KC Latino neighborhood gets help getting healthy

KC Latino neighborhood gets help getting healthy

Convincing one person to exercise more or eat healthily is tough, but changing the lifestyle of a whole ZIP code is downright daunting.

But that’s exactly what a grass-roots coalition that includes LSI’s Work Group for Community Health and Development is doing with a predominantly Latino population in Kansas City, Kan. Funded by the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities, the Latino Health for All Coalition has developed a five-year program to promote nutrition, physical activity and access to health services in the 66101 community.

This includes translation services in medical clinics, health screenings, nutrition education in Spanish-language media and free healthy meals. The Bethel Neighborhood Center created a community garden to provide low-cost fresh produce and inspire families to plant their own sustainable plots.

Once again the efforts of the Work Group to partner with communities in problem solving is bearing fruit and in this case—vegetables.