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12 tips to healthy eating

12 tips to healthy eating

MANTECA — Every five years, the government updates Dietary Guidelines. Uncle Sam has just updated the guidelines again, based on all the latest in nutrition research.

Here are 12 gems, made simple by your friends at Su Salud/Your Health :

1. Eat less. Especially if you’re overweight.

2. Get active. Reduce time spent on the couch, in front of a screen, or at a desk.

3. Eat less salt.

Local mom starts support group for hydrocephalus

Local mom starts support group for hydrocephalus

TRACY - Since Joey Chavez’s diagnosis with hydrocephalus, the 8-year-old has had nine brain surgeries, starting at age 2. The most recent was Dec. 9, when he had a shunt replaced at Children’s Hospital and Research Center in Oakland.

His mother, Kim Ruiz, impressed with her son’s fortitude, has turned their shared experience into motivation to help others with the same condition.

Joey has had three shunts, a procedure in which a doctor skillfully guides a catheter through the brain matter, Ruiz explained, to combat the fluid that builds up inside his brain cavities.

Thia Megia heads to Las Vegas on 'American Idol'

Thia Megia heads to Las Vegas on 'American Idol'

MOUNTAIN HOUSE - Thia Megia once again wowed the judges to advance to the next round in Fox’s 2011 “American Idol” on the Thursday, Feb. 17, show.

The 15-year-old Mountain House resident’s rendition of Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World,” had Jennifer Lopez whispering to Steven Tyler, “She’s amazing.”

Megia, a high school student in Tracy, advanced to the round of 100 last week, and now has advanced to the round of 60 in next week’s Hollywood Round 4.

On Wednesday, Feb. 23, the contestants will sing to Beatles music in Las Vegas.

And on Thursday, Feb. 24, Megia will vie for a spot in the top 24 and a place in the semifinals.

Megia broke new ground by being one of the first 15-year-old singers allowed to compete since an age reduction went into effect for the 10th season of the hit show. The prior minimum age was 16.

12 tips to healthy eating

 

Manteca, California — Every 5 years, the government updates Dietary Guidelines. Uncle Sam has just updated the guidelines again, based on all the latest in nutrition research.

Here are 12 gems, made simple by your friends at Su Salud/Your Health :

1. Eat less. Especially if you’re overweight.

2. Get active. Reduce time spent on the couch, in front of a screen, or at a desk.

3. Eat less salt.

4. Eat less fatty acids, trans fatty acids, dietary cholesterol, solid fats, and added sugars.

5. Limit or eliminate alcohol.

6. Eat lots of fruits & veggies.

7. Eat a variety of vegetables. Darkgreen, red, and orange veggies are great. Beans and peas are also good.

8. Eat more whole grains.

9. Drink or eat more fat-free or low-fat milk products, such as milk, yogurt, and cheese.

Stanislaus police mounted division put out to pasture after budget cuts

MANTECA, CA - Police horses across the country are, literally, being put out to pasture.

Budget cuts and other economic woes are forcing many law enforcement agencies to disband their mounted divisions.

In San Joaquin Valley, only the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department and Manteca Police Department maintain active mounted officers. In the last several years, however, both agencies saw severe cuts in their staffing.

"We've had two layoffs and several others dropped out of the unit because they couldn't afford it," said Deputy Donny Schwandt with the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department, which had its mounted division drop from 16 officers to 11.

Both agencies are able to maintain their mounted division only because officers burden the cost of keeping their own horse.

Get spring cleaning tips from an expert March 26

Get spring cleaning tips from an expert March 26

RIPON - On Saturday, March 26, at 2:00 p.m., the Ripon Memorial Branch Library presents Serious Spring Cleaning: Clear That Clutter for Good. Have your spring cleaning efforts become an exercise in futility? Are you ready to get serious about clearing clutter and getting organized?

This free program will provide expert assistance. Sharon Testo, a Professional Organizer, based in San Joaquin County, is the owner of "Organizing with Aloha". She's an active member of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO), Sacramento Chapter. Her business name combines her passion (organizing) and the Aloha spirit (friendly, caring, and down-to-earth). She believes a well-organized life reduces the stress and anxiety of modern living. She truly enjoys teaching others about organizing and finding solutions that will help them in their life, home and business.

The library is located at 333 West Main Street.

Manteca skies on a cloudy day

Manteca skies on a cloudy day

MANTECA - Beautiful sky on an otherwise dreary, cloudy day. Local resident John submitted this photo.

Marrow registry drive in memory of Victoria Martin Feb. 25

Marrow registry drive in memory of Victoria Martin Feb. 25

MANTECA - BloodSource will hold a marrow registry drive on Friday, Feb. 25 at George McParland Elementary, 1601 Northgtate Drive, honoring the memory of Victoria Martin who passed away in May 2010 from lymphoma at 34 years old. The drive will be held from 3 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Martin left behind her husband Jerry, and two children, Gerald and Delicia, and a Manteca community who came together to help one of their own. The community helped grant Martin’s dying wish for a festive church wedding the Martins had never had, though married for 18 years.

Without a bone marrow match in her family for a lifesaving marrow transplant, marrow registry drives were held for Martin with hopes to find a matched donor. However, a marrow match was never found. There is a great need for racial and ethnic diversity on the marrow registry to help patients like Martin.

Martin was a yard supervisor at McParland School in Manteca.

Help plan for the future of the Altamont Corridor

Help plan for the future of the Altamont Corridor

TRACY - Plans are in the works to redesign and modernize the existing ACE train. Please join us to learn more about the Altamont Corridor Rail Project, which will create an exciting new commuter and intercity train service connecting the Central Valley, Tri-Valley and Silicon Valley. This faster electric train could be a real alternative to driving on the 580/205 freeways! 

At these upcoming public meetings, a variety of options for new routes and station sites and the results of the preliminary alternatives analysis will be presented for community feedback. Your input is vitally important, as we are selecting the range of alternative routes and station locations that will go forward for detailed consideration in the environmental impact analysis.

Teen sexual assault survivor works with San Joaquin County law enforcement

STOCKTON, CA - A 15-year-old sexual assault survivor teams up with law enforcement agencies throughout San Joaquin County to promote sexual assault awareness and help other teen victims of sex crimes.

Stephanie Braithwaite founded the advocate organization "Saving Stephanie" after she was sexually assaulted by a close friend when she was 13.

Stephanie was confused that someone she considered a trustworthy friend attacked her. She felt ashamed that she somehow let it happen.

It wasn't until Stephanie confided in someone about the sexual assault and received counseling from the Women's Center of San Joaquin County, that Stephanie decided she wasn't a victim, she was a survivor.

"I didn't need to be ashamed. I'm not going to let the sexual assault define me," Stephanie said.