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In a decision that surprised many, a federal court released a decision Thursday ordering the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to effectively ban the pesticide chlorpyrifos.

MindBody

Mindbody is a large health and fitness tech company headquartered in San Luis Obispo. It recently scored a pretty big name for its annual Bold Conference, an industry event for fitness, beauty and wellness business owners and professionals. The conference's keynote speaker will be former first lady Michelle Obama. 

An encore presentation, originally broadcast 9/16/2014.

A conversation with Author, Activist, and Inspiration, Dr. Jean Shinoda Bolen. Our planet is at a tipping point socially, politically and environmentally. So, where can we find the guidance and inspiration we need to collectively save the world? It’s a conversation about how we can find the role models and messages we need in the stories of the Gods and Goddesses of ancient Greece. 

There is much joy in giving. There are also many mental health benefits in being of service to others. But too many selfless acts without rejuvenation can lead to fatigue, disappointment, and depression. How can we find the zest for celebrating when our reserves have been depleted? Host Elizabeth Barrett talks with Michelle Gordon about the role of self care in making possible a happier holiday for all.

California unexpectedly releases guidelines on cell phones and health risks

Dec 18, 2017
Greta Mart

The California Department of Public Health released a new set of guidelines on cell phone use and radiation risk — revisiting a years-long debate about whether the pocket-sized gadgets we can’t live without are slowly giving us cancer. 

Resilience

Apr 7, 2017

Broadcast Date: 4/13/2017

“The child may not remember, but the body remembers.” Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope is a one-hour documentary that delves into the science of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and the birth of a new movement to treat and prevent Toxic Stress. While the original research was controversial, experts now consider the findings to have revealed one of the most important public health findings of a generation. Understood to be one of the leading causes of everything from heart disease and cancer to substance abuse and depression, extremely stressful experiences in childhood can alter brain development and have lifelong effects on health and behavior.

Broadcast date: 3/9/2017

What is the quality of life like in San Luis Obispo County? Do residents feel safe? Are there enough employment opportunities? Do people feel they have access to good schools and services? Is our community healthy? These are just a few of the questions that a consortium of public and private health, education, business, environmental, human service and civic organizations set out to answer when they began the ACTION for Healthy Communities project in the late 1990s. The Vital Signs report is compiled every three years through a collaboration of local organizations which sponsor the project. It is the longest running in San Luis Obispo County.

Broadcast date: 9/8/16

The vision of the Wellness Kitchen and Resource Center is that everyone, regardless of their financial situation, who is dealing with a health crisis, can receive food support through their programs until they get back on their feet. What can we do to make their vision a reality and together make our community stronger?

Join host Fred Munroe as he speaks with Nancy Walker, Founder, Executive Director & Therapeutic Chef of The Wellness Kitchen and Resource Center, Jennifer Langstaff, Member of the Board of Directors and Principal of Legacy Retirement Advisors, and Sarah Highnote, Staff Member as they discuss their mission to provide Healing Foods to those in critical need along with education resources and nourishing meals for individuals wanting to regain or sustain optimal health in a supportive, healing atmosphere and the importance and necessity of their work for the community.

Central Coast Voices is sponsored by ACTION for Healthy Communities in collaboration with KCBX and made possible through underwriting by Joan Gellert-Sargen.

When we begin to feel old depends not just on our age, but on our physical, emotional, and mental health.  Listen to this conversation about accepting the transitions of age with Elizabeth Barrett and her guest, author Lois West Bristow, PhD.

Ken Pfeiffer Photography

Are you looking to improve your life? Feel free to go all out. 

Dr. Susan Swadener

For National Nutrition Month, hear from Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Dr. Susan Swadener and Registered Dietitian Megan Coats with Cal Poly Campus Dining about the campaign to inform the public about healthful eating and lifestyle and about their work as registered dietitians. 

Lisa Gardiner

Parents will soon be able to choose from a list of local after-school programs that are certified by the state as healthy options for their kids. 

City of Santa Barbara

Results are now in for chemical testing of a local police department. 

In August, the City of Santa Barbara said it would look into what could be causing a spike in health problems, following some employee concerns. 

Nature and Human Health

Nov 25, 2014

Broadcast date: 11/17/2014

Veterans heal themselves by working with nature.  That’s the finding of researcher, Stephanie Westlund.  Her recent studies have revealed the deep connection between nature and human health.  She’ll share what she’s learned with host, Guy Rathbun.

Live Stream: Climate Change Impacts on Critical Infrastructure

State Senator Hannah-Beth held a public hearing in Santa Barbara earlier today to address Climate Change and Emergency management.

The hearing was designed to discuss the risks associated with climate change and what's left to be done. Panels of experts presented Climate Change reports and examined how climate change has already affected California.

Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

Concern over the possibility that the Ebola virus could makes its way to the Central Coast has local health agencies working on outbreak plans. 

Santa Barbara County Public Health says it has new protocols in place and is teaming with local airports to help identify potential patients. County Health Officer, Dr. Charity Thoman, says the infrastructure put in place could deal with a number of different infectious diseases.

While Ebola is the headline maker currently, because it is so mysterious, Thoman says there are other, more serious health concerns we should address;

Public schools in Lompoc are getting a $1.2 million grant to remodel the district's central kitchen in an effort to bring more healthful food options to students.

The Central Coast-based Orfalea Foundation announced the plans Wednesday afternoon.

In a media release, the organization says nearly 10,000 students at 14 Lompoc Unified School District locations will have access to scratch-cooked entrees and freshly prepared salad bar choices via the new kitchen.

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An active case of West Nile Virus was reported in San Luis Obispo County Thursday, the first detected this year in the area. Santa Barbara and Monterey Counties still remain free of any reported activity.

Public Health says a horse in north county San Luis Obispo—whose owner says was vaccinated against the disease—tested positive for the virus.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says West Nile can be fatal in 3 to 15 percent of human cases and is more serious for those older than 50.

The Sacred Cow

Sep 19, 2014

Broadcast date: 9/15/14

How much are we willing to sacrifice for our next fast-food hamburger?

Acres of land, gallons of water, and our health are at risk.  Dr. Brian Moench, president of the Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment, says it’s time to reassess our destructive diet.

Too often we miss out on some of life's simple pleasures because we are too focused on our shortcomings instead of embracing and enhancing what we have.  Tune in Tuesday for a conversation with the Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett, and guests, Grant Garcia and Kannyn January, from Ambience clothing as they discuss the connection between fashion and mental health.  Taking charge of your wardrobe may help you to get more out of your life.  Or maybe just having more fun with your clothes will boost your mood and outlook.  Join us Tuesday from 2-3 pm.  The reluctant therapist.

Flickr: Lindsay Fox

The Santa Maria City Council voted 5-0 on Wednesday to ban the use of electronic cigarettes in some public places. The ban mirrors restrictions already in place for the use of tobacco products.

The council will conduct a second reading of the ordinance at its meeting on March 18, and it will go into effect 30 days later.

The unanimous vote came after comments from the public, as well as some personal notes from the council members themselves, according to city spokesperson Mark van de Kamp.