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  • Mixed reaction to proposed state soda tax

    April 26, 2011 1:53 AM

    A proposed state tax could make you think twice before reaching for that sugary drink. If passed, the new soda tax would add a penny per fluid ounce on sweetened beverages. That's 12 cents on an average can of soda. The tax would raise an estimated $1.7 billion statewide... more »
  • Jack LaLanne inspired Central Coast residents

    January 24, 2011 1:39 PM

    Fitness legend and Morro Bay resident Jack LaLanne started a health revolution. Just a day after his death, it's clear his teachings have inspired so many people on the Central Coast and throughout the world. LaLanne died of pneumonia Sunday afternoon at his home in Morro Bay. He was... more »
  • Special Report: Behind the Kitchen Door

    November 4, 2010 10:49 PM

    San Luis Obispo County is known for its popular restaurant scene, but there's often more to these restaurants than first meets the eye and the palate. There are ten health inspectors that patrol nearly 1700 restaurants in the county. They make sure your food is safe. We gave one... more »
  • New scam targets small business owners

    June 18, 2010 6:55 PM

    The San Luis Obispo County Public Health Department is warning small business owners of a fraud scheme that has been reported in other parts of California. According to the Stanislaus County Department of Environmental Resources, food facilities and other small businesses in northern California reported receiving phone calls from... more »
  • Local health officials encourage vaccinations for Whooping Cough

    May 24, 2010 9:39 PM

    Local health officials say Whooping Cough is on the rise and they need your help to stop it from spreading. Whooping Cough, or Pertussis, is a highly contagious disease that spikes every few years. The disease mainly affects infants. San Luis Obispo County has seen 32 cases of whooping... more »
  • Event at Marian Medical Center educates women on health issues

    May 6, 2010 2:21 PM

    An event at Marian Medical Center Thursday highlights health issues affecting local women. The Women's Day Tea event is meant to be a relaxing way for women to learn about osteoporosis, bone health, menopause and breast cancer. Those taking part were asked to sit back, relax and enjoy a... more »
  • Over 500 local kids and adults take part in Day of the Child

    May 3, 2010 3:00 PM

    Over 20 local non profit healthcare agencies helped put on Day of the Child at the Oceano Community Center on Sunday. Nearly 500 local kids and adults attended the free event, which offered health screenings and activities. Participating agencies included: Arroyo Grande Community Hospital, Community Health Centers of... more »
  • Fun Run teaches students good fitness, health habits

    April 29, 2010 4:56 PM

    Flamson Middle School in Paso Robles is holding their annual 5k Fun Run on May 7, 2010. The event is designed to teach students about good health and life fitness habits, while raising money for the school. Students are seeking pledges from parents, businesses, and local service clubs.... more »
  • Gov. Schwarzenegger backs national health overhaul

    April 29, 2010 12:50 PM

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is pledging California's full support for national health care reform, throwing the weight of one of the nation's most prominent Republican voices behind the overhaul. Schwarzenegger says he has long supported the concept of universal health coverage. He says now is the time... more »
  • Obama signs $938 billion health overhaul

    March 23, 2010 11:57 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama has signed the $938 billion health care overhaul that guarantees coverage for 32 million uninsured Americans and represents the biggest accomplishment of his presidency. The new law will be the main issue in this fall's midterm elections. Obama signed the bill at an... more »
  • Report: Nearly 1 in 4 Californians uninsured

    March 16, 2010 11:49 AM

    LOS ANGELES (AP) - A report says nearly a quarter of Californians under age 65 had no health insurance in 2009. The UCLA Center for Health Policy Research study reported in Monday's Los Angeles Times said the state's uninsured population jumped to 8.2 million last year. That's up from... more »
  • Health advisory issued for Avila waters

    February 11, 2010 1:38 PM

    A health advisory in effect for Avila Beach for the waters halfway between San Luis Creek and the pier. The San Luis Obispo County Environmental Health Department will retest water samples today and results will be available Friday.
  • Six California HMO's show improvement in latest health care report card

    February 9, 2010 7:29 PM

    Six out of nine of California's largest HMO's have showed improvement in this year's Health Care Quality Report Card. California's Office of the Patient Advocate releases the report card each year. For the first time, some health plans received four out of four stars for patient satisfaction. Those plans include... more »
  • Anthem Blue Cross to hike Calif health premiums

    February 5, 2010 1:03 PM

    LOS ANGELES (AP) - Anthem Blue Cross has told some customers it will raise their health insurance premiums as much as 39 percent beginning March 1. The increases, reported Friday by the Los Angeles Times, involve as many as 800,000 customers who buy individual coverage. People with group coverage aren't... more »
  • Third inmate dies of swine flu in California prisons

    December 4, 2009 11:54 AM

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Health officials say a central California inmate who died last week was the prison system's third death from swine flu. The first two inmates died in mid-November at prisons in central and Southern California. The third inmate died November 27. The receiver in charge of... more »

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