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FROM ThE EDITOR... Ah, the start of another year. Possibilities seem endless and opportunities for growth and improvement are aplenty. And, at this point in time, they even seem obtainable. Once again exactly 365 days await and it’s up to us to make the most out of each and every one. My scrapbooking wife’s good work is also on display this time of year. Marietta annually puts together a personal calendar that she gives as gifts to family. her photographic work captures precious moments from the year gone by. Flipping the pages encourages us to remember the great times we’ve had as a family and allows us to see how the members of our family have grown. But I’ve always found one of the best things about calendars is the chance to look ahead. They provide a bit of a road map for what we might see in the year to come. There are annual activities that we look forward to and yet we know there will also be unexpected and first-time events that will have us excited and energized even though we didn’t see them coming. Our community calendar can take on that same feel. We might find ourselves curious to know when some of our favorite local events are taking place this year. We wonder: will Cycle EastLake maintain its place in the spring lineup of outdoor activities to enjoy? (The answer to that we hear is yes.) When will the wonderful Lemon Festival take place in the heart of Chula Vista’s venerable downtown? When should we make plans to head to the bayfront to take in the sights and sounds of the Chula Vista harbor Days Festival? Will the Otay Ranch Town Center Band Review grow in 2011 to allow our local talented musicians to showcase their skills for more community members. What weekend will see the holidays kick off in full force around town? yes, there are lots of annual community events to look forward to in the South Bay. This year, with the arrival of Chula Vista’s Centennial we will add several new events to our community calendar. Our “Coming Attractions” piece provides a glimpse of what is in store as we celebrate our hometown’s 100th birthday. We look forward to sharing in many of 2011’s events with you.
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(BuT can You sTIck WITh IT?) Local Fitness Instructors Share Their Tips On Beginning The new year With A Plan To Succeed Page 12
community news Grand Opening of new Performing Arts Center
Local Teen Gets Chance to Cheer
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What To Expect of a Pediatric Visit
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Local Events and Activities
business highlight 23
Bob Bliss, CPA
school news Eastlake high Successful Football Season Ends
resident spotlight The Lafuente Family
Michael Minjares, Editor of My Hometown
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To McMillin Elementary School for its recent “Jog for a Dog event” to benefit the Chula Vista Police Foundation. The student service project will assist the foundation in obtaining a new canine team for the Department’s Patrol Canine program. The “Jog for a Dog” event was a fun and rewarding fundraiser to promote a healthy lifestyle, community service and involvement, and enhance public safety. Students who helped raise funds were eligible for prizes, and the school that raised the most money earned the opportunity to “adopt” the new canine team. To South Bay Volkswagen for donating a colorful van to the Chula Vista Library for its efforts to reach residents outside the library walls. The van, known as the “Library Express” and with seating for seven, includes two TV screens, multiple connections for electronic gadgetry, fold away seating, as well as rear seats that can be reconfigured for tailgating. “The Library Express will enable the library to provide programs without a building and to participate more actively at community events,” said Library Director Betty Waznis in a release. “We are delighted that South Bay Volkswagen continues to support us by providing these wonderful, eye catching and unique vehicles.” Previously, South Bay Volkswagen provided the library with the “Book Bug” – a popular attraction at community events with its multi-colored insect themed décor.
To AYSO Bonita/ Eastlake under 10 boys team United for winning the 2010 Championship Game 2-0. Not only did the United enjoy an undefeated season, but they also qualified to advance to the Area Playoffs. My Hometown joins the community in saying good luck and great job on a fantastic season. To the Chula Vista Public Library for offering a new resource to help job seekers through each step of the career change process at a time when the need to reevaluate, alter or develop careers is greater than ever. Career Transitions, a new electronic resource offering a comprehensive guide to career change, was made possible thanks to a $20,000 grant from the California State Library. Residents may access Career Transitions at the Civic Center, South Chula Vista and EastLake Branch Libraries, or on the library’s website www.chulavistalibrary.com with their library card 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Career Transitions is a complete, guided, self-paced application that walks the individual through the entire process -- assessing strengths and interests, exploring new opportunities, preparing a resume, finding educational opportunities and networking advice, performing a comprehensive job search and applying online. To “Marc & Mimi Children’s Shoes” on the grand opening of a new kids shoe boutique in east Chula Vista. Located at 1741 Eastlake Drive, in the Marketplace at Windingwalk, Marc & Mimi offers a collection of fashionable and functional kids shoes for all ages.
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Two Local Residents Start Community Blog Patty Chavez and Zaneta Encarnacion are two Chula Vista residents who share a passion for their city and the local community. They regularly participate in events and activities that help to better the city they live in. That drive has taken another positive turn with the launch of their new community forum – www.PoliticallyActivePoliticsFree.com. According to Encarnacion, the new blog, which began in October, features online commentary on thoughts of important happenings in Chula Vista to stimulate discussion and action among residents. The blog-style website hosts regular entries by Encarnacion and Chavez that they hope will inspire civil discussion and input that creates solutions. “Patty and I created this website as a medium for dialogue for those that don’t have the time to attend meetings or workshops or have been put-off by the politics,” Encarnacion said. “This has been a project long in the works, mostly in our minds and intentions, and the first edition of My Hometown and the article “Building Human Capital” was a huge inspiration.” The blog is interactive in nature by providing survey style questions or areas for comments on each subject matter. At the end of an entry’s two-week run, surveys and comments will be gathered and shared online and with Chula Vista leadership. PoliticallyActivePoliticsFree.com will also feature guest bloggers to weigh in on Chula Vista issues as well as future video interviews. “In my brief stint as an appointed City Councilwoman, I felt there was a larger cross section of individuals that we didn’t hear from,” said Chavez. “People are busy. We hope to offer a neutral and safe place to share ideas.”
