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Healthy Changes on the North Coast

Fun with Ansomnia

Do you wake up in the middle of the night, frustrated and anxious that insomnia is robbing you of your health and sanity? Perhaps the best thing you can do for yourself is to accept it as your normal sleep cycle, and relax and enjoy it, because, as it turns out, that actually may be the case. There’s historical and scientific evidence which suggests that humans aren’t meant to stay up 16 hour, and then go to sleep for 8… Read More »

Why Immune System Vessels Rock My World

Up until now, believing that your mind had a direct impact on your immune system was considered rather woo-woo in some circles. But now, scientists have found a mechanism they can actually see and touch and make predictions about. And that opens doors to a lot more research–and a whole new shift in seeing things. There are two things I love about this new study: Researchers Find Textbook-Altering Link Between Brain, Immune System.  The first is the findings themselves: Scientists “…have determined that the brain… Read More »

A Sense of Purpose Is Good for the Heart—Literally.

Having a strong sense of purpose in your life reduces the risk of heart disease by 19 percent. The research, which was presented at the American Heart Association’s EPI/Lifestyle 2015 Scientific Sessions earlier this year, was a review of 10 prior studies and included data from over 137,000 people. In the new analysis, purpose in life was defined as a sense of meaning and direction, and a feeling that life is worth living. Dr. Randy Cohen, the study’s lead author,… Read More »

On Happiness, Regrets and Caitlyn Jenner


This quote struck me in the new Vanity Fair interview with Caitlyn Jenner (formerly known as Bruce Jenner): “If I was lying on my deathbed and I had kept this secret and never ever did anything about it, I would be lying there saying, ‘You just blew your entire life. You never dealt with yourself,’ and I don’t want that to happen.” I found this especially interesting because I recently read about Bronnie Ware’s the Top Five Regrets of the the Dying.… 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 »