Be prepared, group says

Speakers from the American Red Cross of Greater Los Angeles are available to speak to community organizations, church groups, service clubs, chambers of commerce and others about preparing Los Angeles-area families for disasters and terrorist attacks. A Red Cross campaign, "Together We Prepare L.A.," is underway to give local residents the information they need to be prepared for natural disasters […]

‘Doulas’ bring back ancient tradition, ‘mothering the mother’

Expectant and new mothers need "mothering" too. At a time when hospital stays are brief and extended family support may be limited, trained caregivers called doulas provide something special: continuous emotional and physical support during pregnancy and labor––even follow-up care at home. In a recent national survey of new mothers, doulas, or trained labor assistants, ranked the highest of all […]

Website teaches online safety for kids

Parents who want their children to use the Internet safely––and to learn while having fun––may want to pitch their tent at goCyberCamp™, a new Website that lets kids "camp out" all year long. goCyberCamp––funded by the AT&T Family Care Development Fund and developed at the Center for 4-H Youth Development, part of the University of Minnesota Extension Service––is an online […]

Healthcare involves the entire family

Healthcare involves the entire family Visiting a healthcare provider truly is a family affair. It’s estimated that family members accompany 35 percent of all patients on outpatient visits and are present on virtually all visits to a pediatrician. Since this is the case, some health care providers are recognizing the need to work together with a family as a team. […]

If Words Could Talk

Garbage in, Gar Bage Out

Periodically, we have to take a look at the big bugaboos that we all fear which are word origin, punctuation, grammar and granola bars. Unless you’re a cowboy, cowgirl or cowperson, it’s very difficult to wend your way through life, just saying "Yep, nope, maybe and reckon so." Well, partner, let’s mosey through some of the letters and get to […]

New Oak Park Website

By Lori Porter Acorn Staff Writer When Brett Garrett moved to Oak Park from Glendale two years ago, he fell in love with the community and began attending Oak Park Municipal Advisory Council (MAC) meetings. Over time, he noticed that important issues were being discussed and recommendations made, but few residents took interest because they were unaware of the MAC […]

Gardening encourages healthy bones

Try gardening to cut your risk of developing osteoporosis or "fragile bone disease." That’s the advice of Dr. Lori Turner at the University of Arkansas. She found that only weight training was better than yard work as physical activity associated with bone health. Turner’s work is highlighted in the forthcoming National Women’s Health Report, Osteoporosis & Women’s Health. Osteoporosis affects […]

Eighth grader goes to N.Y.

Eighth grader goes to N.Y. Jason Zide, an eighth grader at Medea Creek Middle School in Oak Park, was among 1,800 student council leaders and student activity advisers and one out of 42 chosen from California to attend the 67th annual National Association of Student Councils (NASC) National Conference held recently at Lancaster High School in Lancaster, N.Y. Zide received […]

Hints on preventing SIDS

Every year, 3,000 infants between the age of one month and a year die from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), the leading cause of infant deaths in the United States. According to pathologist Michael Graham, MD, FCAP, while the cause of SIDS deaths is still a mystery, there are things parents can do to help protect their children. "The good […]

On your mark, get set…

On your mark, get set… The official filing period for the Agoura Hills City Council doesn’t open until Monday, but already two newcomers have thrown their hat into the ring, a good sign that civic involvement in the city is alive and well. In 1999, incumbents Louise Rishoff and Dan Kuperberg ran unopposed––except for one write-in candidate. This year, Kuperberg […]

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