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Oakland Magazine- cover story.
"Burn, Baby, Burn!"
San Francisco Chronicle
"Going on 13"

On the morning that I couldn’t zip up my favorite jeans, I realized it was time to stop blaming the dryer and get back into shape. Like all working moms, my week is whirlwind of meeting deadlines and making dinners.  My life feels like a frenzy of activity, but since little of it involves cardio, the pounds have crept on. It dawned on me that needed more than a workout, I needed a drill sergeant. 


Googling “boot camp” and “Oakland” delivered the perfect result:  Oakland Adventure Boot Camp for Women.  Run by Anna Gunn and Jennie Votel, two athletes and certified professional trainers, this boot camp promises hard-core workouts and dramatic physical improvements. The hour long morning sessions are early- 5:30 and 6:30- wiping out the “I can’t exercise- I have to work” excuse.   Before I can change my mind, I click submit. An online fitness assessment and  $299 later, I’m an official boot camper. I’ve just signed up for a month of adventure.   Read article.


For most people, the teenage years stand out in sharp relief. What tends to be blurry are those years between childhood and becoming a teen. Two Oakland filmmakers documented that transition, trailing four East Bay girls of color as they left childhood behind and entered the maelstrom of adolescence.


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Diablo Magazine
"Dr. Happy"

You don’t really want a bigger house, a better job, or a faster car: what you want is genuine happiness. And Bob Nozik, MD, is here to help. Since his retirement from the faculty of the University of California Medical Center in San Francisco, the 70-year-old Lafayette resident has devoted his life to teaching others how to boost their inner happiness. Nozik has developed a 12-steps-to-joy program and recently published Happy 4 Life: Here’s How to Do It, a sort of “Happiness for Dummies” book. He also lectures on the subject through the Association for Happiness Advancement (www.happinessadvancement.com).       Read Article.


Parents from across the Bay Area bring their children with autism or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder to Susan Diamond’s cozy cottage in Alameda to work on social skills. Author of Social Rules for Kids: The Top 100 Social Rules Kids Need to Succeed, Diamond is a licensed speech-language pathologist who diagnoses and treats communication disorders, including autism. In addition to providing individual and group therapy, Diamond speaks at schools, conferences, and appears on TV as an expert on social skills.    Read Article.

Alameda Magazine
"Rules of Engagement"


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