It can be too easy to forget there is a whole world out there waiting for us to step out and offer a helping hand. In this new year, residents don’t have to go too far to find ways to help out. Right here in your neighborhood is a growing MeetUp group that offers at least one opportunity to serve each month. The group called “Singles Serve” was founded in the latter half of last year and has grown fast in terms of activities and membership. This year, organizer Cristina Fernando has volunteer opportunities lined up, waiting for your participation. For example, in the month of January it is still cold and the homeless of our city are in great need of blankets, comforters and jackets. Join Singles Serve as they meet at Alpha Project’s winter shelter to bring all the warming items collected from our households, families and friends. In the months to come the group is scheduled to help at the food bank, various food distribution warehouses, soup kitchens, therapy horse ranch, senior residences, house building for the poor, beach and lake cleanups and more. For more information, please visit www.meetup.com/Singles-Serve/ or email Cristina at firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Hope Arts and Sports Academy Set To Begin Registration is now open for the New Hope Arts and Sports Academy housed at New Hope Community Church. Classes will begin January 10. The academy has over 200 participants of all ages enjoying classes in visual art, music, dance, soccer, archery, yoga, zumba and pilates. Classes are offered at “recession-friendly prices” and feature outstanding nurturing teachers. Classes are available for adults, teens, elementary and pre-school students. Complete class information and registration forms for this new arts and sports program can be found at www.go-newhope. com/signup.aspx.
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For the second year, the Otay Ranch high School KIWIn’S organization will hold a benefit concert to raise support for a worthy cause. This year the campus club voted to assist Kidsave International – an organization that works to create change so forgotten orphan and foster kids are found and connected to families and caring adults. The “Save the note” Benefit Concert will be held on February 4 at the new Chula Vista high School Performing Arts Center at 820 Fourth Ave. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. with the show starting at 7:00. Pre-sale tickets are $7.00 and will be $10.00 at the door the night of the event. “We are striving to make as much funds as possible to donate to this organization,” said Louige Oliver, the group’s event marketing director. “It is very important to us to make a difference in the community, and the world.” More information on the event and this wonderful student organization can be found online at www.orhskiwins.com or by calling Oliver at (619) 730-5851.
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All Peopleâ€™s Breakfast â€“ Celebrating the Living Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The living legacy of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will be recognized and celebrated at an exciting, innovative 23rd Annual All Peopleâ€™s Breakfast on January 17 at 7:30 a.m. at the San Diego Convention Center.Â Hosted by Equality Alliance of San Diego County, the theme of the Breakfast is â€œThe Media and the Movement: From apathy to activism, media as a force for social change.â€?Â Delivering the keynote address will be Jehmu Greene, president of the Womenâ€™s Media Center, a New York-based, national nonprofit organization working to ensure women are powerfully and visibly represented in the media. Previously, she served as president of Rock the Vote, orchestrating its expansion from a 1,500-member organization to an iconic vehicle for young voter registration and empowerment with more than 1 million members.
According to the event website, the All Peopleâ€™s Breakfast is held each year on the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday. Founded in the 1970â€™s by a coalition of local civil rights, labor, and faith leaders, the Breakfast serves to honor Dr. King by providing the time and space to reflect, memorialize and sustain his compelling legacy. For more than 20 years, this singular event has offered San Diegans the occasion to come together in celebration of shared values of peace, tolerance, and equality for all people. It is the regionâ€™s largest annual convening of organizations and individuals who care and work toward these critical civic ideals. Individual tickets are $30 with a table for 10 priced at $300. For more information or to purchase tickets visit www.equalitysandiego.org. my.
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Grand Opening of New Performing Arts Center in Chula Vista The Sweetwater Union High School District (SUHSD) rolled out the red carpet on Friday, December 10, 2010 to welcome new facilities completed at Chula Vista High School (CVHS) under the Prop O school construction bond program. A new creative and performing arts center highlighted the new construction and modernization on the CVHS campus that totaled $18.5 million and also included a new technologically advanced library and modernized P.E. locker rooms and gymnasium, it was announced in a release. “In 2006 when the people of the South Bay community approved Prop O, they had a vision,” SUHSD Board President Arlie Ricasa said as she welcomed the elected officials at a pre-event ceremony. “They made a commitment for the children in this community to have access to modern, sus-
Chula Vista High School’s New Performing Arts Center
choir, school of dance, mariachi and orchestra. As South Bay’s largest theater and performing arts center, the facility will be open for public use and will be a tremendous asset to the community. “For many students, the experience of success in the arts is a revelation that learning matters and that they matter,” said CVHS Principal Steve Lizarraga. “With nearly onethird of the student population at CVHS enrolled in the School for Creative and Performing Arts, these facilities are impacting a large population at our school.” Additionally, students at CVHS will enjoy a new 5,600-square-foot, Grecian-inspired “CVHS Board” (L to R): CVHS Principal Steve Lizarraga, Superintendent Dr. Jesus M. library equipped with a technology center Gandara, Board Members John McCann, Pearl Quiñones, Chula Vista Mayor Cheryl Cox, and quiet study area for students. HighBoard President Arlie Ricasa, Board Members Jim Cartmill, Bertha Lopez, and San Diego density moving storage units have also been Director of Office of the Governor Charlene Zettel. installed so the CVHS campus will have room to expand the number of textbooks and resource materials available to students. tainable and technologically advanced educational faciliThe ribbon cutting took place in front of a crowd of ties. They knew that this would benefit the children of this nearly 700, officially opening the doors for the City of community and future generations.” Chula Vista to use the CVHS Performing Arts Center. The The new multi-purpose creative arts facility, designed evening concluded with CVHS’s School for Creative and to be LEED-Gold, is 25,729-square-feet and houses the Performing Arts’ inaugural performance in the new state680-seat theater, as well as contemporary rehearsal faciliof-the-art theater. my. ties for the School for Creative and Performing Arts’ band, 8 my hometown january 2011
on your doorstep Chula Vista Flyers Track Program to Begin 2011 Season The goal of the 619 CVSD Flyers Youth Track Club is to make great athletes out of all our kids. The local group’s regular track season begins in January and runs through July. It is never too late join. The six months of training plus regular season track meets are fun and spirited. Practices are held every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at Hilltop High School. Anyone interested in signing up is encouraged to stop by during the practices and check it out. For more information, contact the head coach of the 619 CVSD Flyers Youth Track Club, James Sanders, at (619) 420-7316 or go online to www.cvsdflyers.com.
