Cindy Uken

Health Writer

Cindy Uken is a veteran, award-winning health writer living in Palm Springs. She has worked at newspapers in California, South Dakota, Minnesota, Montana and at USA Today. Cindy received a 2013-2014 Rosalynn Carter Fellowship for Mental Health Journalism, chosen as one of the California Endowment Health Journalism Fellowships, inducted into the Yankton (S.D.) High School Fine Arts Hall of Fame, nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for her work on Montana’s suicide rate, and named one of Gannett’s Top Ten Supervisors of the Year. Follow Cindy on Twitter @CindyUken, on Facebook and at

Latest by Cindy Uken

Exercise Can Ease PTSD Symptoms

For vets, the adrenaline provided during riverboarding is a healthy way to mimic the rush felt in combat.

Susan Ford Bales and Breast Cancer Awareness

Read a Q&A with Susan Ford Bales, daughter of U.S. President Gerald Ford, who helped launched National Breast Cancer Awareness Month with her mother Betty Ford.

10 Great Gift Ideas for People With Diabetes

Forget the sugar-free candies. Here are some fun and creative gift ideas for a loved one with type 2 diabetes.

The 9 Tests You Must Get if You Have Type 2 Diabetes

Keep your diabetes under control by getting these important tests at least once a year.

Family Denies Manic-Depressive Disease Is Real

A woman speaks out about her family member’s battle to advocate for bipolar disorder, and the family that won’t believe him.

Do You Need the Shingles Vaccine?

At least 1 million people in the United States get shingles every year, a painful and often debilitating skin rash that can take weeks to resolve.

'13 Reasons Why' and Suicide: It's Time to Talk

A controversial Netflix series has sparked a global conversation about suicide. That’s a good thing.

4 Trick-or-Treating Tips for Kids With Diabetes

Halloween, with its focus on candy, can be hard for a child with type 2 diabetes. These strategies will let your child have fun while staying healthy.

10 Tips for Packing Your Child's School Lunch

When your child has diabetes, it’s important for his lunch to contain specific foods in case any problems arise.

Veterans Participate in Extreme Sports to Help Fight PTSD, Depression

The story of how a thesis project became a life-changing initiative that helps veterans battle depression, isolation and suicide.