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.

To what extent have sweetened beverages contributed to the obesity epidemic?

A systematic literature review was conducted to determine whether sweetened beverage intake increases the risk for obesity, and the extent to which it has contributed to recent increases in energy intake and adiposity in the USA. All lines of evidence consistently support the conclusion that the consumption of sweetened beverages has contributed to the obesity epidemic. It is estimated that sweetened beverages account for at least one-fifth of the weight gained between 1977 and 2007 in the US population. Actions that are successful in reducing sweetened beverage consumption are likely to have a measurable impact on obesity.

2007 California Childhood Obesity Conference: Proceedings

The 2007 California Childhood Obesity Conference (CCOC ‘07), held in Anaheim, California, addressed the nation’s childhood obesity epidemic. The primary focus was on prevention strategies aimed at high risk and low-income communities.

Build Active Living Communities

This presentation from public health and transportation advocate Mark Fenton provides an excellent overview of the rationale for addressing health through transportation planning, and it presents an overview of his multilevel (individual, through institutional, to public policy) strategy for doing so. This presentation was developed for his work with Ohio Parks and Recreation.

Building Communities from the Inside Out: A Path Toward Finding and Mobilizing A Community’s Assets

This guide to what the authors call "asset-based community development," summarizes lessons learned by studying successful community-building initiatives in hundreds of neighborhoods across the United States. It outlines in simple, "neighborhood-friendly" terms what local communities can do to start their own journey down the path of asset-based development.

Chicago's NeighborSpace: Community Managed Open Space

NeighborSpace is an excellent example of a diverse group of community members in an urban setting coming together to protect, expand, and improve the safety of their neighborhood gardens and parks.

Community Garden Policy Inventory

Prepared by Public Health Law and Policy, this publication contains information on land use and planning policies to support community and urban gardening from across the country. Topics covered include: general promotion of community gardens; specific promotion of community gardens; land acquisition; land tenure; management; quotas/location; and equitable access.

Creating Safe Places for Play:

By showcasing successes as well as the problem, provides the tools and resources advocates need to launch successful joint use agreements, allowing for shared use of public spaces like schools with community members once schools are closed.

Documentation of Accomplishments and Identification of Strengths and Weaknesses of Community Coalitions Attempting to Impact Pediatric Overweight

This project maintained communication with county coalitions that had been supported by past Food Stamp Nutrition Education Program (FSNEP) grants and established communication with other state and local coalitions posted on the Center for Weight and Health web site. It documented the accomplishments, and evaluated the strengths and weaknesses of the coalitions.

Growing Community Gardens

This 8-page document from Denver Urban Gardens [] provides tips for developing and maintaining a community garden. Although some of the information is specific to the Denver area, much of it would be applicable to any community. Topics include:
~ Steps to Starting a Garden
~ Suggested Construction Start-up Schedule
~ Suggested Month-by-Month Garden Schedule