MLK Hospital Tree Lighting Tonight!

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
and
Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas
cordially invite you to attend a special

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Martin Luther King, Jr.
Multi-service Ambulatory Care Center (MACC)
12021 S. Wilmington Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90050

Rain or shine

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Empowerment Congress Health Committee Meeting Wednesday

Do you want to work on improving the health and well-being in your community?

Join us at the next Second District Empowerment Congress Health Committee Meeting

Wednesday, November 10, 2010 (4:00 – 5:30 pm)

Office of Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas
Exposition Office Community Room
700 Exposition Park Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90037

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VIDEO: Ridley-Thomas Hosts Forum Highlighting Construction Job and Contracting Opportunities at the New MLK Medical Center

Over 400 people joined Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas this week at a Small Business Forum which addressed opportunities for Small Business Enterprises (SBE) and local workers to secure work on the Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) Medical Center Replacement projects.

Forty-five exhibitors, including the four finalists for the design-build contracts, were present. Representatives from the Los Angeles World Airports and Metropolitan Water District were also present to share other job opportunities. The forum connected SBEs and local workers with resources including bonding, access to capital, certification, technical assistance, and contractor training.

Last week, Ridley-Thomas led an effort before the Board of Supervisors to establish a local worker hiring policy and small business enterprise program for both projects at the new MLK medical center.

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FREE Flu Shots

Flu Vaccine

Flu vaccines are recommended for everyone six months of age and older, including healthy adults. It’s especially important to get a flu vaccine if you are:

6 months through 18 years old
50 years or older
Pregnant or just had a baby
Morbidly obese
A health care provider
Living in a nursing or other long-term care home
Living with a weakened immune system or a chronic medical condition (like diabetes, heart disease or lung disease)
Living with or caring for someone under 5 years old, 50 years of age or older, with a chronic medical condition

More information including dates, times and location of flu shots.

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Reducing Salt Can Decrease Hypertension

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health released a report showing that reducing daily salt intake can potentially lead to substantial decreases in the number of Angelenos with hypertension (high blood pressure) in the county, and saving many millions of dollars in annual treatment costs. The study found that if Angelenos, who on average take in about 50% more salt than recommended, could collectively decrease their average intake by just 20% (687 mg of
sodium) per day, it would result in a decrease of about 52,629 hypertension cases in the county and an annual cost savings of $102 million dollars.

“Decreasing salt in one’s diet is a significant step towards reducing life-threatening conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, or chronic kidney disease,” said Jonathan E. Fielding, MD, MPH, Director of Public Health and Health Officer.

“Minimizing salt would greatly reduce the estimated $400 billion the nation spends annually on treating hypertension and heart disease.”

Hypertension is a chronic condition that greatly increases the risk of medical complications and death from cardiovascular and kidney diseases, such as heart attack, stroke, heart failure and end-stage kidney failure. In LA County, 48% of adults ages 45-64 years have hypertension, with the highest rates found among African Americans. Elevated blood pressure is increasingly becoming a problem among children ages 8-17 years, with greater increases seen among Hispanic and African American children.

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans, published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, currently recommends that each person consumes, at most, 6 mg of salt (2,300 mg of sodium or 1 teaspoon of salt) per day. This figure is even lower (1,500 mg or 2/3 teaspoon per day) for those that have high blood pressure, are over 40 years of age, or are African American. Most Americans consume, on average, more than 3,400 mg of sodium daily; this is 48% more than the recommended limit.

“The most important thing consumers can do is look at the label; low calorie does not always mean low salt,” said Dr. Fielding. “While restaurants and food manufacturers look at ways they can decrease salt in the foods they prepare, consumers can protect their health by reading nutrition labels, familiarizing themselves with healthy sodium numbers and creating healthier home recipes using less salt.”

With more Americans eating away from home, processed and restaurant prepared foods now account for more than two-third of the salt consumed in the U.S. The report recommends preparing and eating more fresh food at home and reading food labels or asking for salt content information when eating at restaurants. Research shows that lowering the amount of salt in one’s diet can be done with minimal changes to taste when salt reduction is done gradually over time.