A virtual Santa’s Workshop has been set up in Folsom. The workers are not elves, but volunteers who work full time for the Support 4 Soldiers non-profit organization. They collect goods and money to send to American troops in Afghanistan.
Founder Carol Canfield joined me to talk about it this evening.
For more information visit support4soldiers.org
We, unfortunately, are glued to the TV or radio when a catastrophe strikes; 9/11, Newtown, Boston bombings etc... but a fascinating new study says stepping away from the television, computer screen or smartphone in the aftermath of terrorist attacks or mass shootings may be beneficial to your mental health.
The new study by UC Irvine researchers shows that six or more daily hours of exposure to media coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings in the week afterward was linked to more acute stress than having been at or near the marathon.
Lead author Alison Holman, associate professor of nursing science at UC Irvine, spoke with me about the study today.
You can review the study yourself by clicking here.
It's a public relations gaffe that could have serious repercussions for California's Healthcare Exchange. The Los Angeles Times reports thousands of people who visited the Covered California webpage, and left contact information but didn't buy coverage, had that information forwarded to four major insurance agencies. Calls and emails have gone out from agents making cold calls trying to sell healthcare coverage, this has infuriated many who've been contacted.
Dana Howard, spokesman for Covered California, joined me this afternoon to talk about it.