By TRACY WOOD | 15 comments
It’s the most park-poor ZIP code in Orange County, but in one tiny corner of 92701 in Santa Ana this week, hundreds of neighborhood children finally climbed a jungle gym, shot a basket or just sat on the grass.
Ten years in the making, the opening of the half-acre Green Heart Park & Community Center near the intersection of East Fourth and French streets was celebrated by Latino Health Access over last weekend.
“This is just the beginning,” said Dr. America Bracho, executive director of Latino Health Access. Within its first week, at least 1,000 children and adults from the area are expected try out the play equipment or see what classes are available in the recreation center. “It’s a very grass-roots project, and it needs grass-roots answers.”
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Obesity is the second leading cause of preventable deaths in the US after cigarette smoking. Latinos are especially hard hit, developing diabetes and other obesity related health problems at high rates. Reporter Nova Safo visits the predominantly Latino city of Santa Ana, California to see how biology, economics and environment all contribute to the problem.
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Nova Safo is a Los Angeles-based reporter who covers a wide variety of topics ranging from the Hollywood entertainment industry, to visual arts, culture, politics, policy, health, science, the future of energy, economics, and the occasional massive wildfire.
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Published: May 8, 2012 Updated: May 9, 2012 9:17 a.m.
The toll an overweight society pays is large, especially for children. For a look at an Orange County teen who lost weight thanks to this program, click here
By COURTNEY PERKES / THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
In an HBO documentary airing this month, America Bracho watches as chubby children play on an asphalt parking lot because they have no grassy park in their Santa Ana neighborhood. In another scene, her voice chokes with emotion as she talks with a mother worried about the obesity epidemic.
Bracho, executive director of Latino Health Access and a physician in her native Venezuela, is featured prominently throughout the four-part series, “The Weight of the Nation,” which premieres Monday. The series was made in conjunction with the Institute of Medicine and offers an alarming look behind the statistics that two-thirds of Americans are overweight or obese.