Neighborhood Food Watch
The Neighborhood Food Watch (NFW) is CHC’s community campaign to provide South Los Angeles residents with the information and tools needed to take action to improve the quality of food in their local stores. NFW promotes access to nutritious foods and the opportunity to select the healthy food needed for longer and healthier lives. The campaign offers a newsletter to keep you current on important issues, training and community events to improve business practices and local food policy.
How can we have fresher foods and cleaner stores in our neighborhood? Take Action!! Here are some simple steps to report expired dates on products on store shelves:
Fast Food in South LA
CHC's policy brief Does Race Define What's in the Shopping Cart? was the catalyst for the Neighborhood Food Watch. Through this ground-breaking, multi-year study, Community Health Councils with its partner USC found that race, geography, and the availability of healthy foods play a substantial role in determining what African Americans in Los Angeles eat. To read CHC's report describing the food desert in South LA that appeared in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, see Improving the Nutritional Resource Environment for Healthy Living.
South Los Angeles Farmers Markets
South Los Angeles Grocery Store Watch
Interested in Joining a Community Garden?
The garden is located in the backyard of a private residential home. Enter off 57th Street and Charlene Drive. Make a quick left into the alley and follow the path until the alley ends.
A Healthy and Just Food System for South Los Angeles is Underway! By Tanishia Wright
With a growing population of over 1.3 million residents, South Los Angeles is finally getting the recognition it deserves as an area that is in need of more healthy food options and innovative food policies to support healthy food retail and restaurant establishments. South Los Angeles has one of the poorest food resource environments in LA County. Access to affordable, healthy foods and beverages is a basic necessity and an essential component of a healthy neighborhood.
A Closer Look at Expired Foods in the South Los Angeles Community By Tanishia Wright
A recent study done by the University of Southern California looked at Expired Foods in low-income areas of South Los Angeles found over a third of the groceries carried expired poultry, beef or dairy products over a one-year period. The issue of finding expired perishable products is common occurrence experienced by many residents in South Los Angeles and many other communities in similar situations with limited access to quality food and stores. It is important to note that these communities that have these challenge of access to quality food often face higher rates of chronic diseases and obesity.
The California Fresh Works Fund Launch! By Tanishia Wright
First Lady Michelle Obama Announces California’s $200 Million Public-Private Loan Fund to Promote Healthy Food Access Los Angeles, CA—Community Health Councils (CHC) is a founding partner in the California FreshWorks Fund announced by First Lady Michelle Obama in a White House event Wednesday. The partnership with The California Endowment, California Grocers Association, CRA/LA, Kaiser Permanente and many others is part of CHC’s continuing commitment that began more than a decade ago to bring greater access and healthier foods to low-income, underserved communities.
Breathe for Life!
by Tanishia Wright
June 28th, 2010
Many studies have been conducted that prove the benefits of deep breathing on overall health and well being. Deep breathing brings extra oxygen into the body, which oxygenates the internal organs and stimulates the flow of circulation. Many individuals that suffer from heart disease and high blood pressure will find the benefits of deep breathing well worth it.
June 16th, 2010
I'm looking forward to learning more about the NFW!
by Tanishia Wright
May 10th, 2010
Did you know tomato products provide unique health benefits?