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The Importance of Looking After Your Eyes

Eye exams are not just for getting prescriptions for eye glasses or contact lenses. Routine checkups are important in protecting the health of your eyes and your overall health. “It’s very sad when I see someone lose vision permanently to a condition that could have been observed and prevented with a routine eye exam,” says […]

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VCC Offers Smoking Cessation Program

Quitting smoking is one of the most important things you can do for your health and well-being. VCC will offer Freedom from Smoking, a program that provides the information, tools and tips developed by the American Lung Association to help individuals to quit smoking. The eight-part series of classes is available to VCC patients as […]

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Eating Well in the New Year

The New Year is a great time to develop a plan for healthy eating.  Christine Toth, VCC Registered Dietitian, has some tips to get you started. Drink eight glasses of water (8-fluid ounce) per day. Try to avoid sugary drinks and caffeinated beverages. Eat at least 2 ½ cups of vegetables per day, including dark green […]

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Covered California Open Enrollment Events

Vista Community Clinic (VCC) will host Covered California open enrollment events at our clinic sites in Vista and Oceanside. The events are free and open to all community residents. Learn about Covered California health plans. Find answers to your questions about premiums, subsidies and coverage.  Get pre-screened for enrollment. Make an appointment with a VCC […]

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Apply for the Spring Medical Assistant Training Program

Classes for the the spring Medical Assistant Training Program, offered jointly by Vista Community Clinic and California State University San Marcos, will begin March 6, 2017. The six-month program combines classroom instruction and clinical experience to prepare students to work as medical assistants in a variety of health care settings including hospitals, health clinics, nursing […]

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Fall Flavors

As we begin the transition from summer to fall, we asked Christine Toth, VCC registered dietitian, for dinner ideas for those cool autumn nights. Here’s Christine’s recipe for one-pot soup, bursting with flavor and packed with nutrition. One-Pot Soup Ingredients 1 package lean ground turkey  1 yellow onion chopped 3-4 medium carrots chopped 3-4 stalk of […]

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Fatherhood Matters

Vista Community Clinic (VCC) has launched Dads’ Club, a program to help fathers succeed in the work force, become self sufficient and forge close relationships with their children and family members. Participants in Dads’ Club  have access to a variety of free services and resources that will help them climb out of poverty and unemployment. […]

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Train for an exciting and high demand career as a Medical Assistant

Have you considered working in health care? Here’s a great opportunity to enter the field. Beginning this fall, Vista Community Clinic (VCC) and Cal State University San Marcos (CSUSM) will offer a Medical Assistant (MA) training program. Students who successfully fulfill all requirements will receive a  Certificate of Completion from CSUSM and will be eligible […]

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New mom finds care and compassion at VCC

On a recent morning, as the sun began to break through the morning clouds, a young mother pushed a stroller through the double doors of the VCC Women’s Center. Five-month-old Abigail woke up from her nap, took a look at her mom Juliana and went back to sleep with a slight smile on her face, […]

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A summertime favorite packs nutritional punch and great taste

This recipe for chicken tostada salad comes from Christine Toth, Registered Dietitian and Certified Lactation Consultant at VCC.  For variations, Christine suggests adding extra veggies like green onions and shredded carrots or serve in a flatbread as a wrap. “It’s my go to recipe for summertime,” she says. “My family enjoys it and I share it […]

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VCC Program Promotes Healthy Eating Habits

Portion sizes. Limiting sodium and sugar. Snacks. Exercise. Nutrition during pregnancy. These are just a few of the many topics that come up during Nelida Avila’s interactive classes on nutrition and healthy eating habits. Avila, a bilingual nutrition educator in VCC’s Health Promotion Center, travels to schools, apartment complexes and shelters throughout San Diego County […]

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Fruits + Yogurt = Delicious Breakfast Smoothie!

