Promoting healthy lifestyles for children & families


Northern California Healthy Eating Active Living (NorCal HEAL): Resources

The Northern California Healthy Eating Active Living (NorCal HEAL) website, administered by the Center, lists resources, materials and information for schools, worksites, neighborhoods, and healthcare, as well as links to cross-sector postings and fundraising opportunities.

Happy, Healthy & Well: Worksite Wellness in Child Care Centers - English, Spanish Toolkit

The Happy, Healthy & Well (HHW) toolkit was developed for use with child care and early childhood education staff to support adopting healthy nutrition and physical activity behaviors in the child care work environment. Research has shown that staff is more likely promote healthy habits if they have adopted these behaviors themselves. HHW program materials include:

Resources: Governor Schwarzenegger's Summit on the Prevention of Obesity

The Center reviewed and created materials for the 2005 Governor’s Action Summit on Health, Nutrition and Obesity:

Governor’s Summit – Fact Sheets

Obesity: An Overview of the Crisis
The Burden of Poor Nutrition and Physical Inactivity
Diabetes: a preventable and costly disease

California WIC Association: Breastfeeding

California WIC Association (CWA) is working with multiple partners to improve breastfeeding rates among low-income women in California. Program goals are to increase initiation and duration of breastfeeding, particularly exclusive breastfeeding, as well as promote greater acceptance of breastfeeding as the accepted norm.

Center for Advanced Studies in Nutrition and Social Marketing

This website, hosted by the Center for Advanced Studies in Nutrition and Social Marketing at UC Davis, lists environmental and individual tools that have been made available through the cooperation of many different organizations, groups, and agencies from both the public and private sectors.


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta have a new website, LEANWorks! [where LEAN stands for "Leading Employees to Activity and Nutrition"], designed to help businesses address obesity. CDC LEANWorks! was developed in direct response to organizations asking CDC for help in addressing the obesity epidemic.

Personal Fit Weight Loss Guide

This commercial site features an interactive meal planner/calorie calculator, BMI calculator, articles, and links to other organizations, assessment tools and tips.

Pouring on the Pounds

To help raise awareness about the contribution of sugar-sweetened beverages to epidemic obesity and diabetes, the New York City Department of Health recently released the second phase of their "Pouring on the Pounds" campaign. Print campaign posters are also available for free download in English and Spanish.

Roadmap to Improving Food and Physical Activity Environments

This 140-page guide is designed to help coalitions working to build healthier communities, where people have access to healthy foods, and where being physically active can become a way of life for everyone. It is for coalition leaders and members who are new to this work, as well as those who are applying their experience to a new arena or are working with new partners.

The Walk Kit: How to Start a Walking Program

Prepared by the California Center for Physical Activity, this 46-page guide is designed to provide local coordinators with the steps needed to create successful walking groups in communities. It provides basic information and resources that can be adapted to any community. You can use this guide to:
~ Organize walking groups