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Nutrition Resources

Nutrition Resources champions a healthier lifestyle by improving the quality and expanding access to fresh, wholesome food.


Nutrition Resources works with local communities to build and transform community assets. The coalitions promote the preservation and expansion of open space in one of the nation's most densely-populated metropolitan areas, work to expand the availability and quality of food and physical activity options through community development, and monitor the sale and promotion of foods for better stores and food selection in South Los Angeles. African Americans Building a Legacy of Health (AABLH) is the organizing movement within our Community Health & Education policy area with three coalitions:  Food Policy Roundtable, Food Resource Development and Coalition for an Active South LA and a community campaign, the Neighborhood Food Watch.

Watch a video compiled by Katherine Alexander on South LA's Food Desert with Lark Galloway-Gilliam and Gwendolyn Flynn.



POLICY REPORTS

South Los Angeles Fast Food Health Impact Assessment
Read the draft Executive Summary of CHC's in-depth analysis of South LA's current and pending land-use policies towards fast food restaurant development. The final report will be available soon.
Fast Food Restaurant Report: Promoting Healthy Dining in South Los Angeles
This policy report looks at the evidence linking the proximity and density of fast food restaurants and greater fast food consumption. It argues for regulating density as part of a strategy to combat the obesity crisis in South Los Angeles and recommends changes the City and County can make to limit the density of fast food restaurants while encouraging the development of new healthy restaurants of all types.
Transforming the Urban Food Desert from the Grassroots Up: A Model for Change
Confronted by continuing health disparities in vulnerable communities, CHC worked with research partners to develop a community change model to address the root causes of health disparities. This article from Family & Community Health discusses how CHC's model led to public policy interventions in a food desert.
Food Desert to Food Oasis: Promoting Grocery Store Development in South Los Angeles
Ready access to healthy foods is taken for granted in most neighborhoods. But that is not the case for the residents of South Los Angeles. This report examines how policymakers, the grocery industry and community members can change the South LA retail food environment.
Does Race Define What's in the Shopping Cart?
While cultural factors are most often cited in other studies as reasons for poor health in communities of color, this study shows the extent to which cultural factors are overshadowed by food choices in African American communities.
Assessing Resource Environments to Target Prevention Interventions in Community Chronic Disease Control
This paper, published in the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, reports on the examination of resource environments within a CDC-funded project directed by CHC in partnership with USC and UCLA researchers. The project developed a methodology for assessing environments that integrates measures of location, quality and cost in evaluating a community's access to nutritious foods and physical activity options.
African Americans' Access to Healthy Food Options in South Los Angeles Restaurants
This report, published in the American Journal of Public Health and conducted by UCLA and USC researchers in partnership with CHC, examined the availability of restaurants and food options within these restaurants in more and less affluent areas of Los Angeles to compared residents' access to healthy meals prepared and purchased away from home. The study concluded that support for the healthy lifestyle associated with lower risks for disease is difficult in poorer communities with a higher proportion of African American residents.
Improving the Nutritional Resource Environment for Healthy Living Through Community-based Participatory Research
This study, published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, assessed the nutritional resource environment in targeted African American areas of LA County to contrast the findings with a predominantly white area. The results showed that the targeted area was significantly less likely to have important items for a healthier life.