“101 Paintings in 101 Days” Art Show “101 Reasons to Explore Chula Vista Nature Center” is the title of a new art show celebrating the wildlife and habitats of San Diego Bay taking place at the Chula Vista Nature Center. San Diego-based artist Cherry Sweig had the honor of hanging the first piece in December to kick off this interesting series of 101 unique works of art to be created in 101 days inspired by animals, plants and scenery found at the Chula Vista Nature Center.
SAT/ACT Help for Local Students The San Diego and Imperial Counties California Student Opportunity and Access Program (Cal-SOAP) will offer a free SAT/ACT workshop for students in the Sweetwater Union High School District on Saturday January 22. Taking place from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m., the informational session “What To Expect On The SAT and ACT” will occur in the Pavilion at Olympian High School. This workshop is specifically aimed at students in the graduation class of 2012. Its focus is on explaining the differences between the SAT and the ACT, which test suits the student’s needs better, which colleges require the SAT Subject Tests in addition to the SAT/ACT, how the tests are structured, and tips and strategies for performing well. Parents are welcome, but not required to attend. Students can register online at www.sandiegocalsoap. com and click on “Events.” Please contact Karla Whitaker at email@example.com or (858) 569-1866 ext. 216 for questions. The Sweetwater District can also assist students with this workshop. The number for the local district is (619) 600-3315.
CV Recreation Winter Classes Set to Begin The Chula Vista Recreation Department’s 10-week winter classes kick off on January 10 and generally run until March 21. A wide variety of classes and workshops our offered at the local recreation centers for community members. For more complete information regarding the classes, refer to each Center’s page in the “Recreation Facilities” section of the Recreation Department website, www.chulavistaca.gov or call (619) 691-5083 for additional information.
Aspiring artists and members of the general public will be able to participate by following the project as it grows and practicing under Sweig’s instruction in a series of three intimate instructional seminars. Each art piece created for this exhibition will be displayed at the Nature Center and available for purchase. Nature Center and wildlife fans are invited to help select the subject matter of the 101st piece, a larger painting that will be raffled off to benefit the Nature Center. At the completion of the evolving exhibition, 101 paintings taking 101 feet of space will feature 101 things that can be seen at the Chula Vista Nature Center. Aspiring artists have the opportunity to enroll in three different courses to study under Sweig including: “Winged Subjects” (live hawk and owl models) on January 8; “Plant Life” on February 12; and “In the Field Hike & Paint” on March 12. “This is an ideal opportunity to celebrate 101 images of the Nature Center through my artworks,” Sweig said in a release. “With this consecutive challenge, it’s an extraordinary chance for visitors to encounter the whole process from blank canvases to a finished wall of art. It will also illustrate how the artworks evolve, brushstroke by brushstroke. This Nature Center is abounding with imagery and inspiration everywhere I look. From the bald eagle to the two-spotted octopus, there are countless reasons to explore this impressive jewel on San Diego Bay.”
