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.

Taking Action Together: Overview and Curriculum

Taking Action Together (TAT) is a YMCA-based, multi-disciplinary program designed to reduce type 2 diabetes risk among low-income overweight African American children, 9-11 years of age. The TAT curriculum is designed to be administered outside of school hours, such as at after-school programs, in a group setting to up 16 students by one adult leader and a minimum of one assistant.

Frequently Asked Questions About Sports Drinks - English, Spanish

Isn’t Gatorade or Powerade the best drink for after practice? Aren’t sports drinks and juice a lot healthier than soda? If professional athletes promote and drink sports drinks, shouldn’t my kids? Parents, coaches, and physical education instructors have often asked about the value of sports drinks. Center researchers answer these and several other frequently asked questions about sports drinks.

NIH's We Can! (Ways to Enhance Children's Activity & Nutrition)

We Can! is unique in that it targets parents of youth ages 8-13 and caregivers and communities to improve nutrition, increase physical activity, and reduce screen time among kids to maintain a healthy weight.

Best Bones Forever!

A website with quizzes, games, activities, fun facts and links, encouraging girls to take care of themselves and be bone smart.

California Healthy Kids Resource Center (CHKRC)

The California Healthy Kids Resource Center (CHKRC) maintains a comprehensive collection of reviewed health education materials for use by teachers, administrators, university faculty, LEA staff, and other professionals who work with preschool through 12th-grade students in school settings and after-school programs.

California Obesity Prevention Initiative Website and Toolkit: Do More-Watch Less - English, Spanish

Download the Do More-Watch Less Toolkit in English or Spanish. This toolkit is a cutting edge effort to help pre-teens incorporate more screen-free activities into their lives. Designed for and field tested with "tweens" (ages 10-14,) and after school program staff, the toolkit includes step-by-step instructions and handouts that guide "tweens" through hands-on activities including:

CANFit Recetas para el Exito (Recipes for Success)

Recetas para el Exito is a practical, Spanish-language "how-to" guide for those wanting to create a nutrition and physical activity program for adolescent youth. The manual can be downloaded in five parts.

Do More--Watch Less

"Do More-Watch Less!" is a toolkit for after-school programs and youth serving organizations to encourage tweens (ages 10-14) to incorporate more screen-free activities into their lives while reducing the time they spend watching TV, surfing the Internet, and playing video games. Also available in Spanish.

Fruit and Vegetable Fun for Kids

The Produce for Better Health Foundation has developed a variety of resources, including coloring pages you can print out and color, tools to track your intake of fruits and vegetables, information about produce department tour in supermarkets, and others resources.