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Below are recent community partner projects and programs. For more partner project and programs please visit the Healthy Lompoc Coalition Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages. We are unfortunately unable to share all of the wonderful work our community partners are doing during this time, so please view past newsletters and our community folder for more information. If you have an idea you would like to share, please send it our way!
5th Annual Planting A Pinwheel For Awareness

CAPC partners (Child Abuse Prevention Council) will be hosting the 5th Annual Planting A Pinwheel For Awareness in Lompoc on April 1, 2021 at 9:00am outside the North County Rape Crisis and Child Protection Center office. The pinwheels exemplify the innocence of our youth, with each pinwheel planted representing 1 in 5 children suspected of being abused. The Lompoc community is invited to help raise awareness on the issues of child abuse in our area by planting a pinwheel for those affected. If you are able to attend please bring your mask and be physically distant. For those unable to attend photos and video will be captured of the event and shared on social media.  As a reminder the 24 Hour Support Line is always available: 805-736-7273
Lompoc Vaccine Clinic To Run Through April 3

Santa Barbara County residents who are currently eligible for the vaccine, including people over the age of 50, phase 1A health care workers, education and childcare workers, emergency service workers, food and agriculture workers, and people between the ages of 16-64 with high risk medical conditions can register for the vaccine this week. The Lompoc Clinic started on March 28 and will conclude on Saturday, April 3 from 9:30AM – 6:30PM at the Dick DeWees Community & Senior Center, 1120 West Ocean Ave., Lompoc, CA 93436. Second doses will be provided at the same location first doses are received. A clinic will be available in the same location three weeks from your first dose appointment.

For more information or to register please visit the community vaccine website
Lompoc Community Track & Field
Open For Public Use
After several years of community collaboration and fundraising, we are pleased to share that the new track and field at Huyck Stadium is open for community use! We hosted a very small, COVID safe ribbon cutting Monday morning, March 29, 2021, to commemorate the opening. We look forward to hosting larger events with more participants in the future. Thank you to all of our generous donors, volunteers, the Lompoc Unified School District, the City of Lompoc and the community for your support in making this vision of a healthier Lompoc into a reality. 
For updated public access hours of operation please visit the City of Lompoc Recreation webpage.

Checkout the following News Coverage for additional information: 
YMCA Healthy Families Forum

The Channel Islands YMCA is pleased to announce its new Healthy Families Talk Series. Beginning April 14, these weekly online events are free to the public and feature leading experts in the field of parenting and early childhood, discussing timely topics we all need to know about. All series begin at 5pm and include a 30 minute presentation followed by a Q&A session. Please RSVP to attend.
  • April 14- Behavior, COVID & Schools: why worrying if your child will adapt may be the wrong question Presented by Dr. Carey Chronis, MD, FAAP
  • April 21- Positive Parenting Through Self-Care Presented by Banks Pecht, J.D, PCC
  • April 28- Recognizing Mental Health Warning Signs & Taking Action Presented by Amy Buckner, MS, APCC
  • May 5- Supporting Learning This School Year & Summer Presented by Chris Becerra, Ed.S
Forever A Father

Family Service Agency (FSA) will start a new virtual 6 week educational program about parenthood on April 7, 2021 called Forever A Father. The program will support father figures who build positive relationships and economic stability for their families. Classes will be taught in both English and Spanish. Please register to attend: https://fsacares.org/fathers/
Lompoc Valley Distance Club

The Lompoc Valley Distance Club (LVDC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting a healthy form of community involved running events for all members of the family. LVDC hosts six annual running/ walking events throughout the Lompoc Valley to attract participants from all around the California Central Coast. Funds generated from nominal entry fees are typically awarded to community interest causes within the Lompoc Valley Area. To stay informed please view their monthly newsletter for updated information. Please visit the LVDC Website for more information on their upcoming events. The April 3, 2021 event will be Scott Williams Memorial Run and the May 1, 2021 event will be Ray Gil and Alan Hunt Mission Memorial Run/Walk.

Santa Barbara County Recreation Master Plan
Recreation Needs Survey 2020

Santa Barbara County is planning for parks, recreation, and trails. Let the planners know what you need to play, run, bike, hike, camp, and get outdoors in your community by completing the recreation needs survey. If you have children please also complete this brief kids recreation survey. Both surveys are available in English and Spanish.

El condado de Santa Barbara está planeando parques, recreación y veredas. Díganos qué necesita para jugar, correr, andar en bicicleta, caminar, acampar y salir al aire libre en su comunidad. Tome nuestra encuesta

Kevin Gleason, Lake Los Carneros After the Rain, Oil on linen on panel, Courtesy the Artist.
 

Art From The Trail: Exploring The Natural Beauty Of Santa Barbara County


The Wildling Museum of Art and Nature will be featuring, Art from the Trail: Exploring the Natural Beauty of Santa Barbara County, an expedition celebrating local trails on the Central Coast. The exhibition will debut online on April 17, 2021. A key goal of the exhibition, in partnership with Healthy People Healthy Trails and the Santa Barbara County Trails Council, is to raise awareness of the wealth of trails in Santa Barbara County and to inspire visitors and community members to explore them, while encouraging a healthier lifestyle. Trails highlighted in the show range across the county. 