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Local Teen Gets Chance To Cheer By Valeria Genel
Savine Cogar is a 13-year-old girl who was diagnosed with autism on September 1999. She was two years old. When Savine was first diagnosed, her autism was very serious. It impaired her speech and her body movements. Her battle against autism required 20 to 30 hours of therapy a week. Now looking at Savine, one sees a tall, healthy-looking girl who wants more than anything to be accepted as an equal. In December, I had the chance to meet Savine and her mom Victoria at Bonita Vista High School where Savine had been practicing every Wednesday for the past two months with the Eastlake Panther cheerleaders and their coach Eva Riley. The Eastlake Panther cheerleaders are an exceptional group of young ladies who have enthusiastically accepted Savine as part of their team. Together, they had practiced in preparation of their performance at the Autism Tree Project Foundation’s Winter Wonderland Event at USD on December 2. The Autism Tree Project is a foundation that raises money for autism research. The foundation also helps kids and their parents deal with autism in their lives. Dana Hoff, ATPF’s founder and executive director, has known Savine and her mother Victoria for year. Victoria Ikerd-Schreiter works for the State under Senator Denise Ducheny and has been a part of ATPF ever since her daughter Savine was diagnosed. Victoria is a mentor for ATPF, helping families who are new to autism and need to be educated on how to treat it. When Hoff suggested that Savine, who has also been the spokesperson for ATP since 2008, join the Eastlake Panthers in giving an inspiring cheerleading performance at the Winter Wonderland event, Victoria and Savine accepted the challenge. Photos courtesy of: Regala Studio, www.RegalaStudio.com
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At the team’s practice last month, I was impressed to see how well Savine learned all of the cheers without a single mistake. The girls were thrilled when the photographer came to take pictures of them posing around Savine on their last practice together. In the bliss of the moment, Savine looked over smiling at her mom who was sitting down watching her. At the end of the practice Victoria talked to the girls about her daughter’s autism and about their upcoming performance at USD so that they would understand the importance of what they had done for Savine. She thanked the girls for living up to their name of “cheerleaders” and being figures of positive reinforcement for Savine. She told them: “You girls truly are cheerleaders.” Victoria explained to them the difficulties of being a parent of an autistic child and feeling separated from the rest of the parents with “normal” kids. She told the girls to take pride in what they were doing because their performance was going to be very moving for people who have dealt with autism. The next day at USD the girls and Savine did just what Victoria had said. They walked up with their heads held high and cheered their hearts out for this special cause. Each of the girls received certificates in honor of what they had done for Savine and ATPF. Savine received her own special surprise certificate as well from Senator Ducheny recognizing her battle against autism and her volunteer work throughout the years. One line on the certificate from Sen. Ducheny captures what this event has meant for all involved. It read: “Savine shows us that having a diagnosis doesn’t stop you from following your dreams.” my.
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Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center’s Emergency Department to Expand The busiest emergency department (ED) per bed in all of San Diego County, the ED at Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center is undergoing a multimillion dollar expansion that will more than double its current capacity, as well provide a more comfortable atmosphere for patients and their loved ones, the local medical center announced in a release. “By expanding our ED, we are maximizing our ability to safely and effectively care for our community,” said Josh McCabe, R.N., lead clinical nurse in the Sharp Chula Vista ED. The Sharp Chula Vista ED serves approximately 50,000 patients every year. Presenting with ailments ranging from minor to severe, patients with more serious conditions receive one of the ED’s 20 beds as soon as one becomes available, while those with minor ailments benefit from a unique express triage system called Rapid Medical Evaluation (RME). Roughly 30 percent of all patients who come to Sharp Chula Vista’s ED benefit from RME. Despite advancements like RME, bed availability
remains one of the biggest challenges Sharp Chula Vista emergency caregivers face. The expansion, which will occur over the next year to 18 months, will help alleviate this challenge by increasing the number of beds from 20 to 48 and adding more space to the current RME area. In addition to these upgrades, the ED’s lobby will be renovated and expanded to a west-facing area with large windows and increased patient privacy. Overall, the ED will increase in size from 8,000 square feet to 14,500 square feet. my.
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(BuT can You sTIck WITh IT?) Local Fitness Instructors Share Their Tips On Beginning The new year With A Plan To Succeed
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Donâ€™t expect every day to be easy and go the way you planned.
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local FITness InsTrucTor pens Book anD shares TIps on FITness & WeIGhT-loss success Over the years, fitness instructor Lariesa Bernick has heard countless excuses as to why someone can’t or won’t stick to a work out schedule. They don’t have the time. They don’t know what to do. They can’t afford a gym membership. As owner of Pilates of Eastlake, she is well aware of the physical and mental obstacles preventing many people from sticking to their new year’s resolution to get in better shape, lose unwanted pounds and live a more healthy lifestyle. With the release of her new book, Your Beautiful Body: Using Pilates to Overcome Weight Loss Obstacles, the local resident has another resource to share with clients in their quest for fitness and weight-loss success.
According to Bernick, who has also been featured in two nationally-sold workout DVDs, her book has been two years in the making. She says she was motivated to start writing it based simply on her desire to reach out to others facing the same obstacles she was hearing from her local clients. Each section starts with a story about a client and the challenges that individual faced in reaching a goal. “After 12 years of people coming in and sharing with me their struggles, I wanted to address those topics for people,” Bernick said. “Many times someone starting out on a new fitness effort feels alone in their struggles. This book shows them they are not alone. There are lots of common problems and we can help overcome them.” Readers will find much of Bernick’s
personal lifestyle and upbeat personality in the book. Bernick was kind enough to share a few excerpts with My Hometown readers. From Your Beautiful Body: Using Pilates to Overcome Weight Loss Obstacles: Let’s face it, there are many weight loss and core strength tricks, fads and gimmicks on the market. And why do we fall for them? Because we want something quick, inexpensive and somewhat effortless that will solve our problems. Whether you want to lose weight, successfully recover from surgery or an accident, or just be stronger and healthier, you can do it with the help of simple, consistent strategies and tools that will change the way you feel about your body and your life.
Strategies for Long-Term Success with Eating: •Don’texpecteverydaytobeeasy and go the way you planned. It won’t. Expect there to be pitfalls, and be ready to get right back on track again. •Planinadvance!Youwillhaveadifficult time avoiding pitfalls if you haven’t even set yourself up for success. •Cookafewtunasteaksorchicken breasts during the weekend to eat with salads during the week. •Keepfrozenvegetablesinyour freezer for a healthy side that can be quickly warmed in the microwave. january 2011 my hometown 15
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Itâ€™s not just about being happy when you reach your target weight. There are benefits to enjoy along your path and throughout your life.
