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LH Collaborative encourages a Soda-Free Summer

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LH Collaborative encourages a Soda-Free Summer

Posted on 19 July 2017 by La Habra Journal

By Taylor Engle
La Habra Journal

Two years ago, the La Habra Collaborative launched its first ever Move More Eat Healthy Movement, an initiative aimed to help reduce obesity in children and adults. The movement saw such positive response that the Collaborative was led to begin its Soda Free Summer 2017.
The Collaborative sat down with St. Jude’s Hospital to come up with the idea of having children and adults sign a pledge stating that they would try their best to not drink soda the entire summer. Participants were rewarded with a baby blue wristband to signify their allegiance.
Participants are taking the initiative seriously, but so is the entire city. The City of La Habra wrote and signed a proclamation dedicated to a Soda Free Summer.
“The dates are from June 20 to September 23—basically from when kids got out of school until they go back,” said Executive Director of the La Habra Collaborative Sandi Baltes.
La Habra’s schools are already soda free, so it made sense to begin the initiative. Additionally, any meeting held by the city of La Habra is requested to be soda free.
“We have collected well above 1500 signatures so far of people promising they will not have soda over the summer,” Baltes said.
A few years ago, St. Jude’s Hospital conducted a study revealing La Habra as the third worst city when it comes to child obesity. Sugar is a big cause, and soda is a big source of sugar.
“A can of soda has seven and a half teaspoons of sugar and the American Heart Association recommends you have no more than six teaspoons a day, and here we are with one soft drink exceeding that,” Baltes said. “So that’s a big source of sugar.”
The aim of the initiative is not only to fight obesity but to bring awareness about health to the community.
“I think soft drinks are very bad for your teeth and your health, but mostly I’m concerned about obesity,” Baltes said. “Every year fifth and sixth graders have to do the Fitness Gram. La Habra has not done well in the past, but recently we’re starting to see improvement.”
Although the focus is on children, the Soda Free Summer is well supported by adults throughout the city. Amidst the 1500 pledges are Baltes, owner of Lady Bug Pest Control Diego Hernandez and wife Tambi, city councilmen Tom Beamish and Michael Blazey, business manager of Our Lady of Guadalupe Scott Miller, Recreation Manager David DeLeon, LHCSD superintendent Dr. Joan Culverhouse, realtor Carrie Surich, and even La Habra Journal Editor Jay Seidel and his wife Jennifer.
All of these citizens have pledged to be soda-free for the summer and many of them are reporting weight loss and feelings of overall health. Blazey is proud to say he hasn’t had his favorite soda in over two weeks.
For the future, the Collaborative plans to continue their efforts to promote health in the community.
The goal for fall 2017 is to get into fast food restaurants such as McDonald’s or Carl’s Jr. and ask that the default drink on the kids’ menu not be soda. While they don’t have an agreement confirmed, the fast food chains have been responsive so far.
For more information about the challenge or about the La Habra Collaborative, go to the organization’s website at lahaboracollaborative.org.


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City offers health services, screening

Posted on 21 November 2013 by La Habra Journal

By Lauren Davis
La Habra Journal

The City of La Habra held its annual Health Fair on Thursday, Nov. 14, at the Community Center to promote the importance of healthy living.
Health Fair representatives, such as the La Habra Host Lions Club, Brea Urgent Care, St. Jude Hospital and Whittier Spine Center, provided complimentary services like massages, glucose tests, life scans, sight and hearing tests and flu shots to visitors in attendance.
Richard L. Yung, a doctor from the nonprofit regional healthcare facility PIH Health, was also available to answer any health related questions visitors had concerning their own health.
He said that some attendees inquired about appropriate doctors for particular health needs, and they asked questions about high blood pressure and high blood sugar.
Josie Anderson, the social services manager for the city of La Habra, said that the event is held annually because it is a way for the city to give back to the community each year.
“There are a lot of people that do not have insurance, even for cholesterol or glucose issues,” Anderson said. “Those are some of the programs the community wants to offer to help out not only the residents of La Habra, but the surrounding cities as well.”
Door prizes were also awarded to visitors throughout the event, providing winners with $25 gift cards to stores such as Walmart and Target.
Veronica Ortiz, a representative of Smile Finders: A Dental Group, said that she attended the health fair to help educate the community on topics like nutrition and how it can be related to poor dental care.
“Due to certain foods that we eat, we have bacteria in our mouths that can turn the sugars that we eat into acids,” Ortiz said. “Foods that have high water content such as fruits and vegetables have phosphorus that helps re-mineralize the enamel.”
Betsy Hernandez, a medical assistant at Whittier Spine Center, said that she participated in the health fair to provide both chiropractic information and massage services to visitors.
“We wanted to give massages to people so that people know that we (Whittier Spine Center) are here to help,” Hernandez said. “So what we do here is we give massages that hit a trigger point, and when the trigger pint is hit, it releases the tension on a person’s back.”
Anderson added that next year, the city hopes to hold a larger Health Fair in October instead of November, since a lot of people are calling as early as July, asking for health screenings and flu shots.
For more information on future community health fairs, please contact Josie Anderson at (562) 905-9708.

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