A place of rejuvenation and health consciousness- this is what our non-profit, Fischbeck Wellness, Inc., believes every individual should have access to healthy resources on a daily basis.
Our goal is to provide a tranquil, stress-free environment through our health-based sustainability program. Our activities include agriculture, growing and harvesting crops, cooking crop classes, garden meditation, and knowledge for nutrients- just to name a few- for our community’s overall health and wellbeing. Too often, these activities are costly and many lack resources. We are creating something that everyone can access, so every individual has an opportunity to maintain optimal health.
Maintaining sustainability in a fast paced environment can often go overlooked, which is why our program has an individual focus on the following: creating a sustainable space, growing, harvesting, and donating crops to the surrounding community in need and for participants involved in the program. The farm-like environment we create on site gives everyone a do-it-yourself guide on how to grow food and provides each individual with a farm-like experience in his or her area.
Any donations help us get one step closer to growing our community into a healthier and happier environment. And keep an eye out for our fundraising events, too!
Addiction as a whole causes nearly 2.1 million hospital Emergency Department visits, and indirectly affects even more. This video shares the inside story two different individuals and the battles they face with addiction. Paul Schaunfer, now a CEO of a large Bartending school, shares his emotional hardship with how drug overdose affected him and his family. Richard C* (who has requested his last name to be anonymous) is a Business Developer who shares the methods he uses to maintain sobriety.
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), (81.1%) of the 43,982 drug overdose deaths in the United States were unintentional, (12.4%) were of suicidal intent, and 2,801 (6.4%) were of undetermined intent (from a report ran in 2013). Richard urges those battling with addiction to seek help and not be afraid to reach out to others. Similarly, Schaunfer advices people to distance themselves as best as possible and to engage in meetings like AA and NA.
The eruption of dieting and new eating trends has emerged rapidly within the past decade and many SoCal locals are engaging in the foodie revolution of new diets and health recipes. Some involve themselves in certain eating habits where others believe that there are misleading details behind diets like Veganism. However, Veganism has been one eating pattern that has been around for over 2,000 years and is now increasing in popularity. Peta conducted a survey in 2011 that shows that there are over 7,500,000 Vegans in the United States, or 2.5% of the population, and these numbers are only increasing.
Veganism is a food diet that abstains from using animal products and meat in general, according to About News. Often times, people choose this lifestyle from a spiritual perspective to stop the harm of animals, while others may just engage in the diet change for a healthier lifestyle. The primary foods within the vegan category include vegetables, grain, soy products, and beans, but absolutely no meat or animal products.
A recent article from the Huffington Post highlights that most vegans, from a statistical standpoint, are women. Statistics analyzed in 2013 shows 79% of women are vegans whereas only 21% are men. There are speculations that this may be due to the pressure to maintain a body image. However, the reasons are unknown.
This interview conducted with Nancy Fischbeck shares her experience as a vegan, in addition the potential dangers that come along with this strict diet.
Obesity in America has been a challenge for many over the past decade, and younger generations are beginning to take notice. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), 39.5% of 40-59 year olds and 30.3% of young adults between age 20-39 all battle with being overweight, in terms of their body mass index.
The Journal of American Medical Association author Giardina presents an article that states, “If we want to understand the rise of obesity in this country, first we need to ask families what they think they look like and guide them to what is within normal limits.” Consequently, Harvard school of Public Health believes that this issue is a big process that needs to incorporate government help, environmental factors, and support through neighborhoods and communities.
Eric Przywara is a 27-year-old personal trainer who has been training SoCal residents for about five years. He speaks out about the epidemic’s origin as a whole. With over 1/3 of the young adult population considered obese, Przywara shares his opinion the issue.
A recent article from NBC News has just reported high levels of Formaldehyde within the E-Cigarette. This poses a high danger for e-cig and vapor users. The New England Journal of Medicine states that the exposure to formaldehyde from an e-cigarette can be five to 15 times higher than a regular cigarette. When e-cigarettes were introducing themselves to the market, the health risks associated with it were unknown although certain cities decided to ban vaping in public from the start. However, studies are now recognizing the formaldehyde carcinogen to be significantly high in e-cigarettes. A recent NY Times article titled, “Is Vaping Worse than Smoking?” highlights individuals questioning whether the focus of Formaldehyde specifically is tainting the results of how overall dangerous e-cigarettes are. However, at this moment, many health professionals feel that e-cigarettes or vaping is just as dangerous as cigarette smoking.
