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s I sit here writing my editor’s note, one of the final elements to go inside our inaugural issue of B Well Magazine, I can’t help but think of all the time and effort spent to bring this magazine together. There is no more changing concepts, coming up with better story ideas, or moving things around. I am sure this is something designer April Massirio probably appreciates! After nearly six months of planning, the time has finally arrived to debut B Well Magazine, a new health and wellness quarterly publication for Bakersfield readers. I want to personally thank everyone who has helped in the progress of putting the magazine together. It has been a major feat to develop the magazine's concept and design, choose a logo between the oh-so-many ideas and figure out the perfect cover. Thanks for everyone's help. Most importantly, I would like to extend my gratitude to Publisher Ginger Moorhouse, CEO/President Richard Beene and Senior Vice President John Wells, for allowing me this opportunity.


From the Editor's Desk

B Well Magazine focuses on health and wellness issues designed for the Bakersfield lifestyle. We have spoken to local people who inspire us to live well and local specialists, including doctors and professionals who provide insight on ways to live healthier lives. In our inaugural issue, we discuss the “New You” with an inspiring real-life weight-loss story of two local residents, another story about a deputy turned lawyer who's a bicycling enthusiast, six workout moves to help tone your abs, arms and butt (just in time for the warmer weather) and much more. I hope you enjoy reading the content just as much as I’ve enjoyed planning, preparing and researching this first issue. Perfection is a difficult task to achieve. Please cut us some slack as we may have a few "wardrobe malfunctions" in this issue! Our ears are always open, so any and all feedback is much appreciated. Feel free to drop me an email at anytime.

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Out & About

11 Be Connected · Bakersfield Tour of Gardens, kickboxing, solar power and Walk for Kids

20 Save the Date · Calendar of events happening around town 24 B Enriched · Explore new ways to get more out of life

Fast track to our cover stories DEFYING THE ODDS

Your Health

19 First-Aid Basics · Essentials for your medicine cabinet



23 Quiz · Test your health IQ 32 Health Watch · Local doctors explain how we can look & feel younger







34 What Happens When · What you need to know when practicing yoga

44 Healthy Indulgence · Recipe & tips for a great picnic

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Defying The Odds ·

Tom Morgan, a former law enforcement’s story of survival & his love for bicycling

Get Fit · Get your arms, abs & butt toned up! Health Apps · 9 fun apps for your phone

Real Success Stories ·

Cover Photograph by April Massirio


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Two local residents who shed the pounds: Meet Marcus Johnson & Victoria Champion


Creating Awareness 56 B The Cause · Spotlight on Relay for

Life & cancer awareness

58 Some Kind of Wonderful · How a Castle & Cooke executive gives back to Bakersfield

Last Look 60 B Seen · See who’s been spotted on the local scene

66 Life & Happiness · 10 ways to improve your karma

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inside Wellness & Wonder 46 Reading Room · Sit down & relax with these 3 spring reads

48 Your Body · Fun-to-know human body facts


50 Holistic Health · 7 of nature’s powerful herbal healers

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51 Age Erasers · Tips given by local people on staying young

52 Gardening · Fruits & veggies growing in your own backyard 54 Smart Health News · When hygiene items go bad! 45

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Care you can count on Having health insurance you can count on is important to you and your family. They deserve e the best, and so do you. Ask about GEMCare, now mployers. available to Kern County employers. It’s a plan that offers you the quality GEMCare physician network and Kern acilities — County's leading healthcare facilities ls. Mercy and Memorial Hospitals. • More than 100 primary care physicians • More than 250 specialists • The two leading hospitals in Kern County

It all adds up to care you can an countt on. To find out more, please contact ct your broker or a GEMCare representative at (661) 716-8800. 800. GEMCare Health Plan, Inc. 4550 California Ave., Suite 100 Bakersfield, CA 93309

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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 variety of plant life at each stop along the way. Homeowners and garden club hosts will be at each location to answer questions and provide information. The locations include homes on Panorama Drive, Cedar Street, Stockdale Highway, Calloway Drive and Rosedale Highway. "Last year’s strong attendance set the standard for this year’s event, which will prove to be nothing but a success," organizers said.

Tickets are available for $20 and can be purchased at:

Majestic Palms O. See-Em-Bloom The Flower Bar 7500 Rosedale Highway 1416 Calloway Drive 1304 Stockdale Highway For additional information, call 325-5352 or 363-5001. -Breanna FieldS

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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; its goal is to work your core and body. Turbo Kick is a cardio kickboxing class that uses every muscle you can imagine, even the ones you didn’t know you had. As Wright, the class instructor, explains, “Rather than just kicking and punching, it’s a non-contact class choreographed to music.” Turbo Kick classes are taught around the country and they all have the same moves and music. So if you’re out of town and want to visit another Turbo Kick class, chances are the moves will be the same.



