These oases tucked into the folds of Bay Area urban life offer opportunities for fun and tranquil activities, including walking, volunteering, meditating and connecting with nature
UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley
With its diverse collection of 13,000 plant varieties from around the world, the garden—located on a hillside above the university—promises a horticultural adventure and healthy hike. On a clear day, trek to the top and enjoy spectacular views of the bay and Golden Gate Bridge from the Garden of Old Roses.
Researchers say the answer lies in the genes. Can humans devise a similar solution?
Elephants can boast a long list of credits to their fame: They’re the largest land-based animals on Earth; their memory rivals that of dolphins, apes and humans; and most intriguingly, they rarely get cancer. This last fact has puzzled scientists for decades, but now, they might have an answer.
According to a study published in JAMA, elephants have 20 copies of a tumor-suppressing gene called TP53. By comparison, humans have only one copy of the gene.
Sign up online to get San Francisco emergency warnings via wireless text or email
Did you know that San Francisco residents and visitors can get alerts about city emergencies (tsunami warnings, flooding, citywide disaster info, traffic disruptions) sent automatically to their wireless devices and email accounts? Just go online to register for free at www.AlertSF.org, a program of San Francisco’s Department of Emergency Management.
Research shows that seniors who include a little bit of work in their days are apt to stay healthier
Believe it or not, fall is the best time of the year to go coastal
For better or worse, today’s preoccupation with new media and technology has changed the way we live and communicate
Vaccines, also called immunizations, are a hot topic. Nearly everyone has an opinion about their effectiveness and safety, and whether it’s a community responsibility to get or not-get vaccinated.
Before you form your own opinion, it’s important to know the basic facts about how they work and what they protect against.
Where Mexican meets Mediterranean
Summer in the Bay Area means great wild salmon. For amazing tacos, throw some on the grill then into whole-wheat tortillas with all the fixings. Mexican flavor meets the heart-healthy Mediterranean diet—fish, whole grains and fresh veggies. What’s not to like?
• 12 ounces salmon fillet, cut into four portions (3 ounces each)
• 4 (8-inch) whole-wheat tortillas
Hit the road for fun and fitness
Getting out and enjoying the day can work wonders for your health and well-being. Each of these irresistible day trips offers a specific health benefit.