The how-tos of choosing athletic shoes

Running and walking are among the purest, most natural forms of exercise around. With newfangled innovations like Freon-filled midsoles and pump-it-up tongues, it’s knowing which shoes to buy that seems to require an advanced degree. Choose the wrong athletic shoes and you could end up lying on the couch nursing shin splints or aching heels […]

How to Find the Right Gym for You

The time has come. You hate how you look in your clothes, don’t want to be out of breath every time you walk up the stairs and are tired of feeling out of shape. You’ve decided to take the plunge and join a gym. But you shouldn’t join the first one you see. With so […]

How to add exercise to your life

It’s easy to fall into a rut with your fitness routine. The hardest part about staying fit is finding a convenient time to exercise – and sticking to it! In today’s busy world, trying to balance work and family leaves little time to squeeze in an effective workout. But we all recognize that making exercise […]

Blood Donation Basics

Each year, millions of people give the gift of life by donating their blood at blood drives. Some do it without a second thought. But others may have not donated because the thought of giving up blood makes them queasy. If you are in the latter group, it may put you at ease if you […]

Do You Suffer From a Sleep Disorder?

(MS) — Sleep: We all need it, want it, crave it, but never seem to get enough of it. Most sleep researchers say that the average number of hours a person needs each day is between 71/2 to 81/2. Yet, most of us fall short of that number and survive on much less, which can […]

Vision Changes Common During Pregnancy

Once you receive a positive pregnancy test, get ready for your body to undergo a host of changes in the upcoming months. Most notably will be a change in your appearance — the growing belly that is a clear sign of impending motherhood. Yet hormones can create many other changes that you may not expect, […]

Nutrition Label Know-How

You grab a package from the frozen foods and flip it over to scan its label. The calories and fat numbers look good, you think. The cholesterol level seems okay. But what about the daily value? Or the serving size? Or the nutrient value? Now the label looks like a foreign language. The food label […]

Healing a grieving heart

Losing a loved one is a heart-wrenching experience. The powerful, complex, and conflicting emotions that survivors struggle with often leave a person feeling alone and helpless. Understanding the basic elements of grief and learning key coping skills can help individuals heal and move forward after their loss. There is no correct way to face the […]

Think Before You Sip

It happens every day. People take a quick swig from a bottle of water or juice that they thought was theirs. If they’re lucky, the only consequence might be a chiding comment that they’ve picked up the wrong drink. Far too often, though, the consequences are much more serious. The person drinking the “wrong drink” […]


PUBLIC NOTICE The North County Fire Protection District is seeking qualified contractors to respond to the open bid process for vegetation management. Vegetation management includes clearing of brush, dead trees and mowing of grasses on vacant properties and around structures and along roadways. The program includes abatement of hazards when owners fail to bring their […]