Main goal of farmers market to curb childhood obesity

The Los Angeles Community Development Foundation (CDF) will host the grand opening of their Certified Growing Experience Farmers Market at 750 Via Carmelitos on Saturday, Oct. 20 from 10am to 2pm.
The California Freshworks Fund along with the Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation awarded funds to the CDF to initiate the farmers market at the Growing Experience Urban Farm in North Long Beach, and this strategic investment aims to combat an abnormally high childhood obesity rate in a community saturated with a high number of alcohol distributors and fast-food restaurants.
According to the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, in 2009 there were 93 pending and active alcohol license records within the 90805 ZIP code– a rate much higher than in neighboring communities. Furthermore, data from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health demonstrates that obesity is most prevalent in low-income communities and often leads to higher medical costs due to various chronic illnesses such as diabetes and hypertension.
The CDF is inviting local farmers to sell their produce, local community organizations to share their resources and services, and local entertainers to demonstrate their talents.
For more information on the farmers market or to donate to the CDF, call (323) 838-7730 or .

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