For more information on the Art from the Trail exhibit at the Wildling Museum please visit their website. For additional information on Healthy People Healthy Trails, and their upcoming Spring activity challenge starting on Park Rx day on April 17, 2021 please visit their website.


Food In The Lompoc Valley
 
In Lompoc we are fortunate that many of our local organizations are offering additional services to ensure our community has sufficient access to food. 
Please check regularly for the most up to date offerings, volunteer needs and food distribution schedule.
Food Action Network Membership

Santa Barbara County Food Action Network (SBCFAN) Membership is live! Members are active participants in the Santa Barbara County food system. They eat, grow, gather, buy, sell, ship, process, raise, fish, and engage with food as it moves from farm to table. The Network provides members with an online “hub” to further connectalign, and activate with other food system “actors” so that together, we can build a more resilient food system. Membership is free through 2021. For more information on registration please view the FAN website
Happy Spring From Route One Farmers Market!
We were so happy to celebrate the first weekend of Spring with a garden plant giveaway. Plantel Nursery generously donated 20 flats of agricultural plant starts and all 5,000 or so baby plants were given away at the market on March 21st. Our partners at CalFresh Healthy Living graciously helped us provide new plant owners with care information and kits. The Healthy Lompoc Coalition aims to support community activities like growing plants this Spring and we at Route One are happy to be able to facilitate this opportunity in support of that work. 
Gardening is good for us; we enjoy the physical health benefits of soothing outdoor exercise and the nutritional gains of increased access to homegrown fruits and vegetables. Another wonderful benefit is the way gardening is good for our mental health, and who couldn’t use a boost in that department after the year we’ve had? Psychologytoday.com tells us, “Research has shown that spending time outside is good for our bodies and our minds. I'm sure you've experienced these benefits: After feeling stressed out or bored indoors, you step outside and your spirits lift. One great way to spend time outdoors is to garden…” For more information read their blog on the Ten Mental Health Benefits of Gardening.
Engaging one's body in the day-to-day care of a garden improves physical health and can cause the same mood-enhancing endorphin boost as standard exercise, while being outside and exposed to sunlight releases serotonin and helps our body build vitamin D. Caring for plants also allows us to tap in to our nurturing side; few things are more rewarding than seeing something you care for flourish and thrive, and when that care culminates in a home grown tomato or head of lettuce? Win-win!

All of these wonderful benefits of gardening also help our brains to recover from the detrimental mental health effects of depression, anxiety, eating disorders and ADD, and has been shown to positively affect people dealing with grief, chronic illness and even infertility. Want to garden and not sure where to start? Learn the basics here. Don’t have a yard? Check out this article for tips and ticks on how to grow a garden without a backyard.

Stay tuned for future market events by following our social media accounts. 
 
Article Contributed By Shelby Wild, Executive Director of Route One Farmers Market
Route One Farmers Market is open every Sunday from 10:00am - 2:00pm at 3745 Constellation Road.  Please view the Route One Farmers Market Facebook and Instagram social media pages for regular market updates. For more information, email info@routeonefarmersmarket.org
Looking To Help?

Do you or members of your family have some extra time this spring? Volunteers are needed to support: 
 
Veggie Rescue is looking for volunteers willing to help pick fruit for donation to food pantries and community kitchens in Lompoc and Santa Maria.

Contact Diana O’Connell at diana@veggierescue.org
For more community information please visit the Shared Google Drive!
Articles & Educational Resources:
In The News:
Please take a moment to click on the image links below to learn more about health in the Lompoc Valley. 
YouthWell Mental Wellness Recourses

The YouthWell Partner Collaborative has over 40 community stakeholders that meet quarterly. Partners include local school districts, mental health providers, medical community, and law enforcement. YouthWell involves parents and youth in order to learn and better understand the issues. In an effort to simplify access to mental health and wellness resources for youth, families, schools, and healthcare providers, YouthWell has recently launched a comprehensive, online resource directory of youth and family services https://youthwell.org/business-directory/
On Sunday April 11, 2021 from 4:30pm to 6:00pm YouthWell will offer a free workshop for youth aged 10-25 that offers simple strategies to manage anxiety & build relationships. After a year of so much stress and isolation from the pandemic, join to learn positive coping skills. Parents, teachers and community members are welcome to attend. Spanish interpretation will be provided. Please register to attend. 
Youth Mental Health First Aid Training
 
Did you know that 1 in 5 teens and young adults live with a mental health condition? If you are interested in learning how you can support local youth, join YouthWell for several Youth Mental Health First Aid trainings this month. This training is being offered free and online. For more information and to register please visit the website.
Central Coast Hotline
 
The new Central Coast Hotline is now available to serve Lompoc, Santa Maria and SLO County. The Support number is 800-783-0607. For more information or to volunteer click here.
Transitions- Mental Health Association

Transitions-Mental Health Association (TMHA) is a non-profit organization serving San Luis Obispo and North Santa Barbara Counties, and is dedicated to eliminating stigma and promoting recovery and wellness for people with mental illness through work, housing, community, and family support services.

