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Los Altos High group helps local clinics


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Los Altos High’s Medical Outreach Volunteers for Everyone collects medical equipment such as wheelchairs and walkers and raises funds to donate to local clinics.

A student group at Los Altos High School has worked with local medical clinics to provide equipment for the past two years – and students continue fundraising to expand their efforts.

Members of Medical Outreach Volunteers for Everyone (MOVE) support their mission with summer fundraising.


Kick start the school year with effective health strategies


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According to Dr. Karin Wertz, pediatrician at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, preparing children for the school year includes establishing good eating and sleeping habits.

Whether your children are just starting kindergarten or simply moving up a grade, back to school is a great time to review their medical needs and ensure that they get off to the best start for a healthy school year.

Help your child look forward to school by talking about it as an exciting opportunity to see old friends and meet new ones, and to learn new and interesting things. Following are a few suggestions.

Los Altos doctor takes lead role at American Heart Association


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Dr. David Lee of Los Altos, center, recently assumed the role of board president of the American Heart Association’s Western States Affiliate. Pictured with Lee are, from left, fellow board member Joni Byun and Kathy Rogers, executive vice president of the Western States Affiliate.

The American Heart Association recently elected Los Altos resident David Lee, M.D., board president of its Western States Affiliate.

Los Altos native conquered ups and downs of weight


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Ben Walton loved living in Los Altos, but life wasn’t always easy. In September 2009, Walton was 22 years old and working at Blockbuster Video in Palo Alto. He weighed 450 pounds.

“I decided to take control of my weight and my life,” remembered Walton, who said he was affected by morbid obesity. But taking control soon led to overcontrol. Nine months later, the 6’2” Walton weighed only 187 pounds.

Menopause sometimes requires a survival guide

Menopause has gotten a bad rap. Women in their 40s and 50s who have any symptoms – from moodiness to insomnia and headaches – may believe that it’s a normal part of aging and there’s not much they can do about it.

Library also offers coloring, inclusive storytime events

Along with baby story time and sign language, the Los Altos Library offers other programs that are catching on with the community.

‘Keep Calm and Color’

Swapping the baby coos for Enya, the same room in the library reassembles as a haven for older patrons during “Keep Calm and Color!” events. They invite grownups to gather and just, well, color – in adult coloring books – an increasingly popular fad associated with relaxation and meditation as much as it is creativity. Librarian Pat Oey organized the pilot session this spring and to her surprise, found a following.

Sleep deprived? Try these tips to get more Zs

Is counting sheep to drift off to sleep not working for you? If that’s the case, you’re not alone.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than a quarter of the U.S. population states that they occasionally don’t get enough sleep. Nearly 10 percent experience chronic insomnia. Insomnia is a medical condition that keeps you from falling asleep, staying asleep or both.


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