Health Matters

According to management at the Trader Joe’s at South Shore Center, Alameda County’s reusable bag ordinance has helped reduce the store’s daily paper bag churn by 75 percent. Throughout the county since 2013, customers are charged 10 cents per grocery bag. Rather than pay the fee, customers bring their own paper, plastic or canvas bags. Trader Joe’s started the reusable bag revolution in 1971 with its “save-a-tree” canvas bag campaign. The county ordinance clearly has helped the campaign.


People who practice any form of meditation or prayer can attest to the subtle energy they may feel flowing through them. Ancient knowledge tells of a life force, or Chi, that flows through us, and science is now beginning to understand that this force is tangible and indeed does exist. 


American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Alameda is hosting two fundraisers in one this Saturday, April 2, at the Eagles Hall, 2305 Alameda Ave. The community is invited to enjoy dinner downstairs for $15 or the “Relay around the World Fun-raiser” upstairs for $10 ($5 for those who enjoyed dinner downstairs).  


Did you know that Medicare helps pay for prescription medications? Even if you don’t take many prescriptions now, you should consider joining a Medicare drug plan. There are two ways to get Medicare prescription drug coverage:

1. Medicare standalone drug plans, also known as Part D plans, add drug coverage to Original Medicare, as well as to some Medicare Cost Plans and Medicare Private Fee-for-Service plans. You must have Medicare Part A or Part B to join a standalone Part D plan.


March is National Kidney Month. And the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) would like you to know that when it comes to dietary sodium, less is certainly best. Yet Americans today consume 50 percent more than the recommended daily quantity of only one teaspoon of salt per day. 

Diets high in sodium increase blood pressure levels. High blood pressure damages the kidneys over time, and is a leading cause of kidney failure. The foundation offers the top five tips to reduce salt in your diet.