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Youth Give Fresh Produce the Spotlight on Quest to Make Community Healthier

National Health Foundation has engaged Historic South Central Los Angeles youth as change agents for a healthier community. After two years, their work is beginning to pay off, with seven local corner markets now promoting produce in new and attractive ways, residents increasing their consumption of fruits and vegetables by 35 percent, and over 6,000 […]

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Serving Up Fun Ways to Learn about Nutrition’s Role in Healthy Living

Nearly 13 percent of South Central Los Angeles has diabetes—a number higher than most other areas in LA—and roughly 30 percent is overweight, according to an environmental scan conducted by National Health Foundation. So NHF is doing something about it. Over the next three years, its instructors will teach 550 nutrition education classes at All […]

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Students Don’t Sugarcoat Why It’s Important to Rethink Their Drink

Not only do sugar-sweetened drinks, including soda, fruit punch, lemonade, and sports and energy drinks, contribute to poor diet and obesity, they are also associated with tooth decay and deteriorating bones. Hardly worth the extra 300 calories a day! So, students from Santee Education Complex and Thomas Jefferson High School in Los Angeles wanted their […]

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Impact in the Community and at the Table

Forty-four years ago, two innovative thinkers at the Hospital Association of Southern California established National Health Foundation to extend the impact the association could have on improving healthcare. Since then, our focus has evolved to working within the community while retaining our connection to hospitals. Within the community our focus is on people having the […]

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Nutrition Education for Everyone

We can all agree that eating healthy is an integral part of living a long healthy life. The two most important aspects in assuring communities eat healthy, nutritious food are accessibility and education. Assuring healthy nutritious food is accessible to communities in South Central Los Angeles is an issue National Health Foundation (NHF) has been […]

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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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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 […]