Put Your Best Fork Forward With Probiotics & Prebiotics

Dr. Crystal Kwan

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”

Pro Tips to Prevent High School Sports Injuries

By Dr. Alexander Weber | Keck Medicine of USC

Dr. Alexander Weber

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.
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Status of Women Commission to Speak at Junior League

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 spac@jlpasadena.org.

Pasadena Senior Center Offers Spring Food Series

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.
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Stroll & Roll Benefits AbilityFirst

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.
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Five Acres Welcomes New Board Members

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.

New Board Members

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Eastside Arts Teaches Life Skills Through Guided Play

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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.

League Championship Teams

La Salle Boys’ Soccer
Photo courtesy Anthony Harris
The La Salle High School varsity boys’ soccer team recently captured the Del Rey League title with a 9-1 record. The Lancers (12-11-1 overall) clinched a CIF-Southern Section Division 6 playoff berth and fell to La Cañada, 2-1, in the first round. The Del Rey League championship squad includes (kneeling, from left) Nicholas Reynolds, Jason Helgeson, Corbin Jones, Adrian Puga, Fernando Urteaga, Stephen Burkhart, Alec Berberian, Eric Rivero and Ryan Alvarez. Standing: Curtis Antonides, Nick Zuniga, Neil Angsanto, Luis Serrano, Miles Gelinas, assistant coach Art Karamyan, Michael Gibbs, head coach Edgar Manvelyan, Ryan Sparks, Nicholas Wilson, Julian Prins, Vincent Zuniga and Christopher Dinkel.
Westridge Girls’ Water Polo
The Westridge varsity girls’ water polo recently shared the Prep League championship with Polytechnic with an 11-1 record. The Tigers clinched a CIF-Southern Section Division 3 playoff berth and fell to Downey Warren in the first round. The squad includes (front row, from left) Sammy Chean-Udell and Serena Lewin. Middle: Grace Collins, Marissa Aivizas, Aleen Babikian and Amanda Tse. Back: Mara Raygor, Georgia Bogle, Kira O’Donell, Ava Whist, Brenna Bowlen and Sophia Rubbo.