April is an Ideal Time to Focus on Health

The weather is warming up, making it an ideal time to get healthy by getting active outdoors and taking advantage of the in-season fruits and vegetables. As further inspiration, a slew of campaigns focusing on health management through exercise, diet, and regular health care are happening this month. Here are a few to get you started:

  • April is Defeat Diabetes Month, sponsored by the Defeat Diabetes Foundation. As part of the campaign, the Foundation is challenging participants to track how many activities and good habits they candevelop this month. The website www.defeatdiabetes.org has an activity calendar of daily suggestions to stay active and eat well; for example, plant your own garden, try papaya and asparagus, go hiking, visit your doctor for a check-up, and explore a wildlife refuge.
  • According to volunteer eye health and safety organization Prevent Blindness, more women than men have eye disease. In an effort to educate women about preserving their vision, Prevent Blindness has designated this month as Women’s Eye Health and Safety Awareness Month. From using cosmetics safely and wearing UV-blocking sunglasses to making regular optometry visits and learning about your family history of possible eye disease, there are many ways to take care of your vision. Find out more about the event and women’s eye care by visiting the Prevent Blindness website at www.preventblindness.org.
  • What is occupational therapy? Find out during National Occupational Therapy Month, founded by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). The event recognizes the important role occupational therapists play in helping people return to everyday activities after injuries, assisting children with disabilities participate in school and social situations, and enabling the elderly to stay as independent as possible. Learn more about occupational therapy and the month long celebration at the AOTA website, www.aota.org.

To verify the license of your healthcare providers, visit the appropriate board’s website: Medical Board of California at www.mbc.ca.gov, Board of Optometry at www.optometry.ca.gov, and the Board of Occupational Therapy at www.bot.ca.gov.

Occupational Therapy Assistant Convicted Of Felony For Illegally Practicing As An Occupational Therapist

SACRAMENTO – A Los Angeles County Occupational Therapy Assistant has been convicted of a felony for illegally practicing as an Occupational Therapist, and has been sentenced to three years’ probation and 44 days of community service.

An investigation into Dean Anthony Theodore by the California Board of Occupational Therapy and the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office determined Theodore was illegally representing himself and practicing as an Occupational Therapist. Theodore is licensed by the Board as an Occupational Therapy Assistant and does not possess an Occupational Therapist license.

“An individual performing work they are not licensed to do is not only illegal but it also compromises patient safety,” said Heather Martin, Executive Officer of the Board of Occupational Therapy. “We want to remind consumers it is very important they always check the licenses of individuals they are receiving services from.”

For more information about the California Board of Occupational Therapy, visit www.bot.ca.gov.

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The Department of Consumer Affairs promotes and protects the interests of California Consumers. Consumers who wish to file a complaint against a licensee can contact the Department of Consumer at (800) 952-5210. Consumers can also file a complaint online at www.dca.ca.gov.