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Health Academy Jessica Gallegos Leads Plenary at 9th Biennial Childhood Obesity Conference

Earlier this month, we went to San Diego to attend the 9th Biennial Childhood Obesity Conference. This year’s theme was “Good Health for All: Addressing Equity Where we Live, Learn, Work and Play” and it boasted almost 2,000 attendees from all over the nation. Among the glittering lineup of speakers who were there to share […]

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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 […]