You Don't Have to be Perfect, Just Be Better

Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Champions for Change Kick-off Be Better Campaign

By LatinoLA Contributor
Published on LatinoLA: June 1, 2016

You Don't Have to be Perfect, Just Be Better

Community leaders and local families joined the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) to help launch a new campaign from Champions for Change that offers simple guidance on healthy living: Be Better.

Designed to inspire and motivate Californians to adopt small changes today for a healthier tomorrow, the Be Better campaign includes statewide advertising on TV, radio, billboards, and online as well as community events now through September. The local farmers' market kick-off event was one of many events held in communities across the state to drive awareness and highlight ways everyone can eat better, refresh better, and play better.

"We often hear from people who are worried that becoming healthy means they have to be perfect in every choice they make, and that simply isn't true. We know change is hard, and that's why we encourage everyone to take it day by day," explains Jeffrey Gunzenhauser, Los Angeles County Interim Health Officer. "The Be Better campaign promotes small changes that over time can add up to big health improvements."

The Champions for Change Be Better campaign is part of an ongoing effort to improve the health of families and communities in California, especially those that are at greater risk of obesity, high blood pressure, and type 2 diabetes. In Los Angeles County, nearly a quarter of adults and children are obese and over 700,000 people have been diagnosed with diabetes. Unfortunately, many more may be living with pre-diabetes without even knowing it. With this campaign Public Health continues to tackle obesity and diabetes in LA County by giving residents the tools they need to make good health a priority.

"When I first decided that it was time for me and my family to be healthier, I thought I had to change everything all at once and I almost gave up before I even started," admits Yamileth Ramirez, a Champions for Change Mom from Los Angeles. "That's why it's so important to me to help others find the little ways to be better each day. We talk about taking the stairs instead of the elevator, keeping a bowl of fruit for after- school snacks, and not buying sugary drinks. The more we do these things, the more we'll see a difference in ourselves, our families, and our communities."

The Be Better statewide campaign highlights resources like the website, which features stories about families who are finding ways to be better every day, including eating healthier, getting active, and drinking water instead of sugary drinks.

The Department of Public Health is committed to protecting and improving the health of the nearly 10 million residents of Los Angeles County. Through a variety of programs, community partnerships and services, Public Health oversees environmental health, disease control, and community and family health. Public Health comprises nearly 4,000 employees and has an annual budget exceeding $900 million. To learn more about the LA County Department of Public Health and the work they do, visit, and follow Public Health on social media at,, and

Los Angeles County Department of Public Health works to protect health, prevent disease, and promote health and well-being.

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