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Teen drinking: A deadly rite of passage

Nationally, the month of April is designated as Alcohol Awareness Month. Alcohol Awareness Month began in 1987 as a way of reaching the American public with information about the disease of alcoholism. The disease of alcoholism affects young and old alike. While I believe education is key to changing behaviors, I don't believe that one month a year is enough education. I truly believe that there are teachable moments every day, especially for our young. I hope you use this column as a tool for one of those teachable moments for you and your teen.

Tales of caution

June 19, 2008 | By Cary Quashen, ACTION Special to The Signal | Healthy Living

Project Dogway now underway

Like many California girls, Candy is blonde, buff and beautiful. All she needs now is a place to strut her stuff.

June 19, 2008 | Courtesy Michelle Sathe Special to The Signal | Healthy Living

Chivas teams up with Hoefflin Foundation

The Chivas USA soccer team showed its winning talents when 10 players from the team joined the Michael Hoefflin Foundation for Children's Cancer's ninth annual Benefit Dinner in late March. The dinner, held at the Valencia Hyatt, raised more than $44,000 to support the foundation's work with children and families touched by pediatric cancer in the Santa Clarita Valley and surrounding valleys.

June 19, 2008 | Courtesy Michael Hoefflin Foundation | Healthy Living

Six Flags Hurricane Harbor tickets benefit charities

Santa Clarita Valley Appreciation Days 2008 will be held at Six Flags Hurricane Harbor on May 3 and 4. The Valencia theme park makes 4,000 tickets to Hurricane Harbor available to schools and non-profit organizations at $3 each, which the organizations sell to the public at $10 each.

June 19, 2008 | By Signal Staff | Healthy Living

Smoking: Quitting for quits

If you are one of the 46 million Americans who smoke, you've probably thought about quitting more than once. You may have even tried to on a few occasions, possibly without success.

June 05, 2008 | By Karen Elowitt Signal Staff Writer | Healthy Living

Coping with loss

"Laugh and the world laughs with you, cry and you cry _____." If you're like most people, you're conditioned to respond "alone." If you've suffered a devastating loss, such as death of a loved one, divorce or breakup, you may be trying to cope with these and other unspoken rules.

Here's another one: "The way to get through grief is to just keep ____." Did "busy" come to mind? These types of phrases bring up almost automatic responses. They are pieces of information stored in our belief systems from childhood.

May 22, 2008 | Courtesy Jeff Zhorne Grief Counselor | Healthy Living

A celebration of Chaplin on Saturday

A celebration of the 85th anniversary of the release of Charlie Chaplin's "The Pilgrim" will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Saugus Train Station, where it was filmed. (The Train Station is at William S. Hart Park, 24151 San Fernando Rd., Newhall.) The Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society and the William S. Hart Museum will host a screening of the movie, and visitors will be treated to a buffet dinner where they can view props from the 1992 feature film, "Chaplin" starring Robert Downey, Jr.

May 08, 2008 | Courtesy E.J. Stephens | Healthy Living

Updated: Postpartum depression

The odd feelings of despair and rejection started when Tracy was pregnant. During the first trimester, when she found out she was going to have a boy, she felt disappointed that she was not carrying a girl. Since she already had a little boy, she would have liked a girl.

May 08, 2008 | By Karen Elowitt Signal Staff Writer | Healthy Living

SCV students participate in Los Angeles Marathon

Golden Valley High School students Priscilla Hernandez, Amanda DeBortoli, Roxana Ramos and Priscilla DeLeon recently completed a rigorous 20 week training program, each logging more than 300 miles in preparation for the Los Angeles Marathon, which was held last Sunday.

May 08, 2008 | Courtesy SOAR | Healthy Living

Pleasantview Bowl-A-Thon a success

Pleasantview Industries, a local non-profit organization serving individuals with developmental disabilities, recently held its ninth annual No-Tap Tournament and Bowl-A-Thon fundraiser at Valencia Lanes. About 120 bowlers participated in the tournament, which also included a silent auction, a 50/50 drawing and other prizes.

May 08, 2008 | Courtesy Pleasantview Industries | Healthy Living

A History of Bicycling

An event such as the Amgen Tour of California always brings a lot of enthusiasm for the sport of bicycling- but daily, on the trail system and on the streets of Santa Clarita, we find all levels of bicyclists. Bicycling is not a new sport. The bicycle made its appearance during the period between the development of the steam railroad and the electric trolley car.

April 25, 2008 | By John Lukes Bicycle Safety Instructor, City of Santa Clarita | Healthy Living

Life Skills through Martial Arts

Staying focused, learning to respect others and becoming more effective are a few of the skills that youngsters struggle to understand as they grow up.

April 24, 2008 | By Tammy Marashlian Signal Staff Writer | Healthy Living

Wok Your Way to Good Health

Eating healthy does not always mean eating less. Sometimes, all it takes is a shift in quality of food, not quantity. With all of the diet fads and techniques currently on the ballot, the Asian diet may be among the healthiest options available.

April 11, 2008 | By Parimal M. Rohit Signal Staff Writer | Healthy Living

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