Background Image Caption: Bob Mellano ‘90 is a third-generation leader of Mellano and Company and has been a Family Business Council  member since 1998.  He says in addition to the council’s programs, “the ability to interact with other businesses, to learn how they are navigating the same roadblocks, is invaluable to me.”

Community Connections

Providing Practical Advice to Family Businesses

Since 1995, the Family Business Council has helped family businesses recognize their common problems and find solutions to issues that confront them. It aims to help these businesses prosper while keeping harmony in the family.

An educational forum organized and directed by the Mihaylo College of Business and Economics, the council offers monthly workshops, along with confidential discussion groups and events. It maintains a monthly meetings for CEOs, second-generation business owners, and women business owners. An annual conference targets Hispanic family businesses.

Offering Stimulating Programs for Older People

Workshops in ceramics and computers, discussion groups on the great books and political issues, foreign language and poetry classes, excursions to museums and other points of interests, Tai Chi sessions, movies, socials and meetings are activities offered at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI). The OLLI is part of the Ruby Gerontology Center, a multi-faceted, 15,000 square-foot facility that also houses several institutes and research programs such as the Wellness Center, which studies ways to improve mobility and reduce the risk of falling.

The Center for Successful Aging, also part of the Ruby Gerontology Center, trains students and others to work with older adults as health care practitioners, rehabilitative specialists and fitness leaders. Working with community agencies, it provides service to improve the quality of life in later years and serves as an advocate for affecting public policy on healthy aging.

Promoting Better Eating and Recreation Habits

It's not only diet plan ads that focus on the need to lose weight. Almost daily, news reports highlight health problems in store for people, especially children, who are overweight or obese.

Cal State Fullerton has an outreach program to address the problem of childhood obesity. Its Center for the Promotion of Healthy Lifestyles and Obesity Prevention targets low-income, at-risk children in predominantly Hispanic communities where obesity rates and risks for diabetes are among the highest in the nation.

Working closely with local schools, the program encourages good eating habits in schools and promotes physical activity. Working with local hospitals, it helps school nurses incorporate healthy lifestyle habits into lessons for children and their families.

The center was funded by an award from the Centers for Disease Control's Nutrition and Physical Activity/Research Earmark Funding.

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