Putting public health research into practice to improve the health of people where they live, work, learn and play
The UCLA Fielding School of Public Health is different from most of its peer research institutions. Fielding School faculty and researchers don’t just study ways to improve health, they are committed to implementing evidence-proven practices and policies to improve the health of people where they live, work, learn and play.
In East Los Angeles, for example, where a McDonald’s sits on nearly every corner, we work with local market owners to sell healthier foods. We also organized high school students to embrace the switch to more nutritious foods and share information with their community. Simple, inexpensive changes like these impact obesity, heart disease and diabetes in high-need areas.
Remember when you looked forward to recess as a kid? Physical activity is just as important as we age, but the current government guideline to get 30 minutes or more of rigorous activity five days a week is achieved by a mere 5 percent of Americans. By developing and promoting Instant Recess, the Fielding School is leading a national movement to incorporate short bouts of physical activity into the school and work days. Even as little as 10 extra active minutes a day can fight arthritis and osteoporosis, lift depression and elevate cognitive function.
In areas of policy, Fielding faculty’s work has led to a moratorium on fast food restaurants in South Los Angeles, soda machines being removed from schools and new laws to help veterans access health insurance.
If you care about the food you eat, the air you breathe and the health of your families, then invest in our effort to ensure that public health research is put to use in communities to save lives.
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