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.
America’s health care system still seems to be behind in the rankings of quality of care, and other countries are taking notice. The Washington Post report concludes that the United States ranks behind majority of countries on “majority of health outcomes, quality, and efficiently” including quality of care, timely information, coordination, and administration. Oscar Karlsson, 23, is an international student from Sweden who dislikes the American healthcare system. The Swedish healthcare system ranks number 23 the article titled “These Are the 36 Countries That Have Better Healthcare Systems than the US” which compares US healthcare statistical data to those of other countries. Sweden is soon extending their health care system to illegal immigrants, in addition to already offering a decentralized and taxpayer funded system.
David Horne is a senior American citizen who shares his opinion of the American healthcare system and has a rather different perspective than Karlsson. In regards to the American healthcare, Horne does not see many issues. He states, “that I’ve been well cared for, but that my only complaint is that it’s expensive”. Karlsson is a friend of Horne’s and together, they both discuss their viewpoints about the American healthcare system and share their stories.
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.
California has an extremely large multi million-dollar industry revolving around medical marijuana. The organizational structure of the medical marijuana business is one that many citizens would find familiar. The structure of producing, buying, selling, packing, and designating particular marijuana products to certain locations are all techniques in use in the multibillion-dollar marijuana industry. Between recreational and medical use, the marijuana industry continues to boom. So far, thirteen states currently allow medical marijuana prescriptions to patients with related illnesses, according to TIME magazine. However, the debate continues about whether cannabis use is helpful or is reaching a point of abuse. The question many find themselves asking is, does the benefit outweigh the negative opinion on medical marijuana reform.
On November 14, 2014, Sharon Baires went into the hospital to check on her shortness of breath. Minutes later, she was undergoing emergency surgery for a previously implanted heart wire that malfunctioned. The wire is for blood pressure and heart rate management. She endures the immediate code blue process wide-awake, without sedation, almost dying on the table.
Sharon Baires, heart attack survivor, shares details about her recent heart procedure without anesthesia on Sunday Nov. 30, 2014. (Photo by: Leilani Spring Fischbeck).
“On a 1 through 10 scale, it was definitely a 10 pain level,” she described, “and it was excruciating. It felt like someone was dragging a saw across my heart.”
Sharon Baires, heart attack survivor, describes the procedure of the wire removal around the heart cavity on Sunday Nov. 30, 2014. (Photo by: Leilani Spring Fischbeck).
Half way through the procedure, Baires said she began fading out and soon passed out from the pain. She states that she knew she was dying at that moment.
Sharon Baires, heart attack survivor, grips the table while sharing her story about passing out during the procedure on Sunday Nov. 30, 2014. (Photo by: Leilani Spring Fischbeck).Sharon Baires, heart attack survivor, grips the table while sharing her story about passing out during the procedure on Sunday Nov. 30, 2014. (Photo by: Leilani Spring Fischbeck).
“That day, I was one of three code blue calls in the hospital,” Baires describes, “and I was the only one who survived.”
Sharon Baires, heart attack survivor, shows where the pacemaker was implanted on Sunday Nov. 30, 2014. (Photo by: Leilani Spring Fischbeck).
After the emergency procedure was complete, Baires spent the next five days recovering in the Intensive Care Unit. In addition, she had a high tech pacemaker implanted to regulate her irregular heartbeat. It is no larger than a quarter dollar.
Sharon Baires, heart attack survivor, checking her blood pressure for abnormalities on Nov. 30, 2014. (Photo by: Leilani Spring Fischbeck).
Baires checks her blood pressure multiple times a day.
“I check it every few hours. I am so nervous about anything happening. There are still so many questions I have.”