Soroptimist International recognizes women from local schools

At the Second Annual Scholarship Luncheon for Soroptimist International of Long Beach (SILB) recently, winners were honored with more than $26,000 in scholarships and awards. The luncheon honored local students from the Poly High School “S” Club, Long Beach City College and California State University, Long Beach. Honored at the event were Anamaria Garay, Sharareh…

LBPD warns parents, grads about dangers of underage drinking

With Long Beach high school graduation ceremonies taking place next week, the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) is warning graduates and parents about the dangers of underage drinking. Underage drinkers are more likely to involve themselves in unsafe behavior, or become a victim of a crime due to vulnerability. The effects of alcohol impairs judgment,…

St. Mary expo to provide free health screenings

The St. Mary Medical Center Senior Health Program, in collaboration with HealthCare Partners Medical Group, will conduct a free “Stepping Into Summer” Health Fair & Fitness Expo on Wednesday, June 9 from 9am to noon on the St. Mary campus in the parking lot bordering Long Beach Boulevard and 11th Street. The focus of the…

Funereal book to help fund breast-cancer treatment

By Brett Ashley Hawkins Editorial Intern With death comes new life. It’s been said over and over again, and it rings even truer of Long Beach funeral director Kenneth McKenzie’s latest fundraiser for KAMM Cares, a nonprofit benefiting women who are persevering through breast cancer. McKenzie, who owns and operates McKenzie Mortuary Services, 3843 E.…

Wellness event to provide mental-health information, resources

Approximately one out of every four Americans suffers with some form of a mental-health challenge in their lifetime. With May being National Mental Health Awareness Month, the City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department), in partnership with many community organizations, will conduct the “Healthy Mind, Healthy Body” community health and…

UCLA seeks smokers for study testing cessation vaccine

UCLA researchers are seeking smokers between the ages of 18 and 65 for a national study using an experimental vaccine to help them quit smoking. “Very few smokers successfully quit, so new methods, beyond the patch and nicotine gum, are truly needed,” said Dr. Donald Tashkin, principal investigator and professor of pulmonary and critical care…

St. Mary presenting diabetes self-management workshops

Those affected by diabetes or who have family members coping with the disease are invited to attend Diabetes Self-Management Education classes at St. Mary Medical Center. Individual sessions can be scheduled on Wednesdays from 7am until 5pm or Thursdays from 11am until 5pm. A four-week group session is conducted on Thursdays from 8am until 11am.…

A wake-up call to keep kids fit

By Carol Berg Sloan, RD I don’t know about you, but I am thrilled that First Lady Michelle Obama has gotten on the bandwagon to bring the childhood obesity onto center stage with the Let’s Move Campaign (letsmove.gov). I sometimes wonder if Americans realize what a health crisis the number of overweight children is now…

LB Cancer League gala to help fund research, special programs

The Long Beach Cancer League, a fundraising auxiliary of the American Cancer Society, will conduct its 35th Annual Gala at Daugherty Sky Harbor Hangar on Saturday, April 24 at 5:30pm, with the theme “Imagine The Celebrations, Imagine A Cure.” The celebration will feature unique items sold through silent and live auctions. Auction items include private…

Cedars-Sinai releases new finding on heart treatments

Physician scientists from the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute presented new findings last week on the effectiveness of routine aspirin therapy for preventing heart disease, a drug therapy for atrial fibrillation and the role left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) may play in weight reduction for obese patients with chronic end-stage heart failure who are considered for heart…