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Four years ago, Wright was taking a class at a gym where the instructor incorporated Turbo Kick moves into the workout. It piqued Wright's interest, and she has been teaching it ever since. Wright feels that Turbo Kick has great energy and music to push you along and that’s what she would like to see for her students: to push themselves and progress. When asked how she felt after every class, Wright’s response was simple: “I’m exhausted!” Wright's class draws students of different experience levels. Some are students who come back every week. Others are newcomers trying to keep up to the upbeat music. Megan English has attended the class multiple times. “I really like the teacher, and the exercises are very intense.” English said. Another student, Ionana Zaletel, feels more in shape because she feels the classes kick her butt. “I would definitely recommend this class for everyone who wants great cardio and to work out their butt and legs.”

One of the important things to keep in mind is that improvement will not just happen after one class. As Wright explained, beginners will initially spend more time figuring out the moves for the class. But once that is achieved, students will get down to business for a serious, and fun body workout that improves the core, cardio, legs and abs. If you feel like you might not be at the proper level for this class, there is nothing to fear. Wright makes sure she gives alternatives to each move. She will do the higher level moves but will also show lower level options. Wright knows it is not only about the workout but also about nutrition, and after each class, she reminds her students about that. “People need to reprogram themselves from making it a chore to making it a de-stresser, a reward,” Wright said. -Paola Becerra


When 7 p.m. Thursdays Where Body Xchange Sports Club Southwest 7691 White Lane Information Contact Nicola Wright on her facebook page or Photographs by Brian N. Willhite April 2012



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Improve your zzzz’s Visit the land of ahhh’s

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 the homeowners save significantly on electric bills compared to homes without solar energy. It is a way to live better, say McMillan Homes officials.

Take the “whole house” approach to clean, efficient indoor air & receive up to $4000 incentives! Example of basic upgrades that can bring you up to $1000 incentives and 10% energy savings: – Air Sealing – Attic Insulation – Duct Sealing – Hot water pipe insulation – Low-flow shower head with thermostatic control – Smoke alarms & carbon monoxide detectors – Combustion safety testing

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Carrie Williams, the Vice President for McMillin Homes, shares some facts and information about these solar-powered homes. Why make solar a feature vs. an option? McMillin Homes have always featured green practices in home building, therefore, going solar just seemed like the next logical step. In addition to adapting other green practices, McMillan Homes are now built to ENERGY STAR速 specifications. This makes them up to 30 percent more energy efficient than standard homes and our use of ENERGY STAR速 appliances ensure homeowners will continue to save money on their electric bills. About six months ago, we partnered with Solar City to offer seven communities throughout California solar services as a standard feature in all newly built homes. In Bakersfield, our Saybrook homes include a 2.58 kilowatt system, and a 3.01 kilowatt system on our Sanibel homes. Homebuyers have the option of upgrading to a 5.16 kilowatt system at the time of purchase.

Where are the solarpowered homes located? Our master plan, Bridgeton, is located in Northwest Bakersfield, which has two beautiful communities, Saybrook and Sanibel. Each has five floor plans to visit. Saybrook has 1,501 to 2,091 square feet and three to four bedrooms and starts at $219,000. Sanibel has 2,107 to 2,700 square feet and three to five bedrooms and starts at $257,000.

What are some benefits to a solar home? 1) Homeowners will reduce their monthly electrical bills by 30 to 80 percent depending on how much electricity they use and depending on the size of the system they choose. 2) Solar power systems get clean, pure energy from the sun. Your solar-ready home can help to combat greenhouse gas emissions, global warming and reduce our collective dependence on fossil fuel. 3) A solar system for a typical three bedroom home will offset 100,000 pounds of carbon dioxide over 20 years, saving the equivalent of driving a car 100,000 miles or 30,000 gallons of water used in electricity.

-Paola Becerra

April 2012




Expert Connect


“Do You Have Peripheral Artery Disease?” Peripheral artery disease (PAD) affects more than 10 million people in the United States. PAD refers to diseases of blood vessels outside the heart that carry blood to the legs, arms and other organs. With PAD, less blood reaches your legs and feet because the vessels become narrowed or blocked. It can be life-and-limb threatening on its own. Plaque build-up restricts good oxygenated blood flow through your arteries, causing blockage or other serious problems.

Common Symptoms • Tired and weakness in the legs • Numbness in legs • Heaviness, discomfort or pain in hips, legs or feet • Poorly healing ulcer or wounds • Reduced or absent feet pulses

Risk Factors

• Diabetes • Smoking • High cholesterol • High blood pressure • Obesity • History of heart disease or stroke • History of kidney disease

Preventative Methods

• Learn your family history of heart disease and stroke • Eat a healthy diet • Exercise at least 30 to 45 minutes a day • Lower your cholesterol • Quit smoking • Control your high blood pressure • Manage your diabetes


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There are minimally invasive methods to diagnose and treat PAD in outpatient setting. Ankle-brachial index (ABI) or ultrasound is a start to one of the noninvasive vascular testing done in our office.