The battle with Alzheimer’s Disease continues to grow, and for this family, Alzheimer’s Disease affects their lives daily. Sonny Torocsik is a mechanical engineer living in Los Angeles, CA. Torocsik has been married for over 40 years and takes care of his wife who suffers from an extreme case of Alzheimer’s disease. Aba Horthy is Torocsik’s grandson and a college student who helps assist in daily tasks, such as preparing breakfasts and food. This video shows the two individuals share their feelings and thoughts about the disease.
The Alzheimer’s association highlights the importance of taking care of ones self, planning financially for treatment and other costs, as well as coping with changes together on a daily basis. According to Jennifer Barnett, author of “Early Intervention in Alzheimer’s Disease: A Health Economic Study of the Effects of Diagnostic Timing”, costs for health follow ups with this disease would be significantly lower if treatment started at two years prior to the diagnosis. The multiple planning methods intend to relieve stress and encourage those who have or know someone with the disease. However, Torocsik believes that the primary necessity is to invest in research programs in order to find a cure for this debilitating disease.
Health and fitness are two main topics that you hear about everyday, and new emerging ways alternative to signing up for a gym are grabbing the attention of locals all around. Renee’s Place Pan Pacific Park in Los Angeles is one area gaining a particular popularity in park basketball. On January 24, 2015, over fifty people gathered to take part in a game of basketball in the park, which seems to be gaining an increasing popularity. Los Angeles local, Antonio Castaneda shares why he comes out to join the game. He states that, “it’s good for the health and keeps you going”.
Professional retired NBA basketball player Brad Wright has over 20 years of experience and shares his vision of the game. He believes that the most important fitness aspect to the basketball game is a clear mind. In addition, Betterhealth.vic.gov states in a recent article that there are many benefits to the game of basketball, even if you are not yet a professional. Some benefits of the game include building endurance, improving coordination, gaining muscle tone, and burning up to 750 calories per game are just a few perks of getting onto the court.
Another recent article from Health.com says that basketball helps develop both upper and lower body strength, as well as helping to building a healthier heart that could reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke. In addition, studies show that the sport helps improve bone health and special perception.
The holidays can be a difficult time of year to stay fit for many people, even when you are doing your best to stay healthy. However, Southern California is not the first place you would expect to see something quite like this. This SoCal spot decides to spice things up a bit to get their community excited about the winter time and to keep people fit and healthy as well. In a recent article by Irene Ogrodnik titled, “How to Stay Fit and Healthy During the Holidays” Ogrodnik highlights the importance of getting exercise in the wintertime. She stresses the importance of staying active, even if you cannot devote as much time to fitness due to all of your winter plans.
This new scene came as a surprise to several locals. Writer Alison Goldman from “Women’s Health Mag” names ice-skating as one of the top six most fun ways to stay fit for the winter. These encouraging new ideas are attempting to help younger generations maintain lifestyles that are more active. So far, here in West Hills, CA you can find people of all ages ice-skating up until the end of the winter season. The ice skating rink is anticipating closing in the San Fernando Valley by the end of January 2015.
The halls of an Independent Living Facility in Woodland Hills, CA are especially quiet on Jan 11, 2015 after recent flu quarantine lifts after an H1N1 outbreak. However, the weather still affects the activity around the area. This video shows the secluded environment of the local retirement home and the cold weather front that all Los Angeles locals have endured over the past few weeks. The recent weather event started Jan. 8, 2015 in Woodland Hills, CA and continues into today with record low temperatures in surrounding areas. The lowest Jan. 1 temperature in Pasadena was 32 degrees, a record set in 1952, according to Glum’s report from the International Business Times. Kevin Kavanaugh, Director of Public Affairs at Illinois Council on Long Term Care, stresses the risks associated with the flu and cold weather. Kavanaugh says staying indoors, keeping temperatures inside at 70 or above, checking body conditions of residents that take medicines that can impact body temperatures, and washing hands thoroughly are important preventative measures. According to Flu.gov, seniors need to practice extreme caution during flu season and, this especially cold period. The flu can be very serious, even deadly, to those 65 or older. In addition, the CDC recommends seniors should practice good health habits by covering their coughs, sanitizing hands, and avoiding others who are sick.
According to the Administration of Aging, seniors are the fastest growing population. In the year 2000, there were over 605 million people 60 years or older. In this recent article, James Gorman, CEO of Morgan Stanley, states that the baby boomers and soon-to-be seniors will reinvent retirement.
This video introduces a true story about a woman and her husband who were unable to have children. Mother and business woman Meshun Wright describes both her and her husband’s emotional journey to adopt their first daughter and the struggles and joys involved in the process. This story takes place on Dec. 18, 2014 at the Wright’s residence in the San Fernando Valley. This story intends to depict the emotional and physical relationship of the parent and child connection and the impact adoption makes on families in the United States today.