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California Endowment Health Reporting Fellowship

The first installment of my two-part series on health improvement initiatives in Roseland, produced as a project for the California Endowment Health Journalism Fellowships, (a program of USC’s Annenberg School of Journalism) was published in the Bohemian on July 2:

Mekong is squarely located in a low-income neighborhood that has an average yearly income of $22,000, according to county figures. East Bennett Valley, just a few miles away, has averages of $69,000.

More than one in three low-income children and almost half of low-income teens in Sonoma County are overweight or obese, according to 2007–09 data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. Obesity increases the risk of developing diabetes, hypertension and heart disease in later life.