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In the effort to curb heart disease, UCLA and USC are transforming markets in East LA and paying grocers to provide healthier choices than the neighborhood is accustomed to — or so they believe. But some traditional markets already carry unsweetened almond milk and soy products. They even have sales on vegetables. Is East LA really a "desert" for healthy food? Will market makeovers make for healthier customers? On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, Sergeant Robert Bales and the latest atrocity in the war in Afghanistan.

Banner image of Yash La Casa Market courtesy of Public Matters

Producers:
Anna Scott
Sonya Geis
Christian Bordal

Main Topic Healthier Eating in East LA 24 MIN, 1 SEC

LA County's Health Department has found that 25 percent of the people in East LA have high cholesterol and 30 percent suffer from hypertension, both tied to obesity and the threat of heart disease. So the UCLA-USC Center for Population Health and Health Disparities has been transforming selected stores, including Yash La Casa Market at Hammel Street and Hazard Avenue. With $25,000 from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, they painted the store a neon-lime color, took beer signs off the front windows and planted a 600-square-foot garden out back.

Guests:
Kurwant Songu, Yash La Casa Market
Alexander Ortega, UCLA
Roland Sturm, RAND Corporation
Javier Cabral, blogger

Main Topic Sgt Bales, PTSD and the Slaughter of Innocents in Afghanistan 28 MIN, 33 SEC

Sgt Bales, PTSD and the Slaughter of Innocents in AfghanistanThe war in Afghanistan has been stained by another atrocity, with another American soldier accused of brutally murdering helpless civilians. Sergeant Robert Bales is accused of leaving his base in a remote part of Afghanistan, brutally murdering 16 civilians, including nine children, and trying to set their bodies on fire. Friends and relatives say, "That's not our Bobby. Something horrible, horrible had to happen to him." We learn more about Bales, the strains of combat and the prospects for justice.

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