112015Sep

Joint Use Between Schools and Families Creates Safer and Healthier Communities

Highlights Zumba classes launched at Crookham Elementary through joint-use  Efforts to increase physical activity among residents Program can prove beneficial in area with high obesity rate BY ANA B. IBARRA, aibarra@mercedsunstar.com Four years ago, Viridiana Cardenas was not happy with herself. The Merced resident was overweight, her self-esteem was low and she was constantly tired. “I…

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162014Dec

Merced County health ranking ticks up

Californians seem to be improving their overall health – placing No. 17 out of 50 states, four spots better than last year, in the latest America’s Health Rankings report by the United Health Foundation. The healthiest state is Hawaii, the report said. Mississippi ranked 50th, becoming the unhealthiest state this year. In county rankings, Merced…

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