Kaiser gives $60,000 to EPA health programs

Three East Palo Alto community health organizations are receiving a total of $60,000 from Kaiser Permanente's Redwood City Medical Center, the hospital announced this week.

The Ravenswood Family Health Center will receive $25,000 to increase outreach to the Latino and Pacific-Islander communities, which have a disproportionately higher rate of diabetes.

Collective Roots will receive $25,000 for its community work encouraging healthy eating and more physical activity, and $10,000 will go to the East Palo Alto YMCA for its "Fit Families" health-encouragement classes.

The grants come as the city is about to unveil its community-produced multi-media campaign "Get Fit EPA," aimed at inspiring people to eat right and get more exercise.

"Get Fit EPA" will launch on Saturday, April 12, with an introduction to its community-health Web site, a health faire and presentation of the video "A City on the Move."

Collective Roots will sponsor gardening and healthy-eating demonstrations between 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. at the East Palo Alto Charter School, 1286 Runnymede St., East Palo Alto. The event is free and open to the public.

Since 2003, Kaiser Permanente Northern California and its Redwood City Medical Center have provided $729,293 to the Ravenswood Family Health Center.

In 2007, Kaiser Permanente gave $28,000 to Get Fit East Palo Alto, a collaborative of community organizations working to inspire people to care for themselves and their families through healthy eating and fitness. The grant helped train young residents to become "health reporters."


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Posted by Wolfram Alderson
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Apr 13, 2008 at 9:48 am

We are very pleased that the people of East Palo Alto are receiving this support. We are so proud of the amazing youth and families in East Palo Alto that are taking leadership roles in advocating for the health and wellness of their community. The work they are doing, and the stories they are telling, are an inspiration to us all. The support from surrounding communities, from both individuals and organizations, is also deeply appreciated. The level of collaboration and teamwork is really inspiring and rewarding to all involved. Thank you!

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