Christine Toth, Registered Dietitian at VCC, shares a breakfast smoothie recipe to get your mornings off to a great start! Delicious and easy to prepare, each serving provides plenty of Vitamin C as well as potassium and calcium. SPRINGTIME SMOOTHIE Makes 1 serving 1 cup milk of choice (dairy, non-dairy, or kefir) ½ frozen banana ½ […]

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An Early Start to Good Dental Health

A large, white van emblazoned with the VCC logo is a familiar sight on many mornings at school campuses in Vista and Oceanside. Inside the dental clinic on wheels, VCC dentists and dental staff deliver care and education to school children on the importance of good oral health. The mobile dental health program by VCC, […]

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VCC Offers Smoking Cessation Workshop to Patients

For VCC patients who want to quit smoking, help is on the way! Beginning March 1, VCC will offer an eight-part workshop for patients who want to break free of the nicotine habit.  The curriculum is based on American Lung Association’s Freedom from Smoking, a program credited with helping more than one million Americans quit […]

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A Touch of Magic and Beauty: Remodeled Pediatric Unit Engages and Educates Children

These days, when children come in for their doctor’s appointment at Vista Community Clinic (VCC), they encounter monkey arms reaching out from a tree; Martians staring down from the ceiling in the exam room; 3-D bugs and butterflies; and books on shelves, books under seats and books on trees. For pediatric patients and families at […]

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Health Care with Heart

It was a routine follow up visit to the doctor and Alyson did not expect to hear anything out of the ordinary from Dr. Sue Ann Park, her son’s pediatrician at VCC. Her newborn Grayson was alert and looked well. But it was his rapid breathing that tipped off Dr. Park that things were not […]

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Good Prenatal Dental Health a Win-Win for Mother and Child

I am often asked by my patients if it’s safe and necessary to go to the dentist while they are pregnant. To this, I answer yes and yes. It’s not only safe, but it is essential for pregnant women to get routine dental care and treatment for dental disease. Robust dental health during pregnancy benefits […]

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The Worst Gift this Holiday Season

On a recent holiday shopping trip, amid festive décor and fabulous sales, I was taken aback by one product — electronic cigarettes. From mall kiosks to local convenience stores, from gift shops to grocery stores, these products were everywhere. This year, more and more youth are being exposed to the marketing tactics of the tobacco […]

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Healthy Eating Tips for the Holidays

There’s shopping to do, cookies to bake and parties to go to. And let’s not forget holiday recitals, trips to the airport and post office runs. Does anyone have the time for healthy meals during the holidays? Preparing nutritious meals and eating healthy do not have to be on the back burner at this time […]

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Free Covered California Enrollment Events

Since the third Covered California open enrollment period began on Nov. 1, our certified enrollment counselors have been busy assisting VCC patients and community residents get health insurance coverage with a Covered California health plan. Beginning Dec. 12, VCC will offer more opportunities for information and sign-ups. A series of free, walk-in Covered California open […]

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VCC Provides Free Covered California Enrollment Assistance

VCC, a Covered California Certified Enrollment Entity, will offer free enrollment assistance to patients and community residents during the third Covered California open enrollment period beginning Nov. 1, 2015. Certified enrollment counselors at VCC will provide plan information, help with completing the application and determine eligibility for premium assistance. Appointments are available during normal business […]

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Seven Tips for Healthy Teeth through Halloween (and all the other upcoming holidays and celebrations!)

Halloween is around the corner and store shelves are bursting with candy of every size, shape and color. Dr. Rebecca Cornille, Dental Director at VCC, offers tips on maintaining dental health during this sugar-fueled holiday and year-round! Watch your sugar intake: We all know that candy is loaded with sugar and that sugar fuels the cavity- […]

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VCC Supports Breastfeeding Families

It’s widely recognized that breastfeeding provides ideal nutrition for infants and contributes to their healthy growth and development. No matter what a woman’s breastfeeding goals may be, it’s important she receives reliable information and support throughout her breastfeeding journey. Here at VCC, we are proud to empower our patients by offering comprehensive lactation services. The […]

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Diabetes Wellnes Workshop at VCC

VCC will partner with the American Diabetes Association to offer a six-part wellness workshop on the prevention and management of diabetes. The classes will be offered in English and Spanish. The program has been made possible by a grant from SDG&E/Sempra. Classes will meet Oct. 14, 21 and 28, and Nov. 4, 11 and 18 at […]

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How to Prevent Tricycle Injuries

Most parents don’t associate tricycles with injuries, but a recent study by researchers at Emory University and the Medical College of Georgia found that in 2012 and 2013, more than 9,000 children were treated at emergency rooms nationwide as a result of tricycle accidents. The most common injuries were skin gashes, fractures and injuries to […]