This article is brought to you by The Heart Center. April 2012

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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 2 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 something the chapter does to raise funds, but also awareness of what Ronald McDonald House charities does for families during very difficult times.” The event is in its fifth year in Bakersfield. “Every dollar that’s raised for the charity stays in the community, which allows donors and fundraisers to see how their efforts benefit the local community,”said Sabin.

Sabin knows the importance of being close to a sick family member. Her son was born with a birth defect In 2008, the event had 150 participants. Last that required hospitalization. “We stayed wherever we year, more than 1,200 people came out to walk and could during the hospitalization. I sometimes wonder support the event. The event features access to CALM, how it would have been if we could have just been right entertainment from Ronald McDonald and other there 24 hours a day,” said Sabin. vendor booths. Individuals or businesses that want to get involved The money raised provides support for members of with the Walk for Kids can go to, the families of hospitalized children and young adults by or call the Ronald McDonald allowing them to stay near their loved ones at no cost House at 327-4647 ext. 4290. Businesses or individuals to them. Sabin said, “It lets families be steps away from interested in touring the house may call Scarlett Sabin at 900-8995. -Michael Wafford their sick child.” 18

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SAVE THE DATE 3rd annual CASA Rio Bravo Run 10 Miler & 5K, Rio Bravo Ranch, ` 7 a.m.

Power of the Purse Fundraiser for the Alliance Against Family Violence, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., $75

Rise Against with A Day to Remember concert, Rabobank Arena, 7 p.m. Tickets start at $45

23rd Annual Women’s Business Conference with Tyra Banks, Glenda Hatchett and Lola Gillebaard at Rabobank Arena. 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., $95/ticket


Full Moon Ride Blessing of the Bicycles Walk or Roll to School Week National Bike to School Day National Bike Week Bike to Work Day Amgen Tour of California, Stage 5 Sprint Bike Races Bike Festival Downtown Criterium


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CSUB 5K Fun Run/Walk, CSUB Rec Center, 8 a.m., $15 in advance, includes T-shirt and breakfast

Power of the Purse is a fundraising event for the Alliance Against Family Violence and Sexual Assault. Enjoy a "girls night out" with a shopping extravaganza. All proceeds benefit the Alliance., 378-5646.

The best times are in your own backyard. Time is precious. Timing is everything. At Continuum Senior Care Management, we are able to recognize your unique needs at precisely the right time. That prevents suffering, saves money, keeps you out of hospitals and care homes. That’s what we do. Senior and Dementia Care Management since 1995 4800 Stockdale Highway, Suite 308 Bakersfield, CA 93309 Phone (661) 861-8628

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6th annual Kern Kiwanis Golf Tournament benefiting Ronald McDonald House, The Links at Riverlakes Golf Course, 12 to 8 p.m., $125/to golf

10th annual Garden Fest at Bakersfield College, presented by Environmental Horticulture, Renegade Park, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Free

SAVE THE DATE Relay for Life, Wingspoint at Airport & Merle Haggard Drives, 9 a.m., May 5-6

40th annual CSUB Spring BBQ, CSUB Icardo Center, 5:30 to 9 p.m., $30/ticket

Rhythm & Passion Latin Dance Show, 3 p.m., Rabobank Arena, $15 high school students, $25 college students, $50 adults

Amgen Tour of California, Panorama Drive at Bakersfield College, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Free

Jazz Festival, CSUB, 7 p.m. May 11 and 2 p.m. May 12, $35 for advanced tickets

4th annual Bakersfield Biggest, Baddest BBQ benefiting Children’s Miracle Network, Kern County Fairgrounds, 5 to 9 p.m., May 18-19, Free

Walk for the Arts presented by The Arts Council of Kern, Central Park at Mill Creek, 8:30 a.m. to noon, $10 to walk, children under 10 walk for Free

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SAVE THE DATE First Friday, featuring live music, art openings, specialty shops, galleries and boutiques, Downtown Arts District, 5 to 9 p.m., Free Bookseller’s Book Group, first Thursdays at Barnes and Noble in the cafe, 7 p.m., Free

Full Moon Ride, Beach Park, 6:30 p.m., Free

Fountain Series presents Foster Campbell and Friends , The Marketplace, show at 7pm, Free

Tenth annual St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway. Tickets available at any Kern Schools Federal Credit Union or Ashley Furniture HomeStore, $100/ticket

SatisfactionInternational Rolling Stones Show, BrightHouse Amphitheatre, 8 p.m., $10/ticket

Alzheimer’s Disease Association of KC presents 2012 Caring for Caregiver educational seminar, Hodel’s Country Dining, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Free with RSVP

Take a chance on winning the tenth annual St. Jude Dream Home® Giveaway and help the kids of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Reserve your $100 ticket for a chance to win a beautiful house with an estimated value of $400,000. This year’s house is located in Masterpiece Estates at Froehlich Ranch in northwest Bakersfield, and is built by Lenox Homes. The winner of the St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway will be drawn on KERO ABC 23 on June 17.

