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A Champion Challenger with a Winning Vision


Stockton, CA —The echo of a rope hitting the ground, constant punches to sand bags, and echoes of men and woman on boxing training mode fill the Yaqui Lopez Fat City gym walls — a gym under the leadership of Alvaro “Yaqui” Lopez.

Yaqui Lopez, is remembered for challenging the World Light Heavyweight Boxing title five times; although he did not succeeded as the title holder, he was inducted into the World Boxing Hall of Fame on Saturday, October 13, 2007.  “I am pleased to be among the champions who have been inducted into the hall of fame,” shared Lopez.

Today, Lopez’ focus is outside of the ring.   He has a vision to help younger generations reach their goals.  Lopez now trains and stands at the ring’s corner as Jack Cruz, his late father-in-law and manager, did during his 12-year career.

“I know that this guys have the potential of climbing the boxing later, I know they have the potential to reach their goals,” Lopez highlighted the hard work of each of the participants and what that means to him.

“I started training very young,” explained Abel Carreon, Stockton resident, who spends a minimum of two and a half hours training and runs an average of 10 miles a day.  Fat City has kept him out of trouble, “I come from the streets, being here keeps me healthy and out of trouble,” Carreon recognizes the positive impact of Yaqui Lopez’ vision.  Similar to Carreon’s story there are others who prefer spending their time training rather than to be in the streets.

The gym is open to the public with a nominal fee to keep the equipment running.  “We don’t get paid for all the work we do with the kids,” Lopez is grateful of the support he receives from several volunteers who help him keep and maintain the gym.  Lopez explained that, “we ask for a small contribution to maintain the equipment and to get other training equipment needed.”

Fat City Boxing Gym is constantly replacing damaged equipment as its natural boxing use tears and wears many items fast.  Many have stepped up to helping Lopez with equipment, and funds, “We operate as a not-for-profit organization; so, we constantly encourage our community to help.”

If you or someone you know is interested in joining Yaqui Lopez’s Fat City Boxing Club you may reach their office at (209) 800-2977.   The gym is located at 835 E. Miner Avenue, Stockton, CA  95202.

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San Joaquin County Reports First Detection Of West Nile Virus Infection


STOCKTON, CA (July 20, 2012) — San Joaquin County Health Officer, Dr. Karen Furst, confirmed that a 48-year old male living in Stockton is the first human with West Nile Virus (WNV) infection in San Joaquin County this year. Continue reading

Kaiser Permanente joins San Joaquin Medical Society in giving students an interactive look at the medical field and increase the number of minority physicians.


MODESTO, CA— Local high school students considering a career in healthcare visited Kaiser Permanente in Modesto and experienced firsthand what is like to work at a hospital through the program “Decision Medicine” on Thursday, July 19. Continue reading

Wreaking Havoc on our Crops: Oriental fruit fly


STOCKTON, CA — The Oriental fruit fly quarantine continues in Stockton, agriculture officials say they hope to end it in July. Continue reading

Californians for Patient Care Launches Spanish-Language Healthcare Resource


Website and database of low, no-cost healthcare providers assists Spanish-speaking Californians

SACRAMENTO – April 9, 2012 – Californians for Patient Care, a leading independent patient advocacy organization, announced the launch of its Spanish-language website and online database which provides access to more than 5,000 low- and no-cost healthcare resources in California.

Photo of a California Patient Care Campaign commercial published at http://www.calpatientcare.org

“Nearly 60 percent of California’s uninsured are Latino and we are pleased to offer the Latino community a trusted resource with a variety of information about how to navigate our complicated healthcare system,” said Carmella Gutierrez. “Our Spanish-language website offers culturally and linguistically appropriate information about connecting to affordable healthcare options and many other issues of importance to the Latino community.”

People can access the Spanish-language website by visiting www.calpatientcare.org, then choosing the “Español” option at the top of the page. To access the database of low- and no-cost healthcare resources, web visitors click on the blue button on the left, labeled “Busque Servicios Gratuitos o de Bajo Costo en Su Area.” After typing in basic search information such as city or county and category of resource, Californians can find a comprehensive list of local healthcare providers and programs that provide primary, dental and mental healthcare services to the uninsured and underinsured. Along with information on local dental care and healthcare service providers, CPC also provides information on chronic disease management, how to shop for health insurance, updated information on the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and links to helpful organizations and websites.

