Health and Wellness

Oakmont celebrates Agoura Hills opening

Gala fundraiser for pediatric cancer

Each September, Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation invites the community to join in recognizing National Childhood Cancer Awareness month through the Gold Ribbon Luncheon. After last year’s multiple cancellations, the foundation will celebrate with supporters and families from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wed., Oct. 13 under a tent at the Plaza Del Sol, Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort, 633 E. […]

Clergy and prayer helpful tools for hospital staff in difficult times



Instead of dropping their kids off on the first day of school, some young parents spent the last weeks of August in the ICU. The medical staff at Los Robles Regional Medical Center are once again fighting to save sick community members during the latest surge in COVID-19 cases. At the same time, a small team of faith leaders are […]

Hospital visits require shots



A recent requirement that hospital visitors be vaccinated against COVID or have a negative test within 72 hours has not received pushback from visitors to Ventura County hospitals, medical officials said. The statewide order went into effect Aug. 11. Daphne Yousem, a spokesperson for Los Robles Regional Medical Center, said visitors to the Thousand Oaks hospital have been cooperative thus […]

Children next in line

ARMED—David Gary, left, watches as his 12-year-old son, Nicholas, gets his COVID-19 vaccine from a Los Angeles County public health nurse Aug. 12 at Founders Hall in the Calabasas Civic Center. The county says more than two dozen children between the ages of 12 and 17 received their shots during the one-day mobile vaccination clinic hosted by the city.

Packed and ready to go



Going back to school means getting back to the basics. Westminster Free Clinic hosted its annual back-to-school wellness fair Aug. 11, providing over 1,600 backpacks for the community and 35 special gifts for its high school interns. Westminster is a health services provider for eastern Ventura County, serving the disadvantaged communities of Thousand Oaks and Simi Valley. The event provided […]

Hybrid CERT classes teach emergency skills

The Ventura County Fire Department and the Federal Emergency Management Agency have joined to assist county residents with disaster preparedness education and training by offering a hybrid community emergency response team course. The free, bilingual program offers an alternative option for the traditional in-person classroom based training. The hybrid CERT training incorporates 12 hours of online independent study followed by […]

Ventura County health officials urge masks, vaccines

With COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continuing to rise as a result of the transmissible Delta variant, Ventura County Public Health officials are urging everyone that is eligible to get vaccinated and strongly recommends that everyone wear masks indoors in public places, regardless of vaccination status. The vaccines have been effective in keeping local hospitalizations and deaths lower than previous surges, […]

Cancer survivor empowers others through nonprofit



Rachel Shur is the founder and executive director of an award-winning nonprofit organization, but of all the titles on her purple business card, “cancer survivor extraordinaire” is the one that gives her the most pride. With the power of positivity, the Moorpark native transformed adversity into purpose. Now, through the United Cancer Advocacy Action Network (UCAAN), she works to share […]

Trust tap for safe for water over filter, delivery and bottled

COMMENTARY /// Eye on the Environment


Consumers might like to imagine their water bottle was filled by sanitary fairies who dipped it into a natural, running spring in the wilderness, but if the label says “purified,” it is just filtered tap water. Reverse osmosis is a typical industrial-scale process used for this type of filtering, and it has two drawbacks. First, forcing some water through a […]


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