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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

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Eat Healthy, Move Healthy, Live Healthy


1. Eat Real -  Going meatless once a week may reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity, while minimizing greenhouse gas emissions. Try going meatless on Mondays to make a change for your health and the health of our planet! Eating too much sugar is a major contributor to overweight and obesity, especially for LA County’s children. Candies, most cereals and sugar-loaded drinks, such as sodas, sports drinks, energy drinks, and even sweetened teas and fruit juices, are a large part of the problem. Did you know that a 20-ounce soda can contain 65 grams of sugar? That’s approximately 22 packs of sugar in just one bottle. All that added sugar can have serious health consequences. The extra calories in sugar-loaded drinks may lead to obesity, diabetes and heart disease.


2. Go Local: Shop at Farmers Markets - It’s good for the economy and the environment. Food in the U.S. typically travels an average of 1,500 miles to get to your plate. In comparison, food at a farmers market typically travels less than 100 miles. Fruits and vegetables are often picked the same day they are sold – a difference that you can taste. There are nearly 100 farmers markets throughout LA County. Find a local farmers market here.


The L.A. County Department of Public Health (DPH) will solicit proposals from cities, non-profit organizations, and/or school districts in Los Angeles County to adopt one or more plans or policies that will create an environment where it is convenient, safe and easy for community members to eat healthfully and participate in physical activity every day. Selected Proposers will receive up to $125,000 per year for up to four years, based upon continued availability of funds. Contact PLACE Program for details. 695 S. Vermont Avenue, South Tower, 14th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90005. Tel # 213-351-1901


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