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Published on August 22, 2016

PIH Health and Los Nietos School District Kick Off Fourth Annual “Healthy Los Nietos” Program

WHAT:

PIH Health and the Los Nietos School District will kick off the fourth annual series of Healthy Los Nietos (HLN), a comprehensive school-based wellness collaborative program aimed to reduce the rising rates of childhood obesity in the West Whittier/Los Nietos (LA County SPA 7) on Friday, August 26. Collaborative partners and resident physicians from PIH Health Hospital - Whittier and PIH Health Hospital - Downey’s Family Medicine Residency Program will offer blood pressure and Body Mass Index (BMI) screenings to more than 600 district students. The BMI and blood pressure results will be used to augment programmatic efforts like health education and will use longitudinal tracking to address population health. Results will be shared with families and a physician will connect them with additional resources should they not have access to health care.

WHEN:

  • Friday, August 26 from 9 to 11 a.m. at Los Nietos Middle School, 11425 East Rivera Rd., Whittier CA 90606
  • Friday, September 2 from 8 to 10:30 a.m. at Aeolian Elementary School, 11600 Aeolian St, Whittier CA 90606
  • Friday, September 9 from 8 to 10:30 a.m. at Ada S. Nelson Elementary School, 8140 S. Vicki Drive, Whittier CA 90606
  • Friday, September 16 from 8 to 10:30 am at Rancho Santa Gertrudes Elementary School, 11233 East Charlesworth Road, Santa Fe Springs CA 90670

WHERE:

Los Nietos is an unincorporated area of Los Angeles County that is near West Whittier. The per capita income for the census-designated place is $47,100 for a family of four where 29.1 percent of persons make less than 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Level. The education level for the population (25 and over) is less than a High School Diploma.

WHY:

Increasing rates of childhood diabetes and obesity are a growing concern nationwide and locally. In the West Whittier/Los Nietos area alone, 31.1 percent of the children in the area are obese – this is one of the highest rankings in SPA 7 (ranking 111 out of 119 in LA County). Additionally, 2015 Healthy Los Nietos BMI data for 1st, 3rd, 5th and 7th graders showed that 43 percent of the group was overweight/obese—significantly higher than the national childhood obesity rate at 31.3 percent.