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LLUCH Acquires New, Bigger Pediatric Transport Helicopter

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LOMA LINDA – Air transport to and from Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital (LLUCH) just got better and safer. LLUCH has acquired the EC-145 helicopter---an upgrade from the EC-135 that was used in 2011---which is equipped with cutting edge technology and safety features, including twin engines, an autopilot system satellite tracking, night vision goggles and enhanced communication capabilities.

Theresa Doran, R.N., Pediatiric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) Transport Coordinator at LLUCH, along with Victor Bannis, RCP, Respiratory Coordinator, and Rene Santiago, R.N., Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Transport Coordinator worked hand-in-hand with Mercy Air to get the new airship to Loma Linda. The new helicopter is owned and operated by Mercy Air Services, Inc., but it is dedicated solely to LLUCH.

”We chose the EC-145 because we felt it was the aircraft that could take us into the future,” Doran said. “The airship’s reliability and enhanced safety features will allow our pilots to maneuver through mountainous regions and rapid weather changes, while its large interior offers optimal functionality enabling our crew to provide in-flight critical care to our patients, regardless of their size.”

The new chopper is used to transport pediatric patients, newborn to 18-years-old, to LLUCH from other hospitals, as far north as Fresno, Ca all the way to the Mexican border. The majority of transports are, however, done within Southern California, and on occasion out-of-state. The new helicopter took its first transport flight to LLUCH on June 3 from Hi-Desert Medical Center in Joshua Tree, Ca when a young patient needed quick medical treatment due to severe asthma. The PICU transport team was able to critically treat the patient in the air during the 30-minute flight to Loma Linda. Had the patient been transported by ambulance, it would have taken over an hour.

Approximately 40-percent larger than most medical transport helicopters, the EC-145 can carry a team of three in addition to the patient and a family member, whereas most airships can only accommodate a team of two.

LLUCH has two dedicated pediatric and neonatal critical care transport teams on-call 24-hours a day, seven days a week. They can pick up, stabilize and transport very critical patients from any hospital back to Loma Linda. LLUCH’s Pediatric and Neonatal Critical Care Transport team consists of highly trained nurses, respiratory therapists and pediatric physicians. “Our main priority is to make sure our patients get the proper care as quickly as possible,” said Sonea Qureshi, M.D., Attending Physician at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital. “With this new helicopter, we are able to focus on the needs of our kids and also try to make them feel comforted and safe during transport.”

Youth Journalism Academy Accepting Registrations

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Local Teens Taught Media Literacy and Have Their Voices Heard

RANCHO CUCAMONGA – OneNation Media Services is pleased to announce its summer writing workshop offered to area teens. Journalism & Technology Academy will be held July 23 through July 27 on the Fontana Campus of Chaffey College. The program is made possible thanks to the financial support of Transcendence, a local nonprofit organization that provides financial support to other community based organizations with similar objectives. In addition, Chaffey College is making available a computer lab where students will conduct online research and complete their written projects while class is in session. Journalism & Technology Academy is open to middle and high school students in the Inland Empire. The curriculum is designed to promote media literacy and includes modules on newspaper writing, media ethics and Internet safety. Participating students are groomed to become staff writers for Face 2 Face, a bi-monthly magazine published by OneNation Media Services. “We look forward to working with students and exposing them to multiple media platforms,” said Sheri Stuart, executive director of OneNation Media Services. “At its broadest level, this program is designed to develop youth as critical thinkers and discerning users of mass media. Our goal is to broaden their perspectives about the communities in which they live and engage them in thoughtful dialogue on wide-ranging social issues such as poverty, education reform and human rights violations,” said Stuart.

The first session will be held Monday, July 23 at Chaffey College located at 16855 Merrill Avenue, Fontana, CA 92335. Participants may register online at www.onenationmedia.org or call 909.657.0578, ext. 1., to request an application or inquire about the registration fee. Scholarships are made possible by Transcendence, a long-time sponsor of the program.

Loma Linda University Drayson Center Wellness Clinic to hold ‘Full Plate Diet: Eat to Live’ Cooking Class

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LOMA LINDA – Cooks hoping to learn how to prepare foods that help in weight loss and support wellness goals are invited to participate in the upcoming “Full Plate Diet: Eat to Live” cooking series at Loma Linda University Drayson Center. Loma Linda University Drayson Center Wellness Clinic has partnered with the Lifestyle Center of America to offer the Full Plate Diet program to community members. In support of this initiative, cooking classes aligned with the Full Plate Diet will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. for five weeks every Thursday, beginning July 19, at Loma Linda University Drayson Center, 25040 Stewart Street, Loma Linda.

Registration costs, including all materials for the program, is $150 for the general public. A preview of the class will be held during a free cooking demo and informational session from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 12, at the Drayson Center. The Full Plate Diet is a lifestyle-based weight loss program that teaches people how to add natural, whole, fiber-rich foods in people’s diet. The cooking class is expected to help participants prepare recipes using fruits, vegetables, beans, grains, nuts and seeds within the context of weight loss. The classes will also feature discussions on a variety of nutrition topics, including natural appetite control, breaking food seductions, and how to naturally satisfy cravings. For more information contact 909-558-8690.

Far West Meats Celebrates With Free Barbecue

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Highland – How do you say thank you to thousands of loyal customers that have supported your family for more than 90 years though good times and bad and a devastating fire that cut output in half for two years?

