Health and fitness

Raegene Castle advocates for those who are experiencing hearing loss

Raegene Castle hears everything clearly when she attends Nativity Church in Menlo Park, thanks to the fact that there is a hearing loop in the sanctuary. “Loops are common in Europe,” she said, “I just wish they were more common here. About 20 years ago, Raegene attended a New Year’s Eve party and got what […]

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Fit Kids presents a morning with historical kinesiologist Ron Jones on Oct. 19

Fit Kids, a non-profit that provides structured fitness activities to underserved youth through schools and community centers in the Bay Area and beyond, invites the public to learn how to combat health crises facing our youth from historical kinesiologist Ron Jones on Friday, October 19, at 10:00 am at the Menlo Circus Club in Atherton. […]

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Get boo-tiful with a DYI Halloween face mask

For Halloween, we usually think about the mask that comes with your costume, but this year I am all about the beauty of the mask! Something that covers the face, bold and colorful, natural and homemade, that will make you feel good and will definitely amuse or terrify anyone who catches you with it on. DIY face masks […]

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SafeSpace teens create videos to help break silence about mental health problems

Members of the SafeSpace Youth Advisory Board created, wrote, directed and produced a collection of videos entitled, “SafeSpace New Conversations.”  with the intent of challenging current media portrayals of mental illness as a hopeless condition and ask the question, “What would happen if we told the truth about our lives?” The videos will be offered […]

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Fitness consultant Stella Bergan is back for another year of cross country training at Hillview Middle School

Ladera resident Stella Bergan is back for her fourth year at Hillview Middle School this fall coaching the after school cross country program, helping kids increase their running endurance, speed, strength, and overall conditioning. “I also share nutrition and mental strategies that will help them with running as well as other sports and life in general,” […]

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Ashley Mozart Fey launches Teen Rising Project to give teens a chance to talk in a supportive environment

Ashley Mozart Fey is listening to teens in a cozy upstairs room at the Allied Arts Guild in Menlo Park. She calls her endeavor Teen Rising Project. “I worked in commercial real estate for many years at the company my father started. But at the back of my mind, I always thought, ‘If I could […]

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Critical need for O blood types at Stanford Blood Center

Local residents are being asked to donate type O blood products at Stanford Blood Center to help meet the needs of local hospitals. Because of higher than normal blood usage in the hospitals and a drop in donations over the summer, the Blood Center has a critically low inventory of both O positive and O […]

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Sonoo Thadaney champions physicians being present with patients with non-profit Presence

It’s rare when the name of an organization so squarely aligns with its purpose. But such is the case with Presence, which Ladera resident Sonoo Thadaney leads as Executive Director. She co-founded the organization with Dr. Abraham Verghese. “The business of medicine has taken over the practice of medicine,” she said in partial explanation of […]

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Talking hearing loss with Bill Facteau, CEO of Menlo Park-based Earlens

A brand new trophy sat on Earlens CEO Bill Facteau’s desk — and it was one to be proud of. The Menlo Park-based medical technology company had received a “Best New Product Award” for it Earlens Light-Driven Hearing Aid by the 2018 Edison Awards, who wrote: “Earlens brings people with hearing loss closer to normal hearing […]

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Benefit for ALS in Menlo Park raises $1 million

In 2014, Menlo Park resident Nancy Sallaberry was playing tennis almost daily, as you might expect from someone whose teams at both Ladera Oaks and Sharon Heights had advanced to the USTA Nationals. Then, Nancy realized something was a bit off. She felt clumsy on the court. Doctors initially suspected she might have a pinched […]

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Teen mental health is the topic of community event in Menlo Park on April 22

“Unmasking Teen Mental Health” is the topic of a community event on April 22 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Trinity Church in Menlo Park. “About a year ago, I received an email from a fellow youth minister who was forwarding an email from a school that concerned the Netflix series, 13 Reasons Why, which […]

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