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•Start to purchase whole wheat bread, and limit your bread intake. Be careful when you see a label that reads “Multi-Grain” as that just means there is more than one grain and not necessarily all of them are whole grains. If you have a sandwich for lunch, avoid bread at dinner! •Stock up on apples and fruit. Cut cantaloupe and keep it in an appealing container on the top shelf of your fridge. •Use my trick: if I’m in the mood for juice once in a while, then I fill my cup halfway with juice, and dilute the rest with water. Believe me, you feel like you enjoyed a little, but it doesn’t taste good enough to go for more.
Even the Thought of Exercising Makes You Tired: Try These Tips!
•Carry workout clothes, a bottle of water, and tennis shoes in your car. If you are prepared, it is more likely to happen. If you work out first thing in the morning, then lay your shoes and clothes out the night before where you will trip over them (not quite that literally) so that you feel guilty not putting them on. •Exercise makes you feel better right away, so remember that feeling of accomplishment, knowing that you did something good for your body. It will boost your mood and energy, and feeling this way will help you stay motivated! •How many calories should you eat to lose weight? Multiply your weight times 10. This is how many calories your body uses at rest. If you also go for a walk during your day, you will have to increase your daily
caloric intake by that much in order to maintain your weight. In order to lose weight, you will have to eat less.
Bernick is confident that her book can help people stick to their New Year’s resolutions and improve their health and fitness. She has seen the results in her clients at her EastLake studio and knows their success can help to inspire and motivate others. “You are going to have ups and downs when you start a new exercise program,” Bernick said. “There will be days you don’t get a workout in or eat like you should. These setbacks are part of the process. There is so much to gain in the day you do workout or eat better. It’s not just about being happy when you reach your target weight. There are benefits to enjoy along your path and throughout your life.” my.
Setting realistic expectations is the first thing to consider. If you feel like you need to start exercising every day and eating better, then you may never start. That seems like a pretty big hurdle if you are just starting out. Rather, praise yourself for doing the tiniest activity, such as walking for 10 minutes after dinner. If you start by doing this a couple of times per week then those 10 minutes will eventually turn into 15 minutes, or you might add on another day. Starting with baby steps is the key to making it work, and DO not expect to do more. Congratulate yourself for small steps, and I promise they will turn into larger ones. •Set an appointment to exercise. It is almost impossible to feel like you have time to exercise, so pencil it in to your schedule (or better yet, use a pen!), and don’t let anything else get in the way. It is not abnormal to have to carve out a spot in your busy schedule to make exercise happen.
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Diets Don’t Work If you’re like me, one of your New Year’s resolutions has something to do with: losing weight, getting in shape, exercising more, eating better or something along those lines. These things have been on my list of New Year’s resolutions for YEARS. However, in 2011, these things are NOT on my list!
By TK Smith, Specialist in Fitness Nutrition (SFN)
on’t get me wrong, that does not mean I am going to let myself go or that I do not have to eat right or exercise. It just means that all of those things have become a part of my life in a way that works now. I no longer have to make a conscious effort to address them anymore. So how does that happen? Well, for me, there was a turning point about six years ago. After looking at some of my summer vacation pictures, I realized that I was not happy with my physique in a bathing suit. I was probably 50 pounds overweight, well over 30% body fat, and had both high cholesterol and blood pressure. I knew I had to make a change, so I started on my way. Figuring I could do it by myself, I spent the first three years of my journey basically spinning my wheels. I tried it all. I did different fad diets. I got an exercise bike and Bowflex machine (after all, who would not want to look like the Bowflex guy, right?). I worked hard and was fairly disciplined about it. After three years of going on and off different fad diets and going through spurts of what I thought were good exercise programs, I could trim off some weight, but I was not really where I wanted to be, so I decided to get some help. There was a fitness studio opening near my house, so I called and setup an appointment. They were able to help set me up on a proper exercise and nutrition program and within a short 18 my hometown january 2011
For me, this is not something that happened overnight. It was a long process to find my ideal balance between food and exercise. amount of time I was able to reach and exceed my initial weight loss goals. Interestingly enough, I discovered that once you reach your goals, you still need to be careful. Even after getting in shape, I found myself slowly increasing in body fat again. Luckily, I
was monitoring this regularly at the fitness studio, so I was able to adjust and catch it. I guess I figured that because I was in shape and working out regularly, I could eat what I wanted and I would just work it off. I was slowly moving back to eating in my old ways
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(not by any means like I was before, but just a little here and a little there), so I counter-acted this by increasing my volume of exercise. This worked fine as far as results, but what I found was that I was working out 7-8 times a week just to maintain. That’s a lot of time and effort just to maintain! (Hey, I like exercise as much as the next guy, but this did not seem like a good longterm solution for me.) I started studying food and worked with a nutritionist. I learned about the best foods to support my workouts, overall health, and the foods that just made me feel good when I ate them. After some trial and error, I found the perfect balance between the type, timing and amount of food I was consuming to support my ideal body composition and, ultimately, my health, all with a more reasonable amount of exercise. Once I found this balance, it was a magical place to be. The human body is truly amazing -- give it what it needs to function (proper nutrition and exercise) and your body will transform itself into its ideal body composition. You do not even have to set specific body weight or fat goals for yourself. Your body knows where it naturally needs to be and it will take you there automatically! And, I promise you will like the results! For me, this is not something that happened overnight. It was a long process to find my ideal balance between food and exercise and, to be honest with you, if you think you can get six pack abs in six weeks, I have a feeling you are going to be disappointed in any program or diet you try. For me, making small changes over time was the only way I could have created a long lasting change in my body and life. Diets don’t work! You can lose weight on a diet short-term, but most diets restrict something in order to lose weight, which is not a good long-term
strategy. The bottom line is, if you go on a diet, eventually you have to come off a diet and if you go back to the food you were eating before, you will eventually gain the weight back (after all, the food you were eating was the cause of the weight gain in the first place). This year, I challenge you to do something different. Don’t go on a diet…instead change your diet. I know so many people are struggling with the same issues that I struggled with for years and I hate to see people continu-
ally spin their wheels. I remember what it was like and now that I have permanently crossed that thing off my list, I’m going to spend my energy helping others do the same. If I can help you get the results you long for and make you feel even half as good as I feel….that’s my new goal. Until then, don’t hesitate to give me a call (760-593-7512). I would love to help you fast track your success and get ‘weight loss’ off of your to-do list once and for all! my.
