Steve Neal Urge Public Education to Get Kids on Path to Health

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Initiatives like Choose Health LA prevent and control chronic disease in Los Angeles County.

Noting a new study from the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research that found declining, yet still unacceptably high numbers of California children consuming fast food and sugary soda regularly, Assembly District 64 candidate and Long Beach City Councilmember Steve Neal today called for increasing public education campaigns to encourage parents to provide healthy meals for their kids. 

“Sixty percent of California children have eaten fast food in the past week, and that figure is too high,” said Neal. “The good news is that the rate our kids are consuming fast food and soda is declining, and as the study explains, public education has ‘clearly had an effect’ making that possible. Choose Health LA is a great example of a public education campaign that has created a healthier population, and we need to support these campaigns.”

“With the cost of health care as high as it is, we should work to reduce costs up front by reducing the rates of diabetes and other diseases that come from poor nutrition,” Neal added. “These campaigns are a great, low-cost way to tackle these health problems. Most importantly, we owe it to our kids to set them on a path toward healthier options so they have a higher quality of life than we have.”

About Steve Neal
Steve Neal has been a community activist and leader in the Los Angeles area for decades. Since his election in 2010, Steve, a Compton native, has served North Long Beach on the Long Beach City Council where he has an accomplished record supporting neighborhoods, small businesses, and working families. Councilmember Neal is the author and creator of the Long Beach Foreclosure Registry Program, the Long Beach Liquor Store Modernization Program, and the North Long Beach Business Alliance. Neal is the Assistant Pastor of S.E.A.M. Faith Family Church and a longtime volunteer with the United Way. He and his wife, Katonja, live in Long Beach and are the parents of five daughters, one son, and have nine grandchildren.

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