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MCDPH and LWMC Release Community Health Assessment

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MADERA COUNTY — Madera County Department of Public Health (MCDPH), in partnership with the Live Well Madera County (LWMC) Coalition, have released the LWMC 2023 Community Health Assessment (CHA). This comprehensive report takes a deep dive into the community’s health and social needs and is key in helping to better understand the health of the people who live in Madera ...

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CAL FIRE Releases Green Schoolyards Grant Guidelines

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MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES — The Department of Forestry and Fire Protection’s (CAL FIRE) Urban and Community Forestry Program announced today $117 million will be available for Green Schoolyard grants in 2023. The Green Schoolyard grant guidelines are now open for public comment through January 13, 2023. The public comment period is to solicit feedback and constructive comments that will help the ...

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New Grad With Bipolar Disorder Breaks Barriers With Podcast

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FRESNO STATE — Many college students live with anxiety, depression and other mental health issues, but that doesn’t have to be a barrier to achievement, said Fresno State graduate Andrea Lee. Despite receiving a diagnosis of bipolar disorder just as she started college, Lee recently graduated summa cum laude from Fresno State’s Craig School of Business at age 19, after ...

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Ways to Support Mental Health in Rural America

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HEALTH & FITNESS — Throughout many parts of the country, an increased understanding of mental health has led to enhanced awareness of its importance. A catch-all description of emotional, psychological and social well-being, mental health affects how people think, feel and act, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In fact, mental health is an important component of ...

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6 Food Groups with Important Nutrients for Infants

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HEALTH & FITNESS — At nearly all hours of the day, parents of infants have a lot to think about, including being conscious of what their little ones are eating. From birth and beyond, proper nutrition is fundamental for continued health. In fact, according to the World Health Organization, optimal feeding during the first three years of life is important ...

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6 Ways Your Dog Can Help Improve Your Mental Health

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PETS & ANIMALS — Dogs can provide a sense of comfort for their pet parents, and spending time together can help create a strong bond, reduce stress and positively impact mental health. In fact, according to a survey from Mars Petcare, one in three pet parents got a new pet during the pandemic, with 36% saying they did so to ...

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Adverse Childhood Experiences And Emotional Trauma

OAKHURST — David Weikel, program supervisor for Madera County’s Behavioral Health Services, says the more adverse experiences a person has in childhood, the more they’re at risk for an array of health, mental health and social problems in their lives. Also, their level of risk for negative risk outcomes will vary depending on what those adverse childhood experiences were. A ...

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Be Aware, Take Care: Mental Health Is Part Of Life

By Sydney Myers and Natalie Zawolkow —  O’NEALS — Mental health is an inescapable part of life. It doesn’t matter who you are or what you do, we all deal with it. Which is why it is so important to not only monitor your own mental health, but to look out for the people around you as well. Forget the stigmas. ...

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Nina Farley-Bates Is Healing Minds In Oakhurst

OAKHURST — A licensed clinical social worker with 20 years of experience as a psychotherapist is helping to heal minds at Adventist Health / Community Care in Oakhurst. Nina Farley-Bates is a native of Kingsburg who graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from California State University, Fresno. After earning her degree, she went on to earn a Master of Social ...

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