Author Archives: Kris Himmelberger

Health & Wellness

By K. Himmelberger When you think of prison, thoughts of listless inmates wasting away in cells come to mind. However, wellness is alive in a most unusual place: San Quentin State Prison. According to an informal survey, 75 percent of prisoners in the prison’s West Block participated in some form of wellness activity. The survey […]

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Prisoners’ Survey Reveals Unique Ways to Keep Healthy

By K. Himmelberger When you think of prison, thoughts of listless inmates wasting away in cells come to mind. However, wellness is alive in the most unusual place, San Quentin State Prison. According to an informal survey, 75 percent of prisoners in the prison’s West Block participated in some form of wellness activity. The survey […]

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S.Q. Daoist Group Celebrates New Spring Festival

By Kris Himmelberger The Daoists group of San Quentin celebrated its first annual Spring Festival. “Gong Xi Fa Chai,” which means, “congratulations and make a fortune,” could be heard across the room. “To my knowledge, this is the first celebration of this kind at San Quentin,” said participant Chung Kao. He noted this is the […]

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Wellness Corner

By Kris Himmelberger Vegetables are a great source of nutrition and the gateway to good health, but the San Quentin Prison population is falling short in receiving this important food source, according to an informal survey. The United States Department of Agriculture advises women to eat at least two and a half cups of veggies […]

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Health & Wellness

By Kris Himmelberger Cold season is here again and the question always comes up: Is it OK to exercise if I have a cold? According to Mayo Clinic Doctor Edward R. Laskowski, M.D. mild to moderate physical activity is usually OK if you have a garden-variety cold and no fever. Exercise opens your nasal passages and […]

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Wellness Corner

By Kris Himmelberger The ultimate upper body exercise is the push-up, says Convict Conditioning author and coach Paul Wade. It’s no secret that push-ups build strength and muscles, strengthen tendons and train the upper body to work in coordination with the mid section and the lower body. Wade advocates going back to the basics. He […]

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Hedge Fund Manager’s Idea: S.Q. Investment Club

By Kris Himmelberger A renowned portfolio manager says San Quentin prisoners should create an investment club to learn how to make money with Wall Street stocks. David Samra led a financial seminar sponsored by San Quentin Prison Report on October 8. Forty prisoners attended the event held in Protestant Chapel. Afterward, Samra commented that he […]

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Unexpected Encounter Prompts Successful Diabetes Program

By Kris Himmelberger It was a chance encounter that led to development of a promising diabetes-control program that might improve the health of many San Quentin inmates, says inmate Clinton Martin. In the summer of 2012, San Quentin’s Chief Medical Executive Dr. E. Tootell was chairing a meeting for the Breast Cancer Walk. She happened […]

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Some California Counties Are Refusing to Sign New Contracts

By Kris Himmelberger Most California counties claim federal reimbursements for prison health care do not cover the cost, and are refusing to sign new contracts, the Legislative Analyst’s Office reports. Since 1997, federal policy allowed states to collect federal Medicaid reimbursement for low-income prisoners. However, in 2007 the health care service was put into receivership. […]

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New Class Teaching Diabetics

By Kris Himmelberger A new diabetes class began at San Quentin’s H-unit in February. “So far the results are promising,” said Nurse Appleton. After relocating to San Quentin in 2009, Nurse Appleton was looking for ways to help prisoners improve and manage their health. “We diagnose prisoners with a medical condition but don’t educate them […]

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