Date posted: September 4, 2009
The Public Matters Crew and HEAC Youth Ambassador Andrea Vazquez talking it up with Councilwoman Jan Perry.
Public Matters and South L.A. HEAC Crew with a rapt audience
Date posted: June 30, 2009
The Accelerated School (TAS) students were paid for their work during the summer session to improve healthy food access in their community. In the past two years, they’ve created short videos for the “Where Do I Get My Five?” DVD and marketmakeovers.org, a comprehensive online resource scheduled to launch August 2009, and transformed two local markets.
The South L.A. Shopping Challenge
So You Think You Can Cook is a reality show competition set in the very real world of the South L.A. food desert. An average family of four in this area has $10 or less to spend on a meal. In this episode, two VERY competitive teams race to buy the healthiest, yummiest food from the corner store on their $10 budget.
Working on behalf of community issues has economic as well as social value. For several students, “Where Do I Get My Five?” and marketmakeovers.org was also their first job and their first paycheck.
South LA Needs Better Grocery Stores – Public Matters and Healthy Eating Active Communities Initiative partner to empower change
South Los Angeles has few big markets, small stores stock old produce, and numerous safety and transportation issues hurt access to healthy foods. The area has some of the highest rates of obesity in California.
In 2007 the Healthy Eating Active Communities (HEAC) Initiative originally commissioned Public Matters to work with high school students from The Accelerated School (TAS) to create short videos about the reasons underlying poor access to fresh produce and nutritious foods in South L.A. Public Matters expanded the scope of the project to include youth civic engagement projects and a partnership with the City Council office.
For the second Market Makever, HEAC Change Agents Britanni Dighero and Josue Moreno receive their next assignment: a market makeover on Los Compadres, a market across the street from their school.
Check out the Grand Re-Opening in December 2008
Healthy Eating Active Communities Initiative student Magali Bravo initiated the conversion of the first South L.A. store, owned by her godfather, to stock healthier food choices. This “market makeover” serves as a model for other local stores and helped lay the foundation for Public Matters and South L.A. HEAC’s work on marketmakeovers.org.
On her way to school everyday, HEAC student Magali Bravo sees few healthy choices, store after store. This video shows that with a little elbow grease and a lot of determination, a neighborhood can grow their healthy food options – one corner store at a time.