Millennials are the primary users of social media but according to a recent study by the American Psychological Association, they are also the most afraid of how it affects them. Of the demographic, 48% report that they are afraid of how social media use affects their physical and mental health and 63% report feeling attached to their phone or tablet. Social media has taken over the world as we know it, but is it really for the better?
A recent study by the CDC revealed that most adults consume less than 20% of the fruits and vegetables servings that modern nutrition has deemed as necessary. Locals from the California State Fair are interviewed for their opinions and insights on the subject.
On January 24, a Health Care Enrollment Event will take place at the Natomas High School Library from 9 to 3pm. Natomas Unified School District has partnered up with campaigns such as ALL IN, health care for all families, Covered California, and Get Covered to promote the awareness of obtaining health care for those who do not have it.
“Ahead of the February 15, 2015 Covered California open enrollment deadline, The Children’s Partnership’s ALL IN For Health Campaign, Natomas Unified School District, and Covered California is teaming up to host a health coverage information and enrollment event for families. The aim is to inform eligible families about health coverage opportunities through Covered California and Medi-Cal and connect them to coverage. After a successful enrollment event last year, Natomas Unified School District is again welcoming the entire community to learn about and connect to their health coverage options with on-site certified enrollment counselors,” Jessica Gelzer, Senior Communications Associate from the Children’s Partnership, says.
The Health Care Enrollment Event will be addressing issues such as Obamacare and Medi-Cal and heath coverage for undocumented and mixed-status families. Part-time and temporary employees without health coverage and individuals who do not have insurance are encouraged to attend. However, those who do not have insurance may have to pay a fee of $325 for each adult and $162.50 for each child.
Attendees must bring certain identification for the enrollment. Identification such as social security number and date of birth for each family, CA ID or driver’s license, proof of current income, address and proof being a legal resident.
More information on the Health Care Enrollment Event can be found on the Natomas Unified School District website: http://natomasunified.org/blog/healthy-kids-matter-enrollment-has-begun-for-health-plans-offered-by-state-exchange/
Alchemist Community Development Corporation is an organization that seeks to support Sacramento area residents on creating vibrant, equitable, and diverse communities. They strive to make life in communities’ healthy and improve in areas such as physical, economic, and social development.
“For most of Alchemist CDC’s existence, our projects have been focused on improving access to healthy foods,” Davida Douglas, Executive Director of Alchemist CDC says. “Currently that includes operating CalFresh processing systems and incentive programs at farmers’ markets, partnering with convenience stores to help them stock fresh produce and be better community stewards, and policy work on Urban Agriculture. This has come out of being responsive to opportunities and specific requests from community members and other non-profit organizations or community groups.”
With the holiday season and New Year almost ending, Alchemist CDC marked a productive year in which low income families were able to access healthy foods through CalFresh/EBT at Farmers’ Markets and Market Match Programs. Alchemist CDC highlights what they achieved in the year 2014. Compared to 2013, there was 25% increase on over $140,500 in CalFresh sales at eight farmer’s markets. Two new markets of CalFresh/EBT systems had also been established, located in Country Club Plaza and Galt. In addition, there was an 80% increase on the incentive dollars distributed for Market Match fruits and vegetables.
Along with the success of CalFresh/EBT, Alchemist CDC would like to expand into Healthy Convenience Store Makeovers. This would increase the access local Sacramento area residents have over fresh produce. Alchemist CDC plans to adquire, conduct, and connect with stores, ensuring that the materials and needs are met.
“This will be achieved with support from individuals, foundations and government grants and community partners,” Douglas states.
Alchemist CDC wants to bring a nutritious lifestyle to stores for Sacramento area residents to access and if you would like to support their efforts for 2015, you can donate online here: http://www.alchemistcdc.org/make-a-donation/
Local residents share their concerns about access to healthy food and lack of grocery stores in food deserts. These areas are usually lower income neighborhoods with limited to no grocery stores within a mile of a household. This makes it more difficult for people to maintain healthy diets and get the nutrition they need. To see the interactive USDA map of food deserts visit: http://www.ers.usda.gov/data-products/food-access-research-atlas/go-to-the-atlas.aspx
A trend of unhealthy lifestyles has swept across the United States. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2010 10.8% of American women had diabetes and 35.8% were overweight. However, local organizations such as the African American Women’s Healthy Legacy (AAWHL) strive to spread information and opportunities for healthy lifestyles. On July 9th, 16th, and 23rd, from 10am-12pm at the Oak Park Community Center, the AAWHL will hold free Healthy Eating Classes to promote healthy lifestyles for women and girls.
The AAWHL is a non-profit organization founded by three women devoted to the spread of healthy lifestyles for future generations of women. They hope to “empower African American women to better protect their families by training the next generation, our daughters, to make wise eating decisions that will help the family.” (aawhl.com)
The Healthy Eating Classes will provide information on affordable ways to eat healthy, food stamp assistance, sugary drinks, healthy food preparation, exercise, and food shopping.
“In general, we know that there is an obesity crisis in this country, and the more folks we can have addressing that, the better. The more localized these types of trainings are, the deeper of an impact [they] can potentially have. The more role models we have in our own communities that are demonstrating healthy living and showing folks how to make it simple and make it practical, the better,” says Amber Scott, Founding Executive Director of the California Food Literacy Center.
For more information on the AAWHL, visit their website or Facebook page. For more information about the Healthy Eating Classes, contact Sharon Chandler (916.230.1631) or Toni Colley Perry (916.519.9189).
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Recently, at the Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services, a dedicated group of community members met to discuss their ideas and visions for Oak Park. Hosted by Randy Stannard of Soil Born Farms, the meeting included friendly conversations and a variety of topics oriented around community togetherness.
Mental illness is something that is affecting more Americans than most people would think. Although a large chunk of the American population suffers from some form of mental illness, the stigma surrounding it causes there to be little public knowledge on the subject.
Nimh.gov states that “Just over 20 percent of (or 1 in 5) children, either currently or at some point during their life, have had a seriously debilitating mental disorder.” These disorders include ADHD, depression, anxiety and panic disorders, eating disorders, and many more. It’s important not only to give resources to those struggling with mental illness now, but also provide support for the next generation who might need it in the future.
With these large numbers, you would think that these disorders wouldn’t be kept so quiet, and generally away from the public. According to stopstigmasacramento.org, “two-thirds of people with a diagnosable mental illness never seek professional help. Many do not know where to go, don’t realize their condition is treatable or fear discrimination.”
“Treating a mental disorder should be no different than treating a broken arm,” said a person diagnosed with bipolar disorder who has wished to remain unnamed “no one should ever be afraid to seek help for what’s bothering them.”
Mental illness is not something that anyone should have to hide from, or be afraid to get help for. It affects everyone, even those not experiencing symptoms themselves. Just like those with heart disorders or diabetes, mental disorders should be treated and given support and education. With more and more awareness, Americans should no longer be afraid or ashamed to get help for any type of mental illness. Everyone deserves the same amount of care, support, and treatment, no matter the ailment.
If you would like to get involved in reduced the stigma surrounding mental health in Sacramento, you can register to participate in a conversation on mental health. It will take place July 20th, and provide resources and education on the mental health of our community. You can register here: http://tiny.cc/CCSSacramento OR complete the attached form and mail it to the address on the form or fax to(916)5270856.