The Urban & Environmental Policy Institute (UEPI) is a research, policy, and advocacy, organization at Occidental College committed to bringing about social change and a more just, livable and green society. UEPI engages students, faculty, and staff at its home on Oxy’s campus and connects Oxy with its community partners in Los Angeles and beyond.
December 2015 | School Food Convening on Feb. 10, 2016
The convening will be a great opportunity to:
- Learn more about school food policies and best practices
- Support efforts to improve the health and well-being of students
- Build your advocacy skills
- Network with other organizations focused on health and wellness in the greater Los Angeles area
- The federal school nutrition programs, such as the National School Lunch and School Breakfast programs, increase access to nutritious food for children. Nutritious school meals not only have a positive impact on student health but also academic achievement. Healthy diets are critical for reducing obesity and diet-related diseases such as diabetes.
- Over 2 million low-income students in California participate in the National School Lunch Program. Over 560,000 of these children are in Los Angeles County and over 190,000 reside in each of Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. (See State & County Profiles. link)
- Ensuring school meals are nutritious and accessible helps to ensure that California kids are healthy and successful!
Organizations and individuals interested in:
- Learning more about school food programs and policy and their impact on student health and academic achievement.
- Building advocacy skills – learning how to build support around an issue or policy.
- Taking action to improve the health and well-being of students, their families and the community.
- Networking with other organizations in the greater Los Angeles area.
- Anyone passionate about student wellness and nutrition!
We would like to extend a special invitation to organizations partnering with or working within Boyle Heights, Central Santa Ana, Long Beach, and South Los Angeles Building Healthy Communities sites. link
How much does the convening cost?
This convening is free of charge and lunch will be provided! Please RSVP. link
November 2015 | Fighting diet related disease by choosing water over sugary drinks
UEPI is in its third year of participating in Choose Health LA: an initiative of the LA County Department of Public Health aimed at improving nutrition, increasing physical activity, and reducing obesity across the LA region. California has the highest rates of obesity among children ages 2-4, and these rates are disproportionately high among Latino and African-American children.
“Water: The Healthiest Choice” is a campaign launched by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. It is aimed at parents and focuses on providing simple, straightforward information about soda, sports and juice drinks and their link to obesity and type 2 diabetes. The multilingual media campaign encourages parents to give their children water and remove sugary drinks from their diet. You can already see campaign materials at bus stops, metro stations, and other advertising locations throughout the city, and UEPI staff will be promoting the campaign in the Northeast LA region.
October 2015 | UEPI and the National Farm to School Network celebrate Farm to School Month!
Great interview with Anupama Joshi, Executive Director of the National Farm to School Network and former UEPI staff member.
Watch a short documentary on the scholarship and policy work of Prof. Bob Gottlieb:
July 2015 | Long time UEPI/Oxy community partner, James Rojas, received the California’s Planning Advocate Award of Excellence for 2015. James has led numerous workshops for the Oxy community and communities throughout the country, inspiring people to think about planning "through the medium of their own livedexperiences, memories, and imagination." We look forward to working with James this August as he kicks off the OxyEngage Social Justice trip with PLACE IT! Congratulations James!
May 2015 | Moving Forward Network Action at the NEJAC meeting in San Diego, CA
November 2014 | On November 12, 2014, Occidental College Professor of Urban and Environment Policy Robert Gottlieb was the recipient of the Graham L. Sterling Award, the College's most prestigious faculty honor. Watch his acceptance lecture below!
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