How healthy is Long Beach? Prepare to bring your best ideas to map out a personal and community plan for wellness. In 2010, 83% of Long Beach residents consumed less than the recommended 5 servings of fruits and vegetables daily, and a surprising 8% of the population consumed less than 1 serving daily. This lack of good food consumption in Long Beach, like many urban cities, is also tied to great inequalities in fresh, healthy, natural and affordable food access, combined with predatory marketing of unnatural, processed foods. Get Free Ticket Here
Cheryl Barrit currently serves as the Policy, Planning and Prevention Bureau Manager for the City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services where she oversees a variety of programs under Nursing Services Division, Public Health Emergency Preparedness, Epidemiology and Communicable Disease Control, Public Health Accreditation, strategic planning and community engagement. Previously, she served as the Prevention Services Officer and managed HIV and STD Education and Prevention, Teen Pregnancy Prevention, and HIV Social Marketing programs. Prior to her service with the City of Long Beach, Cheryl was a Public Health Advisor and Presidential Management Fellow at the National Institutes of Health. Cheryl received her BA from University of California Santa Barbara in Law and Society and her Masters in Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh.