Good Health with a Cherry on Top

Living a healthy lifestyle keeps getting easier and easier in San Leandro? From outdoor activities and fitness centers to nutritious food options and access to medical care, the cherry city is certainly on the right track for a better tomorrow.

Marina Park

Marina Park, for instance, has many activities to offer residents and visitors of all ages. On any given day, youll find people strolling, running, cycling, and walking their dogs along the various paths. You might even stumble upon a race in progress, like Stepping Stones and its Every Step Counts walk and run. For those trying to burn a few extra calories, exercise stations are located at intervals along the loop overlooking the water.? Its not uncommon to spot a soccer game in progress on the large grassy area or people taking advantage of the volleyball court. Meanwhile, kids can play on the swings, slides, and other equipment in two different areas. And thanks to last years renovations, several nice picnic areas are available for rent, providing a pretty backdrop to a family BBQ, birthday party, or outdoor work function.

For health care, San Leandro now has two major hospitals, as well as a long-term care hospital.? After years of collective worries that San Leandro Hospital would close, Alameda Health System took ownership in October 2013.? Thanks to new investments, the hospital can extend a 24-hour emergency department, critical care, crisis counseling, spiritual care, and infectious disease service, among others. Happy to continue its long history of serving the needs of our community, the hospital also plans to expand and add more programs.

New to town this summer is Kaiser Permanentes San Leandro Medical Center. Making the most of technology, the sleek facility features interactive touch screens and keyboards that allow patients to choose their meals and view upcoming tests. Kaiser also provides advice and classes to promote healthy eating and exercise and will create an online plan for patients who take their health assessment. In addition, the weekly farmers market is a nice addition to the other two in town.

In addition, Kindred Hospital fills a need for patients who have cause for extensive recovery time. Patients and their families are treated with respect and comfort. Physicians and clinicians monitor progress in pulmonary care, dialysis, wound care, ICU, rehabilitation, pain management, and other transitional care. A nice touch is Kindreds Kaleidoscope, which includes writing, art, and photography submitted by patients and residents.

The three facilities and Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley not only provide health care for residents of San Leandro and neighboring areas, they also supply thousands of jobs for people in our community.? These businesses, combined with the Marina, a range of fitness centers, golf course, and other endeavors in town, demonstrate that our need and desire to stay healthy also leads to a favorable economy for our city.

Written by Farley Walker, a marketing and communications consultant and graduate of Leadership San Leandro. She can be contacted by email.