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Farmers Markets reach out to low-income residents

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.

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El Monte Links Health and Wellness to New “Tree Power” Project

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.

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You are what you eat…if you can find it.

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.

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CeaseFire tries to quell gang violence

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.

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Sacramento office focuses on youth development

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.

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Summer Food Program reaches out to low-income families

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.

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South Sacramento games to unite community

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.

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Potential parking reduction boxes in San Diego

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.

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Second Harvest fills Santa Clara County food gap

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?

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Teaching med students to get ahead of chronic illness curve

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.

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