Los Angeles Latino families are facing a health crisis, as obesity, diabetes, and cancer affect the community in alarmingly disproportionate.
Nowhere is the future of LA County's health more at stake than in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). According to the California Physical Fitness Report, over half of the students tested in LAUSD, the nation's second largest school district, are considered to be overweight. Health officials universally consider childhood obesity to be the most important indicator of increased future health risks, especially chronic disease, and mortality & morbidity.
Nearly one-quarter-million young children across California do not have the glasses they need to read their books, see the chalkboard, or participate in class. More than 20 percent of elementary school students in local communities have a vision problem.
The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation seeks to place emphasis on organizations that seek to address health challenges that prevent children from engaging in school or recreational activities.Through partnerships such as Vision to Learn and School Fuel, supports the education and habits necessary for youth and families to live healthy and fulfilling lifestyles. LADF has assisted Vision To Learn in providing eyescreenings to over 150,000 children in the Los Angeles area, examining 28,000 and providing more than 30,000 with glasses to help them succeed in school and life. Working together with LAUSD, the School Fuel program is designed to ensure all 700,000 students in the district eat breakfast in the classroom each morning. The program has the ability to create this change and alter the trajectory of health indicators for LA County.