Church Programs Target Obesity
Black churches in Los Angeles and other areas are launching exercise and nutrition programs to address obesity in the black population, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Recent studies have shown that nearly 50% of black women and about 28% of black men are obese and at high risk for obesity-related diseases, including diabetes and cardiovascular problems.
Among the programs, churches in the Crenshaw district of Los Angeles received a $25,000 grant from the California Endowment last month for its "Healthy Eating for African American Families" program. The program offers a series of nutrition classes, cooking demonstrations and field trips to supermarkets (Kang, Los Angeles Times, 4/2).