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Getting to the heart of cardiovascular disease among Latinos in East Los Angeles
Date:5/3/2010

factors, systems factors and environmental factors.

Project 1

This project is an intensive home-environment intervention involving families in which one member is at a high risk for cardiovascular disease and is enrolled in a local diabetes-care clinic serving low-income patients. The intervention will include re-engineering the home to encourage consumption of more fruits and vegetables, to root out high-sodium and processed foods, and to reduce television watching. Participants will also be encouraged to frequent the East Los Angeles Farmers Market and select corner stores featuring fruits and vegetables.

Project 2

This project will examine the role of acculturation on vascular function and cardiovascular disease among Latinos of different generations within the same families, who are also likely to vary in immigrant status.

Project 3

This project will make over four corner market stores in East Los Angeles to enable them to market and provide healthier food options and to serve as venues for training community members in how to create healthier food options and prepare healthier meals.

"As researchers and community partners, we are committed to improving the health status of the East L.A. community and to being part of the process that encourages healthy changes for the community and its residents," said collaborator Dr. Anne Peters, a professor of medicine at the Keck School of Medicine at USC and director of the Comprehensive Diabetes Center at the Roybal Community Medical Center. "We hope this grant will help to instill healthy nutrition and physical activity habits that will last a lifetime."

Through a training and career development program established as part of the grant, the center will work with community health workers called promotoras and will recruit students from public high schools in the community to act as "public health rookies" in the different interven
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Contact: Sarah Anderson
sanderson@ph.ucla.edu
310-267-0440
University of California - Los Angeles
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