Health and Wellness

Kids donate toys for pediatric patients

A HEALTHY WAY TO GIVE—Sofia Paul, left, and Dhiya Patel, both 9 years old and residents of Thousand Oaks, donate care packages of toys for pediatric patients at Los Robles Hospital on Aug. 19. They and other children are taking part in the Kids Caring 4 Kids program, which was started by the Conejo Valley Unified School District in 2018. […]

New location for 3to9 walk

The second annual Walk 3to9 event will take place Sun., Sept. 15 at a new location—the Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area, 4100 S. La Cienega Ave., Los Angeles. Launched in 2018 by Ventura County resident Jaki Kackert, Walk 3to9 is a trail run/walk to raise money for the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation. The inaugural event took place at King […]

Event seeks to end suicide

The Los Angeles/Central Coast chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention will host its annual Ventura County Out of the Darkness Community Walk at 9 a.m. Sat., Sept. 14 at Camarillo’s Constitution Park, 1287 Paseo Camarillo. The event supports the foundation’s education and support programs as well as the goal to reduce the annual U.S. rate of suicide 20% […]

Blood collection efforts are not in vain

Gene Nestor puts blood, sweat and tears into his volunteer work, but mostly blood. The 92-year-old Thousand Oaks resident has organized semiannual blood drives for St. Paschal Baylon Catholic Church in Thousand Oaks for the past 33 years. The father of six doesn’t use a computer, so instead of sending a mass email or writing a Facebook post to invite […]

Money for mammograms

The Simone B. hair, nail and skin salon will host a charity fundraiser to provide breast cancer mammograms for uninsured and underinsured women from 2 to 6 p.m. Sat., Aug. 24. The salon is at 29020 Agoura Road, Agoura Hills. The event will also have a raffle with goody baskets. All of the money raised at the benefit will be […]

Pond cleanup also good for turtles

Ketamine treatment offers hope for pain

By the time patients find their way to the Camarillo office of Dr. Stefany Wolfsohn, the physician says, they’re often in tears— at their wits’ end after all traditional treatments for depression, pain and other chronic conditions have failed. Wolfsohn offers them hope. At the Ventura Center for Advanced Therapeutics, the doctor performs low-dose intravenous infusions of ketamine to treat […]

Healthy fruits at T.O. market

The Ventura County Certified Farmers’ Market Association offers many summer fruits. With a heavy rainy season, the association reports that the tree fruit is proving to be extra sweet and plentiful, although bringing some delays along with it. “The crops are abundant and very tasty,” said Karen Schott, VCCFMA operations manager. “And, with the cool summer we are experiencing so […]

Beat the heat with these tips

It’s hot out there and the soaring temperatures can be dangerous. The American Red Cross has steps people can follow to help stay safe when it’s hot outside. Never leave children or pets in a vehicle. The inside temperature of a car can reach 120 degrees. Stay hydrated and drink plenty of fluids. Avoid drinks with caffeine or alcohol. Wear […]

Exercisers get in step

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