Project SEEK – Uniting Efforts of Community and Law Enforcement

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Community leaders at first Hawthorne/Lennox Community Safety Coalition Meeting.  Top L-R:  ‘Alisi Tulua, Sina Fifita, President Sione Tuiasoa, Pastor John Jefferson, Lt. Johann Thrall, Ethan Nguyen.  Sitting L-R: Nisi Vaomotou, Maria De Leon, Vanessa May, Sgt. Chris Cognac, Fifita Tutoe. 

By Alisi Tulua

Over the past few months, key leaders from Hawthorne and Lennox have gathered to begin the work of the Hawthorne/Lennox Community Safety Coalition.  This coalition is coordinated by Project SEEK (Safety, Education and Engagement for Kids), and aims to gather input and feedback from leaders in creating guidelines and policies for law enforcement agencies on ways to build better and more positive relationships with communities.

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Roots CSA – Growing Our Roots

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By Kyle Tsukahira

Over the past month, the Asian and Pacific Islander Obesity Prevention Alliance (APIOPA) has begun rolling out our new Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) project, titled Roots CSA.

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Roots CSA is a collaborative project of APIOPA and the Orange County Asian and Pacific Islander Community Alliance (OCAPICA).  Our collective goal is to get fresh, sustainably grown, and culturally-relevant produce into Asian and Pacific Islander communities who lack access. We believe that the ability to acquire and frequent healthy food and environments is a right for all people, not a privilege which should be experienced by few.

Similar to the CSA project that APIOPA has run over the last year and a half, we connect local communities with local, small business farmers. For $60 per growing season (3 months, 6 total shipments), subscribers not only get access to affordable, organic produce that is culturally relevant, but they will also get to know their farmer. Subscribers are receiving fresh bok choy, eggplant, squash and many other items grown from California farms in Fresno, and as close as El Monte!

In addition, we like to share with subscribers that they are doing much more than keeping themselves and their families healthy through their fresh eats. By subscribing to Roots CSA, they are supporting local small businesses while also impacting climate change. In particular, rather than buying produce that is shipped from across the nation or even the world, our subscribers are limiting carbon emissions by purchasing right in their own backyard!

Bike to China Program Update: Chinatown Tour with Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez!

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By Kyle Tsukahira

On Wednesday, July 17th the Bike to China youth had the opportunity to lead their State Assemblymember, Jimmy Gomez, on a tour of Chinatown, one of nine cities represented in the 51st assembly district.  This youth led tour focused on highlighting not only the concerns of the Chinatown community but also recommendations for the changes they want to see take place in the area.

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There’s More Action in this Community than Meets the Eye

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By Ailene Ignacio

Historic Filipinotown may not be the longest standing ethnic district, nor longer home to most concentrated amount of Pilipino/Pilipino-Americans in the City of Los Angeles, but when called upon, this community can definitely pack a punch. Take for example Fresh HiFi’s newly formed Community Action Group (CAG for short). What’s a CAG you may ask? Well, let’s break it down:

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2013 Bike to China Program!

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By Kyle Tsukahira

APIOPA is proud to announce the launch of the first ever Bike to China (BTC) program!  Bike to China is a health promotion and social advocacy project that combines team physical exercise with dialogue and training on understanding urban planning.  The project aims to promote physical activity among Asian Pacific Islander (API) youth while educating them on the importance of exploring how space is used in their local community and ways to advocate for a voice in how their neighborhood should/could look.  The goal of the project is to bike a total of 5,000 miles as a team, which is roughly the distance from Chinatown, Los Angeles, to China.

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APIOPA and SGV High School Youth Challenge Your Thoughts on Air Quality in the SGV


By Kyle Tsukahira

As we have previously mentioned:

Over the past school year, the Asian and Pacific Islander Obesity Prevention Alliance (APIOPA) has teamed up with Crown and Sceptre, a senior honors society at Mark Keppel High School, to better understand the air that their community members are breathing in Alhambra.

With the help of USC Dept. of Environmental Health Sciences and Occidental College’s Urban Environmental Policy Institute, our young community advocates took sensor readings using a special device that would share the amount of ultra-fine particulate matter in the local air. Ultra-fine particulate matter is considered very dangerous because the miniscule size makes absorption in to tissue and bloodstream easy, potentially impacting one’s body and health.

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The Connection Between Gang Violence and Obesity

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By Alisi Tulua

Obesity contributes to the deadliest chronic diseases killing many in underserved communities.  There are many efforts to curb obesity with most of these efforts focused on nutrition and physical activity.  Project SEEK (Safety Education and Engagement for our Kids), funded through W.K.Kellogg Foundation’s Health Through Action for Children and Families grant, aims to create policy within law enforcement agencies in Lennox and Hawthorne to create a safer community with the hopes of encouraging use of physical community space by families and their children.  For communities in Lennox and Hawthorne, where gang activities have deemed physical spaces such as parks unsafe, these efforts are small steps toward a healthier environment.

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Walking Path Grand Opening in San Gabriel Valley

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By Scott Chan

APIOPA hosted a health fair at Sierra Vista Park in the City of Monterey Park this past June. This was the official grand opening event for an American Heart Association-sponsored walking path at the park, in efforts to promote walking as a physical activity. Working with local community members, APIOPA crafted several walking paths around the park, for those who want to walk half a mile to those who want to walk the full mile. Both trails can be found online at:http://www.startwalkingnow.org/path63660

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Tongan and Latino Nutrition Classes in Lennox

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By Scott Chan

APIOPA has been working with the Tongan Community Service Center (TCSC) on the issue of safe parks for community members in Lennox. Our project is called Project Safe, Active, Family Environments for APIs (Project Safe for APIs), and the goal is to create policy that increases access to healthy environments for our community members to be active.

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Fresh YOUth

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By Ailene Ignacio

APIOPA and their Historic Filipinotown community partner, Search to Involve Pilipino Americans (SIPA) both understand the importance of healthy eating and value the education of such. As a result, APIOPA put on a mini-workshop series for SIPA’s After School Enrichment Program Youth called SIPA’s Finding Reasons to Eat Smart and Healthy, or SIPA’s FRESH for short. This series was created and executed by the Fresh HiFi team, led by Community Healthy Liaison Ailene Ignacio, and Fresh HiFi interns Justin Sabino and Vanessa Hermoso.

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