There were five South Park events this year and every one was an opportunity to be in an area that rarely sees USC students. It was great working with the women, many of them spanish-only speakers, who are so focused on staying healthy through dance and seeing their efforts paid off with a normal blood pressure and glucose reading. Daisy is always so happy to have us and every CHIP member gets some practice!
The kids at South Park occasionally hang out and talk with us about their community. From them we have learned that the park is in a sad state and the kids have to be careful where they go to stay safe. The area is a far cry from the well kept parks in other areas of Los Angeles that truly shows the inequities in the city.
If you want a view into the neighborhoods south of USC and make a small difference by promoting healthy living, be sure to make it out to South Park next year!