Green Technical Education and Employment employs youth over the summer to increase local access to healthy foods through use of an aquaponics system.
Obesity is one of the biggest problems to American health. Many public officials are becoming more concerned about how to stop it. Many argue that sugary products should be taxed while other say that the state should implement programs for healthier foods. There is one possible solution does not target the dietary choice of the people- instead, it focuses on how people travel.
According to Science Daily, increases in support for public transit would decrease the national obesity rate. “The analysis found that for each 1 percent increase in a county’s population who frequently ride public transit, obesity rates dropped 0.2 percent,” says the Daily Mail about a study conducted by the University Of Illinois that was published in the Journal Preventive Medicine
The study argues that by taking public transit, people have to walk from one location to another. This would reduce the obesity rate because people would have to be active. However, when a person is driving, they might drive directly to their location rather than be doing anything physically demanding.
According to the Sacramento Regional Transit District, Sacramento has over 3 thousand bus stops, 3 light rails routes, and 67 bus routes. The transit system is one of the major players in transporting people around Sacramento. Many students, both in primary and secondary school, depend on RT for movement.
“[There’s] a lot of low-income people who are literally struggling by and I’ll hand them an extra pass and be like here quick before they give you a ticket,” said Rae Bandorf, SAC organizer, in an interview. “That’s not fair and I don’t want people to be like that.”
According to the University of Los Angeles, 39.9 percent of students in Sacramento are obese. Obesity is one of the biggest cause of health complications in America. There is definitely more than one way to fight obesity and every one of them count.
Several years ago, the creation of a Central Kitchen for the school district entered into the minds of communities members in Sacramento. As proposed, the Central Kitchen is supposed to bring fresh food to SCUSD students. In this video, residents descend on Hiram Johnson High School to discuss the subject.
Summer break is quickly approaching. With it, local organizers are planning to provide more options for young people who are just out of school to spend their time productively. On June 15th, at Cesar Chavez Park, an event geared just for teens will take place from 2pm to 6pm, an event called Juneteenth.
This event is geared for students between the ages of 5 and 18, with games and activities to do, spoken word competitions, as well as food trucks.
“There will be plenty of fun and exciting activities for our youth to enjoy!” said Nakeya Bell, Juneteenth organizer, “The event will have free food, community vendors, interactive booths, fun activities, live entertainment featuring music, spoken word and dance performances. All under the shady trees of one of the best parks in Sacramento!”
This event provides a safe place for students to hang out after school lets out. You can also pre-register for this event here.
“Our SAC community coming together to kickoff Summer ‘17, uplifting all of our youth across the county and having some fun before the heat wave arrives! In addition, we are celebrating the strong partnerships with Sacramento nonprofits, foundations, government agencies, community residents and youth working together on the Black Child Legacy Campaign,”
said Bell. “The Black Child Legacy Campaign is a community-driven movement raising visibility and strengthening collective impact efforts to reduce the number of black mortalities due to homicide, child abuse/neglect, infant sleep-related conditions and perinatal conditions. Aside from the historical black holiday celebration, we are promoting awareness around safety, violence prevention efforts and opportunities for our youth in Sacramento county.”
Once school lets out, the Juneteenth will be starting for any student to go and have a good time.
On Saturday, June 3rd, a workshop for financial literacy was held at the Sierra 2 Center on 24th street. The workshop discussed different ways of budgeting. This was one workshop in a series of financial literacy workshops to educate people on how to budget their money, how to buy a house, and other different ways of being smart with your money.
According to Homeland Security, the estimated total of undocumented immigrants in the U.S. is between 8-12 million people. California alone is home to around 2 million; that’s 1 in 5 of all undocumented immigrants living in the Golden State. With that large number of people living in the United States, one might think that our government would want to provide support for our undocumented neighbors.
Many undocumented immigrants, specifically undocumented students, face many challenges as they move through the education system in the U.S. Many undocumented students fear that they could get separated from their families due to deportation when at school.
This issue has caught the eye of some very important people. The Sacramento City Unified School District recently declared their schools as safe havens. That means that students are allowed on campus without fear of federal agencies like ICE from entering school premises in search of undocumented immigrants.