Trace Adkins performs at Rabobank Arena, 8 p.m., tickets starting at $29

Wine Fest 2012, Kern County Museum, 8 p.m., $50/ticket in advance

Buy Soy. Fight Hunger. The “Real Green” project is designed to promote awareness not only for good health but to the current situation in Afganistan. Visit us to find out more. Tutti Fruitti Coffee Road and Stockdale Hwy. 396-8000


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The United Farm Workers of America presents Kris Kristofferson anf Friends, The Fox Theater, 7 p.m., $25/ticket

SAVE THE DATE Sierra Club Conditioning Hikes, meet at corner of highways 178 and 184, Tuesdays 7 p.m., Free

Fountain Series presents Thee Majestics at The Marketplace, 7 p.m., Free

First Friday

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featuring live music, benefiting CASA. art openings, specialty Family farm tour of shops, galleries, bou- Kirschenman Entertiques, Downtown prises, Inc. facility & Arts District, fields. Includes lunch. 5 to 9 p.m., Free 10 a.m., $50/ticket


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We all want to live healthier, happier lives. But sometimes we don’t know how or where to begin. As the old adage goes, "Sometimes the longest journey begins with a single step." Here are a couple of ways to embark on enriching your life.

Farmer's Market Fresh and natural are words to live by and what better way to eat healthy and nutritious foods than by heading down to the local farmer’s market? The Bakersfield Farmer’s Market at Golden State Mall, 3201 F Street, is open year-round from 8 a.m. to noon every Saturday. Along with seasonal produce, you will find flowers, eggs, honey and grass-fed beef. For more information, visit

Meditate and focus There are times when we simply need to gather our thoughts and find a way to deal with the hassles of everyday life. The Bakersfield Meditation Society offers free classes in Buddhist meditation, karma, personal power and enlightenment. The classes are offered on Thursdays from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Greenacres Community Center, 2014 Calloway Drive. Upcoming classes: April 26; May 10 and 24; June 7 and 21. For more information, visit

Grab your camera and head over to the Levan Institute at Bakersfield College where you will learn one of the newest forms of digital photography – high dynamic range. During this three-day course held in May, veteran photojournalist and instructor John Harte will show you how to use your camera and computer software to merge several exposures of the same image to create stunning photos. You will need a digital SLR camera, tripod and an external flash drive, 2GB or larger. You should also be familiar with editing software, such as Adobe Photoshop Elements. The class meets Wednesday, May 2 and 9 from 6 to 8 p.m. and Monday, May 7 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Fee is $35 and will be held in Campus Center 1 at Bakersfield College. Class size is limited.


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For more information, visit the Levan Institute at -Vicki Adame April 2012

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Eating lots of fresh fruit and vegetables is an important part of staying healthy. Stock up on the freshest produce and more from local growers and vendors at our Farmers’ Market, and discover just how natural good health can be.

The Haggin Oaks Farmers’ Market Presented by Kaiser Permanente Every Sunday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. 8800 Ming Avenue Open to the community

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here is no doubt in Tom Morgan’s mind that he is lucky to be alive. Since Morgan became a deputy sheriff for the Kern County Sheriff’s Department in the early 1980s, he has cheated death twice. After being stabbed three times in 1987 in a suspect confrontation, Morgan became a victim of another brutal attack by another suspect in 1997. Only this time, it was looking as if the odds were not in his favor. On the night of his 1997 attack, Morgan and a deputy trainee were called out to an area where gunshots were fired. After one of the two suspects tried to run, Morgan chased him and soon after, a struggle began. During the confrontation, the criminal drew out a shotgun and shot Morgan in the neck, leaving him for dead. Fighting for his life, Morgan then tried to shoot the criminal with his backup gun as the attacker took it from him. The attacker tried to fire the gun, but Morgan took a wooden board and smacked the criminal across the head. He later fled from the scene.


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“I figured no one has ever died standing up, so I got up and made my way around to the front of the building and took cover because I was afraid there might be some more shooting going on. And then I waited for someone to find me. I ended up telling my best friend to tell my wife I loved her. I wasn’t sure I was going to make it through the night,” said Morgan. The 17-year-old attacker was later arrested and charged as an adult. He is now serving 27 years to life. Morgan has since subsequently retired from the Sheriff’s Department. He is now a deputy counsel and an avid bicyclist. Before Morgan was attacked, he was always active. After being stabbed and shot, however, it was unclear if he would ever lead a normal life again. No matter what doctors said, Morgan was determined to regain his active life. After all, being fit and healthy was one of the things that saved his life. Although biking can be challenging, Morgan finds time on most mornings to enjoy the freedom of the road. He not only bikes all over Bakersfield but also in areas such as Glennville and the Sierra mountains.

