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On Valley Edition: Raw Foods Movement Comes to Valley; Heart Procedures; Legally Blonde

Segment 1: Raw Food & Slow Food: Steps to a Better Diet
Many Valley residents are seeking to improve their health by changing their diet. Some are seeking to cut back on fast food and processed meals, adding more fresh fruits and vegetables to their diet. But a number of Valley residents are going even further, embracing an all organic, vegan, raw foods diet. Host Juanita Stevenson talks with Tara Hamilton, owner of Downtown Fresno's Revive Café and Whole Farms Market, and Shellie Matson a registered dietitian from Madera Community Hospital about this growing trend and what listeners can do to change their eating habits. Later in the segment, local organic farmer and food activist Tom Willey joins the conversation about bringing the concept of "slow food" to more people in the Valley.

Segment 2: Elective Heart Procedures in Valley Outpace Rest of State
A new study from Stanford University indicates that residents of the Central Valley have a much higher rate of certain elective heart procedures - elective angiography, and angioplasty than residents of the rest of the state, even when compared to patients with similar conditions. Journalist Emily Bazar of the California Health Care Foundation's Center for Health Reporting, who broke the news of this study in newspapers across the state joins us to talk about what this means for patients and doctors in the Valley.

Segment 3: Good Company Players Opens Legally Blonde
Local actress Emily Pessano of Fresno's Good Company Players joins Juanita Stevenson to talk about her starring role in the new GCP production of Legally Blonde, and the importance of musical theatre in the Valley's cultural landscape.

Juanita Stevenson has lived and worked in Fresno for the past 24 years. She is perhaps best known to Valley residents as a longtime reporter and news anchor with local television station ABC30, and has also worked at stations KJWL, KYNO and ValleyPBS. She is the recipient of the 2001 Associated Press Award for Best Reporting, and the 1997 Radio & Television News Directors Association Regional Edward R. Murrow award for Best Reporting.
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