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Division of Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
3530 Wilshire Blvd, 8th Floor
Los Angeles, California 90010
Tel: (213) 351-7825
Fax: (213) 351-2713

Latest News
Water: The healthiest choice Water: the Healthiest Choice

Our latest campaign is aimed at parents and focuses on providing simple, straightforward information about soda, sports and juice drinks and their link to childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes. The multilingual media campaign encourages parents to give their children water and remove sugary drinks from their diet. Sugary drinks, which can represent up to 40% of a child’s total caloric intake, are a leading cause of obesity among children.

To find out more information and fun water recipes, click here

Marketing Matters Toolkit Marketing Matters Toolkit

As part of the First 5 LA funded Early Childhood Obesity Prevention Initiative, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health in partnership with ChangeLab Solutions, released Marketing Matters: A White Paper on Strategies to Reduce Unhealthy Food and Beverage Marketing to Young Children. Learn about what food and beverage ads have to do with the health of your neighborhood by clicking on the image.

Summer Healthy Tips

As the heat quickly approaches, the Division of Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention presents “Summer Healthy Tips” for you and your family.

Click the image learn more.

Summmer Healthy Tips

Promoting Baby-Friendly Hospitals Promoting Baby-Friendly Hospitals in Los Angeles County: Financial and Technical Assistance Improve Breastfeeding Rates

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health assisted maternity hospitals throughout the County to implement or improve practices that support breastfeeding. Hospitals can receive the international Baby-Friendly designation for implementing these best practices. This brief examines how resources and progress toward achieving Baby-Friendly designation can impact hospitals’ ability to improve breastfeeding rates. Click the image for more information.

Active Transportation in Los Angeles County

In 2013, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health sponsored a countywide field survey to gauge public support for active transportation efforts in the region. This brief delves into the public interest for better sidewalks, more bike paths and trails, and safer city streets. The brief concludes with recommendations on how to advance active transportation projects.

Click image to view the brief.

Community Transformation Grant Program Highlights
Through funding made possible by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Community Health and Division of Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention engaged in substantive and innovative initiatives. Efforts addressed wholesale changes in how people think about healthy active living through the Community Transformation Grant. Below are key program highlights that continue through the Division's sustainability efforts.

Suicide: New Data Brief and Infographic

In 2011, more Los Angeles County residents died by suicide than motor vehicle crashes, unintentional drug overdoses, or homicides. This two-page brief highlights 2011 data trends for the significant but preventable problem of suicide in Los Angeles County. click here

Parks After Dark: Preventing Violence While Promoting Healthy, Active Living

Want to learn more about how parks can have a pivotal role in addressing violence prevention while at the same time combating obesity? Download here to find out more about the innovative program, Parks After Dark! click here

Potential Costs and Health Benefits of Parks After Dark:
A Rapid Health Impact Assessment

The Injury & Violence Prevention Program (IVPP) in collaboration with the Health Impact Evaluation Center of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, released a new report highlighting the health impacts of an innovative local strategy called Parks After Dark. The report, Potential Costs and Health Benefits of Parks After Dark: A Rapid Health Impact Assessment, examines the potential impacts of Parks After Dark on safety, physical activity, and cross-sector collaboration. Continuation and expansion of Parks After Dark would have positive impacts on the health and wellbeing of residents who live in areas disproportionately impacted by violence, obesity, and economic hardship. The full report, and executive summary below include detailed analyses and recommendations to maximize the potential health benefits and cost savings of this strategy.
To see the report, click here

Public Health Launches Choose Health LA Restaurants

Choose Health LA Restaurants is a partnership between the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and local restaurants to promote healthier meal choices for customers across Los Angeles County. Given that nearly two in three LA County adults and children are overweight or obese, it is critical that we work together to help reverse this trend. One important strategy to address the issue is to offer customers healthier options at restaurants. Choose Health LA Restaurants works with restaurant operators to expand healthier choices by offering customers smaller portion size options and healthier children’s meals in addition to existing menu items.

To suggest a restaurant for the program, email

To learn more about the program, including how to become a participating restaurant, click here

Director's Message
Welcome to the Division of Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention website

Los Angeles County is becoming a healthier place. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Division of Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention - in collaboration with our community partners - is helping make it happen. Good health is precious. It provides the foundation for a strong quality of life for children, families, and the community. When we focus on prevention and make our communities places of health, everyone benefits. Children, families, businesses. That's why the Division of Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention focuses on improving the health for all residents in Los Angeles County -- by reducing the occurrences, severity, and consequences of chronic diseases and injuries.

I encourage you to explore the resources we have listed on these pages and appreciate your interest in our efforts.

Paul Simon, MD, MPH
Director, Division of Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention
Division Initiatives

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