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Love for the Job

Call it crazy, but even after the near fatal attack, Morgan returned to the job. Although he could no longer work on patrol, he was determined to move forward. Upon his return to the Sheriff’s Depatment, Morgan signed up for a work return program where injured officers can participate in certain parts of their old jobs. “The restrictions I have to deal with are all physical. My airway is about 50 percent normal because of the scar tissue damage. Because of the gunshot wound, there is still about 30 pellets in my neck, spine, carotid artery, jugular vein, esophagus and trachea. It scared the hell out of my dentist when he took X-rays of me for the first time,” said Morgan.

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defying the odds Today, Morgan strives to do at least 300 miles per week and can even recall doing as much as 350 miles. He is active in the bicycle club called Southern Sierra Bicyclists and Young’s/Sierra Bicycle Werks.

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Practice makes perfect

Even though Morgan loved biking before he sustained his neck injury, he wasn’t sure if the love was enough to get him back on the road. Morgan recalls the first time he attempted getting back on his bike. “The first thing I did when I was able to get out was get back on my bike, and I couldn’t even go a block. I thought, ‘Man, I’m toast. I’m never going to be able to do this again.’ But I got back on my bike and kept going longer everyday,” said Morgan.

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After Morgan’s first injuries in ’87, he began to take prerequisite classes to become an attorney. In 1998, a year after his second injury, Morgan graduated from law school and passed the bar exam. Morgan now works for the county counsel in Kern. As part of his county counsel duties, Morgan represents various departments, including the Sheriff's Department, district attorney, fire, probation and more. His main duties, however, are to provide general legal advice, contract review and court appearances, as needed.


Biking and staying fit is important to Morgan because it gives him quality time with his family and friends. One of his fears immediately after the injuries was that he no longer would be able to get back on a bike. “Now that I'm back on the bike I really appreciate the time I'm able to spend with [my wife] exploring the roads and countryside,” said Morgan.

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“What is a Mommy Makeover and am I a good candidate?” A mommy makeover is typically used to describe procedures designed to restore a woman’s figure after childbearing. Many mothers find the effects of childbirth and breast feeding dramatically changes the shape and size of their breasts and abdomen. Each woman has her own personal goals and desires. However, trouble regaining pre-pregnancy bodies is very common. In spite of dieting, eating healthy and taking on strenuous exercise, mothers often find that the loose skin of their abdomens will not tighten, and the breasts are smaller and have lost their shape. In these cases, a mommy makeover can be the best solution for regaining a youthful figure! A mommy makeover typically includes multiple cosmetic procedures performed at the same time designed to bring back the woman’s pre-pregnancy figure. The procedures are tailored to each client’s goals and desires but typically include liposuction, a tummy tuck and a breast augmentation. A breast augmentation is one of the most common procedures performed and can be very rewarding. A change in volume and shape of the breast may occur after childbirth due to deflation

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and sagging. A breast augmentation gives a woman a more proportional figure while creating volume and improving the shape of the breasts. It is designed to counteract the effects that breast-feeding may have caused on the breast tissue. A tummy tuck helps flatten and shape the abdomen and waist by removing excess skin. The unwanted skin is caused during pregnancy because the skin needs to stretch to accommodate for a growing baby. Liposuction is used during the tummy tuck to shape and flatten the abdomen and flanks. In some cases, SmartLipo™ can be a suitable alternative to a tummy tuck as it helps flatten and tight the waistline without the scar of a tummy tuck. Acceptable candidates need to be in good health and realistic about their expected results. The mommy makeover is the perfect solution for women who have had trouble losing the weight gained during pregnancy, experienced significant damage to their body's tissues, are unhappy with their appearance or have simply lost as much weight as possible on their own and would like to restore and contour their figure.

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Q: How can we look and feel younger?

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iEat Well. Food items, such as fatty fish that are high in Omega-3, dark fruit and low-fat dairy, are just a start to a great diet.

iKeeping a mental and physical balance while being optimistic is key to leading a healthy life. It’s the simple things in life: find a job that you love and spend quality time with family and friends.

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iGet an adequate amount of sleep. Most people need seven to nine hours of uninterrupted sleep. Without quality sleep, the body doesn’t become rejuvenated and can eventually look older. iDrink plenty of water and get rid of toxins. As people become older, their skin will become drier from producing fewer oils. Water helps keep skin hydrated and gives the impression of fewer wrinkles. Sweating from working out will also get rid of unwanted toxins and make your skin glow more.

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iUse sunscreen and facial moisturizer on a daily basis. Women who wear make-up should find products offering sunblock protection. For men, keeping a clean, moisturized face before and after shaving can reduce the chances of getting unwanted bumps and irritation marks. iQuit smoking. Not only is it detrimental to a person’s health, it will quickly age a person’s skin and body, making them appear older than they really are.

