Health

Sherrie Lowe, right, cooks jambalaya from scratch for the first time while her daughter, Armajah Elliott watches. Lowe and her family recently participated in a study in which researchers at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital in Oakland delivered "food prescriptions" to the homes of prediabetic and diabetic children and their families.

Study allows families to try food as medicine

A new study from UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital in Oakland and All In Alameda researched the effects of providing "food prescriptions" to prediabetic children and their families.

Senate Bill 63 passes, guarantees small business workers unpaid leave

Senate Bill 63, signed by Governor Jerry Brown on October 12, will make about 2.8 million small business workers in the state qualified to take the unpaid leave to bond with their newborn, or with...
Teens work out during a pilates class at Benioff Children's Hospital in Oakland.

Benioff Children’s Hospital hosts pilates for athletes, teen physical therapy

Every Monday night, from 7-8 p.m., teenagers gather at the Benioff Children’s Hospital’s Sport Medicine Center in Oakland for a Pilates class. The classroom participants range from young athletes to children regaining their strength after...
Corvin Busche, a student at Leipzig University of Applied Sciences in Germany studying Oakland's homeless community, sits in front of a homeless encampment in Oakland. He said that he could see a thin layer of white ash from the smoke caused by the wildfires. “It was like making a fire in the woods,” he said.

Volunteers distribute respiratory masks to the homeless in Oakland

Volunteers from Oakland-based organizations are distributing respiratory masks to homeless people in Oakland to stave off poor air quality caused by historic wildfires in California's Wine Country.

Wine country wildfires create hazardous air conditions for Bay Area residents

Wildfires raging throughout California’s wine country have ravaged more than 170,000 acres and killed 21 people so far, with hundreds missing. The blazes are sending a cloud of ash and smoke over the bay, threatening...
Students at Brookfield Elementary School in East Oakland play on the school's blacktop after school. A vegetation barrier was installed at the school by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in an attempt to reduce air pollution at the school, which is situated by one of the busiest freeways in the Bay Area.

Environmental barrier gives students at one Oakland school a chance at fresh air

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and several Bay Area-based organizations have planted a vegetation barrier to try to reduce air pollution at an East Oakland elementary school.
Volunteers gather at the Memorial Tabernacle Church for a lawn party to restore the church's garden on Saturday, May 6, 2017. (Yesica Prado/Oakland North)

At a mulching party, East Bay residents learn how to convert lawns to gardens

On a warm Saturday morning, people began to slowly stroll into the Memorial Tabernacle in Oakland’s Bushrod neighborhood. They were gathered not for a morning service, but for a special kind of lawn party. Trail...
A National Drug Take-back day poster it's taped to a street pole outside of the Alameda County Family Justice building, where DA inspectors collected old prescriptions drugs on Saturday, April 29, 2017. (Yesica Prado/Oakland North)

Preventing accidental overdoses by taking back old medications

Last weekend was the 12th National Drug Take Back Day, held at locations across the country, including Oakland. The Drug Enforcement Agency and local law enforcement groups collect unused prescription drugs on this day as part of...
Imperfect Produce is a start up company with a mission to end food waste. On Tuesday, April 19, Oakland residents signed up for their services at Vivian's booth as part of an Earth Day celebration at the Oakland City Center. (Aileen Macalintal | Yesica Prado/Oakland North)

Business reduces food waste by providing “ugly” produce to Bay Area residents

"Just because it's imperfect doesn't mean its bad."