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Nutrition event highlights healthy food choices

December 16th, 2011 · No Comments · Community

Research indicates that obesity rates among Long Beach Unified School District youth are concerning, with disproportionately higher overweight and obesity rates in central Long Beach. In the ongoing effort to fight obesity, First 5 LA, the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation and The California Endowment have teamed up to hold Nutrition Revolution, a free community event on Dec. 17 from 4 to 8pm and Dec. 18 from 11am to 3pm at Long Beach City College, 1305 E. Pacific Coast Highway.
“The Nutrition Revolution event in Long Beach will feature food demonstrations for parents on healthy cooking, a winter wonderland playground and information and resources on healthy eating,” said Melissa Franklin, marketing manager for Best Start. “Cooking with your child and teaching them about shapes, colors and smells will unlock a world of healthy, exciting possibilities for them.”
According to Jennifer Chheang, program manager for Long Beach at The California Endowment, there is a lot that needs to be done to address the issue of obese and overweight children, especially in certain parts of Long Beach. “Our partnership with First 5LA and the Jaime Oliver Food Foundation is one of the ways we are all working together to provide opportunities for youth and adults in Long Beach to learn about making healthy food choices.”

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