Health

Reports focusing on the latest health news and trends along California's Central Coast.

CDC - James Gathany

In early August, Monterey County announced its first travel-related case of Zika Virus, marking a first for the Central Coast.

A few weeks later and Santa Barbara County announced a resident there has also tested positive.

Flickr member Enrique Dans

The San Luis Obispo County Public Health Department says the county now has its first confirmed case of West Nile Virus since 2009. 

Broadcast date: 08/02/2016

One of life's greatest challenges is finding the courage to be who we are, to ignore the cultural pressures to conform to our narrow definition of normal and to unleash our inner spirit. Tune in for another show from the road featuring conversations from Pittsburgh, Pa with some truly authentic people, living their truth.

Broadcast date: 07/26/2016

With all that we have, and all that we think we know - why is it that we keep struggling to maintain our mental health and well-being? Maybe it's time to really listen to, and heed, the wisdom and experience of our elders. Tune for part 2 of our conversation with Psychologist, author and activist, Dr. Mary Pipher about the changing world of psychotherapy.

CDC - James Gathany

The first Zika virus case on the Central Coast was reported recently in Monterey County. 

Broadcast date: 07/19/2016

It isn't often that you get the chance to meet your hero, but when the opportunity arrives should you take it? It's hard for anyone to live up to their persona, which can lead to a disappointing personal encounter. But when offered the chance to interview author, activist and psychologist Mary Pipher at her home in Lincoln, Ne- it was worth the cross country car trip for this conversation. Tune in Tuesday at 2 for a conversation with Dr. Mary Pipher about creating a life worth living.

Broadcast date: 07/12/2016

It seems that when it comes down to it there are just a few things that make life worth living. Tune in Today - Tuesday - at 2 for a conversation from the Black Hills of South Dakota with 3 very different men who share some fundamental values that guide their lives.

Broadcast date: 07/05/2015

If we as a country fail to value the work of those who care for others, who will be able, or want to do the work? Tune in for a conversation with Riane Eisler PhD, about her work as the president of the center for Partnership Studies and the founder of theCaring Economy Campaign.

Broadcast date: 06/21/2016

Instead of a riotous clash of forces, this revolution may already be taking place outside of mainstream culture and under the noses of those in power. Tune in today at 2 pm for a conversation about how fathers, families, music and alternative economies are quietly changing the world.

How sports psychology can help us in everyday life

Jul 7, 2016

Broadcast date: 06/14/2016

What does it take to reach our full potential? For elite athletes and performers it takes a combination of fitness, preparation and confidence -- both physically and mentally. How can these same attributes help each of us find more success in the areas of our lives that demand overcoming stress and pressure to "get the job done"? Tune in for a conversation with Sports Psychologist Jeff Troesch about his work helping the best of the best find their "zone."

When we begin to feel old depends not just on our age, but on our physical, emotional, and mental health.  Listen to this conversation about accepting the transitions of age with Elizabeth Barrett and her guest, author Lois West Bristow, PhD.

Broadcast date: 05/31/2016

Listen to a conversation with Elizabeth Barrett and her callers about how pursuing happiness as a life goal can set us up for poor mental health. 

Ken Pfeiffer Photography

Are you looking to improve your life? Feel free to go all out. 

Vacation Rejuvenation

May 24, 2016

Broadcast date: 05/24/2016

Unused vacation time in America is at an all time high - coincidentally so are the rates of anxiety and depression. Taking time to get away and regroup is critical to our mental health and well- being. and is essential in maintaining our most important relationships. Listen for a conversation about the joys of family vacations and the importance of getting away together to stay together.

Flickr user: Steven Depolo

The frozen vegetables and fruits covered under an expanding voluntary recall by CRF Frozen Foods affects products sold in all 50 states and several Canadian provinces.

The teen birth rate is dropping nationwid, especially among Hispanic and black girls, and those same statistics are mirrored here on the Central Coast. 

The Monkey Mind: That endless stream of troubling thoughts or other distracting chatter can zap confidence, preventing a person from focusing on what is truly important. 

Broadcast date: 04/12/2016

Power is the driving force in almost every aspect of our lives. 

Getting a handle on food and environmental allergies

Apr 20, 2016
Ken Pfeiffer Photography

It seems like allergy season gets longer every year. Whether it’s foods or the environment, a lot of people are suffering from allergies.

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Residents of a San Luis Obispo County neighborhood are in the early stages of suing the County over a toxic chemical that is testing positive in their well water. 

Broadcast date: 03/29/2016

With all of the sexual content available and graphic images displayed on billboards, in store windows and in the media - we do a poor job of talking about sex and intimate relationships. 

The process for giving Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) has changed quite a bit over the years and there is a new push on the Central Coast to get people acquainted with the most recent version of this life-saving technique. 

Broadcast date: 03/22/2016 

Journaling is therapeutic. It's more than just a writing exercise. 

Broadcast date: 03/15/2016

One of the most well-recognized epidemics in the United States is that of skewed body image. But is this epidemic well understood? Tune in for a conversation about the sorts of mental strain that precipitate eating disorders, and advice on grappling with body image issues. 

Dr. Susan Swadener

For National Nutrition Month, hear from Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Dr. Susan Swadener and Registered Dietitian Megan Coats with Cal Poly Campus Dining about the campaign to inform the public about healthful eating and lifestyle and about their work as registered dietitians. 

Lisa Gardiner

Parents will soon be able to choose from a list of local after-school programs that are certified by the state as healthy options for their kids. 

Broadcast date: 03/01/2016

Although toddlers can be physically demanding and emotionally frustrating - the years spent raising teens can bring us to our knees. But time with our teens can often be engaging, enlightening and fulfilling. 

Broadcast Date: 02/23/2016

The medical model and helping professions are not exact sciences. 

CDC - James Gathany

The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department is working to inform the public and health physicians about how to prevent the spread of Zika virus. 

Broadcast date: 02/12/2016

Young adults (ages 12-17) perceive prescription pills, such as opioid pain relievers, to be less dangerous than street drugs because they are available through legal prescriptions.

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