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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.


This morning at 6:45 am, an unknown individual approached a local physician at Lompoc Valley Medical Center as he was readying to enter the acute hospital at the rear entrance of the building.

The individual assaulted the physician and attempted to rob him. Officers with the Lompoc Police Department responded to the incident, and the suspect is now in custody. Police officers remain at the hospital completing their investigation.

The physician is being treated and evaluated.

Lorraine Jones, MSN, RN

Lorraine Jones, MSN, RN, has been named the new Administrator of LVMC’s Comprehensive Care Center. Most recently, Lorraine was the Director of the Critical Care and Emergency Departments.


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

Heart Shaped Jam-filled Sandwiches

The last thing an elementary school teacher wants is a day when students are overloaded on sticky, gooey, chocolate treats. So if you’re a parent or guardian, consider staying away from packaged candy, calorie-laden chocolate treats, and offerings packed full of added sugar and virtually no nutrition on Valentine’s Day.


It’s a painful rash disease that many people are at risk of developing – especially as they age. Shingles, also called herpes zoster, can also lead to severe nerve pain called postherpetic neuralgia, or PHN. People can suffer for months or years with PHN.

 Amy McConnaughey

This year, we are periodically spotlighting employees who volunteer their time and talents to help our community. Amy McConnaughey has been our Financial Analyst for 3 years and 4 months and volunteers as a coach for the San Francisco Junior Giants through the Lompoc Recreation and Parks Department.