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Los Angeles County Latino Health Awareness Month Highlights How Small Changes Can Lead To Big Results

September 22, 2016 - Press Release

LOS ANGELES— Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, AltaMed Health Services and Food4Less will host an event on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016, 2 p.m. at 4400 Slauson Ave. in Maywood to encourage families to make small changes to their daily lives by eating healthier and being more active every day. Promoted by the California Champions for Change Be Better campaign, Latino Health Awareness Month is an opportunity to promote healthier alternatives to traditional recipes and drinks.

In a partnership with AltaMed and Public Health, grocery stores have implemented changes to market healthier food items to families, including stocking healthier food options and beverages at checkout stands and signage encouraging patrons to include fruits and vegetables in family meals.

In Los Angeles County, nearly a quarter of adults and children are obese and more than 700,000 people have been diagnosed with diabetes. Sugary beverages, unhealthy food choices, and a lack of physical activity are associated with increased rates of obesity and other chronic health conditions, such as type 2 diabetes.

“AltaMed is committed to improving the health and well-being of families in Southeast Los Angeles and has partnered with the Healthy Communities, Healthy Lives Initiative to raise awareness for healthy lifestyle changes,” said Dr. Ilan Shapiro, medical director of health education at AltaMed Health Services. “Through these community events, we strive to help Latino families take simple steps to take control of their families’ health by discussing how to select nutritional items while grocery shopping.”

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