Health Matters

Eighty-year-old Porter Davis will be busy this Sunday doing something that people half his age wouldn’t even consider. He’ll be running the “Dipsea."

At 104 years old (24 years older than Davis), the Dipsea is the oldest trail race in America. On the second Sunday of June each year, the scenic 7.4-mile course from Mill Valley to Stinson Beach challenges runners with its stairs and steep trails.

Have you ever read a restaurant guide before picking a place for a special dinner? Or a consumeradvice magazine before buying a new car?

Wouldn’t it be great if there was a similar guide for looking up the quality of care at hospitals in your area? Well, there is. It’s called Hospital Compare and you can find it on the Medicare website, at www. medicare.gov.

Alameda Hospital, which announced last Thursday it is now officially part of the Alameda Health System, will be offering free health screenings as upcoming events.

This Saturday, May 10, the hospital will host free screenings in three essential areas of health at their booth at the Park Street Spring Festival, Alameda’s annual Mother’s Day celebration from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. when staff will offer what’s called the 3B’s assessment, which includes blood pressure, blood glucose and body mass index.

The Alameda Food Bank recently received a check for $400 from the Harbor Bay Intercultural Committee. The committee raised the funds through the Spring Festival they organize each year celebrating the Lunar New Year at Harbor Bay Landing. 
“I would like to thank the committee members for a wonderful contribution,” said Troy Gilbert, Alameda Food Bank executive director.

“Their generosity and commitment enables the food bank to purchase more and higher quality food for needy Alamedans.”

A dramatic jump in measles cases in California has prompted readers to ask what Alameda Unified School District’s (AUSD) vaccination requirements are and how many families are opting out. State law requires children to be vaccinated against a list of diseases before entering school, but parents can obtain waivers if vaccinating their children would violate their personal beliefs.

 

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