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Lompoc Valley Medical Center's publishes health news, personal stories and expert advice meant to guide and inspire healthy diets, relationships and lives.

Diabetes is a chronic (long-lasting) disease that affects how a body turns food into energy. The three main types of diabetes are: Type 1, Type 2 and gestational diabetes (or developing diabetes while pregnant).

Patient with Urgent Care Doctor

When you’re not feeling well, or have a sudden illness or injury, you may be confused about your best options for medical care. In those times, you might be wondering whether you should go to the Emergency Department, or Urgent Care, or wait to see your primary care physician.


child in hospital bed

When I first moved to Lompoc, I had a new experience at Lompoc Valley Medical Center. I had already spent years working as a Certified Child Life Specialist in a children’s hospital, but moving here with my family and then 2-year-old son, I had my first experience in the hospital as the mom of a child having minor surgery.

Colorectal Cancer

During Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, it’s important for those older than age 50 to understand the various methods, frequency and pros, and cons of screening tests.


Cheddar Spinach Egg Bites

With just six ingredients, these fast-and-easy egg bites are great not only for breakfast but for lunch or snacks any time. You can even try serving them alongside a salad or bowl of soup for dinner.

healthy vegetables

Most Americans do not have enough fruits and vegetables in their diets. According to a US Department of Agriculture (USDA) study in 2015, only 12 percent of adults ate enough fruit and only 9 percent of the adult population ate the recommended amount of vegetables. The numbers are even lower for adolescents.


Broccoli-Cheese Tots

Certainly, most people have heard of tater tots. But what about broccoli tots? Here’s a recipe that combines cheese and broccoli into easy-to-eat tots.  Try them as they are, or dip them in the accompanying cheddar onion sauce.

family

Learning – and sharing – information about your own family health history can be one important step toward making healthy changes for your future.