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Improving farmworker living conditions

July 20, 2014

By Suzanne Potter

In this story we go to the rural farming communities about 60 miles east of wealthy Palm Springs, where tens of thousands of people live in what many have described as third world conditions. They crowd into dilapidated mobile home parks where clean drinking water is hard to come by and other public services can be sporadic.

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Latina Center empowers women to turn their lives around

July 14, 2014

By Veronica Moscoso

In this story we go to Richmond, where a mother of three, Alejandra Escobedo, was trapped in an abusive relationship. Like other immigrants in her situation, she didn’t speak English and didn’t have a job. It was hard to see a way out, until she found The Latina Center — an organization that helps Latinas move forward and become leaders in their community.

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A day in the life of a Kitchen Diva

July 6, 2014

By Pamela K. Johnson

In this story, you’ll meet Veronica Mayes-Jackson, a Kitchen Diva who’s educating members of her community in Los Angeles about how to change their lifestyle in order to improve their health. Learn more about the Kitchen Divas and their parent organization, Black Women for Wellness, in our profile of the organization.

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Biking the Road to Health in Richmond

June 10, 2014

Biking the Road to Health in Richmond

By Daniel McGlynn

Rich City Rides is trying to make biking more accessible in Richmond: offering bike repair workshops, training riders on navigating city streets and drawing more people into the culture of biking.

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Riverside County Wants Healthier Cities

May 21, 2014

By Suzanne Potter

Obesity. Heart disease. Stroke. Lung Cancer. Almost two-thirds of the deaths in Riverside County are linked to poor nutrition, lack of physical activity and tobacco use.  And the county ranks just about last (54th out of 56 California counties) on making the physical environment conducive to health.

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Taking the Pulse of Black Women in L.A.

May 15, 2014

Taking the Pulse of Black Women in L.A.

By Pamela K. Johnson

Black Women for Wellness of Los Angeles began with baby steps: In 1997, Janette Robinson Flint and five of her friends agreed to look after 22 pregnant women as a hedge against African-American infant mortality.

“We didn’t realize the extent of resources, time and energy that go into mentoring women,” said Robinson Flint.

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Report: Recession Over But Poverty, Health Issues Worsen

May 14, 2014

By Suzanne Potter

An in-depth survey shows that health in the Palm Springs area has gotten significantly worse across a wide range of indicators in the past few years, despite the economic recovery.

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Oakland Youth Aspire Offers Lessons in Life and Health

May 2, 2014

Oakland Youth Aspire Offers Lessons in Life and Health

By Linda Childers

It’s Saturday afternoon at the DeFremery Recreation Center in West Oakland, and several groups of children are watching intently as Quetzal Flores, a student at UC Berkeley and a volunteer with Oakland Youth Aspire, partially fills a few plastic bottles with vinegar and then attaches a balloon filled with baking soda to the top of the plastic bottles.

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Rural Californians Also Face High Housing Costs

April 16, 2014

Rural Californians Also Face High Housing Costs

By Mary Flynn

California residents pay dearly to live in the Golden state. Nearly half of California residents experienced a “high housing cost burden” in 2012, which means that the cost of their housing — including mortgage, home insurance, utilities and property taxes for homeowners and rent and utilities for renters — consumed more than 30 percent of their income.

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California Farmers Brace for New EPA Pesticide Rules

April 8, 2014

California Farmers Brace for New EPA Pesticide Rules

By Genevieve Bookwalter

For the first time since 1992, United States officials are strengthening rules to protect farmworkers across the nation from pesticide poisoning.

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