Category Archives: Health

Healthier Youth Fair this Saturday at TrainUp

Train Up Teen Fitness Center in Rockwall will be hosting a “Healthier Youth Fair” to kick off the 2010 school year this Saturday, Aug. 21st, from 11 am – 5 pm, at 2504 Ridge Rd, at the intersection of Yellow Jacket Ln.

The event is free and the public is invited.

Rockwall Pediatrics will be on-hand providing free health and stress tests and personal trainers will be conducting physical fitness tests.

There will be a dance performance at 2:30 and various prizes will be given out throughout the day. A dunk tank and inflatable water slide will also be there.

For more info, contact Train Up Fitness.

Tanning salons triple risk of deadly melanoma skin cancer

National headlines today reveal that the use of tanning beds triples the risk of obtaining deadly melanoma skin cancer.

Tanning beds can greatly boost melanoma risk (Business Week)

Tanning beds triple melanoma risk (WEB MD)

Study: Frequent tanning-bed use triples melanoma risk (CNN)

There are several tanning salons in the Rockwall area. Look for a story soon at asking owners what they think of these news headlines and asking tanners why they continue to visit tanning salons.

Care to comment or be quoted in the story?

Rowlett girl in coma in hospital after barrel racing accident

Just learned that young lady Baylee Neal from Rowlett suffered a serious head injury and was knocked unconscious in a barrel racing competition Jan. 14 near Terrell.

She was rushed by ambulance to Children’s Hospital, where X-rays and CT scans that evening revealed Baylee had a fractured skull and bleeding within and outside of her brain.

According to family sources, the good news is that the bleeding was isolated and her vital signs are good.  She was in critical condition but a stable state last week.

Sources said doctors decided to place her in a medically-induced coma to reduce pressure on her brain to avoid or at least reduce swelling.

We just spoke to Baylee’s mother at Children’s Hospital but she could not speak to us at the time.

Look for a full report within a few days in

Winter algal bloom affecting Rockwall water taste, odor

A winter algal bloom is affecting the taste and odor of Rockwall’s water supply but the water remains safe for use with no health risks.

According to a statement issued by the North Texas Municipal Water District, “a winter algal bloom is occurring in Lavon Lake.”

“Taste and odor changes in treated drinking water caused by blooms may be detected by our consumers who are more sensitive to these changes. The taste and odor is a palatability issue only. The palatability change that results from a naturally occurring algal bloom does not alter the quality of the water provided to the cities and the communities served by NTMWD.”

“The water supply remains safe for use with no health risks created by these events.”

Now that we have a water filter on our Whirlpool refrigerator, neither the taste nor odor of Rockwall water has been affected. If you don’t like the musty or dirty taste or odor of the water, I’d recommend you purchase a water filter, as well, or even just a Brita pitcher to keep in your refrigerator.

Bottled water is another good alternative, until the algal bloom ends.

Obesity factor in 72 percent of nationwide H1N1 deaths

Just heard on CNN Headline News that obesity has been a factor in 72 percent of  deaths caused by the H1N1 virus nationwide.

Congratulations to Lake Pointe Med Center for its J.D. Powers maternity services award

Congratulations to Lake Pointe Medical Center in Rowlett for receiving recognition for service excellence from the J.D. Power & Associates Distinguished Hospital Program for its “outstanding maternity experience.”

Judging by all the smiles in the above photo, it looks like they’re excited about receiving it!

Read the whole story in

Congrats to chiropractors offering free treatments for Helping Hands food pantry donations


Just want to offer congratulations to Rockwall chiropractors Drs. Keeston Waters and Dave Engleken who are stepping up to offer free treatments at their Pro-Health Chiropractic Clinic in return for bags of food donations to Rockwall Helping Hands, where we’re told the cupboards are bare at Thanksgiving time.

Read more about it at 

Hurry to get an appointment before the offer ends Nov. 21!


Rockwall Co. has received second highest amount of Swine Flu vaccines in Dallas area

Rockwall County has received the second highest amount of Swine Flu vaccines to private health-care providers in the Dallas area, according to the Dallas Morning News story. 

Dallas County has the most at 8.3 vaccines per 100 residents, followed by Rockwall Co. at 7.5 and Tarrant Co. at 6.5.

Several factors are considered by Texas health officials when allocating vaccine, including its current scarcity, providers’ requests and the need for geographic balance.

Just last week one doctor in Rockwall said he couldn’t seem to get rid of  all of the Swine Flu vaccines he had received. He still had 75 percent remaining.

Belfiore Salon, Day Spa hosting open house to introduce new doctors this Thursday

Despite the recent death of co-owner Cecil Hastings, Belfiore Salon & Day Spa will host a combined community open house and Rockwall Chamber of Commerce business after-hours event this Thursday, Nov. 12, from 5-8 pm.

Besides lots of food, music, and networking opportunities, marketing director Diane Jones says the community can meet facial plastic surgeon D.J.Verrett M.D., who will be partnering with Belfiore, as well as Gary Donovitz M.D, of the Institute of Hormonal Balance, who will begin offering office hours at Belfiore one day per week.

The salon and day spa will also present Elite Cometique, a unique esthetic and lifestyle membership program (

Raffle prizes will include items from Kerastase Paris Hair Care, Glymed Skin Care and DermaWare Skin Care.

For info visit Belfiore’s website or call 972-771-8411.

Rockwall pediatrician finds little demand for Swine Flu vaccines

There was story on Channel 33 News last night about how Rockwall pediatrician Gregory Sonnen can’t seem to give away Swine Flu vaccines, yet can’t get enough seasonal flu vaccines to meet demand. 

Click here to see the story at