PRESS RELEASE

City of Long Beach 
Public Information Office
411 W. Ocean Blvd, 
Long Beach, CA 90802

9/6/2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # CM:090618A
Subject:
Community Invited to Come Out and Play at Healthy Active Long Beach’s Sixth Annual ‘Fruit and Veggie Party’
Contact:
Lara Turnbull, Division Officer
Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention
Department of Health and Human Services
562.570.4294
Lara.Turnbull@longbeach.gov
Louisa Franco, Program Coordinator
Healthy Active Long Beach/Walk and Roll Long Beach
Department of Health and Human Services
562.570.7901
Louisa.Franco@longbeach.gov

The community is invited to come out and enjoy the City’s sixth annual “Fruit and Veggie Party.” This free community event will take place on Saturday, September 15, 2018, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Martin Luther King Jr. Park, 1950 Lemon Ave, Long Beach. Attendees will be able to sample tasty recipes, enjoy the Peace Garden, and participate in free fruit and vegetable-themed games and activities including a mini-obstacle course, dance fitness sessions, a bike and pedestrian rodeo and more.

“This event will give community members the opportunity to get to know their neighbors and learn about the benefits of eating healthy,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “Our Health Department works to inform and empower the community to make healthy choices for themselves and their families through great programs like this.”   

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recommends making healthy food choices that include fruits and vegetables every day. Despite the benefits, recent reports reveal that fewer than 30% of youth ages two to 17 in Los Angeles County eat the recommended five or more servings of fruits and vegetables per day.

“The Fruit and Veggie Party is a great way to celebrate healthy eating and introduce new recipes to families who want to add more fruits and vegetables into meals and snacks,” said Kelly Colopy, Director of the Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services.  “Eating a healthy and well-balanced diet can be fun and helps children and adults maintain a healthy lifestyle.”

The “Fruit and Veggie Party” is the wrap-up event for Healthy Active Long Beach’s “Power Up Your Summer” campaign, which encourages children and their families to get at least 60 minutes of active play every day.

The event, hosted by the City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services’ Healthy Active Long Beach program, is made possible by a grant from the USDA through the California Department of Public Health’s Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Branch, which is a public health effort working with hundreds of partners and organizations to empower low-income Californians to live healthier lives through good nutrition and physical activity. Funding is also made possible by the USDA Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed), known in California as CalFresh. For more information about CalFresh, the community can call 1-877-847-3663, and for important nutrition information, the public is encouraged to visit www.CaChampionsForChange.net.

About the City of Long Beach

Home to approximately 480,000 people, the multiple award-winning and innovative City of Long Beach offers all the world-class amenities of a large metropolitan city while maintaining a strong sense of individual and diverse neighborhoods nestled together along the California coast. As a full-service charter city, Long Beach is home to the Queen Mary, Aquarium of the Pacific, several museums and theaters, a highly-rated school district, Long Beach Airport, the Port of Long Beach, as well as many award-winning City departments such as Health, Parks, Recreation and Marine, Development Services and more. The City also has a highly-respected university and city college, two historic ranchos, five hospitals, five golf courses, 170 parks, miles of beaches, marinas, bike paths, and a Bike Share program.

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About Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services

The mission of the Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services is to improve quality of life by promoting a safe and healthy community in which to live, work and play. Long Beach Health is one of only three city-run health departments in California, which allows for better engagement with residents, neighborhoods, businesses and community partners, and fosters a greater understanding of the City's strengths. For more information, visit us at www.longbeach.gov/health, "Like" us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram.