Health Matters

If you wait until the last four months of the Initial Enrollment Period ... you may face a penalty.

So you’re turning 65. Congratulations! It’s time to start taking advantage of your Medicare benefits. And just how do you do that?

First, here’s a quick overview of the benefits:

With the extreme drought conditions taking hold in California, the City of Alameda is doing its part to reach the 20 percent reductions in water use requested by the Governor. All Alameda parks will be watered 20 percent less. This may result in green grass turning brown. Submit questions online at the city website or call the Parks Maintenance Line at 747-7572.

Suspicious cargo to be examined here if official contract receives approval

Concerns a warehouse and trucking company in Alameda will transport hazardous material including nuclear toxins into the city are overexaggerated said the company owner.

Alameda first to welcome Relay for Life 20 years ago

This year will mark the 20th time that the Alameda community has supported the American Cancer Society through the Relay For Life fundraising event. In 1995, Alameda was the first city in the area to host a relay.Since then, the events in Alameda have raised $1,474,561.49 for cancer research and services for those affected by cancer.

Would you like to do something interesting?

Place one hand on your abdomen below your belly button and the other hand on your chest right below your collarbones.

Take a deep breath in, and let it out. Notice which hand(s) moved.

When the breathing process is working optimally, the hand on the abdomen should move a lot, expanding like a balloon.

Also, exhaling should last longer than inhaling.

Was this happening for you? If not, don’t worry, most of us aren’t walking around regularly breathing this deeply.