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Good health is a state some people strive for, but to attain good health sometimes requires a journey that follows a complicated and seemingly endless path. When you’re on that path, one of the most powerful assets can be the people you travel with.

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“Umoja,” meaning “unity” in Kiswahili, is a community and resource dedicated to strengthening the cultural and educational futures of African-American students. Not only does the program develop students into leaders and role models within their communities, they are each other’s support sys…

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The hype is real — new year, new me. Resolutions tend to create unrealistic illusions that leave us feeling overwhelmed before we even get started. This is why so many people rarely achieve resolutions. You are just putting too much pressure on yourself to resolve a problem.

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If your goal as we head into a new decade is to finally get in shape, or to just maintain your already active lifestyle, be sure to check out Bakersfield Fit Fest on Jan. 11 at the Kern County Fairgrounds, in Buildings 2 and 3, just inside the main entrance on P Street. This premier event, o…

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Good health is a state many people strive for, but to attain good health sometimes requires a journey that follows a complicated and seemingly endless path. When you’re on that path, one of the most powerful assets can be the people you travel with.

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Bakersfield Life Magazine team member Julie Mana-ay Perez is undergoing a fitness journey for January’s “Health and Wellness” issue, where she will transform her lifestyle into a healthy one.

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Life for Victor Barrera was ordinary. He was working as an IT technician for a company in Shafter and was in a relationship with his hometown sweetheart, Sasha.

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They still hear the bell. As much of an anomaly as it is for 12- and 14-year-olds to still believe in Santa Claus these days, our children still do. Perhaps we’ve done too good a job at hiding gifts and keeping up the lore. One year, Jolly St. Nick appeared in a photo by our Christmas tree w…

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Long before the floors of the old Bakersfield Civic Auditorium were frozen over and the Valley Children’s Ice Center became the “coolest place in town,” there was the Bakersfield Ice Arena. Located on 24th Street and facing Highway 99, the facility was the first indoor ice rink in the entire…

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In just a few short weeks, 2019 will come to a close. But before the champagne corks pop and we launch into raucous renditions of “Auld Lang Syne,” I encourage you to push the pause button and digest Kern Community Foundation’s Philanthropy Year in Review.

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Santa Barbara is perfectly burrowed between the sea and the mountains and has something to offer any visitor. A day trip to the city gives you beaches, coastal escapes and areas of mountainous wilderness. When I think of Santa Barbara, I think of beautiful weather, excellent ocean views, stu…

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Santa Claus is the generous, jolly and merry figure that many children look to for gifts during the holiday season. They would never expect a large, tall, stoic and tattooed man to be under the red suit. But under their rough exterior, the motorcyclists who participate in the Bakersfield Toy…

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Do you find yourself eating too much and exercising too little during the holiday season? You’re not alone. The holidays can get us off track with our health and fitness goals – but it is avoidable!

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The holiday season is supposed to be a joyous time. Advertisements abound with pictures of the “perfect” family surrounding a beautifully decorated dinner table or gathered around a Christmas tree. The message is that this time of year brings only joy and wellness to everyone. Of course, we …

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The Bakersfield Jingle Bell Run Toys for Tots will be held at The Park at River Walk on Dec. 15 at 9 a.m. The run will feature a Christmas designed sweatshirts and jingle bells to all registered participants. After completing the race, participants can expect to be treated to Christmas cooki…

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Last summer, I took a trip to the Galapagos Islands, where sustainability is key to the area’s preservation and wildlife survival. During my trip, when I wanted to order a coffee to go from a local shop, I was advised that “to go” was not an option, as they did not use disposable paper or pl…

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You may have seen us riding around town on the morning of Sept. 29. Mostly old guys on old motorcycles wearing what by most accounts would be considered completely improper attire for motorcycling. Preposterous! At least for today.

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Temblor is known for two things: being independent and using traditional ingredients. What started off as a passion for beer drinking left an inquisitive local wondering how he could push the concept of homebrewing.

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Baseball has been an American institution since the mid-1800s and became the country’s first organized professional sport with the founding of the National League in 1876. Beyond the peanuts and Cracker Jacks, there is nothing quite like the excitement of watching your favorite player make a…