Bay Area fitness community moves from yoga studios to paddleboards in the pandemic

It’s 6 a.m. on a recent Saturday. The Sausalito waterfront sky is dim. Steve Hayward, Seatrek’s Fitness Program Manager, is here early to check the air quality monitor on the porch outside his office. If the Air Quality Index (AQI) is 140 and rising toward the red zone, he starts sending texts and emails, cancelling upcoming paddleboarding and kayaking reservations.

Leigh Claxton, who shares the dock and teaches classes for Seatrek, is one of the folks waiting to hear from Hayward. Poor air quality is the latest significant issue Claxton has navigated this year. Her unusual-sounding business, however, is managing just fine.

That business, under the Seatrek umbrella, is called OnBoardSUP, which brings yoga out of the studio and onto paddleboards. (SUP stands for stand-up paddleboarding.) It’s an idyllic-sounding combination — if you’re coordinated, anyway — and was among the first fitness classes in the area to re-open after the

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Keep High Blood Pressure at Bay With Healthy Lifestyle | Health News

By Robert Preidt, HealthDay Reporter


WEDNESDAY, Sept. 16, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Want to fend off high blood pressure? New research adds to the pile of evidence showing that living healthy can help you avoid hypertension.

The study included nearly 3,000 Black and white U.S. adults, aged 45 and older, who didn’t have high blood pressure at the start of the study.

The participants’ heart health was assessed with the American Heart Association’s Life’s Simple 7 tool, which measures seven risk factors: body mass index, diet, smoking, physical activity, blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels.

A score of 10 to 14 is ideal; 5 to 9 is average, and 0 to 4 is poor. The median score among the participants was 9.

Over about nine years of follow-up, 42% of participants developed high blood pressure. The rates among Black adults were 52% in women and 50% in men.

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Pandemic perk: Bay Area companies increase mental health help for remote workers

For those lucky enough to keep their jobs during the pandemic, more than half a year of working from home has tested the nerves of many. An unsettled workforce is placing new focus on the need for companies to provide expanded mental health resources to employees.

According to a recent report, more than 40% of adults in the U.S. are dealing with depression, anxiety and even substance abuse linked to the coronavirus pandemic. A recent survey by Johns Hopkins University found the percentage of adults in the U.S. who reported symptoms of psychological distress jumped threefold from 2018 to April of this year.

To combat the negative mental effects of the pandemic, more companies, particularly in tech, are realizing that mental health support beyond clinical offerings in standard benefit packages is increasingly indispensable instead of nice-to-have perks.

Mental health care is becoming a “fourth pillar” for employee benefits, alongside medical,

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Popular East Bay pop-up restaurant Broke Ass Cooks shut down by health inspectors

Pandemic-born runaway hit Broke Ass Cooks just became yet another pop-up restaurant to be shut down by Alameda County health inspectors, according to its founders. The move indicates that the county is beginning to crack down on the growing number of food businesses operating in legal gray areas since the pandemic has started.

Founders Bilal Ali, Keone Koki and Hoang Le, who started the jerk chicken business in their shared West Oakland backyard without health department permits, said their landlord told them Wednesday that she had received a notice from Alameda County that they had to cease operations at the property. A spokesperson from the health department confirmed that it sent the notice of a violation of the California Retail Food Code for being an unpermitted food vendor after receiving a complaint about the business.

The friends and house mates from Broke Ass Cooks started the company after being laid

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Regional: Vallejo Roller Skater Brings Fun And Exercise To Bay Area

By Casey Cantrell

Bay City News Foundation

As a fitness instructor and massage therapist, LaTasha Ruby loves being around other people.

“I like people. I love the human connection,” said Ruby, 36. “I love human touch. Unfortunately, I can’t teach pole dancing and yoga right now.”

Stuck at home, the Vallejo resident tried to keep herself busy, coming up with new activities for the family to do. Eventually, she turned to an old favorite from her childhood — roller skating.

But after four months of shelter in place, the mother of six also “needed time away from my family,” so she decided to create a Facebook group called WeSkate and post an invitation to the community for a Fourth of July skate session along the Vallejo waterfront. To her astonishment, more than 30 people showed up.

