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Building Better Health: Woodbury University Architecture Students Partner with National Health Foundation’s Health Academy Students to Bring School-Based Farm Stand to Life

There was a time when Thomas Jefferson High School (TJHS) in Historic South Central Los Angeles students only had a snack bar with the usual not-so-healthy snacks and drinks available. Fast-forward to May 5th, 2017 when a group of students from National Health Foundation’s Health Academy, in partnership with Woodbury University’s architecture students, unveiled 4 […]

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At The Intersection of Health and Education: National Health Foundation’s Be A STAR Program

National research has identified a significant link between education and health. High school graduates live longer, healthier lives than dropouts. College graduates have even longer life spans, better access to health care, better dietary and health practices, and overall better health. Unfortunately, about a quarter of California counties have high school dropout rates close to […]

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Increasing Opportunities for Exercise in Historic South Los Angeles

On February 13th, 2017, Central Avenue Jazz Park in Historic South Central Los Angeles was transformed into an outdoor fitness space with community members and instructors moving through workouts designed to increase cardiovascular capacity, boost energy levels and increase the feeling of wellbeing. For community member Claudia Durango, it was a welcomed event, “This is […]

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Flor’s Mini Market Gets Fresh With National Health Foundation’s Community Health Liaisons

Flor’s Mini Market is a neighborhood corner store that is one block from Thomas Jefferson High School in Historic South Central Los Angeles. It’s a favorite among high school students who frequently stop by to purchase a bite to eat before class or during lunchtime. Her merchandise mix is typical of a ‘tienda’ with must […]

On assignment for the National Health Foundation :
Recuperative Care
Pregnant and Parenting Teen (PPT)
Youth Engagement Team
Health Academy

·         Recuperative Care – Provides hospitals with a safe discharge option for individuals experiencing homelessness who are not sick enough to remain in the hospital, but too sick for a shelter. The program provides individuals with a safe, clean environment to recuperate, medical oversight, linkages to primary care physicians and intensive case management services  to thereby reduce their chances of relapse and costly re-hospitalization. Intensive case management focuses on linkages to permanent housing and permanent supportive housing for individuals.

·         Harold Cares About Your Future: Pregnant and Parenting Teen (PPT)  – A school-based teen pregnancy prevention program empowering pregnant teen mothers to avoid a subsequent pregnancy, develop a positive, healthy pregnancy, birth and parenting experience, and remain in school with the goal of graduation. Overarching, the program aims to empower teen parents to develop lifelong healthy behaviors for self and child and increase academic achievement.

·         Health Academy – A youth-driven afterschool program engaging youth in leadership, critical thinking, problem solving and community-based research to address obesity and obesity related illnesses. The program empowers youth to apply comprehensive evidence-based obesity prevention strategies and advance policy, systems and environmental changes to increase consumption of healthy foods, reduce consumption of less healthy foods and beverages, and increase levels of physical activity to thereby build a healthier community.

USDA Tours National Health Foundation’s Successful Youth-Led Health Academy Programs

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Administrator Audrey Rowe met with youth and leadership of the National Health Foundation’s (NHF) innovative youth-led Health Academy program to highlight successful implementation of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program –Education (SNAP-Ed) funded Champions for Change grant, administered locally by the Los Angeles County Public Health Department.  The goal of SNAP-Ed […]

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National Health Foundation Awarded Nearly $1 Million to Address High Obesity Rates in Historic South Central Los Angeles

National Health Foundation (NHF) was awarded $880,000 from the Los Angeles CountyDepartment of Public Health with funding from the California Department of Public Health and the United States Department of Agriculture. The grant will support the Champions for Change – Healthy Communities Initiative, which aims to reduce the prevalence of obesity among low-income Supplemental Nutrition […]