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SBVC Hosts Education for Prosperity Forum

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By John Coleman

Despite the wind, rain, and cold, community members, educators, and students came out for the recent Education Community Forum, at the newly constructed San Bernardino Valley College campus (SNVC). They attended classes and workshops for prospective students and for parents (in English & Spanish). They learned about such educational opportunity programs as the "Valley Bound" program, a program designed to pay all expenses for qualified first year enrolled students at SBVC. They were provided the opportunity to meet and talk with many campus and community members who advocate for the educational success of all students.

Heart Healthy: Heart & Soul Line Dance Program

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Years before Harriette Stuckey returned to college to earn a Masters degree in Public Health (MPH), she already was working as a health educator in industrial and community services, focused on raising the awareness of health and fitness levels. Then, as she pursued her graduate- level studies, she learned that Americans of African ancestry died eight (8) or more years younger than Americans of European ancestry.

It is a known fact that within the African American community we die more from heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes, and cancer than other ethnicities. These factors can be drastically reduced by not smoking, changing our diet, and by exercising regularly.

Harriette Stuckey is a thinker as well as a doer. She has traveled extensively and seen dancing as a pleasurable behavior almost electric slide, there was square dancing. Blends, like Heart & Soul Line Dancing emerged and spread providing social- engagement while burning calories during low-impact exercises thus putting health education theories into practice within a range of seniors at community and recreation locations around the Inland Empire.

At the recent 8th Annual Mardi Gras Celebration held at the Palomares Community Center approximately 250 revelers attending from as far away as Las Vegas and the Bay Area took advantage of the opportunity to learn moves developed by health clubs springing up while learning that they can remain active and healthy by dancing.

For information about heart-healthy (quality of long life) exercise programs such as heart, body & soul line- dance programs, contact soullinedance@earthlink.net or 951.640.7888.

Fit for a Queen Prom Dress & Tux Drive

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Help Fulfill a Teen Dream! The H.O.P.E. Foundation (Helping Others Prosper Economically) and It’s Time to Pray Ministry will be having a prom dress and tux drive at The Salvation Army, 838 Alta Street, Redlands, CA on Saturday, March 17, 2012, 10am – 1pm. If it rains, we will be set up inside the Salvation Army.

The drive will benefit the “Fit for a Queen” Prom Dress & Tux Event which will provide prom attire and accessories to high school seniors who cannot afford them. Prom attire collected will allow over 100 local high school seniors to come “shop” free of charge for a dress, tux, shoes, and accessories. The Fit for a Queen Prom Dress & Tux event is sponsored by The Salvation Army in Redlands, and will hold the event at the Salvation Army facility in Redlands on Saturday, April 14, 2012.

Requested donation items are for new or nearly new formal dresses, tuxedos, men’s suits, ladies and men’s formal shoes, shawls, shrugs, ties, cummerbunds, costume jewelry, and cuff links. Please drive by and drop off your tax-deductible donations. Donations will also be accepted at the Redlands Salvation Army facility in the lobby Monday through Friday during business hours. Donation boxes are also set up during business hours at New 2 You Consignment Shop at 22400 Barton Rd., Ste. 3, Grand Terrace, CA, the Redlands YMCA, 500 E. Citrus Ave., Redlands, and the Redlands Community Center, 111 W. Lugonia Ave., Redlands, CA.

We are also looking for volunteers for the positions of personal shoppers, runners, registration, alterations, greeters, set-up, tear- down, and decorations for the event on April 14, 2012. If you are a salon or barbershop that would like to offer your services, please contact us for details at the information below. For donations or volunteer opportunities, please contact The H.O.P.E. Foundation, Inc. at 562.506.3606, or It’s Time to Pray Ministry at 909.246.0971. You may also email us at found- hope2009@gmail.com or gwenda2003@gmail.com. Please visit our website at www.foundhope2009.org. Thank you, in advance, for your contribution to the community.

NAACP Questions Rash of Police Shootings

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By BVN Staff

During a Monday afternoon press conference, the San Bernardino Branch of the National Association of Colored People (NAACP), is seeking answers to the recent increase of officer-involved shootings amongst minorities within the San Bernardino community.

“We’re a city of over 200,000,” states NAACP Chair Walter Hawkins “and it’s a city that’s basically a non-White city so the incidences we’re talking about or concerns if you have a city that’s over 70% non-White and you a have a police department that’s primarily White and you’re interacting with those citizens, that has created a problem.” The recent shooting and death of Anthony Paul Gilmore, Jr. (23) of Rialto, during a traffic stop on February 29, 2012 is only one case cited by the NAACP.

