A collaboration of community partners, residents and elected officials including Mayor Patrick Morris, Councilman Rikke Van Johnson, and County Health Officer Margaret Beed, MD, today launched a revitalized community garden at Anne Shirrell Park in a continuing effort to increase the availability of fruits and vegetables in a San Bernardino Westside neighborhood. The garden launch was made during the Network for a Healthy California (Network)-African American Campaign's 2008 Consumer Empowerment Forum for Change held at the park, 1367 N. California Street in San Bernardino.
The Forum showcases the efforts of empowered African American moms working in collaboration with a variety of community partners to change the landscape of their neighborhoods by increasing the availability of fruits and vegetables to support healthier lifestyles.
"The African American community is disproportionately affected by obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and certain types of cancer which can result from unhealthy dietary choices and the lack of physical activity," said Dr. Astrid Mickens Williams, Coordinator, Network for a Healthy California-Desert Sierra Region African American Campaign.
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