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Reinventing Elementary School for an Exponential Era

Reinventing Elementary School for an Exponential Era

“Humanity will change more in the next 20 years than in the past 300 years.” We are living in an exponential era, where the rate of change is increasing – an explosion of information, communications, technology, automation, robotics, etc. This can be very disruptive to businesses, social structures and institutions…

Go Redding For Women

Go Redding For Women

  Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, causing 1 in 3 deaths each year. That’s approximately one woman every minute! Fortunately, we can change that because 80 percent of cardiac and stroke events may be prevented with education and action. The American Heart Association has designated February 3,…

Redding Health Expo

Redding Health Expo is January 7, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Redding Civic Auditorium. The Frosty Fun Run is at 9 a.m. with registration at 8 a.m. and $3 per person registration Redding Health Expo is presented by Dignity Health.

Good News for a New Year

Good News for a New Year

All things considered, do you think the world is getting better or worse? Max Roser, in A History of Global Living Conditions in 5 Charts says that when we look for the answer we must consider the history of everyone. Looking back two centuries we can see that extreme poverty has declined sharply,…

Our Next Minority President – A Loser – A Betrayer of Trust

This 2 minute YouTube video of Michael Moore in Trumpland is only a trailer – you really should watch the whole movie even though the Presidential election has past. One-third of Shasta County residents voted for Hillary Clinton for President instead of Donald Trump and they are still struggling to comprehend how our nation could […]

Healthcare Issues in Redding

Healthcare Issues in Redding

America’s healthcare crisis has changed over the decades, with the current definition about the rising cost of health care. Today, some politicians would have us believe that we have a healthcare crisis because of the Affordable Care Act; while others trumpet that the United States now has 11.4 million fewer…

Overcoming Pervasive Ageism

Overcoming Pervasive Ageism

Did you know that ” the fastest growing segment of our society is women over the age of 85?” Transgenerational Design observes that the growth rate of total population 80 and over is twice that of those 65 and over and almost 4-times that for the total population! In the United States, this…

Minds Matter

Minds Matter

Stand Against Stigma (Shasta County Health and Human Services Agency) is sponsoring the 8th annual Mental Health Resource Fair from 11 am to 2:30 PM on  at the Downtown Atrium and Promenade, 1670 Market Street, Redding CA. Learn how Shasta County people are changing minds about mental illness. Admission is…

The Impact on Shasta County of California Proposition 47 Passing

The Impact on Shasta County of California Proposition 47 Passing

California recently passed an historic incarceration reform by voter approval of Proposition 47. What does it mean for public safety and law enforcement in Shasta County? 58% of Shasta County voters rejected Proposition 47, but it still passed by a margin of 59% yes to 41% no in the State…

Think Pink

Think Pink

October is breast cancer awareness month and tonight, October 16, 2014 Sundial Bridge will be lit pink from 5:00 to 8:30 PM as park of Think Pink Day. There will be inspirational and informative speakers during the event: 5:00 PM – Darlene Wert  – welcome 5:30 PM – Anje Wolfoort, –…

Anti-Vaccination Hysteria

“When celebrities give anti-vaccination hysteria a platform — and, as a result, we get outbreaks of  measles and whooping cough — it feels like the nation is crawling backward. Despite the fact that research has conclusively shown that  vaccinations are not linked to autism, many still refuse to vaccinate their kids. In this clip, Samantha Bee takes anti-vaxxers to task […]

Making Healthy Choices Easy

Community well-being is partly the result of our institutional and environmental policies about public health issues. These can be changed for the common good in Redding, CA. We can work together to make healthy choices the easy, default choices in our schools, gathering places, streets and neighborhoods. Healthy Shasta and Shasta Living Streets are making […]

Designing Healthy Communities

In summer 2012 PBS TV station KIXE had a four episode documentary series on Designing Healthy Communities. Former California Health Officer Richard Jackson, MD, MPH, explained how well-designed communities can improve the physical and mental health of individuals, families and communities. While there are no currently scheduled rebroadcasts, the four, one-hour ephisodes available on DVD: Episode […]

Heart Health

Heart Health

It has been a year and a half since I had open heart surgery and I am thankful that I can now say that I feel pretty good most of the time. It has been a slow recovery to my former self, but I feel so much healthier than one…

Paid for by Taxpayers?

Paid for by Taxpayers?

