the Ahwatukee Recreation Center (ARC) with wide grins and deep-bellied laughs with the spring production of “I’ll Never Forget What’s His Name…,” by Joe LeChaix.
WASHINGTON — For women who carry a notorious cancer gene, surgery to remove healthy ovaries is one of the most protective steps they can take. New research suggests some may benefit most from having the operation as young as 35.
WASHINGTON — Using videos that claim to teach toddlers, or flash cards for tots, may not be the best idea. Simply talking to babies is key to building crucial language and vocabulary skills — but sooner is better, and long sentences are good.
As anyone who has ever taken a standardized test knows, the last step in preparing for the test is to sharpen your No. 2 pencil. That may not be enough, however, for those thinking about taking college entrance exams. Planning and preparation for the ACT/SAT should begin now for students who are currently in their junior year. Here are some topics to consider as you establish your test-taking strategies.
Keith A. Frey, MD, MBA, has been named chief physician executive for Dignity Health in Arizona, which include Chandler Regional Hospital, Mercy Gilbert Medical Center and St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center. A fourth hospital will open this year in the west Valley.