“Inspiring Healthy Communities,” Kaiser Permanente’s 2018 Rose Parade® float, celebrates those who are making lasting impacts on the health of individuals in communities across the United States. This year’s animated float promotes healthy eating and active living through its playful garden scene. Creating healthy communities is central to Kaiser Permanente’s mission to transform and improve the neighborhoods it serves — from coast to coast.
As we gear up for the Rose Parade, we are proud to announce that acclaimed Los Angeles chef Neal Fraser, will be honored for his community involvement by riding atop Kaiser Permanente’s float this year.
Chef Fraser is a board member of the L.A.’s BEST afterschool program who regularly mentors Southern California youth and teaches them how to cook healthy meals for themselves and their families. He shares Kaiser Permanente’s commitment to improving community health by increasing access to nutritious foods. Over the years, Fraser and his wife and business partner, Amy Knoll Fraser, have been active members in the community, donating their time and talent to a variety of charities.
In fall 2017, Fraser and Knoll Fraser launched The Redbird | Vibiana Garden as a public-private partnership with the Little Tokyo Library to serve as a source of various ingredients for his downtown Los Angeles restaurant and to build programs that give back to the community through educational opportunities for youth and a model prototype for urban growing. Moreover, through his work with L.A.’s BEST, Careers Through Culinary Arts Program, and the Los Angeles Food Bank, Fraser has worked outside of his own kitchen to promote nutrition and healthy eating.
The eight honorees who will ride atop Kaiser Permanente’s float this year come from the regions where the organization provides care. The riders have all participated in local community partnerships or have demonstrated a passion for bringing total health to their communities. The honorees include:
- Chef Neal Fraser, a board member of the L.A.’s BEST after-school program, who regularly mentors Southern California youth and teaches them how to cook healthy meals for themselves and their families.
- Alice Rolls, the executive director of Georgia Organics, who pioneered “farm to school” programs in Georgia public schools.
- Teresa Yamasaki, R.N., a Kaiser Permanente registered nurse who helped rebuild communities in disaster zones across her native Hawaii and the world.
- Margaret Dekoven, a Kaiser Permanente physician assistant who, through her partnership with Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado, has inspired pediatric patients to exercise in the outdoors and protect the natural environment.
- Linda Watson, a production manager for the D.C. Central Kitchen, who has worked to eliminate food deserts in the nation’s capital and bring healthy, home-cooked meals to its public schools.
- Linda Ginenthal, the Sunday Parkways program manager who brought safe bike and running trails to Portland’s most underserved communities.
- Kenneth Lopez, PMD, a Kaiser Permanente physician who helped evacuate patients from the Santa Rosa Medical Center even while his own neighborhood was devastated by the Northern California wildfires.
- Devon Adelman, the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games Ambassador from Seattle who inspires developmentally disabled athletes to pursue their dreams—both on and off the field.
In addition to the float riders, 20 students, representatives from Hollywood High School, as well as physicians from the school’s onsite wellness center, run by Kaiser Permanente, will walk alongside the float as it makes its way along the parade route. Hollywood High has a longstanding partnership with Kaiser Permanente as a participant in its Thriving Schools program, which promotes health and wellness for students, staff and teachers in K-12 schools.
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