SANDRA POOLE: ‘Mom! I don’t need to see a counselor! I AM NOT CRAZY!!!!’

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OPINION – A young African American woman exhibiting symptoms of depression after a physical assault uttered these words when her mother suggested that she seek professional help. Way too often, the stigma associated with seeking mental health treatment is a significant barrier to obtaining necessary services. About 25 percent of adults in the United States […]

BRYAN WASHINGTON: Finding A Few Minutes For Fitness

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OPINION – Since I was a child, I have been passionate about sports and fitness — growing up in a house full of athletes will do that to you. Like most kids, I participated in team sports year-round at an early age. By the time I was in high school, I was playing something somewhere […]

ROBERT PHILLIPS: Investing in a Healthier Sacramento

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OPINION – African Americans, along with other communities of color in Sacramento, experience poorer health from birth to death, as seen in higher infant mortality, higher rates of disease and disability, and shortened life expectancy relative to state and national averages. These health inequities take an enormous human and economic toll on the African American […]

Poll Says Many African-Americans are More Unhappy

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NATIONWIDE – Remember the song “Don’t Worry Be Happy”? It appears as if the pursuit of happiness is leaving a lot of African-Americans unhappy, according to a recently released poll by New York-based Harris Interactive, an international market research firm and polling agency. The agency polled more than 2,300 Americans in April using an online […]

DARCEL LEE: Eliminating Sugar Sweetened Beverages from African American Diets.

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OPINION – In South Central Los Angeles, a single mother struggles with her weight as she tries hard to kick the diet cola habit every morning on her way to work. She tells me that it is her morning Java, her jump start to her day and yet, she says, she knows that this habit […]

California Health Plans Offer New Expanded Coverage and Competitive Rates to Individuals through “Covered California”

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SACRAMENTO – Covered California, the state’s health insurance exchange, announced today the participating health plans and proposed rates that will be available for individuals and families. This announcement provides tangible evidence of the individual market’s transformation under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and reveals a competitive market that will offer consumers a wide range of […]

Black Teen Birth Rate Falls 60 percent in 10 Years

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WASHINGTON – A new report by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention shows that the teen birth rate for African Americans has declined by 60 percent between 1991 and 2011 – a rate 10 percent greater than the overall dip in teen birth rates. Over the past decade, the national teen birth rate has […]

Whole Foods & thinkThin Give Mothers Something to Think About

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SACRAMENTO – Whole Foods is giving area women something to “think” about this Mother’s Day. thinkThin LLC, the producers of popular weight management bars, will be giving special thanks to moms all over the country this week as part of Whole Foods gifting program in celebration of Mother’s Day. Taking place at participating Whole Foods […]

Study: Health Law to Significantly Raise Claims Costs

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WASHINGTON – A new study finds that insurance companies will have to pay out an average of 32 percent more for medical claims under President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul. What does that mean for you? It could increase premiums for at least some Americans. If you are uninsured, or you buy your policy directly […]

National Abortion Rates Highest Among African-American Teens and Twice the National Average

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NATIONWIDE – A new study conducted by the Guttmacher Institute shows that African American teen abortion rates are more than twice as high as the national average. According to the study, the national average is 18 abortions per 1,000 women among 15-19-year olds. The African-American abortion rate is 41 per 1,000 women among that age […]