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CHA Video Highlights Community Benefit of Interactive Cooking Lessons in San Diego

To help promote its sponsored bill AB 1046 (Dababneh, D-Encino), CHA has released a short video highlighting the effectiveness of nonprofit hospital community benefit programs. AB 1046 provides for greater transparency in nonprofit hospitals’ reporting of their community benefit programs such as the Teaching Kitchen. Introduced this week, AB 1046 would align state and federal laws to eliminate conflicting reporting requirements, ensuring hospitals can focus on investing in their community’s needs instead of spending resources on conflicting governmental mandates.

The video focuses on the City Height’s Teaching Kitchen — funded by Scripps Mercy Hospital and Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego — a hands-on cooking class designed to break down cultural barriers and prevent chronic disease. The Teaching Kitchen program builds awareness of good nutrition and cooking skills by showing low-income residents how to develop healthy lifestyle behaviors. The video notes that chronic diseases like diabetes, obesity, and asthma are prevalent in the area. To combat those diseases, the program emphasizes the importance of trading high-fat food and sugary drinks for fruits and vegetables. To see CHA’s press release about the video, visit