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iEating items with antioxidants can help keep a person from aging. Many antioxidants can be found in foods that have high levels of citrus. iGet rid of daily stress. Waking up with a positive attitude and looking forward to a great day will help with feeling better.

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Looking for a stronger body? Practice yoga. Remember, just because something looks easy, it doesn’t mean it is. Yoga is the perfect blend of stretching, strengthening of muscles, finding better posture and breathing. It promotes physical awareness of one's own body and relaxation.

Need to relieve some stress? Because yoga requires concentration in your breathing and pose, any stress you are feeling will melt away. It will also allow you to learn more about your mind and body, including your limitations.

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Getting started can be a bit confusing for some. Keep in mind, not all yoga classes are the same. And, like most things in life, choosing the right class for you requires some research. Hatha and vinyasa are two common types of yoga for beginners. It’s always best to start with the basics and then move on when you are ready for more.

If you want to develop your core, yoga will help your abs get stronger, flatter and firmer. You will stand taller and with better postural awareness by learning to develop your core in new ways. Drawing your navel to your spine with each breath will become familiar to you. In tandem, your back will also become stronger and you will enjoy new freedom from pain as you learn to stretch and relieve overused and ill used back muscles.

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Yoga will help you build strength, become more flexible and help with your overall balance. Over time these things transfer to other parts of your life. The practice of yoga helps erase and smooth out everyday wear and tear by returning our muscles to an optimal length and helping us to resist injury.

When you arrive for your first class, let the instructor know it’s your first class and don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it. Chances are there are other first-timers in the group. So you don’t feel completely out of place, do some homework prior by becoming somewhat familiar with some beginner yoga poses.

- Sally Baker, local yoga instructor Two-second tip: Enjoy your practice. don’t force the body any further than your comfort level.

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Finding the New ‘You’ Experiencing similar stories of overeating, depression and obesity, local residents Marcus Johnson and Victoria Champion took control of their lives, becoming an inspiration to others. After battling a depressing weight gain, these two decided to start new lives and lost more than 400 pounds combined.


Marcus Johnson

For Marcus Johnson, operations manager for Star Struck Entertainment, his weight gain began in college and after marriage. It only became worse when, like so many others, Johnson was laid off after the economy dropped in 2008. Johnson, 40, described his overeating as a means of self-medicating from depression. After hitting an all-time high of 469 pounds, he decided to get help and undergo gastric bypass surgery in April 2011. Today, he weighs 227 pounds. After losing so much weight, he is still getting use to the new him. “You know, it’s you, but you don’t know you like that. You have days where you’re like, ‘Is this really me? Am I really still Marcus?’” said Johnson. His journey was not traveled alone; alongside him were his wife and daughter who have continuously supported him. “It’s a journey for the family members as well, especially for the spouse, because you’re changing in front of them. What use to be this wide hug is now a smaller hug. It’s exciting, but it takes getting use to this new person,” said Johnson. a


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Victoria Champion

For Victoria Champion, director of the McNair Scholars Program at CSUB, having problems with weight gain was new to her. From an early age, the 33-year-old was extremely active in sports like softball and cheerleading. Her weight gain began about 11 years ago when she was going to college and dealing with an extremely hectic lifestyle. “What I suffered from was depression. I was a full-time student, full-time wife, full-time employee here at CSUB and something had to give. It was my health,” said Champion. “I was 306 pounds. It took everything out of me to stand all day at a college fair. Then suddenly my feet were going numb. And then I got really scared,” said Champion. "This is what I weighed the morning I was rolled into the operating room for my gastric bypass surgery, which was on December 27, 2007. I had one foot in the grave due to my obesity, and the person I was on the outside did not match the person I was on the inside."

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Real success The Adjustment

Aside from the physical transformation, there needs to be a change in lifestyle. For Johnson, everything seemed to revolve around food, including social gatherings. Johnson says prior to his surgery, “I was eating until I got tired. I never stopped eating because I was full.� Through the process, Johnson and Champion have found that their identities have changed. While they are still themselves on the inside, their appearances have changed which, in turn, has helped build their confidence. Johnson describes his biggest change in identity as, “I am no longer the fat dad my kids have always known me to be.�

Support Groups

For those who are considering gastric bypass surgery, it’s important to think it completely through. "Don’t be afraid to talk to people who have experienced the surgery," said Johnson, "They can share some of the physical and mental changes with you. "Support systems including friends and family, will be key as well.

One thing Johnson wishes he had done prior to the surgery was attend support groups. “You can prepare yourself physically from what the doctor tells you, but you have no idea how to mentally prepare yourself. Not only do you physically change, but there are many emotions and feelings that are associated in the process,� he says. Support groups will help an individual stay focused and avoid temptations of old habits or replacement of addictions such as gambling or smoking. There have been times when Johnson has heard folks in his support groups’ talk about finding ways to cheat the system. "One has to reprogram their mind to not fall back into their old habits," he said.


