LAUSD teams up with community groups and local businesses to teach students about the importance of nutrition.
New ‘Food as Medicine’ program is part of a multi-year partnership between Anthem Blue Cross, I-Heart media, Food Forward, Common Threads, Chicas Verdes and the LA Sparks to address food insecurity and improve community health marginalized.
The program has been introduced in four states, including California, Indianapolis, Georgia and New York.
On Tuesday, students at Manual Arts High School in South Los Angeles received bags of fresh produce and learned how to cook healthy meals for their families.
Some teenagers say their neighborhoods are full of fast food restaurants and that poor quality food has led to illnesses in their families.
“My grandfather has health issues because he doesn’t have a good diet,” said 16-year-old Australia Pastor.
“One of my family members also has diabetes and had to eat a better diet….but it’s hard to find healthier foods with the places we live,” added Kaylin Martinez.
“We are excited to continue working with our community partners to address health-related social needs and promote health equity through access to nutritious food here in Los Angeles. We know that reducing barriers and making it easier for people to access everyday products, like nutritious foods, are among the best ways to help people live healthier lives. We do that here today by helping to build practical knowledge about nutrition for students and families that will help pave the way to health equity for future generations,” said Dr. David Pryor, regional vice president and medical director at Anthem Blue Cross..
Pastor and Martinez say they’re surprised at how tasty the healthy recipes are, and they can’t wait to try them at home.