LCF Doctor Appointed Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Christine Park

Dr. Christine Park, a La Cañada Flintridge resident, has been named the new chief medical officer of Northeast Valley Health Corporation, a nonprofit, federally funded community health center serving the San Fernando and Santa Clarita valleys.
She has been the medical director of pediatrics for the past 12 of her 14 years as an NEVHC pediatrician.
Park will take on the role being vacated by Dr. Richard L. Seidman, who is leaving NEVHC after being appointed CMO of L.A. Care Health Plan.
“Dr. Park is very experienced in our marketplace and truly understands the challenges of being a safety net provider,” said Kimberly Wyard, NEVHC CEO. “Her work has been very instrumental in NEVHC’s success. Her passion for community health care and her experience made her an ideal candidate.
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Foothill Water District Holds April Events

The Foothill Municipal Water District has announced a series of community events and activities in April, with the aim to educate residents of the importance of water, especially after the wet season ended drought conditions for many regions across the state.
“We are excited to promote these great events to our residents that remind us of the importance of water,” said FMWD General Manager Nina Jazmadarian. “Our winter storms may have alleviated drought conditions, but our local groundwater basins are at historic lows and still need to recover. After we exit April, the hot summer months will quickly arrive and we look to our residents to keep up a strong water-saving ethic.”
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Buck, Urata Headline ‘Challenge Success: Building Your Path’ Event

La Cañada High School, in conjunction with the LCHS Alumni Association, is sponsoring the first “Challenge Success: Building Your Path” event from 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 8, at LCHS.

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It will feature two highly acclaimed keynote speakers: Chris Buck, an Academy Award-winning director of the Disney animation feature “Frozen,” and Dr. Mark Urata, a renowned surgeon and head of the Plastic Surgery Division at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.
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Orthopaedic Guild’s Leadership Takes on Another Year

La Cañada Flintridge Orthopaedic Guild board members include Marie Gilhooly, membership; Joanne Ploszaj, treasurer; Ginney Pruitt, vice president; Jopan Cleven, president and Marie Baker, recording secretary.

The La Cañada Flintridge Orthopaedic Guild’s recent meeting found President Joan Cleven once again at the helm after she agreed to lead the group for a third year. Many of the officers also agreed to retain their positions on the board.

Ginney Pruitt, Marie Baker, Elinor Bunn and Joanne Ploszaj will serve as vice president, secretary, corresponding secretary and treasurer, respectively. Danielle Barrios, assistant director volunteer services and community outreach, will continue to provide support to LCFOG, along with senior director Mary Beth Perrine, long-time liaison to LCFOG. The entire Orthopaedic Institute for Children staff provides support to LCFOG and its events and functions.
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FSHA Collaborates on Prom Dress Campaign

For the ninth year, the student body at Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy collaborated with the Salvation Army for its “Cherished Memories” campaign. This campaign collects prom dresses and distributes them to less fortunate students who attend local Pasadena high schools. It provides many young women with the opportunity to attend their prom in the dress of their dreams.
For the past several years, FSHA has consistently donated more than 100 dresses. Emphasizing the importance of generosity, the school uses this campaign as an opportunity to further develop a philanthropic spirit among the community.
As in previous years, there was a competition among the freshman, sophomore, junior and senior classes to see who would donate the most dresses. This year, the freshman class dominated, receiving acknowledgement for their charitable giving. Eloise Whitford, freshman class president, presented the 121 dresses to the Salvation Army on behalf of FSHA.
The Pasadena Salvation Army invited guests earlier this month for their “Cherished Memories” event.

Big Win for the Waverly School

Daniel Kyle

Daniel Kyle, a freshman at the Waverly School, became the East Los Angeles District Champion in the Lincoln Douglas Debate at the National Qualifying tournament held at Damien High School. Kyle also is one of the youngest students to achieve his Double Ruby for Special Distinction with the National Speech and Debate Association, gaining points for both attendance at tournaments and awards received.
He began his training with Nova 42 Academy when he was just a 5th-grader and continues to compete for Nova 42 when he is not debating for the Waverly School. Kyle hopes to continue his winning ways as he will be competing at the National Tournament, which will be held this year in Birmingham, Ala., in mid-June.

The Diabetes ABCs Can Help Prevention, Control

Victoria Pacheco

By Victoria Pacheco, RD | Methodist Hospital of Southern California

Diabetes can be a devastating illness for many who may not know how to prevent or control the disease symptoms. Here are a few action steps known as the ABCs of diabetes that can mitigate ill effects of the disease.
A is for Action: Take action before it is too late. If you are trying to prevent diabetes, know what your risks are for developing it. If you already have diabetes, take action to become educated on how to manage your diabetes. Continue reading “The Diabetes ABCs Can Help Prevention, Control”

Mayfield Junior Students Take Fifth in Decathlon

Photo courtesy Mayfield Junior School
Photo courtesy Mayfield Junior School Mayfield Junior students who helped bring the school its fifth-place ranking out of 105 schools at the L.A. Archdiocese Junior High Decathlon are (front row, from left) Matthew DiFronzo, Elizabeth Lira, Carolyn Lira, Owen Smith, Frances Burton, Sophia Labrador and Logan Tang. Back: Ryan Lo, Marshall Smith, Katie Huntsman, Sophia Cotman and Trinity Partamian.

Hard work pays off. After months of preparation, the Mayfield Junior School Decathlon Team competed recently with 105 Catholic schools at the L.A. Archdiocese Junior High Decathlon taking fifth overall. The team achieved second place in the Super Quiz team event, answering 50 questions and five tiebreakers in the subjects of literature, fine arts, religion, social studies and science, and finished in the top 20 for the Logic Quiz team event, an intense test of 20 difficult questions. In addition, eight team members won individual medals or placed in the top 20. Awardees include Marshall Smith, second place in English; Frances Burton, fourth place in literature; Carolyn Lira, fifth place in fine arts; Katie Huntsman, sixth place in math; Ryan Lo, seventh place in current events; Sophia Labrador, seventh place in religion; Matthew DiFronzo, top 20 in science; and Elizabeth Lira, top 20 in social studies.

Put Your Best Fork Forward With Probiotics & Prebiotics

Dr. Crystal Kwan

By Crystal Kwan, MPH, RD, CDE | Huntington Hospital

This year’s theme for National Nutrition Month is “Put Your Best Fork Forward,” which celebrates the diverse ways to enjoy healthful choices throughout the day. Did you know that one way to improve your health is to focus on your gut? While research continues to explore the area of prebiotics and probiotics, here is some information about what we do know:

What are Probiotics?
Although we often associate bacteria as harmful agents that spoil food or make us sick, some bacteria are actually good for our health. The GI tract is responsible for the digestion and absorption of nutrients and is home to trillions of bacteria that are important for keeping us healthy. These “good” bacteria are probiotics and help to maintain balance in the gut, keeps the GI tract healthy, and protect against harmful microorganisms. The number of bacteria in your gut is almost 10 times more than the number of your own body cells! Continue reading “Put Your Best Fork Forward With Probiotics & Prebiotics”

HMS Bringing Motivational Speaker to Campus

Scott Greenberg
Scott Greenberg

Motivational speaker Scott Greenberg will return for an encore of sorts on Tuesday, March 28, for a pair of presentations at Huntington Middle School.
Greenberg, who lives in Los Angeles, will speak first to the HMS student body that morning and then to parents and community members at 7 p.m. in the HMS auditorium. He will focus on maintaining student unity and promoting confident leadership among the student body.

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