“People are getting depressed,” said Ruby, who grew up skating at roller rinks in

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Conception Bay duo donating computers to children in need this school year

Jon Brown, left, and Gerry Ryan are taking computer and laptop donations to help make sure students have computers for the upcoming school year.

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Jon Brown, left, and Gerry Ryan are taking computer and laptop donations to help make sure students have computers for the upcoming school year.

A duo from Conception Bay are working to lessen the digital divide by providing free refurbished computers to children in need this school year. 

Jon Brown and Gerry Ryan said were concerned that some students in the Conception Bay Centre area would be disadvantaged if school was to move online later this year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Gerry, who does computer repairs, wants to refurbish these computers so that the children going back to into school in the fall, children in our area, are going to have equipment to learn,” Brown said.

“A lot of the underprivileged children will be equipped to take part.”

The provincial government has committed $20-million to purchase Chromebook laptops for junior high and high school students in

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Our all-time favorite Bay Area ice cream spots that will get you through this heat wave

It’s hot in the Bay Area. Like really, really hot.

AccuWeather Forecast: Record warm lows and highs today



The coronavirus pandemic means we don’t have as many options to cool off, without movie theaters or malls being open. But COVID-19 can’t cancel ice cream. And for that we’re grateful.

Check out our list below for ABC7 News’ all-time favorite ice cream spots around the Bay Area. Grab a scoop, swirl or cone and enjoy the little things.


San Francisco

More than one of our staffers described this 70-year-old San Francisco ice cream parlor as “dangerously good.” The Swiss Orange Chip and Sticky Chewy Chocolate are two fan favorites.

Open for takeout

Dolce Spazio

Los Gatos

The gelato here is to die for – rich, creamy and very indulgent. My personal favorite is the cheekily named Oreogasmic.

Takeout and outdoor seating

Meadowlark Dairy



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Swansea Bay University Health Board being investigated by Information Commissioner’s Office after children’s medical records ‘accidentally leaked’

Sensitive and personal medical information about children was accidentally released by Swansea Bay University Health Board.

The release included “graphic” details about a home birth and is now being looked at by the information watchdog.

The health board emailed the data to a dad requesting information about his own child and was left horrified when he realised what had happened.

On June 1, dad Robert Channon asked the health board to provide information relating to his son’s care.

The parents made a “Subject Access Request” to access internal emails relating to his treatment.

But when the data was released to the family on August 12, it included personal and sensitive information about other patients who have been looked after by the trust.

One example was related to a home birth which went wrong and resulted in a serious investigation. The information included the names of the parents, the name of

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Delta Dental of California Named Top Bay Area Corporate Philanthropist by San Francisco Business Times for the Third Year in A Row

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 6, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Delta Dental of California today announced it has been named number 25 of the top 100 corporate philanthropists in the San Francisco Bay Area by the San Francisco Business Times. This is the third consecutive year Delta Dental of California has been recognized for its support of Bay Area charities.

“Recent events are a powerful reminder of how vital the services provided by local nonprofits are to the community,” said Mike Castro, President and CEO of Delta Dental of California. “Service is a core value of Delta Dental of California, and we are committed to supporting local organizations that care for the vulnerable and underserved.”

Delta Dental of California’s ranking on the list has risen each year from 49th in 2017, to 32nd in 2018, and now 25th for 2019.

The San Francisco Business Times

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Boston Back Bay Dentist – General & Cosmetic Dentist

Back Bay Dental Care has been the premier dental practice in Boston since 1985! We are proud to offer the latest advancements in dental technology with equipment that reduces wait times and enhances your comfort. Our convenient location is located near Kenmore Square and offers a calm and relaxing environment.

Our Boston dentists are highly trained and have attended some of the top schools in the nation. We pride ourselves on working closely with each patient to develop long-term relationships that build trust and allow us to get to know you and your lifestyle to better treat your dental needs and maintain your oral health. Our team of dedicated, understanding professionals are proud to provide dental care in Back Bay that is convenient for your busy schedule and comfortable for even the most anxious patients.

Sedation dentistry in Boston is offered at Back Bay Dental Care through Nitrous Oxide, also

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