First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes baby ...

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention research shows that the U.S. divorce rate is down, despite narratives from television and movies like “Marriage Story.” Experts credit the decline to parents wanting to protect their children, who often suffer lifelong impacts such as reduced life expectancy and chronic stress when divorce occurs.


Director Noah Baumbach’s acclaimed movie “Marriage Story,” starring Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver, depicts a family navigating its way through the anguish of divorce. The acting is extraordinary, emotive and mesmerizing; it may even lead you to believe that the U.S. is a country where divorce is endemic.

Understanding your feet benefits the entire body

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People need the best possible support for all three arches in the foot to relieve and prevent pain, optimize their posture and help them stay active. PhysioFit offers complimentary foot scans, with no appointment necessary.


The health of your feet can make a big impact on the health and function of your entire body – quite literally from head to toe.

Ideas for making behavioral changes stick in the new year

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Establishing attainable goals – like eating more fruit in the morning – taking action every day, using positive reinforcement and sticking with a plan are key to maintaining New Year’s resolutions.

The start of a new year and a new decade means many of us are focused on making resolutions and positive changes in our lives. And while we may have the best of intentions, why is it that so many of us fall short and end up giving up on our goals?

According to U.S. News and World Report, 80% of New Year’s resolutions fail. While this can sound disheartening, there is hope. Success in keeping and reaching New Year’s resolutions often lies within the simplicity of the goals and the behaviors that accompany them.

Coronavirus not spreading in county, public health department reps say

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Santa Clara County Public Health Department officials urge local residents to be aware of the symptoms of novel coronavirus. The department posted the graphic on its social media sites.

Since the novel coronavirus surfaced in Silicon Valley recently, so have fears that anyone traveling to and from Asia or Europe could spread the disease even if they never contracted it. That’s a myth, a Santa Clara County Public Health Department officer told the Town Crier last week.

While novel is a new type of coronavirus – different from viruses that can cause illnesses as common as a seasonal cold – and reasonably leads residents to worry, county deputy health officer Dr. George Han said public health departments were created for this exact circumstance.

Planned Parenthood opens new Mtn. View location

Planned Parenthood Mar Monte recently reopened at its new location at 2500 California St. in Mountain View.

The Mountain View clinic was previously located on San Antonio Road but closed in October in the face of redevelopment. The new clinic offers health-care services provided by the county, according to a press release from Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian.

How your health can take a hit: Los Altos Youth Commission warns of residual effects of vaping

Middle schoolers and high schoolers in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties may see a new poster with hard-hitting facts about vaping taped to the walls at school this week, the work of a subcommittee of teens who serve on the Los Altos Youth Commission.

The commission, whose members are in grades 8-12, embarked on a campaign last September to inform peers of the negative side effects of vaping and e-cigarettes. Teens are most likely to fall prey to advertising from companies like Juul that promote the habit.

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The Los Altos Youth Commission’s anti-vaping poster lists the possible damaging side effects of e-cigarettes.

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