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VA Loma Linda Women's Program Hosts Heart Health Event

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LOMA LINDA – The VA Loma Linda Healthcare System Women Veterans Program is participating in a national campaign Feb. 1 to raise awareness of heart disease, the No. 1 killer of women and women Veterans.

VA and the American Heart Association’s “Go Red For Women” campaign is aimed at women Veterans and military audiences. The two organizations share a common mission to reach women with important information about heart disease.

At the Jerry L. Pettis Memorial VA Medical Center in Loma Linda, the Women Veterans Health Program is sponsoring a free health fair on its 2nd Floor patio, adjacent to the Physical Medicine and Rehab section, from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. A free “Zumba” exercise class will begin at 12:15 p.m.

Women serve in every branch of the military, representing 15 percent of today’s active duty military and nearly 18 percent of National Guard and reserve forces. Women are now the fastest growing group within the Veteran community.

For more information about the event, call Lisa Roybal, Women Veterans Program manager, (909) 478-7055. For more information about the Women Veterans Health Program, visit www.lomalinda.va.gov/services/womenveterans.asp.

The Jerry L. Pettis Memorial VA Medical Center is the centerpiece of the VA Loma Linda Healthcare System. Opened in 1977, it is located ½ mile from its major affiliate, Loma Linda University.

The VA Loma Linda Healthcare System is one of the top 15 employers in the Inland Empire. With approximately 2,400 employees and 1,000 volunteers, it serves more than 68,000 Veterans with a wide variety of services through inpatient and outpatient care.

In partnership with Loma Linda University Medical Center and Loma Linda University Healthcare, VA provides primary care and mental health at outpatient clinics located in Blythe, Corona, Palm Desert, Murrieta, Rancho Cucamonga and Victorville.

Three New Free Programs for Children Five and Under in Apple Valley

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Apple Valley - With the generous support of First 5 of California the Town of Apple Valley Recreation Department is offering three new programs for children five years of age and under, all free of charge. Registration is now open on a first-come, first served basis at the Recreation Department: 14955 Dale Evans Parkway. Call (760) 240-7880 for more information.

Mommy and Me classes provide an outlet for parents and their 2-4 year old toddlers to spend time socializing while learning about the importance of health and nutrition. Each session will meet four times in one month with the first classes offered every Friday from March 1st through March 22nd between 12:05 and 1 p.m. at Town Hall. Information on a second session will be released soon.

The My First Sports program teaches skills in basketball, soccer, and T-ball to children ages 3 to 5. These classes meet for 4 weeks while improving socialization and muscle memory through age appropriate exercise. The first session will be offered each Tuesday from February 5th to the 26th from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at the James Woody Recreation Center’s Mini-Gym. The second session will be offered at the same location on Thursdays from April 4th to the 25th from 2:45 to 3:45 p.m. Lastly the Town is offering a “Vantastic” good time to preschools and daycares serving children age 3 to 5.

First 5 funding allowed the Town to refurbish a passenger van for mobile recreating programming. The Town’s professional staff can now introduce children to the world of health and fitness in a fun, creative and non competitive way. “Vantastic Fun” classes give children a great workout consisting of warm ups and stretching, followed by a high-energy, low-impact exercise, dance, games and a variety of sports. Each class will conclude with a health, nutrition or safety lesson and a healthy snack. Each session will include two fifty five minute on-site visits. Schedule yours today! For more information call (760) 240-7880.

Eastside Residents Asked for Input on HEAL Zone

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By BVN Staff

Riverside Community Health Foundation (RCHF) and its partners invite residents of Riverside’s Eastside neighborhood to provide feedback about the HEAL (Healthy Eating Active Living) Zone Initiative at four upcoming resident meetings:

Thursday, January 31, 2013, 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. & 6 - 8 p.m., Stratton Center at Bordwell Park, 2008 Martin Luther King, Riverside 92507; Tuesday, February 5, 2013, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. & 6 - 8 p.m., SDA Spanish Church of Riverside, 3625 Ottawa Avenue, Riverside 92507.

These meetings are for Eastside residents only and reservations are requested, but not required. Please call 951.788.3471 to make your reservation. Residents need only to attend one of the four sessions.

These meetings will provide vital information to be used in forming the Community Action Plan component of the HEAL Zone Initiative. The goal of the HEAL Zone is to decrease calorie consumption, increase consumption of healthy food and beverages such as fresh fruits and vegetables and drinking water and increase physical activity in Eastside’s parks, schools, farmers markets and corner stores.

