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By Kelly Atherton | March 5, 2011
Getting a healthy meal on the table can often be challenging. Sometimes it's just easier to order pizza, make a quick stop at the drive-thru, or throw something into the microwave. Even though these are not the healthiest of options, they do sometimes make our already demanding lives a little more manageable. But, with a little more effort and some pre-weekly meal planning, there is a much healthier option. Instead of consuming the extra calories and spending lots of money on eating out, get educated on the preparation of nutritious and easy meals by reading the following books available at the Newport Beach Public Library: "Cooking with All Things Trader Joe's" by Deanna Gunn is an excellent resource for regular Trader Joe's shoppers.
By Bradley Zint and This post has been corrected, as noted below. | May 1, 2014
Sunday's OC Marathon is poised to break records for attendance, fund-raising and economic impact, organizers said. Some 22,000 entrants - about 2,000 more than last year - are expected to compete in the race, marking its 10th year. The marathon will generate nearly $21-million for the Orange County economy, according to an analysis by Forward Analytics, a national marketing research firm. "The OC Marathon is more than a race," Race Director Gary Kutscher said in a prepared statement.
By Carrie Luger Slayback | April 24, 2014
Twenty years ago, Nick Arciniaga, an elite marathoner, was a quiet kid in my fourth-grade class. Recently, Nick told me he remembered winning a relay race in physical education class that year and thinking, "I can do this. " At Monday's Boston Marathon, Nick crossed the finish line at two hours, 11 minutes, maintaining his place among the top 10 marathoners in the country. The OC Marathon children's program, Kids Run the OC (KROC), offers 6,500 children the opportunity to be the next Nick Arciniaga.
By Dr. Allyson Brooks | May 1, 2013
Imagine being told at age 10 that you have Type 1 diabetes, that you have to monitor your blood sugar, inject yourself with insulin four times a day and become obsessive about everything that goes into your body. Some of us would let the disease control — and ruin — our lives. But like the saying goes, what doesn't kill you makes you stronger, and as a doctor and a mother in Newport Beach, I've been lucky enough to meet some incredibly strong kids. Type 2 or "adult onset" diabetes gets a lot of attention these days due to its link to the alarming rise in childhood obesity.
By Steve Smith | July 28, 2008
What started out as a rant against Costa Mesa’s Parks and Recreation Commission has turned into a lesson in government. Over the years, a recurring theme in this space has been that local elections are more important than national ones. Last week, the Costa Mesa Planning Commission proved that. By a 5-0 vote, the commission has recommended to the City Council that 28 city parks be designated “passive,” that is, certain team sports arrangements will no longer be allowed.
March 13, 2004
STEVE SMITH You've probably heard of the report or read about it in the newspaper. According to a government agency, "A growing obesity epidemic is threatening the health of millions of Americans in the United States." The report cites many reasons for the epidemic but makes a point of singling out physical inactivity as a major contributor to the problem. In past years, this would have been my segue into the perils of watching television and letting kids fritter away their time playing mind-numbing video games.
May 24, 2005
Tom McClintock The multi-million dollar campaign paid by starving teachers' unions has finally placed our sadly neglected schools at the center of the budget debate. Across California, children are bringing home notes warning of dire consequences if Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's scorched-earth budget is approved -- a budget that slashes Proposition 98 public school spending from $42.2 billion this year all the way down to $44.7 billion next year.
By: Sarah Hill | September 14, 2005
Life in the school cafeteria will just not be the same, said Melissa Alvarez, a ninth-grader at John Burroughs High School, who lamented two bills passed Tuesday that could make the French fries she was munching on a thing of the past. "It's not fair," Melissa said of SB 12 and SB 965, which restrict the sale of soda and junk food to students on public school campuses statewide. "We have our own money; we should be able to buy it. It's not our fault some kids buy all this junk food and gain weight."
December 8, 2003
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May 17, 2005
Susan Menning When UC Irvine pre-med student Vivek Mehta took a volunteer position at Costa Mesa's Share Our Selves free clinic, it was primarily to enhance his medical school resume. But over the course of three years -- and 300 volunteer hours -- he learned more than how to take vital signs; he gained a greater understanding of health issues facing local immigrants and, more importantly, how to make a positive difference in their lives. Now Mehta has a new achievement to add to his resume.
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