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Building home gardens to make a neighborhood healthier

February 13, 2011
Building home gardens to make a neighborhood healthier The Sacramento League of Urban Gardeners helps area residents build gardens in their yards. See our story on this innovative community group that's making a difference.

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Fighting the common cold…..naturally

November 9, 2010
It’s the season for cold damp weather. As the rains fall and chilly nights become more common, local elementary schools and the work place seem to quietly breed the first of the year’s sniffles and common colds. Fortunately, Mother Nature blesses us at this time of year with the perfect natural remedy. Within a few weeks time mandarin orange trees will have ripened fruit that provides relief to those who suffer from a head cold and runny nose. A recent study by the U. S. Department of Agriculture titled Synephrine Content of Juice from Satsuma Mandarins confirms that Placer County’s popular Owari Satsuma mandarins pack a big jolt of synephrine, a natural decongestant that relieves common cold and allergy symptoms. Joanne Neft has the story.

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Affordable housing and one community’s future

October 31, 2010
For more than a year, a debate has been brewing in Sacramento’s Oak Park neighborhood around affordable housing. The debate centers on one intersection but represents a much larger issue: is there such a thing as too much affordable housing in one community? Paul S. Towers explores the issue.

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A neighborhood questions the need for one more McDonalds

September 13, 2010
Residents of a community already filled with fast-food outlets fret at the prospect of another. Paul Towers blogs about it from Sacramento's Oak Park neighborhood.

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Asian ethnic network helps fight youth violence

August 16, 2010
The violence between rival Sacramento gangs with Southeast Asian lineage veils a complex set of internal conflicts that circle a core problem: how to successfully integrate into American life. A network of ethnic organizations is working to improve understanding among Hmong, Mien and Laotian immigrants and their children. Matt Perry has the story.

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Knitting health reform into the community

August 4, 2010
A doctor contemplates his role in helping to implement health reform and decides that his connection to the community will be as important as his knowledge of medicine. See Dr. Ronald Fong's latest blog post.

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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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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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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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