Health

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With more scorching temperatures ahead, OC health officials offer tips for keeping your cool

Here we go again. Temperatures in some Orange County communities are expected to approach triple-digits this week, increasing the risk of heat-related illnesses, particularly for more sensitive populations. “During extremely hot weather it is important to check on those who are at high risk to make sure they are staying cool,” says County Health Officer Dr. Eric Handler. “The people at highest risk during extreme heat include seniors who live alone, people with heart or lung disease, and young children.” [...]
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Answers to frequently asked questions about California school vaccination laws

This summer, Governor Jerry Brown signed a new vaccine law, Senate Bill 277, which states that parents of students who attend public or private schools can no longer refuse to vaccinate their children based on a personal belief exemption. However, current vaccine laws that went into effect in 2014 are still in place for the 2015-16 school year. [...]
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Three-day Safe Schools Conference features 48 workshops focusing on trends and best practices

More than local 500 educators, school workers and law enforcement representatives will gather in Costa Mesa this week to address critical school safety and security issues during the sixth annual Safe Schools Conference. Presented by former state Secretary of Education Dave Long in collaboration with the Orange County Department of Education and the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, the three-day conference will be held Wednesday through Friday at the Hilton Orange County. [...]
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‘Return-to-Learn’ post-concussion training for OC schools coming in August

Each year, thousands of children sustain concussions, but the path to recovery doesn’t always end after the initial treatment. For students returning to school after a traumatic brain injury, the experience of learning and engaging in academic activities that require concentration may actually cause concussion symptoms to reappear – or worsen. [...]
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California Department of Education develops drought response best practices for schools

California is now in its fourth straight year of below average rainfall and this past winter was one of the warmest on record. The snow pack in the Sierra Nevada has a water content of only five percent of the historic average, the lowest since 1950. This has placed California firmly in one of the worst droughts in the state's recorded history. Everyone, including schools, are encouraged to do their part to conserve water. [...]
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Remind kids to drink up to prevent dehydration and stay healthy this summer

From basketball and football camps to typical outdoor activities like surfing, swimming and skateboarding, longer days and plenty of free time give kids the opportunity to participate in a variety of physical activities during the warm summer months. But warm weather and increased physical activity also puts kids at risk for dehydration. [...]
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Summer meal programs combat hunger for children and teens

Over 250,000 children in Orange County depend on free or reduced-price meals during the school year. But when schools close for the summer, the prospect of being hungry or losing a balanced and nutritious meal is a reality for far too many of our kids. Summer meals programs throughout the county have been filling this gap. [...]