From the daily archives: Thursday, September 2, 2010

Network for a Healthy California’s Annual Latino Health Awareness Month Festivities Help Imperial Valley Families Make Good Health a Priority While Celebrating Their Latino Heritage

    • WHAT: The Network for a Healthy California—Latino Campaign, the El Centro Parks and Recreation, Imperial Food Bank, Imperial County Children & Families First Commission, Women, Infants and Children(WIC), Behavioral Health, March of Dimes, Breastfeeding Coalition and UC Cooperative Extension will host a Community Event in El Centro, to commemorate Latino Health Awareness Month. This statewide effort empowers Latinos to make healthy, active living a priority for themselves and their families while staying true to their culture. The event is offered at no cost to the public and will include a variety of fun and educational activities such as learning how to make authentic Latino dishes using healthy ingredients and cooking methods, and discovering fun, low-cost ways for the whole family to be physically active.

      WHY: As California Latinos continue to suffer higher rates of obesity, the Network hosts events like Latino Health Awareness Month that offer the tools and information they need to be Champions for Change who make healthier choices, like eating more fruits and vegetables and being more physically active every day. With obesity estimated to cause 112,000 deaths per year in the United States, making healthy changes helps lower the risk of obesity and the serious health problems that follow.

      WHEN: Thursday, September 2, 2010, 5:00 p.m.

      WHERE: El Centro Community Center

      375 S. First Street

El Centro CA. 92243

    • WHO:

· Dr. Gloria Sotelo, San Diego Nutrition Network

· Local Champion Mom Isela Villagrana and her family

      • VISUALS:

    · Local Champion Mom, Isela Villagrana, preparing healthy Latino recipes featuring in-season fruits and vegetables and offering healthier cooking methods

    · Community participating in physical activity demonstrations lead by Eva Navarro Zumba Instructor

    · “Brain Dance” presentation by Ashley Beltran- Gonzalez with Creative Dance Center. The dance includes eight fundamental movement patters and an excellent full body and brain warm-up

    · No cost food box provided by Imperial Valley Food Bank

    Aymee Valdes, Paine PR at 213-996-3806 or


    The Imperial County Sheriff’s Volunteer Service Organizations will be holding their Annual Pit BBQ dinner on Sunday, September 26, 2010, from 11:00 AM till 5:00 PM at the Casa De Manana building, located at the Imperial County Expo/ Fair Grounds in Imperial.

    Tickets will cost $7.00 per plate and can be purchased from any one of the volunteer groups, at the front counter of the sheriff’s office or at the door the day of the BBQ.

    This year we will also be selling pre-packaged meat at the door for $7.00 per pound.

    While you are there check out the displays provided by the Sheriff’s Volunteer Services. There will be raffles for great prizes along with desserts and refreshments to be purchased separately. Bring the whole family and enjoy the afternoon with the men, women, and youth of the Imperial County Sheriff’s Volunteer Service Organizations.

    Help support the Volunteer Groups that support the Sheriff’s Office.

    For further information call 339-6301

    Sheriff’s Volunteer Services:

    Imperial County Sheriff’s Reserve Unit

    De Anza Rescue Unit, Inc.

    Imperial County Sheriff’s Explorer Post #500

    Imperial County Sheriff’s Activities League

    Imperial County Sheriff’s Aero Squadron

    Imperial County Sheriff’s Mounted Posse
    This is a major fundraiser for these volunteer groups that support the Imperial County Sheriff’s Office and the citizens of the Imperial County.

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