Health

  • HEALTH ROUNDUP: Phone app helps us see signs of stroke

    A mobile phone application is available free of charge to help people learn the warning signs of a stroke. The free Spot a Stroke F.A.S.T. app for iOS and Android is available in English and Spanish and includes a stroke warning sign quiz, a high blood pressure chart and a searchable map of

  • International board-certified lactation consultant Christine Staricka gives feeding tips to new mom Eileen Price as she nurses daughter Cybil at Baby Cafe, an education and support group for nursing mothers.

    Officials stress resources for new mothers after death of newborn

    There's usually a lot of cooing and laughter in the back room of Planet Bambini. That's a baby store in Rosedale that lends space to Baby Cafe, a support group for nursing mothers. On Tuesday, the mood was more somber as new moms discussed a Georgia couple arrested last month in connection

  • Elaina Valdepena gives M.A.R.E. horse Cricket a kiss

    Real Success: M.A.R.E. therapeutic program more than just horseplay

    From the restricted confines of 12-year-old Elaina Valdepena’s wheelchair, dreaming big meant trying to imagine placing one foot in front of the other. Fetes like mounting and trotting a horse seemed improbable, if not impossible. Until she met a horse named Penny four years ago, and later

  • B Connected: Have a green thumb? Check out this event

    The Bakersfield Green Thumb Garden Club will hold the third annual Gardens of Bakersfield Tour from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 28. This year’s event will feature six majestic gardens in the backyard of local residents. Guests are invited to experience the beautiful scenery and explore a wide

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    B Connected: A full body workout in one hour? Try turbo kick

    At first glance, the class can seem intimidating and look a lot like hard work but the payoff is plenty according to trainer Nicola Wright who teaches to Turbo Kick at Body Xchange on White Lane. This high-energy class combines martial arts and kickboxing; it's goal is to work your core and

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    B Connected: Living well through solar power

    For some years now, homeowners have been installing solar panels on their homes, but now there is an option to buy a home with custom pre-installed solar panels. McMillin Homes recently began working on this feature, changing the way people shop for a new home in Bakersfield. A solar home can help

  • B Connected: Walk for kids & make a difference

    The Ronald McDonald House will be taking a walk on the wild side to raise awareness and money on June 2nd at 8 a.m. at the California Living Museum. “Walk for Kids is the Bakersfield Ronald McDonald House's largest fundraising event,” said Scarlett Sabin, the house director. “It's

  • Rod and Kim Nance and Kim and Danny Gilbert work hard to spread the word about heart health awareness.

    B Connected: Understanding heart disease

    It is nice to be on the brink of change. Hundreds of people are showing up to local running, bicycling and lifetime events these days, all in effort to build better health. Some of us are trying to lose a few pounds, some have already lost, gained again and are back to their fitness regimen. No

  • Via ArteCredit: Photo courtesy of Lisa JonesCaption: Graphic illustrator and fine artist Lisa Jones is returning to Bakersfield to participate in this year's Via Arte, this time as the featured artist.

    B Connected: 14th annual Via Arte set for the Marketplace

    The Bakersfield Museum of Art will be presenting the 14th Annual Via Arte on Oct. 13-14 at the Marketplace. The shopping center’s asphalt will once again become a canvas filled with works of art created by many professional artists, amateurs, and children who want to show off their art skills. The

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    B Connected: How to breathe easy when buying your summer air purifier

    Buyers beware: your air purifier could be doing more harm than good for your health. Contrary to popular belief, air purifiers can actually be detrimental to your breathing – that is if you don’t purchase a safe and certified air purifier that is appropriate for your family’s needs. For most

  • B Connected: How to breathe easy when buying your summer air purifier

    Buyers beware: your air purifier could be doing more harm than good for your health. Contrary to popular belief, air purifiers can actually be detrimental to your breathing – that is if you don’t purchase a safe and certified air purifier that is appropriate for your family’s needs. For most

  • Timeless Beauty: Get to know five beautiful Bakersfield women

    Get to know five beautiful Bakersfield women who share their wisdom on discovering beauty, keeping skin healthy and finding your true self. Full Name: Julissa Perez Age Group: 20’s Profession: Student at California State University, Bakersfield. What does the word “beauty” mean

  • The Pet People

    Bakersfield is home to plenty of pet owners. But owning a pet also requires plenty of love, care and advice. B Well Magazine asked five local pet professionals to share some of their expertise and experience with our readers. The Veterinarian Dr. Charles Paul Ulrich DVM Managing partner of

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    B Connected: Caring for someone with Alzheimer's is stressful

    Families caring for loved ones affected with dementia soon realize that this is no ordinary caregiving. Dementia patients gradually require increased assistance ranging from simple appointment reminders in the early stages of the disease to hands-on assistance with all activities of daily living in

  • B Connected: 5 easy steps to help your child stop a bully

    What would you do if your child was a victim of bullying? Bulleying is no new childhood challenge, the advent of social media has made it even easier for bullies to torment their peers. Cyberbullying that takes place over electronic media has seen a dramatic rise over the years and along with

  • B Connected: Hina Patel Foundation

    “Throughout her life, no one would have guessed Hina suffered from sickle cell anemia just by her outward appearance,” said Bhavana Patel, founder of the Hina Patel Foundation Named after their daughter who lost her battle with the disease, the Patel family is making Sickle Cell awareness a

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    B Enriched: Explore new ways to get more out of life

    Spin classes Experience a fun, motivating way of toning your body, burning hundreds (even thousands) of calories, and boosting your metabolism with indoor cycling classes at Joe Petersen’s Building Better Bodies Fitness gym. Peterson is sure to pump-up the volume and have the class jamming to

  • B Connected: Flu season; get your immunization

    Let’s face it, getting sick can be downright awful. It is important to know the facts, so that the national influenza virus doesn’t infect you this season. Flu season usually starts around late October and can end as late as May. Symptoms of the flu include, fever, runny nose, sore throat,