“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:
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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