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8 Tips to Get You Started on the Path to Exercise Did you make a New Year’s Resolution to lose weight or to get in shape? How many years have you set the same resolution only to have given it up by February? You’re certainly not alone. We all have good intentions but life seems to get in the way. Following are 8 tips to get you started on the path to exercise. By Lisa Druxman, M.A., Founder of Stroller Strides®
1. Goal Setting.
3. Find Things You Enjoy
6. Get A Workout Pal
What does it mean when you say you want to exercise or lose weight? People don’t set specific or powerful enough goals for themselves, and very often those goals that are set are unrealistic. Set S.M.A.R.T. (SPECIFIC, MEASURABLE, ACHIEVABLE, REALISTIC AND TIMELY) goals to set you up for success.
Hate the gym? Then don’t go. There are a million ways to get fit. Find activities that you enjoy. Any of the following are examples: Yoga, Walking, Running, Tennis, Basketball, Racquetball, Bike Riding, Swimming, Spinning. The list goes on and on. Do what you enjoy and you’ll stick with it.
It is so easy to skip workouts when you only have yourself to hold accountable. People with workout partners are far more likely to stick to their routine. If you know that someone is depending on you, it’s tough to make excuses.
2. Fit It Into Your Lifestyle Most people tend to do too much, too hard, too fast. This year, find activities that will easily fit in to your lifestyle. If you have babies, consider a stroller based workout. If you don’t have time to go to a gym, then try exercise tapes or just walk right in front of your house. You have to make it non-negotiable, just like taking a shower, brushing your teeth, etc. In fact, book exercise on your calendar just as you would any other appointment.
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4. Reward Yourself It is human nature to strive to achieve things when there’s a reward at the end. Set up some positive reinforcers for yourself such as a massage, a new outfit or even just a day to relax. Set a goal and set a reward that you will be excited to receive. Here’s an idea. Pay yourself every time you workout. At the end of the month, use that money to treat yourself to something.
5. Sign Up for an Event If you are a walker, biker, runner or swimmer, there are tons of events from 5k’s to marathons that you can sign up for. If you sign up for an event, it helps keep you on track with your training because you know what you have to achieve and by when.
7. Get Your Family Involved Create an active family. Instead of going to the mall on weekends, go for a family hike, bike ride or swim at the local pool. It will add a new element of fun for your family and will encourage you and your family to live a more active lifestyle.
8. Stay Motivated Set The Mood. You’re more likely to stick with an exercise routine if it inspires you. That means different things to different people. For instance, consider buying new exercise clothes or an MP3 player so that you have motivating music to pump you up. If you get revved up every time you hear the theme song to Rocky, then by all means start your day with it! my.
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What to Expect of a Pediatric Visit By Blanca Fresno, M.D.
eing a pediatrician is much more than just giving shots to babies. The essence of childhood is growth and development, and the real value of the pediatrician can best be realized when parents take an active role in their child’s health. Knowing what to expect from a preventive care visit, also known as a well-child visit, can help parents navigate their questions and concerns about their growing child’s health. The first area pediatricians pay close attention to is the physical development of your child. Changes are constant in all areas of your child’s life – you will see how your pediatrician pays special attention to weight, height and head circumference, plotting them in growth curves that can forecast problems in physical growth. Motor, social and language development is the second area that your doctor will review with you. Delays in these areas should be addressed early with the appropriate interventions. The third important pillar of the pediatric visit is that of immunizations. In recent years, the intense debate over the possible risks or benefits of immunizations has understandably confused parents about how they can go about making the right choice for their child’s health. On this issue, I take the middle path: I believe in immunizations, but I understand the confusion and fear families are experiencing. For that reason, flexibility is key – it is the pediatrician’s responsibility to let parents know of their options and listen to their concerns. Other aspects of your child’s health that a pediatrician covers in anticipatory guidance include safety, discipline, nutrition, behavioral concerns, learning difficulties, and other difficult problems facing families including divorce, mental illness, addiction or a death in the family. Your pediatrician is a wealth of experience, knowledge and years of training, and we’re here to help guide you through the rough spots you may encounter while
raising your children. The following are some suggestions to make the most out of these visits. • Bring a list with your concerns. It is easy to forget something in the midst of a well-child exam, and the list will allow your doctor to allocate enough time to each of your concerns. • Ask the difficult questions first. Touchy subjects take more counseling time and a different approach from your physician. Asking these first will give your physician ample time to talk with you about them. Your physician may even recommend a second appointment to talk about these issues in more depth. • Keep your well-child appointments. It is during these visits when you and your child build a relationship that will prove very beneficial both in times of health and in times of stress or illness. • Be sure to express your feelings as well as your concerns. Most healing takes place not when we list our symptoms and ailments, but when we talk about our fears and frustrations. • Be present for the visit. Try to avoid distractions such as cell phones, iPods, and even siblings or other family members. Allow this time to be just for you, your child and your pediatrician. • Be sure to keep an open mind for a different approach to the problem you present. Pediatricians are children’s advocates – don’t be caught off guard if we take your child’s point of view on an issue.
