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New Report Finds 13.8 Percent Of Working Adults Suffered Food Insecurity In 2016-2018 In New Mexico

on December 9, 2019 - 3:20pm

HFA News:

More than 25 percent of all children in New Mexico lived in households that couldn’t always afford enough food from 2016-2018, according to a new report by Hunger Free America, based on an analysis of federal data.

That means 121,719 children in the state lived in households that did not always know where their next meal was coming from during the three-year time period.

The total number of food insecure individuals in New Mexico from 2016-2018 was 374,105 (18.3 percent of the state population), making it the most food insecure state in the country.

The report, titled “The

Open House, Luminaria Dinner, Entertainment, Tour Of Aspen Ridge Lodge And Sombrillo Nursing Rehab

on December 9, 2019 - 2:48pm

COMMUNITY News:

The community is invited to attend a free event 5:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday at Aspen Ridge Lodge and Sombrillo Nursing Rehab.

The event includes an open house, luminaria Dinner, entertainment and a tour of Aspen Ridge Lodge and Sombrillo Nursing Rehab.

Direct questions about this event to 505.662.4300.

Rotary: Scientist Ryan Toma Shares Viome Research

on December 8, 2019 - 10:54am

At the Dec. 3 Rotary Club meeting, research scientist Ryan Toma of Viome described the three-year-old company’s research and success as it uses a systems biology approach, an individual’s microbiome (‘gut’) and metabolism, to reduce and prevent chronic disease, which now accounts for roughly 90 percent of today’s healthcare services. Viome is a spin-off from Los Alamos National Laboratory; its testing leads to personalized recommendations for nutrition and lifestyle.

New Mexico Human Services Department Reaches Settlement With Five Behavioral Health Providers

on December 8, 2019 - 8:16am
HSD News:
 
SANTA FE The New Mexico Human Services Department (HSD) has reached a settlement agreement/addendum with the remaining five behavioral health organizations who filed lawsuits against HSD claiming that they had been damaged when the Martinez administration froze Medicaid payments in 2013.
 
The five behavioral health providers included in the settlement agreement/addendum:
  • Santa Maria El Mirador (formerly Easter Seals El Mirador);
  • Border Area Mental Health Services;
  • Southwest Counseling Center, Inc.;
  • Southern New Mexico Human Development, Inc.; and
  • Families and Youth, Inc.
 

Free Alzheimer’s Presentation In Santa Fe Jan. 15, 2020

on December 7, 2019 - 9:21am
Alzheimer’s News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Families facing Alzheimer’s disease will have access to a free class in Santa Fe offered by the Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter.
 
“The Basics of Alzheimer’s Disease” is a FREE presentation by the Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter is 10-11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15. The event is hosted by St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 1301 Osage Ave., in Santa Fe. The class is free and open to all citizens of Santa Fe and surrounding communities.
 
“The Basics of Alzheimer’s Disease” is designed primarily as an introduction for

Over 27,000 New Mexicans May Lose Food Assistance

on December 6, 2019 - 11:42am

NMCLP News:

ALBUQUERQUE—Federal food assistance was created to increase nutrition levels and eliminate hunger. However, the Trump administration published a final rule yesterday that threatens food assistance for more than 27,255 New Mexicans and 755,000 low-income adults nationwide.

The rule will go into effect April 1, 2020.

Federal law already required that states limit Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) eligibility to just three months out of every three years for unemployed and underemployed adults without dependent children unless they can document 20 hours of work a

Fuselier: Since My Son’s Death...

on December 5, 2019 - 8:31am

Micheal Fuselier

By ROBERT FUSELIER
Los Alamos

Since my son’s death a month ago, I’ve struggled with how public I should be about the cause of his death. However, the recent news of the deaths of other young people and a DEA alert published since my son’s death has made it impossible for me not to bring it into the public domain.

The DEA alert was to inform us, the U.S. public, of counterfeit prescriptions flooding the U.S. from Mexican drug cartels (link). The counterfeit prescriptions mimic legally produced painkillers but contain fentanyl, an extremely potent opioid.

Amid E-Cigarette Public Health Crisis, Udall And Senators Slam Reversal On Strong Tobacco Regulation

on December 5, 2019 - 8:11am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Amid a national public health crisis, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) joined 22 Senate Democrats to call out the Trump administration’s recent flip-flop to abandon a critical pledge to clear the market of unauthorized, flavored e-cigarettes.
 
Despite President Trump’s public commitment to pull any unapproved, non-tobacco flavored products from the market in September amid epidemic usage rates by youth and ongoing instances nationwide of severe lung disease, the Trump administration has suddenly reversed course and once again is putting the profits

Lemonade Living Teams Up With Gifted Horse And Other Non-Profits To Serve Developmental Disabilities And Special Needs Community In Los Alamos And NNM

on November 29, 2019 - 11:39am
Lemonade Living is ‘making life sweet’ for others through its therapeutic horseback riding programs. Photo by Melissa Arias
 
A participant in the therapeutic horseback riding program at Lemonade Living. Photo by Melissa Arias
 
LEMONADE LIVING News:
 
Melissa Arias is the founder of Lemonade Living, a non-profit in Los Alamos that helps people with developmental disabilities and special needs to have more fulfilling lives.
 
When Arias’s daughter was young, they had birthday parties with horseback riding and fishing. One of the guests was a young boy with autism who was non-verbal.
 
“We put him on a

NMDOH: Influenza Activity Increasing In New Mexico

on November 29, 2019 - 7:36am
NMDOH News:
 
SANTA FE — The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) is reporting that influenza is widespread across the state and anticipates heightened activity for weeks to come.
 
Last season, 237 New Mexicans died of pneumonia and/or influenza and already 21 pneumonia and influenza deaths have been reported during the 2019-20 season. Flu symptoms may include rapid illness onset with fever, cough, sore throat, headache, and/or muscle aches.
 
The predominant virus circulating in the Southeast is influenza B Victoria, while the Metro region is seeing mostly influenza A(H1N1). Both

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