August 2, 2010
Farmers markets across California are reaching out to low-income residents with programs that allow food stamps and WIC vouchers to be exchanged for fresh produce. Correspondent Megan Burks has the story from San Diego.
July 28, 2010
The city of El Monte is changing the health of its residents by changing the landscape. With the help of a nonprofit partner and 740 new trees, El Monte is creating an urban forest to remedy its unique environmental and health challenges.
July 27, 2010
A healthy lifestyle starts with healthy food choices, but for some people, finding healthy food can be a big challenge. See Dr. Ashby Wolfe's latest blog post.
July 25, 2010
The CeaseFire program is bringing law enforcement, government and community leaders together to stop the cycle of gang violence by focusing intensely on the small number of individuals who are responsible for most of the violence. At-risk youth and ex-cons are surrounded by support and services to help them join mainstream society and abandon their violent ways. HealthyCal contributor Nik Bonovich has the story.
July 14, 2010
Sacramento's Office of Youth Development -- created as the only standalone city department dedicated to youth in the Sacramento region -- has been folded into the city's Parks Department to save money in tough economic times. But city officials and community members say they think the office can remain effective if it continues the kind of work that has been typical of its first three years in business.
July 8, 2010
Last year 1.9 million California children who were eligible for free meals in the summer months did not take advantage of the program. This year, summer program managers are trying to make sure that any child who needs a meal, gets one. See our report on the program from HealthyCal.org contributor Margaret Simpson.
June 30, 2010
On Saturday, July 17, South Sacramento residents and organizations will celebrate a year’s worth of planning efforts towards building a healthier region through the “South Sacramento Games.” The South Sacramento region faces many challenges, from unhealthy food and lack of health care to inadequate transportation and violence. Residents have banded together to build a healthier community over the next decade.
June 26, 2010
San Diego is stuck in a tight spot when it comes to parking. As the city gears up to change its parking requirements for new construction, debate has centered on whether to house people or to house cars. Megan Burks
has the story.
June 15, 2010
San Jose pediatrician Daniel Delgado has a big problem. His young patients - all from low-income families - are overweight or obese and in danger of developing diabetes. Many don't have access to the fresh fruits and vegetables vital for better nutrition. How to connect his patients with the foods they so desperately need?
June 9, 2010
In the class I teach on chronic illness for UC Davis medical students, I am trying to get my students to see illness in a new way. I want them to be more pro-active rather than simply re-active, to anticipate their patients’ diseases and conditions, and to help their patients stay healthy, rather than treating them only when they are sick. I believe this is not only the right thing to do. It may also be the only way our family medicine physicians will be able to cope with the rising pressures coming with an aging population and an expanded workload brought about by the recently passed federal health reform, which will broaden access to health care for millions who have not had it.