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Exercise policy supports child obesity prevention

Dr. Toni (Antronnette) Yancey, Second District Commissioner, sponsored a motion during the October 13, 2011 First 5 LA Commission meeting to pass an activity break policy to address rising rates of overweight and obese children and families throughout Los Angeles County. Prolonged periods of sedentary behavior are emerging as a threat to health and well-being for children and families independent of achieving the recommended daily amounts of moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity of 30 minutes for adults and 60 minutes for children. Significant social and cultural environmental changes are needed to support individual and family efforts to make healthier choices.

First 5 LA Commissioners unanimously adopted the activity break policy motion in an effort to set an example for the businesses and agencies they work with and the children they serve. The new policy establishes 5-10 minutes physical activity breaks during Commission meetings, meetings lasting longer than one hour, conferences, events, and other convenings sponsored by First 5 LA. The policy also encourages adoption of similar policies by grantees and partner organizations to support the need for increased physical activity among children and families served by First 5 LA.

Dr. Toni Yancey is a leader in the effort to improve the nation’s health through chronic disease and obesity prevention and physical activity promotion through research, teaching and administrative roles. She currently serves on the Board of Partnership for a Healthier America, the non-profit guiding First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move Campaign. She is also co-chair of a statewide campaign Team California for Healthy Kids to promote healthy eating and physical activity in schools, after school programs, early childhood programs and communities.

Click on the following links below learn more about the new policy and join the fight against childhood obesity through exercise promotion:

First 5 LA Comission Motion (MS Word document)

Activity Break Videos:

Instant Recess® Activity Break Toolkit:

Wristband distribution for the County’s largest free health clinic

More than 3,000 people wrapped around the Los Angeles Sports Arena to receive a CareNow green, gold, blue, or red wristband. The colored wristband corresponding with each of the four days of the clinic, is required to return to the sports arena to receive free medical, dental, and vision care during the four day clinic that will take place Thursday, October 20th through Sunday, October 23rd. The wristbands were originally scheduled to be handed out at 1:00 p.m. but due to the large crowds and warm temperatures, CareNow gave out wristbands two hours earlier.

People from as far as the valley to local downtown residents brought their family and friends down to the sports arena to guarantee their spot to receive free medical attention. Such was the case for Yvette Bailey, of downtown Los Angeles who brought her four children ages, two, six, 15, and 10 to the sports arena to receive their wristbands. “I am excited,” said Yvette. We arrived here at 10:00 a.m. there was not a long wait and the lines moved quickly.”

Yvette will return with her family on Sunday as a first time patient of the CareNow clinic.

Likewise, Gensis Cruz, age 19, from of Hollywood, arrived at 10:30 a.m. and will also be a first year CareNow patient on Thursday. She was informed from her school counselor of the clinic.

“This is a great opportunity for people. I don’t have anymore medical insurance. I need my wisdom teeth removed and I need glasses. I’m trying to work and I don’t have any money.”

Minutes from receiving her wristband, Gensis said,” This is very much appreciated.”

After receiving wristbands, future patients were notified to be on time, wear comfortable clothing and be prepared to wait due to the high demand of some services over others.

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The California Science Center welcomes the Space Shuttle Endeavour

The Space Shuttle Endeavour, which flew on its last mission in April, now officially belongs to the California Science Center. The crewmembers of the Endeavour, including Commander Mark Kelly, were feted at the museum earlier this week as the space agency turned over Endeavour’s title to the museum.

The Science Center vied with museums across the country to house one of four orbiter vehicles being decommissioned by NASA, and its selection as a home for Endeavour is an ongoing source of pride for Los Angeles, Southern California and the entire state.

Hundreds of children from the magnet school attended the event, shaking hands with the astronauts and vowing that they too would one day reach space.

There is no arrival date yet set for Endeavour, but eventually the shuttle will arrive in Los Angeles mounted atop a modified Boeing 747. It will travel through the streets of Inglewood and Los Angeles, and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has said an enormous parade will accompany the orbiter. Ultimately Endeavour, named for Captain Cook’s storied sailing vessel, will join other artifacts at the Science Center devoted to air and space exploration.

Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, who also spoke to the audience at the title event added: “Not only will the Shuttle offer outstanding educational opportunities for the entire community, it will inspire generations of children to reach for the stars.”

Revitalization of the Slauson Corridor

For many years, residents surrounding Slauson Ave (from La Brea to Angeles Vista) have passionately argued that Slauson Avenue should be upgraded to reflect the purchasing power and stature of the surrounding communities. On October 4th, over 125 residents from View Park, Ladera and the Windsor Hills communities joined Supervisor Ridley-Thomas at the Junior Blind to discuss the steps necessary to work towards real revitalization.

The evening began with a presentation on “town centers” and the steps that were feasible and necessary to make the Slauson Corridor into a town center. Corde Carillo, Director of Economic Redevelopment for the Community Development Commission (CDC) followed with an update on the work completed by the CDC.

The night ended with a review of the eight next steps – which ranged from “community branding” to “public investment” to “commercial redevelopment” and the organization of 3 taskforces to ensure follow-through.

To see a presentation on Slauson & Town Centers click here.

To review CDC’s eligibility analysis for future Community Development Block Grant funds for the area, click here.

To review Next Steps click here.

To get involved with the Branding, Public Investment or Commercial Redevelopment Taskforces please contact Erin Stennis at estennis@bos.lacounty.gov

Crenshaw/LAX Line among 14 infrastructure projects expedited by the Obama Administration

Good news! The 8.5-mile Crenshaw/LAX Line project has been selected by the Obama Administration to receive federal assistance to expedite the environmental review process. The Crenshaw-to-LAX line, which will run from the intersection of Exposition and Crenshaw boulevards to the airport and continue on the Green Line to Redondo Beach, is one of only 14 transit projects nationwide to be selected for assistance by the Federal Transit Administration.

“This announcement is wonderful news for the Crenshaw community, the city of Los Angeles, the Crenshaw Corridor, and commuters all over the county who travel to LAX,” said Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas. “Not only does this action by the Obama administration demonstrate the president’s commitment to job creation, it provides new momentum for a Leimert Park Station as part of the Crenshaw-to-LAX line.

“Securing a Leimert Park station remains our goal,” the Supervisor said, “and any assistance that may shorten the time needed to develop the line is likely to produce savings that can be directed to the station,” the Supervisor said.

The announcement comes two weeks after the Metro Board approved negotiations for a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) and Construction Careers Policy (CCP), as well as the final environmental impact report for the Crenshaw/LAX line.