• May 16, 2018
    Livestrong: California doctors are prescribing food to sick people, and here’s why it’s working

    By: Leah Groth  | May 15, 2018 The program, launched on Friday by the California Food Is Medicine Coalition alongside Senator Ben Allen (D) and assembly members Blanca Rubio (D) and Richard Bloom (D), will deliver free, custom-prescribed meals to individuals insured by Medicaid and suffering from congestive heart failure (a chronic heart condition that requires strict dietary adherence). “We provide…

  • May 12, 2018
    NY Times: Cod and ‘Immune Broth’ – California Tests Food as Medicine

    By: Patricia Leigh Brown | May 11, 2018 SEBASTOPOL, Calif. — On a foggy afternoon, Diana Van Ry, a retired judicial assistant, dropped by the boisterous kitchens of the nonprofit group where she volunteers to pick up rock cod, cauliflower couscous and an “immune broth” enriched with vegetables and seaweed. She planned to deliver the meals to…

  • May 9, 2018
    HuffPost: California Becomes The First State To Prescribe Food As Medicine

    In one pilot program, doctor-approved meals lowered health care costs by 55 percent By: Anna Almendrala | May 8, 2018 Caren Latney was too weak to do simple household chores. The 51-year-old had been diagnosed with lung cancer and, as she began treatment, struggled to stand over her stove long enough to prepare a meal. She didn’t…

  • January 4, 2018
    Bay Area Reporter: Statewide food program launches in CA

    By Matthew S. Bajko | m.bajko@ebar.com A pilot program to feed low-income people with chronic illnesses after they have been discharged from the hospital is launching statewide this month in California. Proponents of the new initiative hope to prove it can keep those who are enrolled from being readmitted to the hospital, as well as…

  • December 13, 2017
    The Guardian: The Silicon Valley paradox: one in four people are at risk of hunger

    Exclusive: study suggests that 26.8% of the population qualify as ‘food insecure’ based on risk factors such as missing meals or relying on food banks By Charlotte Simmonds Karla Peralta is surrounded by food. As a line cook in Facebook’s cafeteria, she spends her days preparing free meals for the tech firm’s staff. She’s worked in…

  • December 7, 2017
    Mercury News: Project to add fluoride to East San Jose drinking water gains approval

    By PAUL ROGERS | progers@bayareanewsgroup.com | Bay Area News Group In the latest step toward the effort by dentists and health officials to end San Jose’s status as the largest city in America without fluoride in its drinking water, Santa Clara County has contributed $1 million to add fluoride for the first time to drinking…

  • September 21, 2017
    Mercury News: Seniors Walk with Animals at Happy Hollow Zoo

    By GILLIAN BRASSIL | gbrassil@bayareanewsgroup.com SAN JOSE — It is never too late to cross going on a safari off of your bucket list — just head to Happy Hollow Zoo. “Such a nice place to walk, the animals are all just starting to come out and about,” said 59 year-old Katherine Zimmerman from San Jose. “My husband…

  • August 29, 2017
    Mercury News: Council Approves Pilot Program for “Tiny Homes” for Homeless

    By RAMONA GIWARGIS | rgiwargis@bayareanewsgroup.com SAN JOSE — After more than a year of debate, the City Council approved a pilot program Tuesday to build up to three “tiny home” villages for the homeless — but the fight over where to place the unconventional homeless housing rages on. The council approved the plan 9-2, with Councilmen Johnny Khamis…

  • July 27, 2017
    Santa Cruz Public Library System Partners with The Health Trust to Offer Chronic Illness Self-Management Program

    Chronic Illness Classes Start Aug. 5 in Santa Cruz The Santa Cruz Public Library System has partnered with The Health Trust to bring the Better Choices, Better Health program to Santa Cruz at no charge, beginning Aug. 5. Better Choices, Better Health is a six-week self-management program series provided by two trained community leaders. These workshops…

  • June 23, 2017
    Mercury News: A Helping Hand Before Homelessness for South Bay Families on the Brink

    $3.5 million grant is joint venture of Santa Clara County, San Jose, Google, Sunlight Giving foundation and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation By ERIC KURHI | ekurhi@bayareanewsgroup.com SAN JOSE — Efforts to keep families in their homes in the notoriously unaffordable South Bay will soon get a $3.5 million boost through a partnership that’s part government, part…