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San Diego clinic delivers more than health

January 19, 2012
San Diego clinic delivers more than health

Zara Marselian sits in the top-floor conference room of the recently completed La Maestra Clinics headquarters. One of the few tall buildings in the heart of City Heights, its windows look east to rooftops and mountains, fast food restaurants and the crowded streets of one of the most diverse neighborhoods in the nation. A relentless advocate for immigrants and their impoverished neighbors, Marselian is already plotting the organization’s next steps to support the community she serves with great vigor and compassion. She hasn’t had much time to look out the windows – she sees her community at the street level. “There is so much need here,” Marselian says. “We are here to learn how to make the services work for the people who need them most. This is our community and we serve it best by building our circle of care for the community.”

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Eat a carrot and call me in the morning

January 18, 2012
Eat a carrot and call me in the morning

By Rosa Ramirez

If the doctor ordered you to eat one additional serving of fruits and vegetables each day as a way to improve your health, would you do it? Recently a group of pediatricians, trying to get young children to swap unhealthy foods like fries and burgers for eggplant dishes and quinoa salads, began to take a new approach: they’re giving children a prescription for daily vegetables.

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Celebrity chef’s mobile kitchen cooks healthy in Long Beach

January 16, 2012
Celebrity chef’s mobile kitchen cooks healthy in Long Beach

By Jessica Portner

Jamie Oliver’s food truck stops in Long Beach to teach local kids about the benefits of healthy home cooking.

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Art: Chocolate for the Aging Brain

January 16, 2012

World renowned for its Pacific coast beauty, Beat poetry, and rich cultural artistry, San Francisco is now home to a special events meeting place for older adults that is redefining the aging process with this creative mantra: “Art stimulates and engages the mind and body.”

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Signs of change

January 11, 2012
Signs of change

By Robert Fulton

The University of Southern California is located in a low-income area in South L.A. Longtime residents feel pushed out by the big demand for housing created by students and faculty. But the university says it is a good neighbor with programs designed to bring jobs to people who live in South L.A.

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Cooking with Gabby

January 5, 2012
Cooking with Gabby

Parents trying to cook at home for finicky kids who are constantly exposed to Ronald McDonald, the Colonel and every sugary concoction imaginable are in for a struggle to start with. But cooking healthy? As difficult as that may be, Los Angeles restaurateur Steven Vasquez and his family are on a mission to ease parents’ pain – by coaxing kids themselves to realize the delight in eating healthy, delicious meals that contain fresh ingredients. With little fanfare, the Vasquez family for the last five years have been visiting Los Angeles-area recreation centers and other locations, holding exercise and cooking sessions for kids under the rubric “Cooking With Gabby” – Gabby being Vasquez’ daughter Gabriella.

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Fresno gardens feed stomach and spirit

January 4, 2012
Fresno gardens feed stomach and spirit

By Genevieve Bookwalter

Twenty seven percent of Fresno residents worry about where their next meal will come from – that’s the highest food insecurity rate in the nation. Community gardens throughout the city are helping residents with the increasing costs of food.

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Santa Ana school police launch new safety effort

January 3, 2012

By Helen Afrasiabi

The Santa Ana Unified School District is launching a school safety measure with a grant of nearly $500,000, awarded by the Department of Justice, with efforts aimed at kids at risk for gang involvement.

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School gets a playground for the pre-K set

January 3, 2012

By Melissa Flores

Community members, volunteers raise money and equipment for deaf and hard of hearing students.

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SPCA helps Salinas teens “Take the Lead”

December 21, 2011
SPCA helps Salinas teens “Take the Lead”

By Lynn Graebner

The SPCA for Monterey County is pairing at-risk youth in Salinas with at-risk dogs, and the benefits are blooming on both ends of the leash.

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