Monthly Archives: June 2013

The ABC’s of Vanessa Marvin

She may be out on maternity leave but that doesn’t mean you can’t find out a little more about her today! Here are Vanessa’s ABCs.

A is for Area Code: 408

B is for Breakfast. What did you have for breakfast today? Scrambled eggs… yum

C is for Calling. What do you consider your calling to be? Doing community organizing for public health issues

D is for Dogs. Do you have any? I wish…

E is for Energy. What do you do when you need more energy? Go for a walk

F is for Fun. What do you like to do for fun? I love to read

G is for Greatest Accomplishment. What is yours? Doing a 73 lb back squat at 9 months pregnant!

H is for Hometown. Where are you from? I grew up in a suburb of Los Angeles – Glendora

I is for Interesting: Name one interesting fact about yourself. I eat a paleo diet (plus some ice cream….)

J is for Job Title. What is yours? State Director, Advocacy

K is for Kids. Do you have any? Any day now! :) Read More »

Smoke Break?

This week in our series “Tobacco & Twenty-somethings”, by Stacy Song

I don’t see as many people smoking cigarettes as I used too. Maybe it’s because I’m getting older and the people I surround myself with are more health conscious than the teenage versions of themselves? Or maybe people are starting to understand the awful impact smoking has on their bodies and the people surrounding them? Whatever the reason is, this realization hasn’t infiltrated the food service industry.

As I’ve mentioned before, I work part-time in a restaurant. I’ve only been there for about five months, but what I’ve gathered about this industry is smoking breaks are welcomed and often encouraged. When I first started working there, after a busy few hours, my manager asked if I wanted to go out for a cigarette. And when I said I don’t need one, he looked a little surprised. In the restaurant industry, it’s understandable if after a lunch rush or dinner rush, someone needs a smoke break but considered weird if you just want to sit down for five minutes. Thankfully, I don’t get in trouble if I want to sit down but the guys in the kitchen definitely get an earful. Read More »

The ABC’s of Regina Alcazar

We have yet another new member of our team! Meet our newest intern based out of our Los Angeles office, Regina Alcazar:

A is for Area Code: 818

B is for Breakfast. What did you have for breakfast today? Two mini blueberry muffins and applesauce.

C is for Calling. What do you consider your calling to be? Public service.

D is for Dogs. Do you have any? Yes I do! A German Shepherd/ Chow Chow mix named Mylo.

E is for Energy. What do you do when you need more energy? Munch on something. My last resort is coffee!

F is for Fun. What do you like to do for fun? Go to Disneyland, run, and most importantly, just RELAX!

G is for Greatest Accomplishment. What is yours? My greatest accomplishment has yet to be accomplished! My B.S. in Policy, Planning and Development at USC is only one year away.

H is for Hometown. Where are you from? Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands. Read More »

Plain Packaging

The latest in our series “Tobacco & Twenty-somethings”, by Stacy Song

Have you seen or heard about the cigarette warning labels in Australia? One of my friends just got back from studying abroad “down under” and told me about the labels they use. This packaging is termed “plain packaging” and it involves the majority of the pack to be covered in health warning leaving only a small space for the brand of the cigarette. Australia has the strictest tobacco advertising laws, requiring cigarette companies to strip their labels for graphic images of the negative outcomes of tobacco smoking. You can view the labels here, and will probably not be able to stop yourself from cringing. Australia, however, is not the only country with images used as warning labels. 64 countries and jurisdictions already require pictures or images on cigarette packs. Read More »