Undocumented students also lack the accessibility to federal financial aid, making college harder to attend. State-level financial aid is available, though many undocumented students find it fearful to share very personal information with the government.
“I was lucky to be able to be born in the U.S. but for friends and family, a lot of them are undocumented,” said Angel Perez, a soon-to-be college student. “I will be going to college in the fall but I know some of my friends aren’t due to a lack of federal help.”
In California, there is a new rising wave of support for undocumented students that continues to grow. Free legal services at most UC campuses are offered through support from the UC Immigrant Legal Services Center, and in-state tuition support at public universities through Assembly Bill 540.
One of the many topics that Californians are pushing for is keeping the public-at-large, specifically undocumented students, aware of the information on how to keep moving forward in the education system as an immigrant. It is also on the forefront of many resident’s minds to help students from the constant pressures that surround them.
The 2017 Living Well Expo is dedicated to promoting the issues surrounding mental health. Stigma has been known as one of the most important factors why people don’t get the help they need to treat mental illnesses.
Love politics but don’t know how to get involved? Assemblymember Kevin McCarty put on an event at the Fruitridge Community Center called “How to Get Engaged” where guest speakers came and shared their experiences and know-how concerning dealing with local government, organizing events, and more.
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Nearly 250 volunteers turned out for the announcement of the winning projects with hopes of being selected as actors or technicians as the writers turned into producers. Each of the 10 scripts will become short films over the summer with a world premiere of the full set on Sat. Oct. 7 at Sacramento’s historic Crest Theatre.
The 10 writers come from across Sacramento County including Carmichael, Elk Grove, Fair Oaks, Folsom, Rancho Cordova and Sacramento.
“A Place Called Sacramento” awards 10 family-friendly scripts each year with the opportunity to have the script turned into a movie with a guarantee big screen world premiere, cable distribution of the Access Sacramento public access cable channel and credit listings on the prestigious Internet Movie Database (IMDB.com).
Copy and paste the writer’s email address to contact the writer and to volunteer for their project. The winning writers with their project descriptions are:
“Amy’s Baby” by Scott Slotterbeck (Sacramento) – email@example.com – Struggling to have a baby, a couple turns to friend Peter for help, but this causes real problems in his own marriage.
“Ethel Takes a Stand” by Michelle LeMay & Kay Neuenhofen (Fair Oaks) – firstname.lastname@example.org – Ethel Stewart has her hands full. Her two grandkids drop by for the evening, and then things start going really wrong in the house next door. How will Ethel deal?
“From the (Mad) Genius Mind of Devin” by Dwight Taylor (Rancho Cordova)– email@example.com – Young love blossoms for Devin and Hailey at the annual school science fair, until one amazing experiment threatens their romance – and the rest of the world.
“The Middle” by Peter Bond (Carmichael) – firstname.lastname@example.org – In the Old West the line between good and evil can get a bit murky, where even the best of men usually find themselves somewhere in “The Middle.”
“Penchance” by Adam Weber (Folsom) – email@example.com – A chance meeting in a cemetery between an unlikely young black man with a stutter and an old Jewish cynic blossoms into a friendship where each discovers the meaning of hope, faith and love proving the pen is mightier than the sword.
“Postponed” by Adam Chollet (Sacramento) – firstname.lastname@example.org – An undelivered letter takes a man on an unexpected journey.
“Regrets of a Dying Man” by Gricelda Ocegueda (Sacramento) – email@example.com – A young man dealing with abandonment and depression finds that everyone and everything around him is trying to stop his slow suicide from addiction.
“The Script That Came in from the Cold” by T.I. Cisneros (Sacramento) – firstname.lastname@example.org – There’s no such thing as being “late” in Tom’s vocabulary, but with misfortune and a deadline running side by side, it looks like “Late” and “Loser” just may be synonymous.
“See You When” by Sally Start (Elk Grove) – email@example.com – Two people, one home, zero future?
“Sole” by Maritza Flores, Jeanette Lim and Sam Manaoat (Elk Grove) – firstname.lastname@example.org – Sudden danger during her evening jog demands surprising courage and pride in ways Sarima had never anticipated.
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For more information about Access Sacramento, visit our website AccessSacramento.org or contact Executive Director, Gary Martin at 916-456-8600.