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Youth telling stories through social media

June 2, 2010

On Saturday, May 22, more than 100 youth and adults attended the Youth Media Forum for Social Change at the KCRA Channel 3 Studios in Sacramento. Eleven social media projects and their youth producers were featured in a two-hour live online show that showcased and honored their work. This is the story behind the forum.

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Putting walkability to the test

June 2, 2010

On a recent trip to Washington, DC, I decided to test my belief that walking is an important way to promote weight loss and healthy lifestyles by doing as much walking as possible in our nation’s capital. I decided to keep track of my efforts and see just how easy it was to stay physically active while on a highly scheduled two-day business trip.

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Student-run project part of SD safety net

May 26, 2010

San Diego’s safety net is in tatters. There is no county hospital and no school of dentistry. In order to receive County Medical Services, the health care program for indigent adults, people have to sign a lien against any future property they might own. And so, a “student-run” program has become part of the safety net.

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Healthy eating, supplements, helped addicts kick drugs

May 26, 2010

An innovative program that helps drug addicts retake control of their lives with healthy eating, stress reduction and natural supplements has been cut from the Sacramento Drug Court’s recovery program because of budget shortfalls. Healthy Cal contributor Nik Bonovich explains how the program worked and why the court’s director is trying to bring it back.

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Oakland high schools showcase student work on big issues

May 21, 2010

Oakland Unified School District’s Excel and Mandela high schools have found the right formula to keep students engaged and invested in educations – and they are sharing it with the public. With a focus on public service, Excel High School’s senior class recently stood before the student community and the public and discussed, presented the facts and defended their dissertations on varied topics. Some of these included teen pregnancy, homelessness, the affects of drugs and alcohol on families, single-parent households, literacy and even police violence.

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Walking the Walk in Citrus Heights

May 20, 2010

The city of Citrus Heights might have been the least walkable city in the Sacramento region, and it faced significant challenges to changing that status. But with the help of the California Healthy Cities and Communities program and a process that leaned on residents for ideas and organization, the city has made significant progress. Read how it happened in this story.

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The story behind the Doctors Academy

May 17, 2010

Having been raised by immigrant grandparents, and being a farm worker myself, I found myself struggling as an undergraduate at Stanford University. Social and emotional support from two classmates, also from “low-performing” high schools and from immigrant families, helped pull me through. My dream was to return to the Central Valley as a physician to help smooth the way for others in similar circumstances to be successful in college and achieve their professional dreams.

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Three new homes link Logan Barrio’s future, past

May 13, 2010

The neighborhood kids who spend afternoons playing in Santa Ana’s Chepa’s Park may have heard tales of Josephina “Chepa” Andrade. The woman known as “La Reina de la Logan” united a generation of activists in a fight against city hall and helped to create the park that now bears her name. But they probably aren’t aware that her legacy is living on at the other side of the park’s handball court. One of Chepa’s four daughters recently moved with her extended family into a new, four-bedroom home after winning a city lottery to buy the house at below market rates.

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A different kind of Youth Uprising

May 11, 2010

An East Oakland center for young people is an oasis of hope in a community in crisis. It provides counseling, job training, recreation, health care and more. Soon it will host a series of meetings between Oakland police officers and local youth to try to reduce tension between law enforcement and the community.

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A doctor who walks by his patients’ side

May 6, 2010

Dr. Ronald Fong at UC Davis created a weight management clinic that asks patients to take the lead in fighting their own obesity. But Fong walks by their side — literally, in an initial meeting during which he takes them out of the office for a stroll and a conversation.

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