Kaiser Permanente Baldwin Park Medical Center will be hosting a diversity celebration at its Farmer’s Market this Friday, February 22, from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the cafeteria patio.
In addition to the nearly 20 vendors offering fresh fruits and vegetables, freshly-harvested honey, organic apples and avocados, fresh fruit juices, Asian produce, hummus, and plants, Kaiser Permanente will be recognizing the Chinese New Year (Year of the Snake) and Black History Month, both observed in February.
Festivities, starting at noon, include cultural entertainment, a cooking demonstration, health screenings including blood pressure and body mass index, health education information targeting issues that are more prevalent in African Americans and Asian Pacific Islander Americans, and opportunities to win gift baskets.
Recently new vendors were added to the Farmers Market, offering a variety of options, after Southland Farmers' Market Association took the reins of the event.
The Healthy Cookin’ demonstration utilizes seasonal fruits and vegetables to help individuals learn how to prepare healthier snacks and meals for themselves and their families. Jack Chou, MD, Family Medicine; and Victor Cheng, MD, Family Medicine, Kaiser Permanente Baldwin Park Medical Center, will serve as the guest chefs. Free samples will be provided.
“At Kaiser Permanente, we pride ourselves on the diverse backgrounds of our workforce. As a prevention-oriented health care organization, we encourage healthy eating and active living,” says Maggie Pierce, Executive Director, Kaiser Permanente Baldwin Park. “This celebration enables us to spotlight both of these.”
The Farmer’s Market is held Fridays on a biweekly basis at the cafeteria patio of the medical center campus located at 1011 Baldwin Park Blvd. and is open to the community.