Choose Health LA Kids
Choose Health LA Kids is a local initiative of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health aimed at helping children maintain a healthy weight. This initiative brings together a broad range of community partners to implement community-based public education, skills-building, and environmental change to promote physical activity and healthy eating among the nearly one million Los Angeles County children ages 0-5.
The Choose Health LA Kids project at Occidental College, serving the Northeast Los Angeles community, is comprised of a three-prong approach:
1. Nutrition and Physical Activity Education for Parents
Eating fruits and vegetables and being physically active are simple ways to make your family healthier. We seek to provide nutrition and physical activity education for parents by conducting cooking demonstrations, nutrition workshops, grocery store tours, and more. Here are some healthy habits from California Champions for Change that can help your kids grow and develop strong bodies, build self-confidence, and lower their future risk of diseases like obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and certain types of cancer.
- Keep fruits and vegetables in easy-to-reach places at home.
- Include fruits and/or vegetables with every meal and snack.
- Offer new fruits and vegetables several times. Prepare them in different ways (raw vs. cooked, chopped vs. whole) to find which way your child likes them best.
- Encourage exercise and play throughout the day.
- Limit TV, computer, tablet and video games (screen time) to 2 hours or less a day.
(Credit: Champions for Change)
2. Restaurant Engagement
Choose Health LA Restaurants is a partnership between the LA County Department of Public Health and local restaurants to promote healthier meal choices on menus, specifically children's menus. Participating restaurants offer healthy kids’ meals that include fruits and vegetables, healthy beverages and non-fried foods. Restaurants are also offering smaller portion sizes of existing adult menu items and tap water free of charge. Look for the Choose Health LA Restaurants decal to find healthy kids’ meals and more portion size options in your neighborhood. To join Choose Health LA Restaurants or to suggest a restaurant contact Karla Torres at (323) 341-5094 or email email@example.com.
3. Parent Collaborative
We hope to address the needs of the Northeast Los Angeles community from a grassroots approach by creating open forums for parents to share ideas, nutrition and physical activity resources, and community concerns. To learn about community statistics in your neighborhood, check out the Needs Assessment and Report. To join a parent collaborative contact Sandra Luna at (323) 341-5098 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sign up for our parent newsletter to receive health tips, recipes, and more. For more information about the Choose Health Los Angeles project, community partnerships and funding opportunities, volunteer opportunities for students and community members contact Victor Hernandez at (323) 341-5092 or email email@example.com.
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