Healthy Active Long Beach kicks off a week of events with health fair

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healthy-californiaResidents are invited to join the Healthy Active Long Beach Program and help celebrate Healthy Active Long Beach Week 2009 during a community kick-off on Saturday, August 29. This year, as part of our “Healthy Neighborhoods” theme, Healthy Active Long Beach is partnering with The California Endowment’s “Building a Healthy Long Beach” Community Collaborative and asking residents to share their thoughts on what changes they would like to see in their neighborhoods.

At the kick-off, residents will learn more about The California Endowment’s exciting 10-year plan and are encouraged to join the fun and make their voices heard to be a part of making Central and Downtown Long Beach a healthier place to live, work and play. Participants can also learn about Healthy Active Long Beach’s Communities of Excellence Project and see what opportunities for change exist within their neighborhoods.

The health fair will take place from 9:30 am – 2:00 pm (registration begins at 9:00 am) at the New City Charter School, 1637 Long Beach Blvd., and includes:

  • FREE fun and games for the whole family including “Hoop-A-Palooza” with Kidtribe
  • FREE lunch for participants who register
  • FREE childcare and translation (Spanish and Khmer)
  • FREE healthy food tasting, nutrition education and resources
  • FREE prizes

Street parking is available in front of the school, and signs will direct residents to additional parking lots. The New City Charter School is conveniently located on Long Beach Boulevard just south of Pacific Coast Highway within easy reach by public transportation, including the Blue Line.

For more information about Healthy Active Long Beach Week, call 562.570.4294.

The City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services’ Healthy Active Long Beach Program is funded through the Network for a Healthy California (Network). Healthy Active Long Beach’s activities and goals assist the Health Department in its efforts to decrease the rate of obesity and chronic disease in Long Beach.  The Network works with public, non-profit and business partners throughout the state to empower low-income Californians to consume the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables and enjoy physical activity every day.  Principal funding is from the USDA’s Food Stamp Program. These institutions are equal opportunity providers and employers.  For more information, visit the Network Web site at www.networkforahealthycalifornia.net.

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