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Remodeled VCC: Vale Terrace Pediatrics Nurtures Love of Reading

These days, when children come in for their appointment at VCC, they encounter monkey arms reaching out from a tree; Martians staring down from the ceiling in the exam room; 3-D bugs and butterflies; and books on shelves, books under seats and books on trees. For pediatric patients and families at Vista Community Clinic (VCC), […]

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Free Women’s Health Fair

On Saturday, Oct. 3, Vista Community Clinic (VCC ) will host Women and Health, a free health fair for women. The event will be held from 9am to 3pm at the VCC: Vale Terrace Women’s Center parking lot, 1000 Vale Terrace Drive in Vista. There will be information on breast health, breast cancer, nutrition, healthy […]

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2015 Health and Hope for Our Youth Gala

The annual Health and Hope for Our Youth Gala serves as the biggest celebration of VCC and as an important fundraiser to benefit our innovative programs and services for the children and youth of San Diego North County. The 2015 gala will be held Saturday, Nov. 21 at the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa in […]

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VCC: North River Celebration set for Sept. 10

VCC will host an open house to celebrate the new dental and behavioral health center at VCC: North River. The celebration begins at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015. VCC: North River, one of five VCC clinic sites, is located at 4700 North River Road in Oceanside. The state-of-the-art, 2,740-square foot dental and behavioral health […]

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August Health Fairs Mark National Health Center Week 2015

VCC will celebrate National Health Center Week 2015 with two free health and resource fairs. Schedule Wednesday, Aug. 12, 9 am-1 pm VCC: North River, 4700 North River Road, Oceanside Saturday, Aug. 15, 9 am-1 pm VCC: Vale Terrace, 1000 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista Both events are open to the public. VCC staff will offer free […]

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VCC Patient Portal Allows Prescription Refills, Appointments and More

On June 1, 2015, the VCC Patient Portal began offering patients a new online prescription refill feature. This is the latest in a series of enhancements to the portal which was launched in September 2014. The secure portal is accessible 24/7 on PCs, tablets and smart phones. A dedicated app is available for iOS and […]

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Testing is Key in Early Diagnosis of Colon Cancer

It may not get the press that breast cancer does, but colorectal cancer (CRC) is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer in women worldwide. While talking about intestines and their function isn’t pleasant, it’s important to note that one third of people diagnosed with CRC die as a result of this cancer. SYMPTOMS Catching colorectal […]

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Understanding TB: Symptoms, Testing and Treatment

There are many myths surrounding Tuberculosis, commonly referred to as TB. The disease is on the decline in the United States; however there were still more than 9,588 new TB cases identified in the US with 51% of those occurring in California, Florida, New York and Texas. Let’s review the facts. First, it is important […]

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Engaging Children in Healthy Food Choices

Nutrition and childhood obesity are hot topics these days. Nutrition can also be a fun topic, especially for kids. Parents can use educational techniques such as matching, math and self-discipline to teach nutrition in a way that will engage and inspire. Matching: Young children love to find pairs. Place a copy of My Pyramid on […]

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Talking to Your Children about Breast Cancer

Health Column for the North County Times By Natasha Riley, Program Manager, Vista Community Clinic The Breast Health Program at Vista Community Clinic is partially funded by the Avon Foundation Breast Health Outreach Program and the Susan G. Komen for the Cure San Diego Talking to Your Children about Breast Cancer By Natasha Riley I […]

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Treating Sinus Allergies

Let’s talk allergies. Approximately 36 million people in this country suffer Treating Sinus Allergies Let’s talk allergies. Approximately 36 million people in this country suffer from sinus allergies called allergic rhinitis. Whether it is seasonal or perennial, these conditions can cause a serious impact on a person’s quality of life. Seasonal allergies (commonly called hay […]

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Eating for Two, Eating Well

Moms are our first nutritionists, and that job begins in uterus. Many moms eat for two but forget that their baby’s health depends upon the quality of food they consume, not just the quantity. Here are a few recommendations to help provide the best nutrition for mom and the unborn baby. Beyond healthy, well balanced […]

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