Los Angeles, CA, October 8, 2010: The Filipino American Service Group, Inc (FASGI), will be
launching the year 2 of the training phase of its “Smart Health Campaign” on Saturday, October 9, 2010 at
the 6th Floor MOB Conference Room of the Silverlake Medical Center. The 1st day of training starts at 9:00
a.m. and will end at 11:45am. The Baby Boomer* trainees will be trained on skills that would make them
effective educators and outreach specialists throughout the 10 week (Saturday) training program. They will sit
through topics such as Healthy Nutrition and Food Preparation, Leadership in the Community, Conflict
Resolution and Public Speaking, among others. They will be made knowledgeable on the prevalence of
chronic diseases such as hypertension, heart disease, type 2 diabetes and gouty arthritis in the community
and how these diseases are influenced by poor eating habits and a sedentary lifestyle.
The campaign will utilize the baby boomers* trained as mediums for change in the community in Historic
Filipinotown and Eagle Rock. After the 10 week training phase, the multi-generational education and
outreach campaign will follow. The boomers* will then serve as instruments in promoting healthy eating
habits. They will advocate for the availability of healthy restaurant menu options in the local community
eateries. They are given “promotores” designation after leadership & “promotores” training at FASGI. They
then will commit at least 60 hours of pro bono work for the campaign after training.
In addition, the campaign aims to establish a Smart Health Network of community leaders from all age
groups, business and restaurant owners, community based organizations and other stakeholders. The
network is intended to serve as an „advisory council‟ that would ensure that the campaign goals are met, and
that the campaign is sustained long after the duration of the campaign sponsored by FASGI.