Introduction to Healthy Urban Living

Saturday Sept 30, 1-3pm
Hosted by Alma Barrera & Marlyn Diaz

The Healthy Urban Living Project focuses on providing a community based wellness approach to empower women and the local community. The project focuses on basic health information, resources and healthy living workshops, as well as ensuring that local elected officials are supporting community health.

The objective of the workshop is to introduce the communities surrounding inner city Los Angeles, including the Elysian Valley, to the concept of grassroots advocacy, specifically regarding health.  Participants can expect to learn the difference between a grassroots organization compared to a government organization or private organization. We will explain how Healthy Urban Living will function as a social action organization by forming teams. Once united, people can advocate for and help transform themselves, their families, and their community in order to have a more healthy approach to urban living.

Alma Barrera is a healthcare and nonprofit professional with over 12 years of proven experience. She earned a B.S. in Athletic Training from the University of La Verne in 1999. After graduation, Alma became a Certified Athletic Trainer, ATC. Most recently, she was the inaugural Director of the Helen and Bill Close Family Resource Center at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Together with a team of staff and volunteers, their efforts established educational and social programs & services for inpatients & outpatients of the hospital as well as the neighboring community. She started her career at Children’s L.A. as the Volunteer Coordinator where she oversaw over 650 active volunteers in 85 areas of the hospital.

Marlyn Diaz graduated from the Art Institute of Los Angeles with a Bachelor’s of Science in 2006. She is the owner for Urth Magic Jewelry on Marlyn is also a Bikram method yoga teacher, and a proud artist and organizer for Art Coffee & Conversation at Primera Taza in East L.A. Most recently, she and Alma Barrera co-created the Healthy Urban Living Project, a community based wellness approach which focuses on basic health information, resources and healthy living. Marlyn created Healthy Urban Living after reflecting on her life experience and the impact of her health and well-being. She is a breast cancer survivor.