Recess before lunch program behind better student health, behavior

Myrtle Avenue School in Lamont holds a recess for students to exercise before lunch, and it has improved their health and behavior, according to school officials and advocates. “What we found out is that our kids have less time to get in trouble. So my referrals during lunch period have gone down.” Read more about the unique program in Kern […]

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Passing a soda tax in Kern County

Kern County residents are more obese and have more heart disease and diabetes than Californians on average, and youth reporter Randy Villegas makes the case that these alarming health statistics should prompt action. He cites other cities that have addressed these epidemics by taxing sugary beverages. “As a child growing up, I was obese and would often consume […]

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Coca-Cola says don’t worry about soda consumption: Do you agree?

The New York Times reported that Coca-Cola is funding scientists who conclude that the cause of obesity lies more with lack of exercise than with sugar and calories. “I do not buy that. That statement was put out by a group of real scientists — but they were funded by Coca-Cola. I work with diabetes patients every day and I see their struggle. […]

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Sugar, an addiction incognito

Addiction is usually associated with drugs and alcohol – and in recent years, technology. But recent findings suggest that sugar’s addictive potential is right up there next to notorious drugs like cocaine and heroin. “Just like alcohol and tobacco, sugar is actually a drug. Health insurers should have to finance addiction therapy for their obese clients. Schools would no longer be allowed […]

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Running for their lives – Boyle Heights Bridge Runners

Neighborhood resident David Gómez founded the Boyle Heights Bridge Runners in 2013 with the idea of getting the community together actively. He wondered why only affluent neighborhoods seemed to have clubs like this. Residents here struggle with health issues like obesity, and a running group presents a social way to exercise. “We share thoughts and ideas and things that are happening locally. It’s a beautiful […]

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Fruit-infused waters are an appealing alternative to sugary drinks

As part of their Rethink Your Drink initiative – a state-driven public health effort to educate residents about the risks of sugary beverages and choosing better drink options –  the Regional Access Project Foundation served sugarless fruit-infused waters for Mecca residents at a movie event. Community members said they liked the taste of the infusions, and that they’d be open to making it at […]

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How to make a liquor store a place for healthy food

Many Long Beach residents say the closest healthy food outlets are too far from home and school.  Fast food chains and convenience stores are everywhere, and lure young people into unhealthy eating habits. Long Beach youth were interviewed about this, and while all agreed that they need more food markets and fewer liquor stores, they also point out that working with existing liquor and corner store owners could help […]

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