Author: Fran Kritz

LA County Launches Initiative to Reduce Screen Time and Increase Exercise for Kids Five and Under

Los Angeles County has launched an ambitious initiative to reduce screen time and increase exercise among children five and under. The county’s Department of Public Health is placing ads in public transit stations, in movie theaters and online showing tots and parents engaging in fun activities such as jumping and playing indoor basketball. The ads, as well as some radio spots, are part of a

Innovative Food Programs Combat Food Insecurity in California

Since Jan. 1, thousands more kids in California have had improved access to breakfast and lunch at school for little or no cost. That’s when a new law took effect requiring schools that serve subsidized federally funded meals and post the application forms online to have those applications available in multiple languages. The new law will make it easier for non-English speaking parents to apply for meals for eligible kids.

Healthy Sundays in Orange County

On the second Sunday of each month, the Orange County Great Park in Irvine looks like a county fair. Balloons and banners; families with kids in strollers; mobile trucks holding eye catching displays with greeters inviting families in.

Healthy Home Cooking: Makeovers and a Cookbook for Ethnic Recipes

As always, Nadia Atef, an immigrant from Morocco now living in San Diego with her husband and two young daughters, made special foods for the holidays this year. But while she usually prepares holiday dishes from her country, this year she added a new one, spinach soup, an Egyptian delicacy. What’s more, the version Atef brought to the holiday table had been specially revamped by a group of home cooks Atef is a part of, to make the dish healthier than traditional recipes.

Get the Door, It’s the Doctor: House Calls for Older Patients in San Francisco

Carol Jenkins Hill has been unable to walk since breaking her ankle two years ago. Her mobility was poor even before that, and despite physical therapy it’s almost impossible for the 73-year old to put weight on her legs. That keeps Hill, who lives in San Francisco, from doing many of the things she enjoys, like getting out to see friends. But, more significantly, it keeps her from doing the things she must do, like regular checkups at the doctor.

An Alzheimer’s Clinical Trial Just for Caregivers

Mallie Odle, 69, keeps a list on the refrigerator in the kitchen of her San Diego home of the things she enjoys doing in her rare spare time. Recently she checked off lunch with a pal, and she has plans to make a bigger dent on that to-do list, including some exercise classes she hasn’t attended for a while.

How 100,000 Californians are changing health care

More than 100,000 older Californians are on the leading edge of precision medicine, a trend that could transform modern health care. The Californians, all age 60 or older and patients of Kaiser Permanente in Northern California, agreed to answer survey questions and allow their medical history and DNA to be used to form a database that has been used for several studies published in the journal Genetics.

California Wants Physicians to “Think Measles.”

Hoping to avoid a repeat of last year’s measles outbreak in California, public health officials have launched a campaign reminding doctors to consider the highly contagious virus as a possible diagnosis when patients or parents call or come in with a fever and rash.

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