A sore throat. A headache. Body aches. A persistent cough. We’ve all had those symptoms and it’s easy to immediately chalk them up to a common cold. But what if it’s a more serious virus, like the flu?  
Last year’s widespread influenza season was the longest in 10 years, lasting 21 weeks and infecting more than 37 million Americans. Preliminary results estimate the flu killed between 36,400 and 61,200 people, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). It also resulted in nearly 650,000 hospitalizations. Consider these tips on how to help manage the flu season.

Hospital Retrofit Gets Underway

The Alameda Health System (AHS) Board of Trustees and the City of Alameda Health Care District Board of Directors announced on Tuesday that they have approved the funding for seismic retrofit work for Alameda Hospital. According to a jointly released press release, the $25 million project will assure that Alameda Hospital will meet state-mandated requirements that hospitals “retrofit, replace or remove acute-care services for buildings posing significant seismic risk.” 

Learning from the kids’ perspectives on Post Street

Anita Hollerer-Squire has lived in Alameda for three years. She is originally from Austria, and has spent many years travelling around the world. Her husband is part of Artemis Racing, the Swedish team that took part in the 34th America’s Cup races in 2013. Artemis was based at Alameda Point during the races and many of the team’s families took up residence here.

“Since we arrived, the people in Alameda have been so welcoming and friendly and have included us into their community,” she said. Hollerer-Squire would like to repay this kindness and give something back.

The Alameda Lacrosse Club (ALC) has opened its registration for prospective players for its 2016 spring season.

The ALC has eight teams to accommodate different gender and age groups. The Alameda Attack teams are the under-nine boys’ team, under-11 boys’ and girls’ squads, under-13 boys’ and girls’ squads, under-15 boys’ and girls’ teams, and a girls’ high school team. All teams have open registration.

The most common reason individuals seek to receive a massage is they desire relaxation. Whether they are experiencing mental, emotional or physical stress, massage therapy is a great way to initiate or aid in the healing process. 

A key reason why massage can alleviate these symptoms is it stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system. This allows the heart rate to slow down and regulate itself. This is why the massage recipient often times experiences a sedating or relaxing effect when matched with a great massage therapist. 

Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired? Get outside with the Alameda Free Library’s Library Outside program. The typical day for an American adult is a whirlwind of tasks.
Breakfast, commute, work all day or evening, or night (if you’re lucky at only one job, but sometimes at two or three), commute, shopping, dinner, chores, prep for the next day, check emails, check social media, contact family and friends. 

How many of you have dreamed of being a super hero? What special power would you want to have?

I had the opportunity to ask these questions of Debbie Meyer’s fourth-grade class at Franklin Elementary School. The answers varied from “flying” to “being invisible” to “having super strength.” The over-the-top enthusiasm was bubbling up as they took turns answering. I made them a promise that they would have at least one super power before we parted that day, and I am happy to say I delivered on the promise. But let me back up a little. 

The Alameda Red Cross Youth Network from Encinal, Alameda, and ASTI high schools would like to thank everyone who helped support their April fundraisers with the aim of eliminating malaria across the world. 

One of the network’s stated goals is to send 2,014 treated bed nets to refugees fleeing war stricken homelands by the end of 2014. Thanks to the generous supporters of treated bed nets and the United Nations Association of the East Bay, “Nothing But Nets” has reduced the number of malaria deaths by one third from 2006 to 2013.

Bowls of Love
The Island City’s organic grocery, Alameda Natural Grocery, will host a cooking demonstration Saturday, April 19, titled “Serving Up a Bowl of Love.” Alameda Chef Meela Shah will be in the store teaching shoppers how to prepare a protein-loaded vegetarian chili. 

Shah has spent the past 16 years teaching how to prepare Indian cuisine. She specializes in using fresh ingredients, exotic herbs and spices with a focus on those with healthful properties.

The demonstration is free to watch and takes place 1 to 3 p.m.