Color Fun Fest 5k in San Bernardino

We had an amazing day at the Color Fun Fest 5k in San Bernardino! This was my second 5k and funnest yet!

One of the things I loved about the Color Run is that it incorporates music, dancing and food. We were able to fuel up before the run with street tacos and energy drinks. It is also an event that all family members can participate in. Looking forward to our next 5k!


The Color Fun Fest 5k donated a portion of their proceeds to Free Arts for Abused Children & Flight Light for Cystic Fibrosis Flight nonprofits. Check out for an event near you and additional details.

Mysterious Polio-Like Illness Affecting Kids in California

Updated 3/21/14

According to a report by USA Today, doctors have identified about 25 California children suffering from a polio-like virus capable of paralyzing limbs. Neurologists are asking for the public’s help to see if there are any other outbreaks inside or outside of California.  The 25 outbreaks have primarily affected children in the Northern California areas of Palo Alto, San Francisco and neighboring areas.

According to recent recent reports on ABC, the diagnosis has been reported in Moorpark.  The polio-like syndrome is not contagious and is in no way at an epidemic level.  Due to multiple reports it is also being dubbed the, “California polio-like syndrome”.

There has been 6 outbreaks within the past 18 months.  In each case, the child suffered paralysis of one or more limbs.

According to the report, the average age of the children affected is 12 years old.  Doctors also do not know what is causing the outbreak.

Boy And Girl Playing And Relaxing

According to USA Today:

A mysterious polio-like syndrome has affected as many as 25 California children, leaving them with paralyzed limbs and little hope of recovery.

“What’s we’re seeing now is bad. The best-case scenario is complete loss of one limb, the worst is all four limbs, with respiratory insufficiency, as well. It’s like the old polio,” said Keith Van Haren, a pediatric neurologist at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital in Palo Alto, Calif.

The first known case appeared in 2012. Sofia Jarvis in Berkeley began to experience wheezing and difficulty breathing. The 2-year-old spent days in the intensive care unit at Children’s Hospital Oakland. Doctors thought she had asthma.

On a follow-up visit, her mother Jessica Tomei, 37, realized something else was wrong.

“As we were leaving the doctor’s office, I noticed that she went to grab something with her left arm and she stopped, midway,” Tomei said.

Eventually Sofia was brought to Van Haren’s clinic with “a unique set of symptoms.” She was treated with steroids and intravenous immunoglobulin therapy, used to reduce the severity of infections by giving the body antibodies to protect against bacteria and viruses. “None of it helped,” said Van Haren, a neurology professor at the Stanford University School of Medicine.

“He told us right away that the prognosis was really poor and that she’s not going to get better,” Tomei said.

The diagnosis proved correct. Today, at age 4, Sofia’s left arm is paralyzed and she has some weakness in her left leg as well as slight breathing issues.

Still, parents shouldn’t panic. “This is really very rare,” Van Haren said. “But we are asking any families who notice a sudden onset of weakness to see their doctors immediately. Their doctors should contact the California Department of Public Health.”

Researchers want doctors and parents to be on the lookout for cold-like symptoms and with a sudden onset of weakness in the limbs.  Parents if you notice these symptoms contact your doctor immediately!


For additional information about non-polio enteroviruses visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Question:  Are you aware of the outbreak? Does it concern you?

Caramel Color In Your Soda May Cause Health Risk

According to Consumer Reports the CARMEL COLOR that is used to make sodas brown in color contain 4-MeI, a chemical that caused cancer in mice.  The International Agency for Research on Cancer determined the chemical to cause health risks and is possibly carcinogenic to humans in 2011.    Consumer Reports experts believes that the levels of 4-Mel can cause health risks and asked the Attorney General to investigate their concerns.


The chemical is also used on some foods to make them brown in color.  To express your concern about CARMEL COLOR in food visit the Consumers Union’s website  Read the full Consumer Reports here.

Question:  Do you think the carmel color causes cancer?  Will this report make you kick the soda habit?





Inland Moms events: 5K/10K Fun Run For Down Syndrome Awareness

Inland Moms had a great time running the Inland Empire Down Syndrome 5k/10k. We ran for our friends Eliana & Makailia and their families. During the walk to tweeted and shared facebook updates to raise awareness about Down Syndrome, the most commonly occurring genetic condition worldwide.

Down Syndrome crosses all race, nationality, religion, ages and social economic status lines. In the United States, 1 in every 691 babies are born w/ Down Syndrome, about 6000 births per year.

Most children with Down Syndrome have mild to moderate cognitive impairment. Children with Down Syndrome are not very different from a typical child, in fact they are more alike than different.