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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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Cook Stoves Save Lives: Why Hillary Clinton's new indoor stove initiative will help stop global warming

Last week, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton pledged $50 million in seed money to supply fuel efficient indoor stoves for women in Africa. When you think of the mega-billions that are spent on endless wars, it's refreshing to see that what the DOD would consider chump change is being earmarked for a worthy project that will save tens of millions of lives, improve the health of millions more—and drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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Veteran food policy journalist Christopher Cook offers context on "food deserts" and how to identify and report on them in your community.

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First, it was the opening of a Kroger in East Oakland. Now it's the announcement that Tesco's Fresh and Easy is heading to the Bayview. What exactly, you may be asking yourself, makes these stories major headline news?

And why is a doctor spending time writing about grocery stores too?

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This traditional and culturally-linked cuisine remains popular to many but is moving to more healthy dishes and styles.

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Mary Lee knows firsthand the fallout from living in an area without proper access to fresh, healthy food: She drives past three South Los Angeles grocery stores offering expired tortillas and wilted

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We at the Diabetes Hands Foundation developed HealthSeeker, a new healthy Facebook game (we think this is not an oxymoron!) in collaboration with Joslin Diabetes Center, with the goal of hel

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