Champion has now become an independent Team Beach Body coach and is part of online support groups where she is a counselor for individuals who may be struggling with weight gain. It’s been two years since the surgery and she now weighs in at 145 pounds, having lost more than half of her previous weight. a


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Workout moves to strengthen arms, abs, & butts with Jeffery Stevenson.

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Pull band upward toward chest. Return to starting position.


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He currently works for Body Xchange and teaches a kickboxing class where he often deals with individuals who are looking for a push in the right direction. So why is getting in shape so important? “You only have one chance in that body. Don’t wait until beach season to get on track,” said Stevenson. Here are some exercises that he recommends for anyone who is looking to tone their arms, abs and butt. -Annie Stephens

Tricep Dips

Step 1: Using a sturdy chair,

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With the warm weather here, what better way to welcome spring than with a picnic? Here are a few tips to keep your picnic safe. Keep food cool. Place cold foods in a cooler with ice. Cold foods should be stored at 40°F or below to prevent bacterial growth. Meat, poultry and seafood may be packed while still frozen so that they stay colder longer.

Organize cooler contents. Consider packing beverages in one cooler and perishable food in another. This will keep the foods colder longer.

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“I need help at home. What do I do?” "Where do I begin? Who do I call? Who can I trust? Should I hire someone myself?” These questions are commonly faced when looking for someone to assist you or a loved one with everyday needs. Be forewarned of the dangers of a private hire. A private hire is tempting as the hourly cost is lower than that of a local Home Care Provider’s (HCP) employee. But, the cost in the end could be catastrophic. Not knowing their background is the greatest risk. Trustworthy HCPs do extensive background screenings to know as much as possible before an offer of employment is made. Should the caregiver be injured while in your home, the HCP is responsible for their medical bills not you. Reputable HCPs ‘bond’ their employees, which Darlyn Baker, RN, has assures consumers financial compensation in been published in four the event of a material loss. HCPs have multiple Nursing Journals and was employees from which to choose, in the event a guest speaker at two the usual caregiver isn’t available. The best and National Private Duty most desirable outcome will be achieved by being conferences. She was an informed consumer. Avoid direct hires. Most chosen as the 2009 Nurse health care insurers will not pay for personal care. Leader of the Year by the Review your policy. Instead of reacting, respond Association of California by planning ahead.

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The human brain has about 500 terabytes of storage space. The smallest bones in the body are the ear bones: malleus, incus and stapes, weighing around three milligrams.

Humans have around five million nerves for smelling in their nose.

An adult human heart can pump around 7,200 liters of blood in a day, enough to fill your bathtub in about an hour.

An infant has upwards of 350 bones, whereas an adult human has 206.

The stomach has to regenerate a new layer of mucus every two weeks or else damage to the epithelium may result.

An adult human stomach can hold up to two pounds of food.

An adult human has 27 bones in each hand.

A human femur bone is stronger than a steel rod of the same weight; it takes more force to fracture the femur.

The average adult human has about 100,000 miles of blood vessels.

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tips from locals around Bakersfield

For me, it's not about staying young. It's about staying active. If you rest, you rust.

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Botox, an awesome plastic surgeon, and a not good, but GREAT, bottle of Pinot Noir!!! -Denise Castaneda-Ornelas

Use sunscreen everyday so you don't have age spots. It's a fact that age spots actually make you look older than wrinkles do! -Ashley Thomas-McIrvin

I'm old school. Run, lift, and don't eat crud. -Leonel Martínez

Laugh at yourself, take a vacation, read a good book, and tell your family you love them. As my grammy always said, "You're only as old as your heart is." I interpret that as living life, happy and loving with all of your heart.

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If it smells bad and looks bad then it probably is BAD. Toss it! If it's old or dried out, it can cause irritation to the eye area, and that can lead to an eye infection.


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The shelf life for lipstick and liner is usually two years. However, if it begins to smell and gets harder to apply (i.e. tugging at the lips), then itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time to throw it away. Besides, who wants to kiss smelly, rough lips?

