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Many years ago I was a kid on a wilderness canoe trip, on a beautiful isolated lake in northern Ontario. We stopped for lunch in the early afternoon and stripped down to wash up in the cold water.

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Here’s what we’re checking out today:

“Liberal” Gene? Researchers are suggesting that the gene DRD4, which had previously been linked to risk-taking behavior, also makes people more likely to be liberal, the Washington Post’s Rob Stein reports.  Admit it: biology, not free will, is driving you to the Stewart/Colbert rally this weekend.

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For the first time in U.S. history, the current generation of children have a lower life expectancy than their parents, due mostly to obesity and other diet-related diseases.

The strain on our health-care system caused by diabetes and obesity alone can be calculated in the billions. We are just beginning to see the extreme negative ramifications to our communal health brought about by the switch in the 50’s and 60’s from a local farming culture to a food culture based on super-markets and fast-food restaurants. 

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When my 2-year-old son has to see a doctor for his eyes or ears, I plan to take at least a half a day off work, if not a full day. Between the hours-long wait in the overcrowded specialists’ offices and the time it takes to travel to another county, our time is eaten away because these doctors are so few and far between in the San Joaquin Valley. That’s the mantra of Tulare County and health care. There aren’t enough doctors to go around, specialist or otherwise.

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They are neighborhoods where a wilting head of lettuce costs two or three times as much as a dollar meal. Where fast-food spots litter the landscape but the nearest supermarket is miles away. "Shopping local" in these communities means buying food at a convenience store or a gas station where limited shelf life restricts choices to calorie-dense, highly processed foods with little nutritional value. Fried food abounds; fresh food is near impossible to find.

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LaVonna Blair Lewis, Ph.D., MPH, is a Teaching Associate Professor at the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development.   Dr. Lewis joined the USC faculty in 1996 and she was selected Professor of the Year at the school in 1998 and 2001. She has a Ph.D. in political science from Rice University.

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The people of Stockton and surrounding San Joaquin County, Calif., almost 700,000 strong, continue to experience among the worst health outcomes by any measure both statewide and nationally. I've chronicled this situation for the past eight years. At times I've been able to include proposals for change that some very dedicated community professionals have put forward. But little has changed. If anything, the county finds itself in more serious decline than ever before.

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Here’s what we’re reading today:

Weight Loss: Can someone please explain why a weight-loss/sleep study with only 10 participants is getting so much press? Kudos to Foodconsumer.org’s Rachel Howell Stockton for highlighting the limitations of the study while other media coverage hyperventilated.

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The Rev. Clyde W. Oden is senior pastor of Bryant Temple African Methodist Episcopal Church. He was first appointed to the church by Bishop John R. Bryant in November 2002. One of the fastest growing A.M.E. churches in Southern California, Bryant Temple has developed a number of new ministries under the pastoral leadership of the Rev. Dr. Oden and his wife, Velma, including a heath ministry with a focus on diabetes, mental health, HIV/AIDS and bone marrow and blood donations, and a Free N One Ministry directed at people dealing with drug and alcohol addiction. The Rev. Dr.

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Valerie Ruelas is the Director of the Community Diabetes Initiatives of the University of Southern California and Childrens Hospital Los Angeles managing the program‚s research grants and projects. Ms. Ruelas has received a grant from the California Community Foundation and worked with the South Los Angeles community to establish a farmers market in Watts and developed a promotora program to assist in the Hubert Humphrey Health Center‚s diabetes program ˆ a sister clinic of the Roybal Health Center.

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