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Alkalign looks beyond the barre to bodywork

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Exercise aficionados go beyond the ballet barre during Alkalign Studios’ Recharge class to focus on myofascial release and stretching.

While core offerings at Alkalign Studios in Los Altos focus on strengthening and stretching the body the way a ballerina would before a performance, a new line of classes approach the body from another angle.

The studio at 249 First St. last spring split off from its former identity as a Dailey Method location, reinventing itself as an independent studio that teaches barre method and now has the freedom to improvise as well. The new Recharge classes focus on the bodywork that athletes (and office workers) use to roll out the knots and ease the kinks of shoulders, legs and wrists.


Stanford Library provides resources to care for caregivers

November is National Family Caregivers Month. Caregivers include family and friends who manage the care of people who are older, ill or disabled.


Have you gotten your flu shot yet?

The single best thing you can do to prevent getting the flu is get vaccinated every year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone 6 months and older get an annual flu vaccination.

A flu vaccination takes approximately two weeks to take full effect in your body, so don’t wait until the flu season is well underway before getting your vaccine. Act now for your best chance to avoid contracting the flu, characterized by a high fever, all-over body aches and severe cough and sore throat.


Vitamin D helps your mood and fights the flu

Vitamin D helps improve cognitive function, stabilize mood and regulate hormones. Several studies show that the powerful ally also reduces risk of heart disease, colon cancer, prostate or breast cancer, and plays a role in preventing multiple sclerosis, diabetes and high blood pressure.


Hospital reduces patient falls using tech

El Camino Hospital embarked on a mission last year to reach the ultimate goal of patient safety: zero falls.

The hospital partnered with Mountain View-based technology company analyticsMD Inc. to monitor patients’ movements and predict falls. Within the program’s first six months, it reduced patient falls by 39 percent.


Protect yourself against Medicare fraud during Open Enrollment season

It’s an unfortunate truth, but health care fraud drives up costs for everyone in the system.


Blazing Saddles Brownies: Mischief in the making

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Andy Kavanagh/Special to the Town Crier 
Blazing Saddle Brownies combine the tasty appeal of chocolate with protein-rich black beans for a snack that sticks.

Black beans and chocolate aren’t what most people would consider the makings of a tasty snack. In fact, I imagine that your children’s response to a sweet bean recipe would land somewhere between horror and bemusement.


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