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What does direct access to physical therapy mean for you?

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Direct access allows patients in need of physical therapy services to seek assistance from licensed professionals without a physician’s referral.

Physical therapists in California are now able to treat patients without a physician referral through the direct access process.

Book suggestions for gaining control over Type 2 diabetes

Chances are good that you know someone with diabetes. Maybe it is you.

Plant-based diet offers benefits

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Los Altos resident Nandini Krishna prepares a meat-free dish According to author Caldwell B. Esselstyn Jr., M.D., a plant-based diet can help prevent cancer.

Shirley Okita of Los Altos has found that adhering to a mostly plant-based diet has many benefits, though it’s not always easy to follow.

“Sometimes it is tempting to eat less healthfully, but it is not too bad,” said the mother of two. “Over time, I got used to eating better, and my cholesterol and glucose tests are better now.”

Local mom creates kid-friendly Kurbo food app & coaching service

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Joanna Strober, above with son Jared, created Kurbo to help children make better food choices.

A Los Altos Hills mom is trying to take a bite out of childhood obesity by helping kids make better food choices.

Joanna Strober earlier this summer launched Kurbo, an Android- and Apple-compatible app that uses a traffic-light system to assist children battling weight problems. The app, she noted, is based on the pediatric obesity program at Stanford University’s Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital and guides children ages 8-18 through daily food choices – with green lights for fruits, vegetables and other good choices. Conversely, the app encourages children to limit red-light items such as processed food high in sugar and fat.

Your children need exercise, too

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Exercising 60 minutes per day has numerous health benefits for children, including weight maintenance and better sleep.

Children have high energy levels, so they run and play all day, right? Unfortunately, this isn’t the case for the many kids who are spending an increasing amount of time sitting at school or in front of a computer, mobile device or TV.

Overcoming stigmas about mental illness

“What will people think of my high blood pressure?”

Dentistry center hosts Smiles for Troops event

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Peninsula Center of Cosmetic Dentistry will host its second Smiles for Troops event on Veterans Day. The event offers military members free dental care.

Military veterans who have returned from serving in Iraq and Afghanistan are eligible to receive free dental care on Veterans Day at the Peninsula Center of Cosmetic Dentistry’s second Smiles for Troops event.

The practice, located at 99 Third St. in Los Altos, specializes in cosmetic dentistry, IV sedation, dental implants, Invisalign orthodontics and general dentistry.

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