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    Did you know?
    One-third of all children born in the U.S. in 2000 may develop diabetes during their lifetime if the obesity epidemic remains unchecked.1

    Let’s work to create healthy communities:
    LAUP’s Choose Health LA Kids project is seeking partners with childcare providers, parent groups, food retailers, restaurants, community and faith based organizations and public agencies to provide nutrition and physical activity education and resources to families with children ages 0-5. All of our efforts are in the communities of Lakewood, Artesia, Norwalk, S. Whittier, Whittier, E. La Mirada, and Mirada.

    To become involved, email chlakids@laup.net with Choose Health LA Kids Project in the subject line or contact Meka Webb at 213-416-1395.

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    Choose Health LA Kids

    Choose Health LA Kids

    LAUP has won a Los Angeles County Department of Public Health grant to help reduce and prevent obesity in children 0-5 years old and promote healthy eating and exercise.

    The program, Choose Health LA Kids, is component of the larger Early Childhood Obesity Prevention Initiative spearheaded by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, funded by First 5 LA. LAUP received funding to implement a community-based public education and skills-building program focused on reducing the prevalence of obesity among children ages 0-5 in LA County. This obesity prevention program will also promote physical activity and provide resources to families with children ages 0-5 to build healthy lifestyles.

    These efforts are honing in on communities with childhood obesity rates above the county average. LAUP’s program will serve families in Whittier, South Whittier, Norwalk, La Mirada, East La Mirada, Artesia, and Lakewood.

    “This grant will be the difference that continues LAUP on the path of providing quality education to our children—through an environment that teaches healthy eating and active living in community settings,” says Celia C. Ayala, LAUP’s CEO.

    LAUP looks forward to continuing its partnership with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health through this grant and the impact they will continue to make together on the health of preschool children in Los Angeles County.

    Community Resource Guides Now Available in English and Spanish
    Community Resources are now available for parents and caregivers in the communities of La Mirada, E. La Mirada, Whittier, S. Whittier, Norwalk, Artesia and Lakewood. These provide a handy guide of health/nutrition, physical activity, postpartum, and health and social resources available in each community. Select your area below to download.

    1 Source: Narayan KM, Boyle JP, Thompson TJ, Sorensen SW, Williamson DF. Lifetime risk for diabetes mellitus in the United States. JAMA. 2003. Oct 8;290(14):1884–1890.

    NEW Food Assistance
    If you're a family, parent or caregiver needing assistance in purchasing healthy and nutritious food, you can apply for Cal Fresh and WIC. More information below.

    Cal Fresh Program

    The CalFresh Program can add to your food budget to have healthy and nutritious food on the table. The program issues monthly electronic benefits that can be used to buy food at most market and food stores. The CalFresh Program helps to improve the health and well-being of qualified households and individuals by providing them a means to meet their nutritional needs. To find out more, visit http://dpss.lacounty.gov/dpss/calfresh/default.cfm

    WIC Program
    The WIC program serves pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women, infants and children up to 5 years old in low-income families. WIC provides free supplemental foods, nutrition education, breastfeeding support and education and other support services. To find out more, visit: http://www.phfewic.org