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Publication Date: Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Health Notes Health Notes (March 09, 2005)

AVENIDAS RECEIVES KRESGE GRANT ... Avenidas, a nonprofit senior services provider, was awarded a Kresge Foundation Challenge Grant of $250,000 to help build the new Avenidas Rose Kleiner Senior Day Center in Mountain View. The 30-year-old nonprofit must raise about $628,000 from the community by December 2005 to receive the Challenge Grant funds. Construction on the new center, which will be a 9,400 square-foot, state-of-the-art facility, has already begun. Over the next few months, the Avenidas Capital Campaign Committee will approach the community through a series of information sessions and mailings to raise the remaining $350,000 necessary to collect the Kresge grant.

FROM CUBICLE TO COMMITMENT ... Want to motivate your employees? Perhaps the answer is through exercise. The Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce , in partnership with Fifty-Plus Lifelong Fitness, will host "From Cubicle to Commitment" for Health Festival 2005. The event will include guest panel discussions and a presentation by keynote speaker Dr. Walter Bortz, co-chairman of the American Medical Association's Task Force on Aging. Designed to promote health awareness, the health festival plans to show businesses how employee fitness can enhance productivity and increase profitability. Health Festival 2005 will take place on Friday, March 11 from 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Sheraton Palo Alto Hotel, 625 El Camino Real. Register online at or call the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce for more information, (650) 324-3121.

WOMEN'S HEALTH FORUM ... The Palo Alto Medical Foundation is partnering with Palo Alto Adult School and other local organizations to present the first Women's Health Forum on Saturday, April 16, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The forum, featuring keynote speaker Frederic Luskin, Ph.D., will provide women of all ages with information on a variety of health and wellness topics. Dr. Luskin is director of the Stanford Forgiveness Project. For more information on the program seminars and speakers, or to print out a registration form, visit or Mail the completed form to Palo Alto Adult School, 50 Embarcadero Rd., Palo Alto, CA 94301 or fax to (650) 329-8515. You may also call (650) 329-3752 to register.

BABY IN NEED ... Isabella "Bella" Kuba , born April 3, 2004, was diagnosed with Congenital Nephrotic Syndrome and doctors at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital have recommended a life-saving kidney transplant. Bella's father will donate one of his kidneys, but funds are needed for Bella's transplant-related expenses and post-transplant care. With the help of the Children's Organ Transplant Association in Bloomington, Ind., an estimated $60,000 is being raised by Bay Area volunteers to assist with the expenses. Volunteers are needed to assist with raising funds. Those interested in more information can contact campaign manager Lindsay Bramel at (949) 887-9745 or Lisa Otsuka at (408) 746-3086.

COLON CANCER FREE ZONE ... Mayor Jim Burch has declared Palo Alto a Colon Cancer Free Zone in response to the high rate of United States deaths as a result of the cancer. Colorectal cancers are the third most common site of new cancers and deaths in the U.S. in both men and women over 50. Burch urges Palo Alto employees and residents to seek early screenings and become more aware of their risk for colorectal cancer.

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