What is the purpose of food stamps? How important is a healthy diet? Today we learn about what some people in Sacramento think on these topics.
Covered California is hosting the Healthy Kids Day event on Saturday, October 3rd from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM at the Sleep Train Arena. Healthy Kids Day is aimed to help the community of Sacramento gather information on matters such as dental, medical and vision services for children.
The Healthy Kids Day event will have various activities to help keep children stay safe and healthy such as flu shots for all ages, healthy lunches, a free farmers market, and much more.
“We’re doing dental screening for children and adults and of course, we’re providing health coverage information for everyone eligible for medi-cal or covered california,” says Kelly Bennett-Wofford, the Executive Director with Covered California. “We’re also enrolling (people in) a nutrition program such as Calfresh.”
Last year’s 14th annual event had many fun activities for children such as a smoothie bike, a hula hoop contest, and more. They also had the Sacramento Kings Dancers and the Grant High School drumline. If you need assistance on traveling to this event, there is a free shuttle service that will take people from South Sacramento straight to the event.
For more information on The Healthy Kids Day event at Sleep Train Arena, visit http://sacramentocovered.org/healthykidsday2015/
Learn new recipes from Girls on the Rise!
Girls on the Rise is hosting a summer cooking demonstration class.
“The demonstrations focus mostly on showing attendees how to prepare healthy and delicious meals that highlight fresh ingredients such as produce that can be grown in your garden or obtained affordably at local stores or farmers’ markets,” said Katie Keeler a Program Manager for GOTR.
Participants from the Girls on the Rise, Marilynn Wong and Judy Chang, will teach the class. This class will show the students how to be healthy while eating delightful food. This class will be open to the public but students must sign a waiver before they can participate. Girls on the Rise has their own garden plot at Oak Park Sol and is willing to encourage people to be healthy.
The class will be held on June 27th from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon at the Oak Park Sol Community Garden, 3733 Broadway.
For more information contact Katie Keeler at 916 558-4812 or download and share this informational flyer.
The Sacramento City Unified School District is working their hardest to make school lunches fresh and healthy. SCUSD is hosting an event called “California Thursdays”, the first of which will be held this Thursday at John Stille Elementary School from 7:30-10am. The event will consist of a free breakfast from 7:30-8am. The breakfast will include quesadillas, a fresh salad bar, yogurt, and fruit. Parents are welcome to come and bring their children to the breakfast and afterwards a farmers market.
SCUSD is collaborating with the Center of Ecoliteracy, other school districts, and community organizations to allow students to have fresh and healthy lunches. The fresh food will come from local farms that have fruits and vegetables.
The Center of Ecoliteracy is a non-profit that was founded in 1995 and focuses on education such as K-12. They also help other organizations such as foundations and filmmakers.
“I’m excited for having fresh food at our school,” says Elliana Rangel, a student in the SCUSD system.
SCUSD is also applying for a grant that will provide funding for the “California Thursdays.” This is SCUSD’s first “California Thursdays.”
Anyone who wised to attend this event should RSVP by following the instructions on the flyer that is attached.
South Oak Park was recently identified as “food desert”. A “food desert” is an area where fresh produce is scarce. In these areas supermarkets are far away and the only close stores are convenience stores, but these normally lack healthy foods.
Sam’s Market on 42nd street and 26th avenue will go a step further, and starting on Saturday May 26th it will launch their healthy corner store makeover.
They’ll stock their shelves with fresh local produce in hopes of residents choosing this over unhealthy foods.
Executive Director of Alchemist CDC, Davida Douglas said, “Our goal is to provide convenient access to healthy food and fresh produce for residents, promote produce consumption to community members; ultimately resulting in improved health.”
Alchemist CDC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to nurturing and strengthening the ability of Sacramento residents to shape the future of their neighborhoods. They choose this store because its larger than usual corner stores.
“Parminder Grewal (the owner of Sam’s market) expressed enthusiasm for participating in the project his store is larger than most convenience stores, which allows us more opportunities to add healthy items to the existing stock,” said Douglas.
And to celebrate this positive step on Saturday there will prizes, games, face-painting, cooking and gardening tips, health screening and a farm stand. The farm stand will run every Sunday between 12 and three o’clock 12-3 through September.
By Yvonna Williams
20 Hiram Johnson students were surveyed in a computer class about their history of smoking marijuana. Out of those who admitted to having smoked marijuana, 11 claimed to have started smoking in elementary school. 3 of those students said they were smoking by age 7 or 8 years old because members of their family smoked.
Many started smoking weed in junior high school. One student said, “I smoke because it makes me relax. ” Another student said “It relieves stress.” Some smoke because they feel like it and they’ve been through a lot in their past.
9 of the students surveyed believe marijuana is healthy for you while 8 of the students believe it is unhealthy.
Most students say smoking marijuana made them feel great. One student said it made him feel, “Bad, thats why I quit.”
One student said”I get to look back in time when I did and realize how much of a dumb person I was. After I stopped, my grades went from C’s to A’s and I’m proud of that. I’ve been more involved in school and I’m helping other students at a community center to persuade them to stop smoking.”
8 students have stopped smoking or planned to stop soon and 9 students don’t plan to quit. 9 students claim to smoke everyday.
6 students say they are setting a bad example for younger siblings. One student said “My family smoked around me since I was born so I don’t think its good or bad its normal.’’
2 Tablespoons virgin cooking oil (or butter)
That’s it! No flour is needed to make delicious, low-calorie, gluten-free banana pancakes! With a glass of orange juice on the side, it makes a quick, easy, and healthy breakfast for any day of the week.
- Chicken wings
- Seasoning salt or regular salt
- Garlic pepper
- Handful of red or green chili peppers
- Handful of cilantro
- Handful of green onion
- Pestle and mortar or blender
- Mixing bowl
- Pan and foil