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We use it several times a day, which means it wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t last forever. Aside from toothbrush replacement, consider seeing your dentist for teeth cleaning every three to six months to prevent gum disease. To reduce the risk of gum disease, ask your dentist for customized instructions on proper brushing and flossing techniques. -Drs.Gerard Sebate and Jerry Woolf, DEntists

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A dirty contact lens case can cause eye irritation or even an eye infection. Clean daily by rubbing the empty case with clean fingers, using fresh disinfecting solution, then let the case air dry face down on a lint-free cloth. -Dr. Joseph F. Figazolo, optometrist

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" his year marks the 21st year for the Bakerfield Relay for Life," said Sylvia Cariker, media chair for the Bakersfield Relay for Life and a 22 year cancer survivor. Originally, the event began in Tacoma, Washington as the City of Destiny Classic 24-Hour Run Against Cancer. As with most things, the Relay began with one person, Dr. Gordy Klatt, a colorectal surgeon in Tacoma. He decided to combine raising money for his local cancer society with running marathons. He embarked on his first fundraising effort in May 1985 by running for 24 hours around the track at the University of Puget Sound. During his run, friends paid $25 to run or walk 30 minutes with him. When all was said and done, he had run more than 83 miles and raised $27,000 in the fight against cancer.

As the doctor ran, he thought of ways others could participate to fight cancer. The following year, 19 teams

took part in the event and raised $33,000. Today, Relay for Life is celebrated in communities around the world, and Bakersfield is one of the leading Relay for Life events in California. Organizers say Relay for Life is not only a way to raise money in the fight against cancer but is also meant to be a way to celebrate the lives of those who battled cancer and remember those who have been lost to this disease. Although each Relay is different and unique to its community, there are certain traditions that are celebrated at every event, and Bakersfield is no exception.

The Survivors Lap

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information needed is the person’s name and their status: survivor or not." Luminarias can be purchased from any team member or by calling 327-7827 and can even be purchased on the day of the Relay.

The Fight Back Ceremony

At this ceremony every person makes a commitment to save lives by pledging to fight against cancer. "This takes place after dark and honors both cancer The commitment can be anything from pledging to get survivors and patients who have lost their battle with regular screenings or quitting smoking. the disease. Their names are inscribed on bags, which As of March 24, the Bakersfield Relay for Life has are filled with sand, and a candle is placed inside. Then Luminarias are placed around the track. The evening in- drawn 4,856 participants with 362 teams taking part cludes music and local survivors sharing their stories," this year and has raised $406,493, according to the Cariker said. She continues to say, "A suggested dona- information on their website. -Vicki Adame tion of $15 is requested for a Luminaria. And the only

The Luminaria Ceremony

The Bakersfield chapter of the American Cancer Society is preparing for the annual Relay for Life on May 5 and 6. The activities will begin 9 a.m. May 5 at Wingspoint, which is located on Airport and Merle Haggard Drives.

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Darlene Mohlke is a woman with many passions. Professionally, she is the vice president of sales and marketing for Castle & Cooke Inc. and also serves on several homeowner association boards.

Mohlke has taken her resources and put them toward the greater good by helping redesign the Bakersfield Homeless Shelter into what it is today. The Bakersfield Homeless Shelter now has individual units where families can stay together instead of a being separated. She then works with individuals who come to the shelter to learn skills that will lead to a well-paying job and help them get back on their feet. According to Mohlke, there are many opportunities for individuals who are getting their lives together. “We have a contract with the Bakersfield Green Waste, and we also have WESTEC that is oil related. So women or men can go into the oil industry, which offers a much higher entry-level paying job. Training happens right there at the homeless center.”

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ways to improve your karma

Have you ever wondered how you could improve your karma? Here are a few things you can do to improve your karmic well-being. When you realize you’ve made a Take into account that great love mistake, take immediate steps to and great achievements involve 1correct 7 it. great risk. The hardest part of making a mistake is admitting it. If you know you’ve made a mistake, hold your head high and admit it. Chances are you’ll not only feel better, but others will respect you for it.

Love and achievement go hand in hand with risk. We risk getting our hearts crushed by telling someone we love them. And in our quest to achieve something, we run the risk of failing. Yet, we still do both.

your arms to change, but you lose, don’t lose the don’t let go of your values. lesson. 2Open 8When

Every loss brings with it a lesson. In spite of the outcome, if you learn the lesson, you will be a winner.

Change is something the majority of people have trouble dealing with. But change is also a necessary part of life. Change doesn’t mean you throw out your values; chances are it simply is a new way of doing something or a way to improve yourself.

Showing someone you care is the best way to make that person happy.

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you want to be happy, kindness. 10Ifpractice

We only have one earth and we must take care of her. Tread lightly and take only what you need. Recycle, plant a tree, and don’t pollute.

a year, go someplace you’ve never been before. 4Once How many of us have never gone to places within our own state? By not exploring new places, we miss out on the beauty that is around us.

you want others to be happy, compassion. 9Ifpractice

True happiness comes from helping others without expecting anything in return. -Courtesy of the Dalai Lama

the rules so you know how to break them properly. 5Learn

How often have we heard that rules were meant to be broken? But if you stop to think about it, if you don’t really understand the rules, how can you possibly break them? Learn the rules so there is no doubt to you or anyone else the reason why you are breaking them.

Success is never easy. And if you stop to think about it, chances are you had to sacrifice something you loved or held dear to get it. Ask yourself, "Was it worth it? "


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