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Mountain View family gives $1M for mental health care facility at El Camino

Photo courtesy of the Satake family
The Satake family donated funds to improve mental health services locally in honor of their parents, James and Akiko Satake.

The Satake family purchased 36 acres of farmland in Mountain View Dec. 2, 1941. When Pearl Harbor was attacked five days later, their family business took a detour.

With forced internment for Americans of Japanese ancestry approaching, the Satakes secured a permit to voluntarily relocate inland to Nevada and then Utah – ending up in a town near Topaz, a camp where their Japanese friends and neighbors from the Bay Area were interned. James Satake, then a senior at Palo Alto High School, ultimately enlisted in the U.S. Army, served in Germany and returned to Mountain View with his family years later. His parents, Shinajiro and Shimano Satake, started a farm that over the years transformed into the long-running Satake Nursery on Marilyn Drive.

PAMF names internist, medical group president as new CEO

The Palo Alto Medical Foundation recently named Elizabeth Vilardo, M.D., its new CEO.

Vilardo succeeds Richard Slavin, M.D., who serves as CEO emeritus until his retirement in January.

What your cravings say – and don't say – about health


’Tis the season to put even the best good-diet intentions to the test. Even if you typically eat foods high in nutrient density and whole foods – and you’ve seen the improvement in energy, sleep, mood and blood sugar – being surrounded by tempting treats can stir up cravings.

Do you need vitamins to supplement a well-rounded diet?

Many people take vitamin supplements in an attempt to make up for what might be missing health-wise from daily diets. But is this a good health practice?

CDC: National Health Survey underway in Santa Clara County, throughout country

Santa Clara County is among 15 counties across the country selected to be part of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, which provides data on public health problems from a national perspective.

The National Center for Health Statistics randomly selects 5,000 residents annually to participate in the survey to provide information for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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.

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