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Study: Schedule Recess before Lunch to Get Kids to Eat their Fruits and Vegetables

Jan 14, 2015

By Fran Kritz A study by researchers at Brigham Young and Cornell University offers a recommendation for getting kids at school to eat more fruits and vegetables: schedule recess before lunch. Students who participate in the National School Lunch Progr...

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Little Changes Seen in Fast Food Portion Sizes Since 1996

Jan 13, 2015

By Fran Kritz

A new study by researchers at the USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University shows portion sizes of fast foods did not change much between 1996 and 2013. The USDA researchers analyzed the calorie, sodium, saturated fat and trans fat content of cheeseburgers, french fries, cola beverages and...

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Doctor Visits May not Provide Enough Information on a Child to Prompt a Needed Autism Referral

Jan 13, 2015

By Fran Kritz

A new study by researchers at Brigham Young University finds that many pediatric checkups don’t provide enough information about the children being examined to determine that a child is autistic. According to the researchers, during such a short window many children show mostly typical behavior and so may not get a referral...

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State Illegally Restricting Welfare For Domestic Violence Survivors, Lawsuit Alleges

Jan 13, 2015

By Hannah Guzik

After Velma M. left her abusive partner — afraid the violence would put her in the hospital — she and her four children became homeless.

But, had a state welfare policy been implemented the way the legislature intended, Velma M. would have received more aid, possibly preventing the family from becoming homeless, said...

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Innovative program helps low-income seniors live independently longer

Jan 12, 2015

By Mary Flynn By 2050, one fifth of the US population will be 65 years or older. As the aging population continues to rise, poverty, hunger, and the need for long term care are just some of the issues they increasingly face. Particularly in Silicon Val...

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Program aims to ease encounters between mental health consumers and law enforcement

Jan 6, 2015

 

By Lynn Graebner
When law enforcement and people experiencing a mental health crisis intersect, it’s often not clear to either of them what they are dealing with or how to proceed. A new program in Butte County seeks to make those encounters safer for everyone.

 

The Butte County affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness...

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Adding Insult to Injury: The Tale of the Blue Envelope

Jan 5, 2015

By Matt Perry

Imagine you are an older adult in your 60s or 70s, perhaps even your 80s. You’ve lived a long life of exquisite joy and sorrow. Today, you suffer from diabetes, heart disease, dementia, and a mental health problem like depression or anxiety.

Then, one day in the mail comes...

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High school students push for playgrounds in small cities southeast of L.A.

Jan 5, 2015

By Robin Urevich and Pedro Avila In this story we go to the small cities southeast of Los Angeles which have among the highest childhood obesity rates and the fewest parks in the state. The region has been notorious for poverty, pollution and dirty pol...

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Claims denied

Dec 29, 2014

Dental Surgical Centers Reel As
Managed Care Provider Tightens Policies

By Pamela Johnson

A group of dental surgical centers that treat children and people with disabilities say that Health Plan of San Joaquin (HPSJ) has recently started to deny routine claims for services, and that if it continues they’ll likely be forced to close their doors.

The post...

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New Initiatives Set to Increase Health Coverage for Undocumented Immigrants in California

Dec 29, 2014

President Obama’s executive action on immigration, announced last month, could potentially come with a much sweeter — and healthier — deal for undocumented immigrants in California than in the rest of the country.

The post New Initiatives Set to Increase Health Coverage for Undocumented Immigrants in California appeared first on California...

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