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?
This video is about the Heart Walk project held Saturday 11th at the La Familia Center. This video contains a recap of the event, as well as interviews with the organizers. Also discussed is the partners that helped bring the program together.
On February 9th, in Sacramento at the Capitol, there will be an event called San Joaquin Valley Health Fund Equity on the Mall. This event aims to unite the people of San Joaquin Valley against issues that they face in their communities. It will be set up on the west side of the Capitol and speakers will talk about the issues of equity in their area. The event organizers believe that communities along San Joaquin Valley haven’t had equity and the same opportunities as other cities in California.
Organizers are coming with an all-around approach for dealing with racial, health equity, and some of most pressing issues in the valley. Some of those include sustainable agriculture, community safety, drinking water, education, environmental justice, and housing. Over a thousand people from the valley are coming to support this event.
Organizers will also have special guests that will come and support their cause. Diane Dooley, Secretary of California Department of Health and Human Services, will be making appearing as well as many state elected officials such as Senator Ricardo Lara and assembly members Joaquin Arambula, Rob Bonta, and Tony thurmond.
Attendees will gather for a briefing in room 4202 to go over everything that will be done during the day. The San Joaquin Valley Health Fund is in partnership with over 50 organizations alongside nine state and national foundations. They hope that they can unite everyone to bring awareness about equity in their community.
“Together, we will continue to sow seeds so that transformative change takes place in the Valley.” Said Chet P. Hewitt in a blog post on January 25th.
Registation will begin at 11:30 followed by a welcoming by Diane Littlefield. From then on out the event takes off and does what it was meant to do.
For more information about this event please click here.
During this election year, the subject of refugees has been brought up many times. But does the average American know what the life of refugees in this country is actually like? This video intends to shed some light on the subject.
On a recent Sunday a free health clinic was hosted at Oak Park Community Center. Hundreds of residents were in attendance to benefit from the various services.
On May 21st, an event called Sacramento Youth-led Urban Agriculture Bus Tour will be managed completely by area youth. The tour bus will begin at Luther Burbank High School at 9:45 AM and end at 3:00 PM. This tour bus event will take you around four agricultural sites which include the Burbank Urban Garden (BUG), The Yisrael Family Urban Farm, The International Garden of Many Colors, and The Green House.
The goal of the youth that are in charge of this tour bus is to celebrate and embrace the urban agriculture in Sacramento. They believe that this event could help the youth with leadership and communication with society. The youth want to make sure that people are aware of the ways to bring more resources and services to urban agriculture in Sacramento.
The Yisrael Family Urban Farm, one of the locations the tour bus stops, is a large agricultural organization. They provide volunteer opportunities for area youth along with many other opportunities such as events, recipes, and more. One of their main goals for providing volunteering opportunities is to create an environment in which the youth can easily socialize and gain leadership skills.
The Green House, another one of the bus stops,is very similar to The Yisrael Family Urban Farm because they are based on many of the same principles. They have their own programs for youth such as the Ever Green program which is an after-school tutoring and enrichment program for elementary students. They also have Oasis which is a evening youth group of junior and senior high school students. The Green House organization also allows the community to participate in events as well.
Those are just two agricultural stops and their backgrounds out of the many other stops the tour bus will visit. For more information on the Sacramento Youth-Led Urban Agriculture and where to get tickets you may visit: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/youth-led-urban-ag-bus-tour-sacramento-ca-registration-24331142101
Today’s modern educational system seems to greatly favor advancing the minds of children in traditional ways such as English, science, history, and math considering the recent switch to Common Core as well as the launch of the new SAT. However, with the obesity rate rising in California and with 1-in-5 children suffering from mental disorders in the United States (Centers For Disease Control and Prevention), some now believe that alterations within the educational system should focus within the realm of emphasizing the health curriculum.
Within the San Juan Unified School District and the Sacramento City Unified School District teachers are starting to make school gardens part of their curriculum in a major effort to better the health of children.
“I find that it is a palate that can be used for almost any focus and the kids are so engaged when they are in the garden that it brings that learning to life,” said Shannon Hardwicke, a garden educator in the Sacramento City Unified School District (Sacramento Lifestyle-“What’s Growing In School Gardens”).
School Gardens provide an educational experience that kids cannot gain simply from instruction in the traditional classroom setting. Engaging with others in the production of a garden allows kids not only to gain social skills necessary for life, but also is a major contribution to them embracing their creativity.
School Gardens provide an educational experience that kids cannot gain simply from instruction in the traditional classroom setting. Engaging with others in the production of a garden allows kids not only to gain social skills necessary for life, but also is a major contribution to them embracing their creativity. Considering that children spend half as much time outside as they did twenty years ago, their creative nature has been hindered. In the gardens, children are encouraged to take their time and notice colors, insects, sounds, feelings, smells, and shapes, which then leads to poetry, diagrams, art and detailed responses in the students’ journals according to an article on (Sacramento Lifestyle-“What’s Growing In School Gardens”).
This curriculum of school gardens is centered around Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) skills. These skills include curiosity, compassion, choice, teamwork, endurance, handwork, patience, leadership, and gratitude. Such skills are vital in the creation of an emotionally and physically healthier future for today’s youth.
Not only do school gardens introduce a new way of learning and teaching, but they acquaint children with nature and make them aware of the ecosystem. Investing children with such valuable knowledge can ultimately change the direction in which the world is going in as getting the youth involved in improving the environment will have a greater impact and may breed environmentally cautious adults. Thus, today’s youth may be more considerate of the Earth’s health than current adults.
While educating children in the traditional ways is important, so is educating them about health
in general. If the Earth is unhealthy and if today’s youth is unhealthy, educating them in any way simply will not be possible. School gardens are just the beginning of bettering the modern world and forming not only a healthier, but a happier and wiser future as well that will hopefully consist of liberated individuals in terms of fulfilling their entire potential.