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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 […]

Food Justice and an Interconnected Spiritual Worldview

This important 28 minute film, A Thousand Suns, tells the story of the Gamo Highlands of the African Rift Valley and the unique worldview held by the people of the region. This isolated area has remained remarkably intact both biologically and culturally. It is one of the most densely populated rural regions of Africa yet its people […]

First 5 Shasta Seeks Commission Members

First 5 Shasta (Shasta Children and Families Commission) was formed in 1999 following the statewide passage of the California Children and Families Act (Proposition 10). Proposition 10 placed a fifty-cent tax on tobacco products and revenues support early childhood development and school readiness for young children ages 0-to-5. The Shasta Children…

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” —…