Here are five things that caught my attention!
Love Your Heart: This week, my friend Vice Chair Nora Vargas and I, joined county public health officials for our annual Love Your Heart recognition event. This is actually important–you can suffer from high blood pressure and have no idea it is high. The only way to know is to check your blood pressure. This year we did more than 46,000 free screenings. Almost half had high blood pressure they needed to address and almost 500 were facing imminent medical danger. It is really simple–have your blood pressure taken. It can save your life or the life of someone you love. For more information on the Love Your Heart campaign click here.
Love your wife: I’m so proud of my wife who recently (officially) took over as the leader of the California Labor Federation! I can tell you that no one will fight harder for workers in California. She is going to be great.
Monkeypox: This week our county declared a local health emergency around monkeypox. We have been working daily for months on our response and this action aligns us with the state and should help accelerate response efforts. This website is our county resource for information on prevention, testing, vaccination and shareable information and other resources. You can also sign up for text alerts by texting COSD Monkeypox to 468-311. And please don’t let people stigmatize our LGBT friends–this is not a sexually transmitted disease in this community. This outbreak simply started spreading there. It could have started and would have spread the same in any community.
Juan Soto Day!: Christmas came early for San Diego and Padres fans! The most coveted baseball player moving at this season’s trade deadline is calling Petco Park home for (at least) three pennant chases. The baseball world is abuzz calling this arguably the biggest trade deadline deal ever and analysts are anointing the Friars as legit World Series contenders. And for a good reason -- Soto is arguably the best hitter in the game today and the first player under 24 years old to be dealt during an All-Star season. In celebration of the beginning of the Juan Soto era in San Diego, I had to make a Twitter proclamation! And don’t forget we got Josh Bell, Brandon Drury and Josh Hader– look out Dodgers:)
Interesting read: I grew up with Mister Rogers as a part of my life and found this article from the Atlantic fascinating. It walks through in depth how much attention he paid to the words he used in the show. I never realized that such intentional effort went into everything he said on the show. There are some good tips — not just for communicating with kids but communicating in general.