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    Can Certain Foods Prevent Cancer?

    Last updated 1 day 12 hours ago

    A healthy diet centered on the consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables can aid health in a number of ways, including keeping weight under control and reducing type 2 diabetes risks. Did you know that many fruits and vegetables offer cancer-fighting benefits? Though wholesome eating habits make up just one component of cancer prevention, they can make a difference to your health. Health experts typically encourage the consumption of all fresh produce, but studies indicate that foods such as carrots, broccoli, spinach, tomatoes, and strawberries can be particularly powerful in the fight against cancer. Each of these items contains high concentrations of antioxidants, which can reduce the chances the cellular free radical damage that can cause cancer.

    You can help prevent cancer, and Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center can help treat it. To schedule a consultation with one of the cancer care experts at our Thousand Oaks-based Cancer Center, call (877) 888-5746. You can also visit our website to read about the cancer treatment services that we provide.

    Thousand Oaks Tea Raises Money for CLU Scholarships

    Last updated 3 days ago

    CARLOS CHAVEZ/SPECIAL TO THE STAR Ginger Detterman (left) pours hot water for Barbara Warkentien at the “ ‘A Christmas Story’ in April” table at Hats and High Tea on Sunday in Thousand Oaks.


    CARLOS CHAVEZ/SPECIAL TO THE STAR “Tea in Tuscany” was a theme of one of the 21 decorated tables at the California Lutheran University Community Leaders Association Hats and High Tea scholarship and educational grant fundraiser Sunday in Thousand Oaks

    Guests dining on tea, finger sandwiches and cake as a harpist performed at California Lutheran University raised money to provide student scholarships.

    Hats and High Tea, hosted by the Community Leaders Association, took place Sunday afternoon overlooking Kingsmen Park on the Thousand Oaks campus.

    The association was founded in 1963 to stimulate community interest in the private university’s programs, and the money it raises goes toward scholarships and educational grants.

    More than a dozen tables, each with a different theme, were laid out with plates, cups and saucers, silverware and a centerpiece. Guests also decorated hats to fit the theme of the table.

    Deborah Sweeney, owner and CEO of MyCorporation and a CLU regent, was the event leader.

    “This is the first year we’ve done it on this campus, and I think it’s neat that a lot of people are seeing the campus for the first time with the thought of giving back to the students,” she said.

    The annual event typically raises $12,000 to $15,000, and Sweeney said she hopes to exceed that range this year.

    CARLOS CHAVEZ/SPECIAL TO THE STAR A centerpiece sits on the “Gypsies Tea Room” table at the Hats and High Tea fundraiser Sunday in Thousand Oaks.

    A business or organization sponsors each table, picks a theme and builds the table around that theme. Themes Sunday included “Peacock Paradise,” “Where the Buffalo Roam,” “Hunger Games,” “Gypsies Tea Room” and “Tiki Tea Table.”

    Joanne Pinner and fellow residents of the University Village senior-living community sat at the table for “ ‘A Christmas Story’ in April.”

    “University Village always buys a table each year to support them, and we have a lot of people at University Village who go over to Cal Lu and help with the students, and they come over and support us at different events,” Pinner said.

    Susie Lundeen-Smuck, vice chairwoman of the CLU Board of Regents, had a place at the “Gone With the Wind” table, which had life-size cardboard cutouts of Clark Gable as Rhett Butler and Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O’Hara.

    She said she raided her children’s dress-up box to find a hat which she then decorated with a ribbon and flowers.

    “I am overwhelmed with the creativity. It’s so fun to look around,” the first-time guest said.

    Brooke Yasman, 17, came as a mermaid in a sequined costume studded with seashells she had made. She decorated her “Under the Sea” tea table with starfish-shaped plates and large glass tubes with fish.

    “I did bring real fish. I think it really brings the whole ‘Under the Sea’ theme together. We actually bought them so I guess I have a couple of new pets,” she said.

    Ann Hohimer helped decorate the “Victorian Lace and Roses” table for CLU alumni and the “Birds of a Feather Have Tea Together” table for Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center.

    “It was really fun to do it, and it’s such a fun event — just the camaraderie of everybody being together and seeing all the tables,” she said.

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    Do You Know How to Read Nutrition Facts?

    Last updated 7 days ago

    Nutrition labels offer a wealth of information on the contents of the food you eat. This video explains how to understand what nutrition labels are telling you.

    The top of a nutrition label provides the serving size, an essential piece of information. This number impacts all other data on the nutrition label, including calorie count. Below the serving size and calorie count, you can find the numbers for fat, cholesterol, and sugar content, which healthcare experts recommend eating in minimal quantities. Also look for the vitamin and mineral percentages listed at the bottom of the nutrition label.

    Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center can help you foster healthy eating habits for your entire family. To sign up for our Health to You program, call our Thousand Oaks hospital today at (877) 888-5746. 

    Are You Eating the Right Foods for Your Brain Health?

    Last updated 9 days ago

    When promoting the benefits of good nutrition, many people point to its positive impact on muscle mass, bone density, and weight. However, a healthy diet can be good for both the body and mind. Your brain health also depends on your intake of vitamins and minerals. Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center offers wellness programs so that you can take control of your total health. The following information highlights the importance of eating brain-friendly foods.

    Why Brain Health Requires Wholesome Foods

    On a cellular level, your brain requires a variety of vitamins and minerals so that it can carry out its most basic functions, including membrane repair and waste removal. Yet your diet can enhance your brain health far beyond that of performing these fundamental operations. Neurological decline in part may stem from the presence of inflammatory agents. However, research indicates that good nutrition can lessen the dangers of brain function deterioration.

    What Can Happen Without Good Nutrition

    Neurological decline is a condition that can develop over many years, so the eating habits you have in place now can affect your cognitive function in the future. When you eat the right foods, you can ward off diseases such as dementia. You can also lower your risk of sudden medical emergencies, including stroke. A diet rich in sodium and cholesterol can lead to weakened and congested arteries. Should an artery suffer a rupture or blockage, it can cause stroke and brain death.

    How You Can Protect Your Brain Health

    Doing your part to reduce inflammatory damage, high blood pressure, and elevated cholesterol can go a long way to protect your brain health. Foods that are low in sodium and cholesterol yet high in antioxidants provide the best means to combat the conditions that can lead to neurological decline. To find these foods, look to your produce section. Fresh fruits and vegetables should make up a large portion of your daily diet. You can also take advantage of lean proteins and whole grains to create a balanced meal plan.

    Look to Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center in Thousand Oaks for your nutrition needs. Our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral system offers instant professional advice and guidance for all of your diet questions and concerns. You can also call (877) 888-5746 to find out more about our nutrition services.

    What Is Interventional Cardiology?

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Interventional cardiology is a branch of cardiac care in which physicians use invasive techniques to clear blockages in the heart or learn more about how blood is moving through the heart. These procedures can be life-saving when applied during a heart attack or they can prevent a heart attack from occurring in the first place.

    Cardiac catheterization is one interventional cardiology procedure in which the physician gets a firsthand look at how the heart is pumping blood and where any blockages may be found. Angioplasty may accompany catheterization if a blockage is present. This procedure uses a balloon catheter to open blockages and clear the arteries.

    Los Robles Hospital is in the top 10% of the nation’s hospitals for acute heart attack outcomes, and we offer a complete range of interventional cardiology services to support our heart attack care. For a closer look at the Heart Center at Los Robles in Thousand Oaks, visit our website or call (877) 888-5746 to reach our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line.

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