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San Diego RNs join fight for access to fresh healthy food at annual Cesar Chavez tribute Friday

California Nurses Association Press Release, 4/9/14

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San Diego Nurses Issue Public Health Warning
 
SAN DIEGO—Registered nurses from hospitals throughout San Diego are adding their voices to the growing fight against food injustice in the city’s southeast communities, with their endorsement and participation in this year Cesar Chavez tribute, the California Nurses Association announced today.   
 
This year’s theme, Food Injustice: Social Consciousness Raising, Remembered, and Revisited, commemorates the legacy of the labor leader and civil rights activist and is being hosted by the San Diego Community College District and Project New Village.
 
The nurses’ public health warning underscores the dire consequences that can result from a lack of fresh fruits and vegetables on the most vulnerable residents of San Diego’s southeast neighborhoods. Young children, pregnant women and the elderly of this community who now reside in “food deserts” are at most risk for the effects of poor nutrition including obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure.
 
What:     14th Annual Cesar E. Chavez Community Tribute and Celebration:
                Food Injustice: Social Consciousness Raising, Remembered, and Revisited

When:    Friday, April 11, 2014— 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Where:   San Diego Community College—Educational Cultural Complex at 4343       
Oceanview Blvd. San Diego CA 92113

 
Project New Village, the organization that initiated this year’s tribute brought together civic and community leaders, activists, and food advocates to re-inspire and renew the collective interest to rebuild the movement for social justice. PNV promotes the use of community gardens as a way forward for people who live in areas abandoned by supermarkets to reclaim health and a connection to the land while building their neighborhood.
 
The California Nurses Association is a leader in the fight for environmental and economic justice. CNA has strongly denounced the planned Keystone Pipeline, which will likely jeopardize agriculture and the safety of millions while not providing energy security.
 
For more information on CNA’s campaigns to rebuild our economy in a way that ensures dignity, security and a healthy environment:
The Robin Hood Tax
The Main Street Contract

 

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