DOWNEY - Kaiser Permanente Downey Medical Center has awarded Downey a $10,000 grant to support the mayor's "Healthy Downey" initiative."Healthy Downey" is a collaborative effort introduced by Mayor Mario Guerra to encourage residents to lead a healthy lifestyle. The grant will pay for a part-time activity specialist to help with "Healthy Downey" outreach, including educational brochures and flyers. Kaiser Permanente is also sending Guerra and Mayor Pro Tem Fernando Vasquez to the National Association of Elected and Appointed Officials Health Academy. Since opening in 2009, the Kaiser Permanente hospital has given more than $80,000 to several non-profit organizations to promote health and wellness in Downey. "Kaiser continues to be a great partner for our community and we appreciate all they do," said Guerra. "Being a founding member of Healthy Downey...shows their commitment to our city, our youth and our future. Our city is excited and honored to receive this grant to be able to continue moving toward a Healthy Downey." As part of "Healthy Downey," the city is hosting its first 5K run to benefit the TLC Family Resource Center. Guerra also hosts regular walks at Downey High School.
********** Published: March 14, 2013 - Volume 11 - Issue 48