By Crystal Kwan, MPH, RD, CDE | Huntington Hospital
This year’s theme for National Nutrition Month is “Put Your Best Fork Forward,” which celebrates the diverse ways to enjoy healthful choices throughout the day. Did you know that one way to improve your health is to focus on your gut? While research continues to explore the area of prebiotics and probiotics, here is some information about what we do know:
What are Probiotics?
Although we often associate bacteria as harmful agents that spoil food or make us sick, some bacteria are actually good for our health. The GI tract is responsible for the digestion and absorption of nutrients and is home to trillions of bacteria that are important for keeping us healthy. These “good” bacteria are probiotics and help to maintain balance in the gut, keeps the GI tract healthy, and protect against harmful microorganisms. The number of bacteria in your gut is almost 10 times more than the number of your own body cells! Continue reading “Put Your Best Fork Forward With Probiotics & Prebiotics”
Your teenager has practiced hard and made the high school team, but does your athlete know how to prevent an injury from happening?
Winter has officially ended, and everywhere across the country, high school athletes are taking to the field for the spring season. It’s a challenging and rewarding experience that will provide benefits that last a lifetime. It’s also a time for coaches, parents and players to be mindful of the very real risk of injury.
According to the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine, high school athletes are treated for about 2 million injuries each year, accounting for 500,000 doctor visits and 30,000 hospitalizations. Although those statistics may sound frightening, the good news is that many of these injuries are preventable. Continue reading “Pro Tips to Prevent High School Sports Injuries”
The Junior League of Pasadena has announced that representatives from Pasadena’s Commission on the Status of Women will speak with members and guests at a special event on at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 6, at the JLP headquarters, 149 S. Madison Ave.
Members of the JLP are looking forward to this event because the commission’s work closely aligns with the focus area of the JLP — the support and development of women. Members of the JLP volunteer hundreds of hours each year to support this issue and the women in the community.
Light refreshments will be served. This event is open to the public. To RSVP, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cancer Support Community Pasadena has received a $50,000 grant from the S. Mark Taper Foundation. The Foundation, founded in 1989, is a private family organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of people’s lives by supporting nonprofits and their work in the communities. Continue reading “Cancer Support Community Receives Taper Grant”
The Pasadena Senior Center has announced its spring calendar for the Masters Series on culinary history, scheduled for Tuesdays, April 4 to May 23, from 2-4 p.m. The senior center is located at 85 E. Holly St.
The Masters Series, which embraces lifelong learning, is open to members of the Pasadena Senior Center. Registration for individual classes is $15, or the entire term for $100. Continue reading “Pasadena Senior Center Offers Spring Food Series”
AbilityFirst, a 91-year-old nonprofit organization serving children and adults with disabilities, is set to host its annual fundraiser and 5K walk called Stroll & Roll. AbilityFirst is honored to name Lauren Potter as this year’s Stroll & Roll Celebrity Champion. The event will be held on Sunday, April 2, at Universal Studios backlot in Universal City. The walk begins at 7:30 a.m., but check-in and a continental breakfast begin at 6 a.m. Continue reading “Stroll & Roll Benefits AbilityFirst”
Five Acres announced the addition of three new board members to the agency’s Board of Directors. Celeste Liversidge, Scott Street and Erica Tejeda will be joining the board as new members after years of involvement with various Five Acres committees. The three new members were inducted at the agency’s 129th annual meeting, held recently at the Rococo Room in Pasadena.
At Eastside Arts, the performing arts are a great way to teach kids important life skills through guided play.
Located half a block from the Gold Line at 5917 N. Figueroa St. in northeast Los Angeles, Eastside Arts offers a variety of classes in acting, improvisation and filmmaking for kids ages 5-18. The classes are fun and noncompetitive, focusing on listening, speaking, teamwork and imagination, and are great for shy and outgoing kids alike. Eastside Arts is owned and operated by Elise Robertson and Kathryn Winslow, working actors and moms.
Just added: Acting Classes for Teens! All classes are registering now for the spring session, starting Saturday, March 25. Summer camps for drama and filmmaking start in July. For more information, visit EastsideArtsLA.com or call (323) 371-8028.
Foothill Family has received a $175,000 grant from the California Community Foundation’s Education Pipeline Portfolio, which will support the Early Head Start Program, serving low-income children from infancy through age 3 and their families in the Alhambra, Rosemead, El Monte, South El Monte and La Puente communities. Continue reading “Foothill Family Awarded California Community Grant”