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Childhood Obesity: A Huge Problem for Imperial County

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When driving through many small outlying communities in this area, it is evident that convenience foods abound.  In each town, there is at least one donut shop and a multitude of fast food. Truly addressing the issue appears to require the cooperative efforts of individuals, families, schools, businesses, childcare providers, public health, community health clinics, private providers, local healthcare agencies, churches, city leaders, parks and recreation, and anyone at all interested in joining the fight.

Healthy Food Options in Wilmington

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There are already many hazardous facilities in Wilmington that contribute to our poor health, so it is essential that we keep our bodies in good shape to help guard ourselves against environmental toxins we can’t control. If you want to see change in Wilmington, start going to city and neighborhood council meetings and talking to your representatives about demanding more healthy choices. Instead of putting in another fast food chain, we can push for a food co-op or more bike lanes. Obesity is an issue we need to take seriously in our community.

Floyd Rogers: Advocate for Homegrown Health

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I met Floyd Rogers over the summer when he was the last farmer standing at the local grange hall. It was there that I learned that, in addition to being a farmer, Floyd also teaches people how to cook. Recently, … Continue reading »

California Approves Use of Controversial Pesticide

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The chemical pesticide Methyl Iodide has been approved by the state of California under “strict regulations.” Methyl Iodide, which will replace Methyl Bromide, has been in the news for its controversial health impacts. The pesticide is designed for use on strawberries and, given the growing number of strawberry fields in Salinas (there are approximately 14,127 acres of strawberry fields in the Watsonville/Salinas area), the concern over whether the chemical will have any impact on our health should be on residents’ minds.

Giving Thanks for Community

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With the rise in gang violence in recent days (in the past two weeks, there have been six shootings, two resulting in death and with one injuring a 6-month-old baby), it felt appropriate to give thanks for programs and efforts by Salinas community members to improve the health and well-being of Salinas residents.