Latino 5 a Day Campaign Holds Public Policy Forum to Take Action...

Latino 5 a Day Campaign Holds Public Policy Forum to Take Action to Reverse Latino Health Epidemic in San Diego

Community Leaders, Public Health Advocates and Elected Officials to Determine Local Solutions to Ensure Access to Fresh, Affordable Fruits and VegetablesEvent Kicks off Second Annual Latino Health Awareness Month


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ADVISORY for Friday, June 18th

WHAT:

In response to the health crisis facing Latinos in California, members of the California Latino 5 a Day Campaign in San Diego will be joined by: Juan Vargas, Assemblymember of the 79th District; Sue Foerster, chief of the Cancer Prevention and Nutrition Section of the Department of Health Services; Roberto Salazar, administrator for the USDA Food and Nutrition Service; Ron Roberts, Supervisor of San Diego County; and Leonard J. Vasquez, Mayor of Calipatria, among others, for “Voices for Change,” a policy forum to determine steps that can be implemented locally to promote healthy eating and provide access to fresh, affordable fruits and vegetables. The policy forum is being held as part of San Diego’s Latino Health Awareness Month commemoration.

WHY:

Latinos make up 32 percent of California’s population. Yet, 43 percent of adults are classified as overweight, and 25 percent are obese. Overweight contributes to heart disease, cancer, stroke, and type 2 diabetes, which are among the top five causes of death among Latinos in California. Research shows that eating 5 or more servings of fruits and vegetables can help reduce the risk of serious health problems and chronic diseases, including heart disease, hypertension, stroke, type 2 diabetes, obesity and certain types of cancer. However, fresh fruits and vegetables are often more expensive and harder to find in rural communities and in the inner cities making it difficult for California’s Latino community to get the recommended 5 to 9 servings per day.

WHO:

— Roberto Salazar, administrator for the USDA Food and Nutrition Service

— Juan Vargas, Assemblymember of the 79th District

— Sue Foerster, chief of the Cancer Prevention and Nutrition Section of the Department of Health Services

— Ron Roberts, Supervisor of San Diego County

— Leonard J. Vasquez, Mayor of Calipatria

— Dr. Laura Clapper, regional medical director of Health Net Insurance

— Melinda Tanasefcu, Rosa Parks Elementary School Cesar Chavez service group

— Bob Harrington, Specialty Produce

— Blanca Melendrez and Julie Sammons of California 5 a Day

WHEN:

Friday, June 18, 2004, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

(Policy makers speaking from 10:00 to noon)

WHERE:

Salvation Army Kroc Center, Multipurpose Room and Performing Arts Center

6845 University Avenue

San Diego, CA

VISUALS:

Community leaders, elected officials, public health advocates discussing health epidemic and access issues

Interviews with community organizations that serve the Latino community

TO ATTEND:

To attend the event or for more information, please contact Katie Bogue at (619) 379-0651.

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CONTACT:

Latino 5 a Day, San Diego

Katie Bogue, RD

(619) 379-0651

Latino 5 a Day Campaign Holds Public Policy Forum to Take Action to Reverse Latino Health Epidemic in San Diego