Free Lunch for Kids This Summer in L.A. County

School’s out for summer. That means fun in the sun — and food insecurity for many of the 20 million kids who rely on free and reduced-price school lunches. Only 1 in 6 eligible children and teens receive free lunches during the summer. But that free lunch is out there, and your local public library might be the place to find it.

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This week the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health launched, a free online resource to help new mothers in L.A. County get healthy after having a baby. By encouraging three simple activities — exclusive breastfeeding, drinking water, and walking — the website aims to help new moms return to a healthy weight. Moms can create an account on the website to get free lessons, text reminders, and a weekly tracker that …

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Poverty and Its Effects on Infant and Maternal Health

It’s not news that poorer families often have poorer health and educational outcomes. But current research is casting new light on this relationship. For instance, the conditions that attend poverty can be toxic to the developing brain, leading to long-term behavioral and cognitive difficulties. The lack of access to affordable, nutritious food in low-income neighborhoods is another public health issue that is getting increased attention. Here’s a roundup of recent research.

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