Community Invited to Healthy Active Long Beach 4th Annual Fruit and Veggie Party

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The community is invited to access health and nutrition information and sample healthy recipes featuring seasonal fruits and vegetables during the Healthy Active Long Beach 4th Annual Fruit and Veggie Party on Saturday, August 27, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm, at the Health Department’s Central Facilities Center, located at Martin Luther King Jr. Park, 1133 Rhea Street, Long Beach.

“Long Beach is a better city when everybody is healthy, especially our children and families,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “The Healthy Active Long Beach Fruit and Veggie Party is a great way to learn about the resources Long Beach offers to help keep our community healthy.”

Attendees can tour the Long Beach Peace Garden, and participate in multiple physical activities, including skateboarding, zumba, and yoga. People can also provide input to the City’s Bicycle Master Plan update, participate in a walking workshop, and learn more about free and low-cost services available to help them live healthy, active lifestyles. Pedal Movement will provide free bike valet for residents who wish to ride their bikes to the event.

“Exposing people to a healthy, active lifestyle at an early age helps people live fuller, richer lives, and that’s important to all of us,” said Councilmember Dee Andrews.

These festivities celebrate Healthy Active Long Beach’s recently completed 13th year, and is the wrap-up event for its Power Up Your Summer campaign, which encourages children and their families to get at least 60 minutes of active play each day, and to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables during the summer break. The free event is sponsored by the Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services Healthy Active Long Beach Project, and will bring together partners from multiple City departments as well as many other community programs.

“The Fruit and Veggie Party is a perfect way to celebrate the end of the Power Up Your Summer campaign,” said Kelly Colopy, Director of Health and Human Services. “This campaign has helped youth and their families to be active all summer throughout Long Beach and now they have a chance to share their achievements with even more fun.”

The event and other activities offered by the Healthy Active Long Beach Project, are made possible thanks to a grant received from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) through the California Department of Public Health’s Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Brand. The California Department of Public Health’s Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Branch is a public health effort working with hundreds of partners and organizations to empower low-income Californians to live healthier lives through good nutrition and physical activity. Funding is from USDA SNAP-Ed, known in California as CalFresh. USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. For CalFresh information, call 1-877-847-3663. For important nutrition information, visit www.CaChampionsForChange.net.

For more information about Healthy Active Long Beach please visit www.longbeach.gov/health/halb.

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