Health Matters


Last year while facing a record-breaking drought, a homeowner association on Bay Farm Island decided to do its part and take action. The community of more than 400 homes known as the Casitas Alameda Homeowners’ Association replaced 25,000 square feet of water-intensive lawn at Verdemar Drive and Catalina Avenue with new landscaping that saves water, increases biodiversity and prevents stormwater runoff. 


The Alameda Free Library is proud to welcome local East Bay author Nathanael Johnson this Saturday, Nov. 12, at 11 a.m. for a Talk and Walk, as part of the Libraries Outside program

Johnson will speak about his book Unseen City, and then lead a walk to help residents learn how to see and explore small wonders even in the most civilized areas of a town. Unseen City has been praised in the San Francisco Chronicle, the Washington Post and by the Associated Press as a “modern classic of nature writing.”


Remember when a hug from someone altered your mood? When curling up next to a significant other, friend or pet brought you joy, peace and relaxation? At the end of stress-filled days, we find ourselves run down, exhausted, or depressed, which can lead to an increased risk of disease. 


Sometime in late October, I’ll host the 12th Annual Friends of Elaine Kortzeborn Medicare Open Enrollment Party.

Every year since 2005, I’ve helped a dozen or so of my mom’s buddies review their Medicare Part D prescription drug insurance and make sure it still works for them.
At first, I ran into some resistance. Mom’s friends didn’t want to bother. They had coverage and didn’t see why they needed to keep checking their drug plans. After a couple of years, though, that attitude disappeared.


Alameda Hospital’s annual Community Health Fair will be held this Saturday, Oct. 22, from 9 a.m. to noon. The event looks to provide opportunities for the public to improve their health.

Free flu shots for teens 14 years of age and older, free bike helmets for children under 12 years of age plus health screenings and activities for all ages will be provided. The hospital and other organizations who are dedicated to the health and well being of the Alameda community will be on hand to provide information and help.