Last January, Riverside County Health Coalition received $1 million from Kaiser Permanente to promote healthy eating and physical activity on the Eastside. Riverside Community Health Foundation is assisting the facilitation of community engagement of residents and partner agencies.

For more information about the Eastside HEAL Zone or Resident Meetings, please contact one of the following people: Ninfa Delgado, Vice President, 951-788-3471, ninfa@rchf.org; Gilbert Espinoza, Public Relations & Outreach Coordinator, 951-788-3471, gilbert@rchf.org or Maricela Cardenas, Program Assistant, 951-788-3471, maricela@rchf.org.

Safe Task Force Assists In Finding Missing Teen Girl In Colorado

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RIVERSIDE – A Colorado man has been arrested by the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office in connection with the disappearance of 13-year-old Riverside County girl who met the man online.

On March 29, 2012, the Riverside County SAFE Task Force received information from The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children regarding the possible enticement of a child for sexual acts.

The information came from the mother of a 13-year-old girl in the Perris area who said her daughter had been in online contact with a Colorado man who was trying to persuade the underage girl to travel to Colorado.

Because of the threat of the girl possibly traveling to meet the man, SAFE Task Force members immediately contacted the mother. She told investigators that she believed she had the situation under control and would make sure her daughter was not left alone. She then agreed to be interviewed on April 4, 2012. However, the day before that scheduled interview, the girl ran away.

SAFE Task Force members became aware of the girl’s disappearance on April 4, 2012, and immediately reached out to the FBI Office in Riverside for assistance. Through the combined efforts of the SAFE Task Force, the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office and FBI offices in Riverside and Colorado, the 13-year-old victim was found and rescued that same day, then returned safely back home.

Authorities in Colorado conducted an investigation and on Jan. 9, 2013, Pueblo County sheriff’s detectives arrested Jim Major Jr., 19, on suspicion of several felonies including sexual assault on a child. It was determined that Major met the girl on Facebook when she was 12 years old and the two had communicated for more than a year. The girl believed that Major was her boyfriend and voluntarily traveled to Colorado to meet him. It is believed that the girl took money for the flight to Colorado from her parents’ bank account without their knowledge.

The SAFE Task Force is a collaboration of multi-disciplined law enforcement agencies including the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office, Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, Riverside County Probation Department, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, California Department of Justice, and Corona Police Department. Working together in seamless cooperation, SAFE Task Force personnel are focused on the investigation and prevention of Internet crimes against children. For more information on the SAFE Task Force mission and its operations, visit www.rivcosafe.org

Fontana Mayor Warren, City Council Thank Senator Emmerson for Efforts to Restore a Revenue Stream

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Fontana - The Mayor and City Council want to publicly thank Senator Bill Emmerson for his efforts to protect public safety dollars for the City of Fontana.

In June 2011, Governor Brown passed a bill (SB 89) to redistribute Vehicle License Fee (VLF) revenue to replace an expired funding source for local law-enforcement grants. A law in 2006, had given new cities or cities with newly annexed areas additional license fee revenue to help pay for public safety services. In recent years, Fontana has annexed thirteen square miles of unincorporated area, in which these extra VLF funds were supporting public safety services for these residents. This shift in revenue resulted in an approximate loss of $700,000 per year. For most cities in California they lost $3.54 per resident. Fontana, since it recently annexed unincorporated areas, lost $7.52 per resident. Fontana has lost double the amount of other cities in the state.

This shift in funds to cities with newly annexed areas was an unintentional consequence of SB 89. Senator Emmerson understanding the need for public safety funding, joint authored a bill (SB1566) to restore vehicle license fee funding for California’s newest cities and cities with newly annexed areas. Unfortunately, this bill was unsuccessful.

Again, Senator Emmerson along with then Senator McLeod authored a second bill SB1098. This bill made it out of the legislature and onto the Governor’s desk and was vetoed by the Governor in September.

Currently in this 2013 legislative session Senator Emmerson has co-authored a third bill with Senator Roth, SB56. This bill will ensure a fair reduction of the VLF for all cities.

“I am very hopeful that this third time is a charm and I am extremely grateful that our Legislators continue to fight for the constituents they represent. This community is very blessed to have loyal and steadfast Legislators,” stated Mayor Warren.

Fontana Police Chief Rodney Jones supports SB56 because it is the “fair and equitable thing to do.” “I appreciate the economic challenges facing our state; however, the disproportionate share of VLF funds lost to this community is unfair to the residents I serve.” “All we are asking is that Fontana’s share of VLF funds is the same as other California cities.”

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