Youth-Driven Healthy South Los Angeles is:

  • Creating a community with an oasis of fresh, healthy foods and inviting urban spaces​
  • Engaging with and developing youth leaders in order to create long-term, sustainable change​

Key Partners

  • National Health Foundation​
  • California Hospital Medical Center​
  • Los Angeles County Department of Public Health​

In partnership with:

  • Thomas Jefferson High School ​
  • Central Alameda and South Central neighborhood councils ​
  • City Councilman Curren Price​
  • Community Health Councils ​

Obstacles to Health and Identified Health Challenges​​

  • Limited access to fresh and health foods
  • Polluted and vacant city land instead of inviting and enriching green space​
  • High levels of obesity, diabetes, and other cardiovascular complications
The National Health Foundation's Health Academy has worked with Carlos, owner of La Favorita market, to bring in healthy food options. Today, it is one of the very few area stores to offer fresh fruits and vegetables. Photo: National Health Foundation

The National Health Foundation’s Health Academy has worked with Carlos, owner of La Favorita market, to bring in healthy food options. Today, it is one of the very few area stores to offer fresh fruits and vegetables. Photo: National Health Foundation

Background

Youth-Driven Healthy South Los Angeles (YDHLA) focuses on the Los Angeles neighborhoods of Central Alameda and South Central. These neighborhoods have extremely limited access to healthy foods and are surrounded by polluted, vacant city land. Social, economic, and environmental factors have contributed to high levels of obesity, diabetes, and other cardiovascular complications. ​

YDHLA aims to improve obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Partnering with California Hospital Medical Center and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, the National Health Foundation seeks to create an inviting community with healthy food. Additionally, they seek to engage the youth, demonstrate to them that change is possible and rely on their leadership. ​