• Be prepared for some “tough love” coming from your pediatrician. It is our duty to teach what we know to be best for the little ones, even if this might conflict with your views. The key is to have an open and respectful twoway dialogue. • Be honest and move on if you don’t feel comfortable with your current provider. Nothing is more delicate than the health and well being of your children. For us to be effective as physicians, we need your trust as parents. It’s important for you, above all else, to find a professional that you can relate to. my. Dr. Blanca Fresno runs Pediatrics in Paradise at 1741 EastLake Parkway, Suite 107; www.pediatricsinparadise.com
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ob Bliss has been a CPA with his own business since 1976. A long time as he says. Before arriving in Chula Vista in 1987, Bliss lived and worked in Colorado with the majority of his clients being fellow small business owners. It is a professional emphasis he has maintained locally while adding individual tax return preparation to his list of services. The nearly 35 years of work experience have provided the Kansas native with a clear focus for his work. “The main service is to prepare tax returns,” Bliss said. “The main purpose of accounting is to maintain records throughout the year. With our clients we try to organize their information to help them summarize information for taxes as quickly as possible. We also want them to pay the correct tax and not to over pay taxes.” This commitment to looking out for his clients’ best interests and providing dedicated service may help to explain the activities Bliss has chosen to get involved with since moving to Chula Vista. Bliss joined Rotary about 40 years ago and continues to be involved to this day. He has served as a member of the board of directors for the Chula Vista Chamber of Commerce for 10 years and will begin 2011 as the Chamber’s President. In this role, Bliss says he will see to it that the Chamber continues to provide great service to the local business community. “Business owners have an obligation to be involved in and part of the community,” Bliss shared. “The Chamber is one organization that is looking out for business owners. I’m proud of the ser-
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vice the Chamber and Rotary provides for the community. I enjoy doing the work projects and attending the mixers. The Chamber has been well run for the last 10 years at least and I don’t anticipate any changes.” Accompanying Bliss at many of his Chamber and Rotary events is his wife Margo Marquez Bliss. The couple has been married since August of 2002. The two have created somewhat of a family atmosphere around the office as Margo runs her real estate business in the same small building as Bob’s Chula Vista business. Bliss says new clients will find a friendly and welcoming environment. With the start of the new year, Bliss is gearing up for his traditional busy season. The veteran tax professional regularly encourages his clients to begin their tax preparations as early as possible. “The earlier people can get their taxes done, the better it is for everyone,” Bliss said. “Filing earlier generally allows you to get your refund quicker. If you owe, it doesn’t mean you have to file earlier it just makes things easier to complete. For most people, it’s easier to remember what you did six months ago instead of 18 months ago. The main thing I offer is experience and to do the best job I can for the client.” my. Bob Bliss, CPA 378 E Street, Chula Vista 91910, (619) 585-7595
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SChOOL nEWS JAnuARy 2011
successful Football season ends Just short of goal for eastlake High
he Eastlake High School football team headed into its CIF Division I semi-final game against Mira Mesa on December 2 with a record of 11-0 and ranked at the top of the class in San Diego County. The team also brought with it a 22-game winning streak, which included close victories over several quality teams – Moorpark, Steele Canyon and Cathedral Catholic. Having beaten Otay Ranch the week before in the playoff opener, the Titans took to their home field in their blue uniforms one step away from returning to Qualcomm Stadium and a chance to defend their 2009 D-I title. According to Eastlake coaches, the team had found a way to win all season long – the tightest escape coming against the Cougars of Steele Canyon 20-17 when Eastlake scored on a touchdown pass with only 15 seconds remaining – and those accomplishments only added to the sense of confidence along the local team’s sideline and stands. Falling behind 6-0 in the first half did nothing to diminish the expectation that Eastlake would come back and score enough points to punch their return ticket to the Q. Unfortunately,
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this time there would be no stirring comeback. In the second half, Mira Mesa recovered two fumbles in the end zone for touchdowns leading to a 20-0 win and a date with Vista for the championship. Although not the outcome the players, coaches or fans anticipated, there is much to be proud about when it comes to the success enjoyed by the Eastlake High football team this year. “While a disappointing ending, the season should be celebrated,” said Defensive Coordinator Lee Price. “This is the first Eastlake team to go undefeated during the regular season. While we were all expecting – mostly hoping – to make it to the stadium again, we were not overlooking nor did we take lightly Mira Mesa. We knew they were a very physical and talented team. In our game, they found ways to win. Sometimes that is just the way the game goes.” A former football player at Chula Vista’s Hilltop High, Price has been on Coach John McFadden’s staff since the latter came to the school in 2000. Price has served as both offensive and defensive coordinator and works as the school’s
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attendance coordinator/ intervention specialist while also teaching AP Physics. His family lives in the local community and has a daughter at the school. He smiles while sharing that his daughter had told him at the beginning of the season that the word among the students was this year’s squad would not be as good as the 2009 team. “Many felt that without Tony Jefferson, and all the (619) 852-0750 seniors that graduated last year, Eastlake would be average at best,” Price said. “But these kids know how to win. It’s a will or something intangible that these kids have a confidence they are going to find a way to win.” And the team showed that will to succeed out on the field every week. From early season wins against tough foes to an unblemished record in league play, Eastlake earned the respect of coaches across the county in route to its top-ranking. Helping the team to its success were several talented standouts. Eastlake placed six players on offense and five on defense on the All-Mesa League Team. Included in that group were Chris Fletcher, named league Offensive Player of the Year, Fernando Cabico chosen as the Defensive Player of the Year, and MarcelloUrrutiaselectedasKickerof the Year. “We will sorely miss the talents, leadership and personalities of the seniors, but we are also excited about the underclassmen and prospects that we have returning,” said Price. “This has been a very successful ‘re-building’ year for Eastlake High School. If that was re-building, I can’t wait for the next few years.” my.
