Healthy Habits + Realistic Expectations = Weight Loss

by Tiffanie Grady-Gillespie, Certified Physical Trainer, CPT, WickedFiTT I think we can all agree the excitement of starting something new and exciting gets us pumped with motivation and thinking we’re ready to dive in head first, going from 0-1,000 mph … faster than a speeding bullet.  This can be especially true when it comes to … Read More…

Teens and Vaping – What We Need to Know

by Nicole Youcupicio, Casa Grande Alliance, Prevention Specialist E-cigarette use, or vaping, is on the rise among youth across the country. Casa Grande is no exception. E-cigarette use is now the third most common substance abused by youth in Casa Grande at 13.7%, following marijuana at 14.3% and alcohol at 20.2%.1 The trend is steadily … Read More…

Pursue Your Passion with CAC’s Lifelong Learning Programs

by Angela Askey, Executive Director, Public Relations and Marketing Central Arizona College provides lifelong learning program opportunities for hundreds of adults each year. These unique programs provide personal enrichment, assistance to help launch a career or options to exercise one’s creative side. Lifelong Learning programming at Central Arizona College (CAC) provides courses at various CAC … Read More…

Chillin’ with My Dog

by Gigi McWhirter Summertime is upon us and who wants to turn on the oven? Instead of baking treats for your furry friend, why not make some yummy pupsicles? These frozen delights are not only easy to make, they are healthy, too! A cool way to freeze the treats is in a silicone mold. Molds … Read More…

Being Prepared for the Worst

by Staff Reports Be ready for summer monsoon dangers Summer monsoons can wreak havoc in a short amount of time. Lightning-sparked wildland fires can spread rapidly; torrential rains can cause flooding; and storms and winds can knock out electrical power. Often roads are slick and dangerous. Less frequently, but just as scary, summer storms can … Read More…

Signs of Heat-Related Illnesses

According to WebMD, there are two kinds of heat exhaustion: Water depletion. Signs are excessive thirst, weakness, headache and even loss of consciousness. Salt depletion. Symptoms include nausea, vomiting, muscle cramps and dizziness. Heat exhaustion symptoms: confusion dark-colored urine (a sign of dehydration) dizziness fainting fatigue headache cramping nausea, vomiting or diarrhea pale skin, sweating … Read More…

Well-Woman Exams Vital For Early Detection

by Jonathan Willms, DO, Chair of OB/GYN, Sun Life Family Health Center Prior to the development of the Pap test, women commonly developed cervical cancer and died from it. In the 1940s, the Pap test was developed as a way to screen not only for cervical cancer, but also for the precancerous changes that could … Read More…

Mock Trial Competition

Pinal County Superior Court Creates Opportunity for Students by Donna McBride, Pinal County Juvenile Court Program Administrator II Pinal County Juvenile Court Services and its Community Advisory Board held its 16th annual Mock Trial Competition March 8. More than 200 middle school and high school students spent the day competing for the titles of best … Read More…

The Prescription Drug Epidemic: The Impact on Our Youth

by Nicole Youcupicio, Casa Grande Alliance, Prevention Specialist The prescription drug abuse epidemic has been a hot topic across our nation recently, but did you know it is also right here in our local community? Not only is this affecting adults, but it has also hit our youth population. Over 4% of youth in Casa … Read More…

May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month

by Tiffanie Grady-Gillespie, Certified Physical Trainer, CPT, WickedFiTT There can’t be a better time to celebrate physical activity as the weather gets warmer and our days get longer. Created in 1956, the mission of the now-titled President’s Council on Sports, Fitness and Nutrition has been to increase sports participation among youth of all backgrounds and … Read More…