California’s only official health insurance marketplace is www.CoveredCA.com, which is where individuals, families and small businesses can get information, compare plans and enroll. If you do a Google Search for “california health care coverage” or otherwise stumble upon CoveringHealthCareCA.com, you will notice it has a similar URL and looks very official,…

World AIDS Day 2013

World AIDS Dayis December 1, 2013.  It is a time to take stock of where we are on the journey to end AIDS, remember by name those who have gone before, and take actions to achieve an AIDS-free generation. Locally, Shasta County Interfaith Forum (SCIF) is co-sponsor with the Shasta…

Mod & Magical Holiday Party

Just one year ago I had successful cardiac surgery at Mercy Hospital in Redding, CA, with outstanding follow-up cardiac rehabilitation services, so I have a special interest in supporting Mercy Foundation North and attending their Mod & Magical Holiday Party on Friday, November 22, 2013 from 7 to 10 PM…

Day of Dance for Heart Health

Mercy Medical Center Redding is having a family-friendly day of fun called Day of Dance on Saturday, March 2, 2013 from 1-4 PM at The Atrium at Market Street Promenade, 1670 Market Street, Redding, CA. Day of Dance is a community-based event, hosted by Spirit of Women hospitals across the country. This…

Forks Over Knives

On February 8, 2013, Shasta Regional Medical Center will be hosting the Love Your Heart, Go Redding for Your Life luncheon at the Holiday Inn, 1900 Hilltop Dr.,Redding, CA. Health and Boutique Shopping will start at 11 am with the luncheon from noon – 1:30 pm. Be Heart Smart and make it your…

What is the Future of the Community Hospital?

Did you know that one third of all USA hospital emergency rooms have shut down since 1990, while ER visits have increased by 35% during the same period? The future of the community hospitals is uncertain. The world is changing faster than our health care system can keep up. Consolidations…

Let’s Move! Faith and Community Sign-On

  Two years ago the United Church of Christ joined the national movement to help end childhood obesity and to increase awareness among adults about the chronic diseases associated with weight gain (i.e. diabetes, heart disease, high blood cancer and cancer). The United Church of Christ, along with other mainline…

World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day is celebrated on December 1 each year around the world. It has become one of the most recognized international health days and a key opportunity to raise awareness, commemorate those who have passed on, and celebrate victories such as increased access to treatment and prevention services. World AIDS Day is…

Designing Healthy Communities

Designing Healthy Communities

KIXE will be re-broadcasting Dr. Dick Jackson’s Designing Healthy Communities – a 4-part series on Oct 6, 13, 20, 27, 2012 from 8-9 pm. In this series Dr. Richard Jackson, MD, MPH (former California Health Officer, currently at UCLA) explains the link between our health and the way our communities…

Think Positive

Thinking positively can be very helpful during stressful or challenging times. The good news is that optimism can be learned. You can be more positive by practicing gratitude and eliminating negative thoughts. Blue Shield of California offers these thoughts: The Power of Optimism Optimism can turn bad situations into opportunities…

World AIDS Day in Redding

World AIDS Day, December 1, 2011 is being commemorated In Redding, CA with two events: Awareness March – 4 PM, starting at Planned Parenthood 2935 Bechelli Lane Redding, CA 96002 Candlelight Service  – 7 PM, at First Church, 1825 East Street Redding, CA Getting to Zero Is the theme selected by the World AIDS…

A Grateful Heart is a Healthy Heart

It’s Thanksgiving and many of us are going to indulge in a feast as we share expressions of gratitude. U.C. Davis psychologist Robert Emmons, editor-in-chief of The Journal of Positive Psychology and author of the book Thanks! How Practicing Gratitude Can Make You Happier, is considered a pioneer in the field of “positive psychology” —…

Lions-Turtle Bay Run

The Redding Breakfast Lions Club is sponsoring the 12th Annual Lions-Turtle Bay Run on Sunday, October 2, 2011. The half marathon course takes runners over three of Redding’s signature bridges (Ribbon Bridge, Diestelhorst Bridge and Sundial Bridge). The event also includes a 10K race and a 2-mile run/walk for everyone from adults…

United Way Extreme Health Weekend

Saturday, October 1, 2011 United Way’s Extreme Health Weekend will occur along the Lake Redding Park, Caldwell Park, Sacramento River Trail, Elks Club complex, Turtle Bay Exploration Park, Sun-dial Bridge, and Shasta and Keswick Dam areas. It will provide an opportunity for people of all ages to be educated and to…

Redding Health and Fitness Faire

A Health & Fitness Faire is being held on Saturday, September 17, 2011 featuring local vendors who are committed to the health and wellness of the community. It will be a morning full of fun and encouragement to get or stay active. Redding Recreation is also having a Youth Triathlon…

12th Annual Lions Turtlebay Run

Runners, mark your calendars for the 12th Annual Lions Turtlebay Run (also known as the Three Bridges Half Maraton 10K and 2 mileon Sunday, October 2, 2011. Entry forms are available at the Turtle Bay Visitors Center, the YMCA, Fleet Feet Sports Redding and Chico, Shasta Spine Center and Redding…