October 21, 2017

Excessive Smoke from Wild Fires

The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning due to forecast high north winds from 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13, through 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14.

The change in wind direction and intensity is expected to change smoke behavior, meaning it could become less or more smokey from time to time in somewhat unpredictable patterns. Increased smoke is not a reliable indicator of fire danger given that smoke can be carried much further by wind conditions than fire.

Excessive smoke will continue to come into Suisun City until all the fires burning in Sonoma, Napa and upper Solano counties are fully extinguished. This is a health concern that should be taken seriously.  There is no current wildfire risk to Suisun City, nor is any anticipated. [Read more…]

Live Longer Suisun City – Make Healthy Happen

Live Longer Suisun City, a grassroots community group developing real-life strategies to motivate local residents to live healthier lives, will dedicate it’s Oct. 11 meeting to a discussion of upcoming food demonstrations and water fountains coming to park near you soon. [Read more…]

Affordable Care Act Information

Whether you love it, hate it or have no clue what it means for you, major new pieces of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or “ObamaCare,” are coming soon, with the insurance marketplaces opening Oct. 1 and new coverage starting in 2014.  (We’ll leave the political debates to others.)

While Suisun City has no role in health insurance for City residents, we want to help you navigate this very confusing new terrain, and help you find the answers to the nagging question, “So now what?”

With that in mind, we offer the following resources and links to official and nonpartisan information to help you educate yourself and determine how you wish to proceed for you and your family.  As we find additional help, we’ll add it below.

THE BASICS

This video by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation is one of the simplest and informative explanations of the ACA that we’ve found yet.


Video en espanol
THE MARKETPLACE

Individuals can purchase health insurance through “health insurance exchanges” or “marketplaces.” In California, that is Covered California, an online service that allows people to compare and shop for health insurance coverage, and calculate subsidies available to cover the costs.

Click the logo at the right to link directly to the official California state marketplace.

 

FEDERAL INFORMATION

 

The official federal resource for ACA information is www.healthcare.gov.

 

RESPONSIBLE PARTIES

If all of this does leave you with a need to constructively express yourself to someone, contact information for the state and federal representatives for Suisun City can be found here.

 

 

 

Fall Prevention

Statistics show that

  •  Falls are the number one cause of injury, hospital visits, and death from an injury among people age 65 and older.
  •  Each year 1 out of 3 older adults will experience a fall.
  •  20% of older people who break a hip from falling die within a year of their injury.

Falls can result in hip fractures, head injuries or even death. In many cases, those who have experienced a fall have a hard time recovering and their overall health deteriorates.

But falls are not inevitable.

To find out what is happening in Solano County to help avoid falls and associated injuries, please watch the video below produced by the Fall Prevention Partnership of Solano County.