Recent statistics from the White House show that Latinos will make up roughly 28 percent of the 32 million uninsured Americans projected to gain medical coverage under the ACA.  One of the goals of CPC’s Spanish-language website is to ensure that Latinos in California can access updated and easy-to-understand information and benefits about the new health law.

Annually, Californians for Patient Care assists more than 50,000 Californians locate affordable healthcare in their communities on its English-language site and those numbers are expected to increase significantly with the launch of the Spanish-language site.

“Given there are nearly 8 million people without insurance in California, it is clear  more people need to know about the low- and no-cost healthcare resources in their communities, which is why we are also launching a television public service announcement (PSA) campaign statewide in both English and Spanish,” said Gutierrez. “We want every Californian to know that regardless of their economic circumstances, there are places to get the care they need, when they need it.”

Californians for Patient Care is a non-profit organization based in Sacramento dedicated to protecting the interests of patients and ensuring all California consumers have fair and equitable access to high quality healthcare. For more information, visit www.calpatientcare.org.

BRIEF: Downtown Farmers Market Kick Off


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STOCKTON, CA – Prior to 2011 the Downtown Stockton Alliance held a farmers market in downtown Stockton

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Nutrition for Healthier Businesses: Chef LaLa visits Stockton


Stockton, CA — “You can choose to throw in the towel or clean the sweat off your head and work harder,” said Chef LaLa as she encouraged the attendees of the San Joaquin County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s 11th annual Latina Business Conference on March 22nd at the Stockton Hilton Hotel. Continue reading

New influenza virus discovered in Guatemalan fruit bats


Bat flu virus is not believed to present a threat to humans

A new influenza A virus discovered in fruit bats in Guatemala does not appear to present a current threat to humans, but should be studied as a potential source for human influenza, according to scientists from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention who worked with University of the Valley of Guatemala. The study was published today in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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Connecting Community to Combat Asthma


          Panel discussion (From Left to Right) Dr. George Bensch, Dr. Karen Furst, Pharmacist Allen Shek, Registered Nurse Robin Orr.

 

 

 

 

 

 

“San Joaquin County overall, for all ages, has a higher prevalence of asthma than the State of California,” said San Joaquin County Public Health Services, Doctor  Karen Furst.

 

San Joaquin County, CA – The San Joaquin County Public Health‘s Obesity & Chronic Disease Prevention Taskforce held the 2012 asthma summit, “Connecting Continue reading

Recognizing A Trauma Advocate


Update: The women’s Center Women’s Center Welcomes a new keynote speaker, Filmmaker and Activist Nancy Schwartzman Annual Luncheon Returns to Civic Auditorium. Please read updated story CLICK HERE.

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The Women’s Center of San Joaquin recognizes Advocate for survivors of trauma including homeless, survivors of child abuse, domestic violence, acute trauma, and natural disasters: author and Zen Master Laura van Dernoot Lipsky at this years 32nd annual luncheon.

SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY, CA – The Women’s Center will host its 32nd Annual Luncheon on Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at the Stockton Civic Auditorium.

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University to host: Pacific Family Health Fair


Stockton, Ca- VNCARES, a committee organized by the  University of the Pacific`s Thomas J. Long School of  Pharmacy is getting ready to host the 5th Annual on March 4th, at St. Luke’s Catholic Church in Stockton. Continue reading

New influenza virus discovered in Guatemalan fruit bats


Bat flu virus is not believed to present a threat to humans

A new influenza A virus discovered in fruit bats in Guatemala does not appear to present a current threat to humans, but should be studied as a potential source for human influenza, according to scientists from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention who worked with University of the Valley of Guatemala. The study was published today in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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Spray Safe- Program to prevent pesticide exposure


By Mayra Barrios

Stockton, CA – Local growers and farmworkers participated in the “Spray Safe” program to prevent pesticide exposure incidents on February 8, 2012, at the Robert J. Cabral Ag Center.

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300 Kids Receive Free Dental Care


Dentists, students and volunteers teamed-up to give kids a healthy smile at the “Give Kids a Smile” event held on February 4th at University of the Pacific’s Stockton dental clinic.

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Mobile Clinic seeks to increase cancer screening rates among Latinas


The St. Joseph’s Mobile Mammography Unit visited Stockton on Friday, January 3rd, as part of a program to provide digital screening mammography services to women living in San Joaquin County.

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