Supervisor John Zaragoza named as Health Champion

VENTURA, Calif. – Ventura County Supervisor John Zaragoza has received the 2015 Health Champion Award for Southern California Elected Officials. The award is presented by the California Center for Public Health Advocacy.

The award is given to Southern California elected officials whose work has impacted health disparities and who have made systemic changes to the physical, social and economic conditions that contribute to poor health, particularly obesity and type 2 diabetes, in California. The awardees will have also shown a commitment to engaging and empowering community residents in the pursuit of better health.

"It's an honor to be recognized for the work I've done," said Zaragoza. "But the real reward is the progress we've made toward improving the health of our residents, communities and, in particular, our children."

Zaragoza's work has included the development of community centers, community gardens, parks and other recreational spaces that have given residents increased access to healthy foods and healthy, safe places for recreation, exercise and play. He has also worked with Ventura County Public Health, health care providers and community-based organizations to work for areas within the county where there are health disparities or reduced access to care.

"I know that healthy eating and active living for all Ventura County residents is a goal I share with my fellow Supervisors," said Zaragoza. "Together, we will continue to support policies, systems and environmental changes that lead to healthier lifestyles and a better quality of life in Ventura County."

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