Public Health

How California Schools Are Bringing Mindfulness Into the Classroom

At Florence Griffith Joyner, the teachers have been trained as part of a UCLA program called Calm Classroom. Kate Sheehan, the managing director of the UCLA Center for Child Anxiety Resilience Education and Support (CARES), said that parents and teachers have reported that the program is making a difference in student behavior. She said more empirical research is needed, but anecdotally she’s found many once skeptical teachers won over.

Why Movement Matters

Whether it’s partner dancing, yoga, walking, riding motorcycles or climbing trees, older adults are sustaining good health and reducing chronic disease by getting off their butts in newly creative ways that emphasize flexibility rather than sweaty exercise or muscle-bound weightlifting.

New Solutions for Long-Standing Drinking Water Pollution in Central Valley

Millions of Californians depend on a polluted water supply, but in the vast majority of places, the contamination is removed, and clean fresh water flows into homes, schools and businesses. Not so for as many as 160,000 people who regularly get doses of arsenic, nitrates, industrial solvents or bacterial contamination as they drink, cook and bathe. In some parts of the state, particularly in the San Joaquin Valley, water supplies are drying up altogether, because of the state’s drought.

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