Valley Edition: Obesity Education in the San Joaquin Valley

Following reporter Lauren Whaley's story on obesity education in Fresno, Valley Public Radio hosts an hour-long show on obesity in the San Joaquin Valley.

Juanita Stevenson talks with Carrie Swidecki, an obesity advocate and Bakersfield teacher about her personal struggle with this issue.

Also on the program, guests Dr. Yvonne Juarez MD, Chief of Pediatrics at Kaiser Permanente Fresno and Janette Garcia, a Nutritionist and Chronic Disease Manager at the Daren M. Camerena Health Clinic in Madera, join Juanita Stevenson to talk about a new program called Healthy Eating Active Living. The three-year long effort aims to help Madera residents eat healthier and exercise more, and avoid the serious health consequences of obesity. Sara Bosse, from the Family Nutrition Education Program at the UC Davis Cooperative Extension also joins the conversation to talk about the recent proposals to change local school lunch menus to help fight childhood obesity.

Also on this program, Professor Diane Blair of Fresno State joins Juanita Stevenson to talk about women’s rights, and National Women's Equality Day, which takes place on this year on August 26th. 

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Lauren M. Whaley

Freelance journalist Lauren M. Whaley is a photographer, radio producer and print reporter specializing in topics related to mental illness, reproductive health care and health disparities. She is also a childbirth photographer.This year, She is working on a series about how low-income parents access care for perinatal mental illnesses. The project is funded in part by the Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism.She was a 2016-17 Knight Science Journalism Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute for Technology.Her work has been recognized by the Association of Health Care Journalists, the Scripps Howard Foundation and the Public Radio Exchange (PRX) STEM story project. She has contributed radio, video, photography and written stories to KQED Public Radio, Southern California Public Radio, the San Jose Mercury News, the New York Times and other media outlets. For six years, she worked as the Center for Health Reporting's multimedia journalist. She is a past president of the national organizationJournalism and Women Symposium (JAWS) and spent her early 20s leading canoe expeditions for young women, including a solo-led 45-trip in the Canadian Arctic. She is based in Los Angeles.

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