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Healthy Changes on the North Coast

One Organ Donor Can Save 8 Lives

There are about 124,000 people on the transplant list for some type of organ. Over 2,000 of those are children. Every day, about 18 patients die because they didn’t get organs in time. Although people typically think of the heart, lungs, liver, and kidneys, many other organs and tissues can be donated such as the pancreas and small bowel. When a person signs up to be a donor, he or she could potentially benefit the lives of many recipients. There were almost… Read More »

New Year, Repeating Resolution

Did you make a New Year’s Resolution to become more physically fit in 2015? If so, you’re not alone. For the past 10 years, FranklinCovey has been polling Americans about our New Year’s Resolutions and becoming physically fit is always near the top of the list. There is an influx of new health club memberships each January but many folks don’t visit the gym again after that initial rush of motivation. More and more people I know have turned to walking… Read More »

Did you know you can use CalFresh benefits at Farmers’ Market AND CSAs?

With spring turning to summer, a rainbow of colorful fruits and vegetables begin popping up at Farmers’ Markets, family picnics and summer barbecues. You can look forward to juicy watermelon, flavor-bursting peaches, plump berries, crispy cucumbers, and – everyone’s favorite – the vine ripened tomato! Sonoma County prides itself as being an innovative leader in the areas of health promotion and disease prevention. As part of a community initiative and commitment to provide access to healthy locally grown food, many… Read More »

Family Bicycling Workshops Help Parents and Kids Cycle Safely, with Confidence

Seventeen parents & children attended Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition’s first in a series of FREE Family Bicycling Workshop on Saturday April 19th, at Roseland Elementary School.  The workshops, one of the Coalition’s Safe Routes to School program offerings, provide parents and their kids the opportunity to gain bicycling skills and confidence in a fun, safe and supervised environment. “I was excited about the opportunity to take a bicycle safety class with my entire family.” said Dominga Gonzalez, who brought her… Read More »

New Hospital Practices Supporting Increased Breastfeeding

Sonoma County hospitals are increasingly supporting bonding and breastfeeding.  With new hospital policies and practices, families go home with a new story to share:  Imagine a new baby letting out a small cry of surprise as it travels into its mother’s arms for the first time.  The cold, bright outside world is full of strangers and new sensations.  However, mom’s chest is immediately soothing – warm, radiating familiar scent, and playing a familiar sound with the rhythm of her heart… Read More »

Celebrating “I Love Walk & Roll to School” Poetry/Essay contest winners

Mark West Elementary student Carson Hay wasn’t positive he was going to be able to get up in front of 50 plus audience members and read the poem that received honorable mention in Sonoma County Safe Routes to School’s 2nd Annual “I Love Walk & Roll to School” poetry/essay contest – but he overcame his trepidation and read his entry with aplomb. As did thirteen other students who shared their writing at a celebratory reception hosted by the Sonoma County… Read More »

Having A Night Out, Friends Over?

The Truth about “Drink Responsibly”:  Enlightenment in an Alcohol Friendly Culture What makes for a good meal out, or a nice evening at home with friends?  More and more people are making socially conscious decisions, aligning their hearts, minds and pocketbooks.  In Sonoma County, for example, being in an agriculturally rich part of the world, restaurants that offer local, organic food are gaining in popularity, and specialty food stores are all the rage.  Our county also offers a bounty of… Read More »

Start With Healthy Teeth for a Healthy Life

  Are you forgetting something?   If you’re like most folks, you sometimes forget that health doesn’t stop at the mouth.  Your teeth,  tongue and gums all need daily attention to keep them working for you. Brushing teeth and tongue with fluoride toothpaste at least 2 times each day is a great foundation for dental health.  But only flossing gives your gums the workout they need to keep fit and functional.  Make these activities part of your daily routine. Dental… Read More »

Health Starts with Prevention – Stay Up To Date on Immunizations

This month, as we are finally seeing some rain, there is hope not only for beautiful May Flowers, but also for great health.  The vitality of our land brings us great nutrition, physical wellbeing and a reminder of what kind of healthy communities we want to live in and sustain.  We must help by taking action in Public Health; Preventing, Promoting, and Protecting our communities.  One of the best ways to protect our children, loved ones and greater community members,… Read More »

LOVE STARTS HERE: With an Itty Bitty Dog License Tag

Most conversations about dog licensing start here: “Do I have to get my dog licensed?” The short answer is, “Yes, you do. The County of Sonoma and each of the 9 cities in Sonoma County require annual licenses for all dogs 4 months and older.” But licensing is way warmer and fuzzier than complying with the law. The best reason to get your best friend a license is also the simplest: it’s because you love her or him. Your dog’s… Read More »