Your health goals for 2012

This week, I reached out to friends via social media to ask a simple question: What are your community health goals and hopes for 2012?

One woman responded immediately, via Twitter: “That young people will eat healthy foods. No more daily intakes of fast food. It can kill you.”

A man responded, via Facebook: “As someone with a pre-existing condition, I want to be able to afford health insurance!”

On this blog’s Facebook page, I posted my own hopes: “Personally, I want to continue to eat local food, at home, and continue to explore our region’s beautiful outdoors. Community-wide, I hope that health becomes a right, and not a privilege.”

What are your personal and community-wide goals for health in 2012? Please share them in the comments section below!

Happy New Year and Felíz Año Nuevo!


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Resolve to bring healthy changes in 2011

It’s the season for holiday gift lists and New Year’s resolutions. At this time of year, I like to reflect on the past year, and decide how I can make the next one better – for me, for the community, for the environment.

A few of my resolutions for 2011 include:

  • Drive less.
    I cover community health issues across the San Joaquín Valley, so I drive A LOT. In 2011, I will contribute to the region’s clean air movement by making an even bigger effort to walk or bike when possible.
    To learn more about Fresno’s efforts to become bike-friendly, visit
  • BE local.
    In 2011, I will strive to support local businesses; eat locally grown produce; and support local authors, bands, and artists.
    To learn about great local businesses, food and wine makers, and artists, check out the Fresno Beehive’s awesome ‘Buy Local’ gift guide.
  • Be part of the change.
    In 2011, I will support local food banks that are doing so much to end hunger in our community. Today, I will support Roots of Change’s petition to Gov. Jerry Brown to support healthy foods and farms during his time in office. You should, too!

The petition, available here, reads:

California’s food system should provide healthy and affordable food, benefits and wealth to workers and farmers. Policies should be in place to reduce greenhouse gases and nitrogen and help restore the soil, water, species diversity, and climate upon which food production depends.”

What are your resolutions for 2011? What kind of changes would you like to see, and be part of, in your community?

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