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Ridley-Thomas places focus on community health, wellness


Assemblymember Sebastian Ridley-Thomas has put a focus on making his community healthier, and he brought out many community organizations and elected officials to assist him at the Crenshaw Health Fest which was held this past Saturday at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza.

“Expanding access to quality healthcare is a top priority of mine,” Ridley-Thomas said.  “That’s why I’ve put together the Crenshaw HealthFest, a fun, free event featuring health, vision and dental screenings and lots of great information that will help you stay healthy.”

This event is held in conjunction with the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza’s weekly Farmers Market. Along with the health screenings, there were fitness demonstrations, music, and more.

Along side Ridley-Thomas were Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson, and Los Angeles City Councilman Marqueece Harris-Dawson.

“The beauty about what we’re doing here today is that it shows that all of your government elected offices in the region  not only like each other, we work together,” Wesson said.  “Because we recognize that the more we do as a group, the more benefits that we can give to the people that we represent, and the people that we love.

“Take advantage of today, get some screenings done, because nothing at all is more valuable to you than your health,” Wesson continued.

Harris-Dawson announced that the City Council recently passed legislation that requires farmers markets to accept EBT cards.

“That just removes one more barrier that stands between our folks, and good healthy food, good organic food, fresh food, and the kind of food that we need to live healthy lifestyles for us and our families,” Harris-Dawson said.

Mark Ridley-Thomas gave acknowledgment to President Barak Obama’s health care law, which the County Supervisor said has led 900,000 people in Los Angels County to obtain health care insurance.

“This is essentially your elected leadership affirming the very fundamental proposition that health care is a right and not a privilege,” Mark Ridley-Thomas said.