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API Foward Movement Lauches Healthy Eating Workshops at Castelar Elementary in LA Chinatown

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In late January 2019, Asian Pacific Islander Forward Movement (APIFM) launched multiple healthy eating workshop series at Castelar Elementary School in Los Angeles’s Chinatown neighborhood. Each series is at least six weeks long, and aims to promote healthy eating behaviors such as increasing fruit and vegetable intake, reducing sugar intake, and choosing whole, unprocessed foods more often. The workshop series are currently offered in three first grade classes, two second grade classes, four third grade classes, and two fifth grade classes.

APIFM nutrition educators now visit classes on a regular basis to lead interactive nutrition curriculum and healthy recipe-making. In several series, the curriculum also integrates basic gardening skills to teach students how vegetables are grown.

“This program educates our students on eating and living a healthier life. The hands-on activities get our students motivated to make things on their own,” shared Castelar Principal Wing Fung.

These workshops are part of APIFM’s broader Healthy Eating & Active Living (HEAL) program, which is made possible by funding from Los Angeles County Department of Public Health’s Champions for Change – Healthy Communities Initiative. Champions for Change aims to improve the health of families and communities in California, especially those that are at greater risk of obesity, high blood pressure, and type 2 diabetes.

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Resource: Rethink Your Boba by APIFM Intern Chris Hernandez

 

Many thanks to APIFM intern, Chris Hernandez, for creating this new resource on what’s in boba and how to make it a bit healthier! Download the full PDF here, and please feel free to distribute! Here’s a message from Chris:

My name is Christopher Hernandez and I am a 21-year old Filipino Nutritional Science student at California State University Los Angeles. I grew up in a predominately Asian neighborhood where drinking “boba” or “boba milk tea” was the daily norm. Being a student in the nutritional science field, I saw this as a learning experience during course of my education. I wanted to find out what exactly was in the average boba drink and relay that information to the surrounding community. This would allow an individual to “rethink their boba drink.” I understand that boba milk tea is a staple in many communities. I also provided ways in which an individual could make their drink “healthier.” I too am guilty of drinking boba as I work at a boba shop. My goal is to ensure that everyone makes smarter choices when ordering their next boba drink.Boba NutritionBoba 2

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