Karla Cienfuegos | Sickeningly Sweet: Sugar the Health Crisis of Our Times

Karla Cienfuegos | Sickeningly Sweet: Sugar the Health Crisis of Our Times

Tune in Tuesday, December 6th as KXLU Los Angeles proudly presents Center Stage with Mark Gordon, featuring special guest Karla Cienfuegos, educator and board member of SugarWatch. She will be in studio to talk about the upcoming event Sickeningly Sweet: Sugar the Health Crisis of Our Times, a community conversation with health advocates on the negative impacts of sugar hidden in the average diet. The conversation to be punctuated by film clips from the documentary Sweet Revenge, featuring Dr. Robert Lustig.   Sweet Revenge is a documentary that offers a scientific analysis of the concerns related to sugar consumption.  SugarWatch is working to make communities aware of in order to increase health and nutrition.SugarWatch is working to make communities aware of in order to increase health and nutrition.

Center Stage with Mark Gordon airs Tuesdays at 7PM (PST) on KXLU Los Angeles, 88.9 FM and streaming at kxlu.com

In California, 31% of children are obese; 50% of residents are diabetic or prediabetic; and chronic heart disease, diabetes, and stroke are respectively the #1, #2, and #6 cause of death in LA County.  Poor diet is directly contributing to the negative health outcomes faced by our communities. Sickeningly Sweet: Sugar the Health Crisis of Our Times, is part of an on-going effort by SugarWatch and the event partners to share information and resources with the community as a means to increase community knowledge and empowerment over personal health outcomes.

Sickeningly Sweet: Sugar the Health Crisis of Our Times
When – Wednesday, December 7, 2016 from 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Where – Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library, 5870 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach, CA 90805


  • David Carter – NFL Defensive End (Dallas Cowboys and Arizona Cardinals), vegan, and healthy eating advocate
  • Kimberly Cooper – Obesity Expert and Writer
  • Victoria Gonzalez – Reiki Master and Healer
  • Brent Walmsley – Executive Director of SugarWatch

About SugarWatch:

Based in Long Beach, CA, SugarWatch is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, which began in March 2015 with a coalition of teachers, community leaders, and advocates concerned about the health of youth and the community. SugarWatch envisions a world where communities are advocating for greater access to healthy food in their neighborhoods and where the children in these communities have the resources around them to take the best possible advantage of healthy living. SugarWatch offers local schools a number of pragmatic programs such as pop-up produce stands, and educational trainings on health and nutrition for students and their families. www.SugarWatch.org

About Karla Cienfuegos:

Karla Cienfuegos is a founding Kindergarten Teacher at KIPP Empower Academy in Los Angeles, California. With 12 years experience in urban education, Karla delivers her curriculum through the lenses of academic rigor, culturally responsive teaching, and mindfulness. Whether it’s meditating, discussing community activism, or creating dynamic and interactive units of study, her passionate students love to be in nature, think critically, and communicate with empathy across cultural and demographic boundaries.

Karla grew up in Los Angeles and is the first person in her family to graduate from college. She holds dual Bachelor Degrees in Chicano Studies and Film Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She went on to obtain a Masters in Elementary Education at Loyola Marymount University through the Partners in Los Angeles Catholic Education Corps Program. After studying abroad to Spain, Italy, Portugal, and France, Karla decided to start traveling again in her adult life. During her summer breaks Karla has traveled to Peru, Japan, and Thailand.

Karla is a 2016 Grovesnor Fellow through National Geographic and Lindblad Expeditions and will be traveling on an expedition to the Galápagos Islands where she will experience the beautiful islands, flora, fauna, and culture.

She is passionate about empowering her community of Los Angeles. After having had a significant transformation of shedding over 65 pounds, Karla became a Health and Fitness Coach who loves to encourage and support people to transform their health.

Karla is committed to researching issues facing public education, one of which is the relationship between health, technology, and environment to educational access for students. Through traveling, networking, and creating content she strives to share access to information that will empower her community and beyond.