TMHA is offering several programs this Spring including bilingual Family Services Programs, Family Support Groups Triple P: Positive Parenting Program Classes, Family Orientation and Families and the Judicial System workshops. TMHA programs also co-facilitates and provide the NAMI Family-to-Family class in both English and Spanish. The programs have re-occurring dates so providers or families can reach out with questions. The TMHA Family Services Program page by clicking here.

Services are 100% Free, Bilingual and expanded throughout SLO an Santa Barbara County. TMHA aims to support families in both a group or individual one-on-one setting. The goal is to provide support, psycho-education, and guidance to families who need help navigating the mental health system in our community. That includes connecting individuals with the proper services and at times even making sure that their basic family needs (such as food or monetary assistance) are met. Since TMHA is a free service, they do not require a referral or an open case with County Behavioral Wellness. In fact, a diagnosis is not necessary, as long as there is a concern that a loved one may have a behavioral health challenge, we can help assist with the navigation process. TMHA knows the importance of having family and friends involved in one’s recovery process and our goal is to help educate those around the individual who needs the support.
 
Stay Informed, Stay Healthy, Stay Safe

Looking for local COVID-19 information?
Visit:
Additional resources include the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department's updated COVID-19 Community Data Dashboard with daily local data and important updates. The American Heart Association offers national COVID-19 updates, news, science and stories. Visit the COVID-19 resource page for additional information, facts and resources.  
Vaccine Resources

Stay informed as the COVID-19 vaccine becomes available in our community by signing up for the Santa Barbara County COVID-19 Vaccine Newsletter.
It is not possible to contract COVID-19 from the vaccines because they don’t contain the live virus. It is however normal to have questions regarding all things COVID. The California Department of Public Health recommends visiting VaccinateALL58.com for more COVID-19 facts and updates on eligibility. 
COVID-19 
Counseling

 
Family Service Agency (FSA) is offering free senior citizen mental health counseling. Counseling is available to those who are aged 60 and over, as well as their caregivers.  Call (805)735-4376x801 or visit FSAcares.org for more information. 
Event flyers and educational handouts
are available in the Shared Google Drive!

At this time our event calendar will reflect primarily virtual events in an effort to encouraging physical distancing and honor CDC recommendations for socializing. 

 
April Events
 
4/1 NCRCCPC 5th Annual Planting A Pinwheel For Awareness 
4/1 - 4/3 Lompoc Community Vaccine Clinic
4/1 & 4/2 California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS)
4/3 Lompoc Kiwanis Easter Egg Hunt Drive-Through
4/3 Scott Williams Memorial Run
4/4 Easter Sunday
4/5 - 4/9 Lompoc Boys and Girls Club Fundraisers
4/6 NatureTrack Grandparent's Hike
4/6 Vitalant Blood Drive- Anderson Recreation Center
4/6 Youth Mental Health First Aid Class
4/7 LVMC Weight Loss Surgery Support Group 
4/9 - 4/20
Peer To Peer NAMI Class (Tuesday)
4/9 New To Medicare Presentation
4/10 - 4/21 Family To Family NAMI Class (Wednesday)
4/10 Lompoc Hospital District Foundation Art Walk In The Garden Fundraiser
4/11 Manage Anxiety & Build Relationships 
4/12 YMCA Livestrong Program Begins
4/12 Vitalant Blood Drive- Lompoc Foursquare Church
4/14 New To Medicare Presentation
4/14 YMCA Healthy Families Forum
4/15 Understanding Medicare Presentation
4/17 Youth Mental Health First Aid Class
4/17 Wildling Museum Art From The Trail Launch
4/17 Park Rx Day & Healthy People Healthy Trails Spring Challenge Launch
4/18 Vitalant Blood Drive- Valley Of Flowers Half-Century Club
4/19 New To Medicare Presentation
4/20 Vitalant Blood Drive- Generations United Church Of God
4/21 YMCA Healthy Families Forum
4/21 Vitalant Blood Drive- Lompoc Veteran's Building
4/24 Calming And Gentle Yoga For Caregivers
4/24 TMHA One Day Family Orientation Class
4/27 New To Medicare Presentation
4/28 YMCA Healthy Families Forum 
4/29 - 5/5 2021 National Week Of Action MMIWG
May Events
 
If you have any questions about the events or programs listed in this email please feel free to contact Healthy Lompoc at healthylompoc@gmail.com, or the host organization. To keep this list current please continue to send any information you would like shared with the Coalition to Healthy Lompoc for distribution. For inclusion in the monthly newsletter please send event or program information by the 3rd Wednesday of the month. 

 
Who Are We?
 A Collaboration To Create A Healthier Lompoc

 
The Healthy Lompoc Coalition, established in 2006, is proudly facilitated by the LVCHO. The Coalition is a community collaboration of over 50 organizations and representatives from different sectors created in response to the growing challenges of obesity and physical inactivity in our community. The mission of the coalition is to advocate and support programs and policies that ensure a local environment which promotes and supports healthy living.

Event flyers and educational handouts
are available in the Shared Google Drive!

 
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