City of Hope - Conrad N. Hilton Partnership

We are Transforming the Future of Health

City of Hope is not just treating illness – we are helping create a culture of health that prevents disease through a five-year cancer prevention initiative funded by a $2.5 million grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation.
 
Our efforts are reducing the risk of cancer and diabetes by promoting healthy eating and physical activity through:
 
Community programs
 
 
Food Access
 
City of Hope's Teaching Kitchen offers free cooking classes over a four-week period for beginning, intermediate and experienced cooks. Led by a certified chef, the Savoring Hope Cooking Classes offer fun and engaging tips on how to prepare healthy meals. Additionally, we are developing a food garden on our campus to educate the community about sustainable gardening and increase access to healthy food choices.
 
Recipes
 
 
Hope Starts With Me is a personalized nutrition program created by City of Hope researchers to address the significant variability in how different people respond to the same foods. City of Hope faculty developed an easy-to-use algorithm that allows individuals to measure their blood sugar levels after a meal. In partnership with the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles, the program will educate participants on how to prepare healthy meals, how the body processes food, and how nutrition affects the pancreas, weight and health.
 
Education
 
City of Hope is working with K-12 schools to increase students’ awareness of nutrition, science, and health, and to help create pipeline of underrepresented students interested in STEM careers with the San Gabriel Valley Science Education Partnership Award Collaborative (SGV SEPAC).
 
Physical Activity

City of Hope's five-week Eat Move Live! program encourages physical activity and healthy eating for adults and also offers a weeklong summer program for children. These classes teach families practical nutritional skills, such as reading food labels and preparing healthy meals, as well as offering fun physical activities such as dance and Zumba. Classes are available in both English and Spanish.
 
Policy to Change the Environment
 
We recognize that healthy environments support people in practicing good health. In partnership with public officials, we are working to support the implementation of school wellness policies and the adoption of city and/or state ordinances that promote healthy communities. Further, City of Hope hosts an annual Nutrition Science and Food Policy Summit to engage community members and patients on the impact of food and nutrition on health and well-being.
 
Research
 
City of Hope’s partnership with the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation is advancing scientific and medical breakthroughs that will save lives. The initiative is supporting research into the association between cancer, lifestyle and diet in partnership with scientists at the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research. The goals of the annual awards are to 1) promote collaboration between City of Hope and Ludwig investigators and 2) provide seed support funding to obtain preliminary data in basic biomedical, clinical and/or translational research relevant to nutrition and cancer with the goal and development practical applications.
 
For more information about program activities and to get involved, contact:
 
Program Director
City of Hope—Conrad N. Hilton Partnership
Astrid Williams, Dr.P.H., C.H.E.S.
626-218-6684
[email protected]

The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation was created in 1944 by international business pioneer Conrad N. Hilton, who founded Hilton Hotels and left his fortune to help the world’s disadvantaged and vulnerable people. The Foundation currently conducts strategic initiatives in six priority areas: providing safe water, ending chronic homelessness, preventing substance use, helping young children affected by HIV and AIDS, supporting transition-age youth in foster care, and extending Conrad Hilton’s support for the work of Catholic Sisters. In addition, following selection by an independent international jury, the Foundation annually awards the $2 million Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize to a nonprofit organization doing extraordinary work to alleviate human suffering. In 2016, the Humanitarian Prize was awarded to The Task Force for Global Health, an international, nonprofit organization that works to improve health of people most in need, primarily in developing countries. From its inception, the Foundation has awarded more than $1.5 billion in grants, distributing $109 million in the U.S. and around the world in 2016. The Foundation’s current assets are approximately $2.6 billion. For more information, please visit www.hiltonfoundation.org.