Tom Serrato, owner of Far West Meats (FarWestMeat.com) is celebrating with a FREE Re-Opening Celebration Barbecue on Saturday, July 14 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at their newly rebuilt location and two-acre parking lot, 7759 Victoria Avenue in Highland. “To celebrate our return to Highland Far West Meats will serve free Barbecue with our high quality meats to our customers, friends and neighbors,” said Serrato. He added, “We will also have two live top 40 bands, face painting for the kids, clowns, magicians, raffle prizes every 15 minuets and discount coupons for Far West Meats.”

The celebration will have lots of room on the company’s two-acre parking lot. Far West Meats catering department is running the show and Serrato says they have thought of all of the details including: lots of free parking, a shuttle for remote parking, a lost and found, security, free water, shade, live music and lots of bathrooms. The day’s menu includes: ten varieties of Far West Meats famous hot links, ribs, brisket, chicken, hot dogs and burgers and lots of beverages. The rebuilt location gives Far West Meats the production capacity they need to reclaim lost market share and increase sales. Their meats are available at Food 4 Less, Stater Brothers, El Super, Superior Markets, Smart and Final, Albertson’s and Ralph’s and many other southern California grocery stores.

Far West Meats has been a butcher and meat supplier for 90 years, but it wasn’t until the 1980’s that they recognized a demand in inner city locations for smoked sausages or “Hot Links”. “We came up with a Far West Hot Links and it was an immediate success,” said Serrato. Since then they added 10 flavors of Hot Links as well as a complete line of smoked meats including: turkey legs, wings and necks also pork loins, necks, and hocks. Far West’s products are now sold throughout the Southland all sold with a 100 percent quality and freshness guarantee. Far West Meats product line includes all cuts of beef, pork, poultry and 10 flavors of their famous Hot Links including hot and mild, pork, chick and beef. Customers can order from the website FarWestMeat.com for shipping anywhere in the United States or for pick up at the Highland location. The website also offers free tips on meat handling, cooking, recipes, and catering. “Far West Meats stocks only the highest quality grain-fed, naturally aged, trimmed to perfection, Premium Choice Northern California Beef. We also carry the best open-range, steroid-free Chicken and tender lean Pork,” said Serrato.

Far West Meats Grand Re-Opening Barbecue is Saturday July 14, 2012 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. “We welcome all meat lovers and well-wishers happy to have Far West Meats back home in Highland. Let’s party!” said Serrato. For more information please call (909) 864-1990.

CAPTION: San Bernardino Mayor Patrick Morris enjoys Far West Hot Links before the FREE Re-Opening Celebration Barbecue on Saturday, July 14 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at their newly rebuilt location and two-acre parking lot, 7759 Victoria Avenue in Highland.

CSUSB Professor Finds Online Programs Can Help Student Views On Healthy Eating And Exercise

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SAN BERNARDINO – With more than one-third of college students in the United States reportedly being overweight or obese, a study by a Cal State San Bernardino psychology professor found that online programs can change students’ views about healthy eating and exercise, along with their actual behavior.

Reported in the May 2012 issue of the Journal of American College Health, the study conducted by Robert G. LaChausse in the CSUSB Department of Health Science and Human Ecology found that college students who completed an Internet-based obesity prevention program (MyStudentBody.com) reported an increase in confidence to eat healthier and exercise, lower levels of stress, and increases in daily fruit and vegetable consumption.

The study, which was funded by the Anthem Blue Cross Foundation, comes as the obesity rate among college students and young adults in the United States has tripled in the last 10 years, with 35 percent of college students overweight or obese. In San Bernardino County, it is estimated that almost 40 percent of college students are overweight or obese.

Obesity among college students has been linked to many serious physical conditions, including several types of cancers, type 2 diabetes and heart disease, as well as emotional and social consequences, including depression, stigmatization and lower academic achievement. LaChausse’s study involved 220 college students who were randomly assigned to complete the MyStudentBody.com program, participate in a traditional college course on weight loss, or a control group over a 12-week period. MyStudentBody.com was developed by Inflexxion Inc., and is an interactive, Internet-based program designed to motivate students to make healthy decisions and provide students with personalized normative feedback on their health-related behaviors. Participants in the study completed surveys regarding eating and exercise behaviors, as well as other variables such as self-confidence, stress and sleep. Compared to students who participated in the regular college course or a control group, those students who completed the MyStudentBody.com program were more likely to report an increase in their confidence to eat healthy and an increase in daily fruit and vegetable consumption. However, changes in levels in physical activity did not change for students in any of the groups. LaChausse explains that it may be easier to affect factors related to nutritional behaviors than exercise behaviors.

“The psychology of changing eating and exercise behaviors among youth and young adults is complex,”

LaChausse said. “I think these findings reflect the fact that the MyStudentBody program places greater emphasis on aspects of healthy eating related to weight control rather than physical activity.”

The results of his study suggest that Internet-based prevention programs such as MyStudentBody.com can be effective in changing behavior, but may need to be supplemented with other interventions or activities to increase physical activity and ultimately keep young people from becoming overweight or obese.

“Most people know about the dangers of obesity, which foods are healthy and unhealthy, and the importance of exercise. However, this knowledge doesn’t really affect what we do on a daily basis,” LaChausse said. He suggests that additional programs and policies can be incorporated along with Internet-based programs like increasing opportunities for students to be physically active, rewarding students for exercising regularly and reducing the availability of junk food on college campuses. Read the complete study at “MyStudentBody: Effects of an Internet-Based Prevention Program to Decrease Obesity Among College Students” online at http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/07448481.2011.623333 in the Journal of American College Health.

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