Health & Wellness

Big plans for a new you

Mary Bartholomew
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The new year brings mixed emotions when it comes to taking control of weight challenges or creating a healthier lifestyle. Every January, many eagerly reset their new year’s weight loss resolution with good intentions by joining a gym, eating right and perhaps picking up the [...]

New year, new you

Wallace Baine is a staff writer for New SV Media with extensive experience covering community arts in the region.
Wallace Baine
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That suddenly outdated calendar that you take down from the wall on New Year’s Day—ever notice how heavy that thing is? Maybe it’s your imagination, or maybe it’s from the accumulated Post-Its and appointment cards paper-clipped to it. But doesn’t it feel like the [...]

A healer with a heart

Debra Eskinazi is the editor of South Valley magazine.
Debra Eskinazi
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With the aid of technology, our world has gotten smaller. At our fingertips are tools for education, health and other infinite information resources. People once miles and time zones apart are more easily connected. Our culture of convenience, while helpful in so many areas, may [...]

Heart of living

Akanksha Bhalla is an independent writer in the South Valley.
Akanksha Bhalla
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At a time when even the festival season is shrouded by disturbing events from around the country and the world, and people struggle to celebrate without feeling guilty or bogged down—the resilience of the human spirit could provide that unequivocal reason and cause for [...]

Healthstyles: East Indian diet

Contributor at South Valley magazine
Neera Siva is a health enthusiast, mom, patent attorney and writer, in no particular order. She and her family live in Santa Clara County. Check out her website at, or follow her on twitter @neera_avis.
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It’s September, and for most Americans, the eating frenzy of the holidays is still safely out of mind, tucked far off into the future somewhere behind Halloween and Thanksgiving. For many American Hindus, however, holiday season—and the eating that it brings—begins in fall [...]

Probiotic powerhouse

Emanuel Lee is an avid runner and the Sports Editor for the Hollister Free Lance.
Emanuel Lee
In the last several years, yogurt has risen to the forefront as a trendy health food. And for good reason. Yogurt provides belly-filling protein, is loaded with bone-building calcium and the good bacteria in yogurt helps maintain gut health. The latter is especially important [...]

Flower power

Debra Eskinazi is the editor of South Valley magazine.
Debra Eskinazi
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Since 1983 the Wildflower Run has been fundraising to support the education of women. Former director Elizabeth Mandel is in charge of publicity this year and says she’s been living and breathing this event every winter for the past seven. “We raise close to $50,000 a year [...]

Lotions & potions

Kimberly Ewertz is a freelance writer for South Valley magazine and Gilroy Dispatch.
Kimberly Ewertz
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Some will choose flowers, others candy, but for those ready to cross the line from traditional gifts this Valentine’s Day, the Black Label Jack Rabbit personal massager, a sleek black apparatus offering three pleasure points of sensation—is the gift that keeps on giving, and [...]