According to a police statement released after the shooting, Gilmore grabbed a weapon during a struggle with an officer. Other police shootings and misconduct and abuse of authority cases were 19-year-old Jerriel Da’Shawn Allen, killed by a San Bernardino police officer on April 14, 2007; 16-year-old Jonneshia Reese, excessive force on January 8, 2006; and Terrell Markham shot by a police officer who is now blind.

The NAACP alleges that the City of San Bernardino has twenty-three open legal cases against the city with the majority of those cases involving the police department.

NAACP Branch President, Patricia Smalls states, “The NAACP is not making a blanket statement that all police are guilty of these deadly shootings or using excessive force in the treatment of our Black and Latinos citizens. Nor or we saying that some of these incidents might not be justified as they perform their duty. However, most of these shootings involve Blacks and Latinos subjects with the same old line; I thought he was reaching for or had a gun so I shot him in self-defense.”

“If it was one shooting then it would go unchallenged as many of these have in the past. However, when you look at them as a group, as we have done; we think we have a problem in our police department in racial attitudes and a lack of police training protocols in the performance of their duties,” she continued.

The SB NAACP is seeking answers from elected officials whom they state might be “enablers” of the problem.

Wash Your Hands Like A Doctor To Avoid Getting Sick

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(San Bernardino, Calif.) Clean hands save lives! It’s a simple message repeated by health care providers and agencies, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), daily.

Keeping hands clean is one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of infection and illness, such as the common cold and influenza, says Dr. Albert Arteaga, president of LaSalle Medical Associates.

As you touch people, surfaces, pets and objects, you accumulate germs on your hands, and although it’s impossible to keep your hands germ-free, washing your hands frequently can help limit the transfer of germs.

“Just think about all the things you touch everyday. You come in contact with germs all the time, so there are many opportunities to wash your hands,’’ says Arteaga.

Consider these key facts about hand washing from the CDC: • A third of adults in the U.S. do not wash their hands after using the bathroom. • One in four adults don’t wash their hands after changing diapers. • Less than half of Americans wash hands after cleaning after pets. • A third of adults wash hands after sneezing/coughing. • Less than one in five adults washes their hands after touching money. • One in three E. coli occurrences is caused from not washing hands before handling food.

How to Wash “If hands are kept clean, the transmission of germs from person to person is greatly reduced,” Arteaga says. “But just holding your hands under running water won’t do the trick. There are proper techniques to follow,” he continued.

The best way to effectively eliminate most germs, Dr. Arteaga says, is to wash your hands with soap and water for about 15 to 20 seconds, followed by a good rinse.

“Be sure to wash the backs of your hands, between your fingers where germs can hide, and under your fingernails,’’ Dr. Arteaga says. “You must scrub your hands vigorously for at least 15 to 20 seconds to remove germs.”

For those concerned about time, Dr. Arteaga suggests looking no further than the “ABC Song.” He says singing the “ABC Song,” which is about 20 seconds in length, is not only effective in timing your own hand washing but is a unique way to help children develop their vocabulary skills and understand the importance of proper hand washing.

As an extra precaution, when using public restrooms, Dr. Arteaga suggests drying your hands with a paper towel, using it to turn off the water. Then, before discarding the paper towel, use it to open or close the bathroom door.

In the event a sink and or soap and water are not available, Dr. Arteaga suggests using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer gel or wipes, which are also effective in eliminating germs. But, Dr. Arteaga also points out, soap and water is still best in removing germs and bacteria.

“Many people use alcohol-based hand sanitizers, but if there is visible dirt on your hands, the alcohol-based hand sanitizers are not going to be as effective,’’ he says. “You need to use soap and water to rinse the dirt off your hands. If your hands aren’t visibly dirty, and you do not have soap and water available, make sure the hand sanitizer contains at least 60 percent alcohol to be effective in killing most germs and viruses.”

When to Wash Wash your hands before and after you eat, use the toilet, change a diaper, touch an animal, blow your nose, cough or sneeze, handle garbage and touch a computer screen or telephone.

Dr. Arteaga says it is also good practice to wash your hands after visiting a park, entering our homes, and using our computers and telephones.

“Repetition is the mother of conversation,’’ he says. “The more you repeat something, the more it becomes ingrained in you to do it. So we must continue to instruct people on the proper way to wash their hands so that they don’t forget.”

Dr. Arteaga and his wife, Maria, a registered nurse, founded LaSalle Medical Associates 27 years ago. He and his team of 120 health care professionals treat thousands of patients for infectious diseases, such as the common cold and seasonal influenza each year.

LaSalle operates clinics in Fontana, Hesperia and San Bernardino.

LaSalle Medical Associates is an Independent Physicians Association (IPA), which has a membership of 1,900 health care professionals serving 190,000 patients in Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, Fresno, Kings, Madera, San Joaquin and Tulare counties. For more information about LaSalle Medical Associates, call (909) 890-0407 or go on line to www.LasalleMedical.com.

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