The Lafuente Family W
ith four daughters already, Juan Lafuente could be excused if he decided to accept that he was not meant to have a son with his wife and high school sweetheart Martha. But this is one driven and motivated person. When he sets his mind to something, it is going to get done. Giving it one more shot, the local Otay Ranch couple welcomed the beautiful Jazleen Elise into the family about a year and half ago, making it five Lafuente girls for Juan and Martha. Although they arrived in San Diego in 1995 due to Juan being in the U.S. Navy, the family didn’t move into the Otay Ranch community until 2002. Over the years, they have seen the area grow into a great place to raise a family with community parks, shopping and dining options, recreational outlets and friendly neighbors. “When we first moved here, I liked the small-town feel of the area,” Juan said. “Martha and I came from a small town in Texas and we wanted that same feel for our family. We knew his area was brand new and growing a lot. We will soon have kids at four different schools so having good schools nearby is a big plus for our family.” Juan, the former Navy service member and current systems engineer for SAIC, is surrounded at home by six wonderful women. Wife Martha works as a store manger for Guess Inc. at the UTC Shopping Center. Oldest daughter Venissa (19) is a photog-
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raphy student at Southwestern Community College and, like her sisters, is a huge help to her parents in keeping the family together and on track. Alyssa is 13 and an eighth grader at Rancho Del Rey Middle School. Her dad describes Alyssa as an avid guitar player, both acoustic and electric. Kathryn, nine, is the Lafuente’s third daughter. The Heritage Elementary fourth grader loves all the elements of nature that surround her neighborhood and local community. Izabella, or “Bella” to her family and friends, also attends Heritage. The third grader, who is eight years old, likes that she has lots of friends on her street to play and hang out with. Keeping her older sisters on their toes is the youngest Jazleen. The 17-month-old has quickly adapted to the active lifestyle evident in all the Lafuentes, especially the parents. For the past four or five years, Martha has played on an indoor soccer team after being introduced to the sport by a friend. Despite breaking her leg earlier this year, the mother of five is back out on the pitch. That toughness is something husband Juan can relate to as he has played and ran a semi-organized pick-up full contact football league for 12 years at Otay Ranch’s Harvest Park. “We just started playing for fun at Thanksgiving and now it’s grown to playing 50 games a year,” Juan said. “While we play, the kids all gather with other kids and play at the park. It’s a real tight-knit and friendly community here.” my. january 2011 my hometown 25
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For several months, My Hometown has brought our readers news and updates about Chula Vista’s Centennial celebration. With the arrival of 2011, we have reached the time when all of the planning, discussion and work is ready to be finalized, letting the community-wide festivities begin. Last month at the Committee of 100 meeting at City hall, Centennial Manager Mary Marcdante unveiled the schedule of activities confirmed thus far. While more events are being considered, we thought we would provide readers of My Hometown – as part of this month’s “Coming Attractions” – with a glance at what lies ahead in this memorable year for our city. Centennial events 2011: March 7 & 8 – Centennial Concert at the new performing arts center and library on the campus of Chula Vista high School april 10 – Chula Vista Day at the Padres; join with Chula Vista residents and friends for an afternoon of fun and major league baseball april 30 – Chula Vista historic home Tour event showcasing some of our city’s finest architectural treasures
september 24 & 25 – Chula Vista Centennial harbor Days Festival featuring tall ships, maritime displays, art show and lots of entertainment october 16 – Founder’s Day Expo marks the culmination of a year of Centennial activities and a great opportunity to celebrate Chula Vista’s 100th birthday. As for what’s ahead in My Hometown, the coming year will see us celebrate our third anniversary in April. Our Facebook page has become a valuable resource for us to reach out to our readers and we are working on more ways to be interactive with the community. We’ve received some great ideas for future stories and features and have started working on bringing these to you in future issues. Of course, if you have ideas or suggestions for a topic, an issue, an event, a neighbor or a community achievement you would like to see highlighted, we hope you’ll reach out to us. My Hometown’s editor, Mike Minjares is eager to hear from you. he can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (800) 497-1309 x710.
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