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$1 Million Grant Will Help Lemon Grove Eat Better, Live Healthier

Kaiser Permanente funding supports positive changes in the community.

A new community group will help residents of Lemon Grove lighten up and improve their bottom lines.

The San Diego nonprofit group Community Health Improvement Partners has received a $1 million grant from Kaiser Permanente to fight obesity in Lemon Grove through eating better and living more active lifestyles.

A coalition of community partners, including the , the Lemon Grove School District, the City of Lemon Grove, the San Diego County Childhood Obesity Initiative and local businesses, will develop projects focused on improving community health and preventing the diseases—such as diabetes and hypertension—that often result from obesity.

“We are always more powerful when we team up,” says school district Superintendent Ernie Anastos.

The grant will allow the group to make changes that reflect the specific needs of the city, Anastos says. The group is looking to create a health and wellness hub close to the center of town, and increase active living opportunities in the city.

Anastos says the school district will seek ways to open up fields and facilities for community use.

Other proposals include a healthy vending machine policy throughout the city, a wellness program for school district employees, healthy menu options at local restaurants, and walking clubs.

“’A healthy, livable Lemon Grove.’ That’s my motto,” Anastos said.

The three-year plan to make better behaviors a daily habit for all of Lemon Grove is part of the $7 million Healthy Eating Active Living Zones initiative the healthcare provider is rolling out across Southern California. HEAL Zones are designed to help make healthy choices accessible to more people in underserved communities.

Five other communities in Southern California—Anaheim, Long Beach, Ontario, West Ventura and East Riverside—were also selected to receive $1 million HEAL Zone grants.

Helen Ofield January 26, 2012 at 04:27 PM
Home run for all!
LemonGroove January 26, 2012 at 05:16 PM
Will Lemon Grove residents have any say in this that are not part of the Resident Leadership Academy? i think way too many things are happening in Lemon Grove without the knowledge of most residents. More communication is dearly needed.
James Davis January 26, 2012 at 06:58 PM
mealnie, none of these groups mentioned are "closed shops" and that includes the RLA for which I am a member of. We are having a meeting about what the program will entail. As details become available we are going to get figure out the most effective way to reach out to residents. In my opinion its not the school's or cities responsibility to send flyers out, its the citizens. That is what the RLA is about since we are a volunteer group that meets on our own time. Contact me if you have ideas or know of others that would be willing to go on foot and "tell the residents".
LemonGroove January 28, 2012 at 10:20 PM
Sure. Get me the information on the dates, locations and time of these meetings and I'll get the information out since it seems no one else seems to take on this responsibility about informing residents. You did not mention what RLA was all about. What is the RLA all about? If the RLA is is not a "closed shop" where are the meeting dates, times, and locations listed? I'm interested in getting the area residents involved as a whole, not just a select few.
James Davis January 29, 2012 at 02:29 AM
mealnie, thats great to hear. We literally are just gathering the info on what this will Kaiser grant will entail and in what fashion it will be applied via the County and School District. When I hear about what is going on, I will pass it on first thing. Otherwise, anything that I say would be completely premature.
George Gastil January 30, 2012 at 03:55 AM
On Tuesday evening at 6:00 the City Council will have their annual goal setting workshop and part of the discussion will be on a possible health and wellness element of our general plan. It will just be a preliminary discussion; specific proposals would come later. The meeting on Jan 31 will be at the Fire Station at 6:00 pm and anyone can attend. I should note that is not our normal meeting location. Regular meetings of the Council are on the first and third Tuesday at 6:00 at the Lemon Grove Community Center, 3146 School Lane (across the street from the Rec Center). If you go to the City website you can sign up to have agendas sent to you, so you will always know when the Council is considering something. You can also call the Council's Executive Secretary at 825-3800. We would love to see a greater variety of residents at Council meetings! Some meetings are more interesting than others, and that is why I encourage people to sign up to get the agendas by email.
Christine Huard (Editor) January 30, 2012 at 04:57 PM
Thank you, Mr. Gastil, for this great information! I'd like to add that meetings also offer an opportunity for the public to address council members directly. Have something to say? Just fill out the form available at the door and give it to the City Clerk. More information here: http://www.ci.lemon-grove.ca.us/index.aspx?NID=121
LemonGroove January 31, 2012 at 06:34 PM
Yes, thank you Mr. Gastil!
James Davis February 02, 2012 at 06:51 PM
mealnie, can you contact me? Please go here http://patch.com/B-ytZ and click the email option on my profile to email me. Thanks!

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