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.

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.

Community Food Security Assessment Toolkit

This toolkit contains standardized measurement tools for assessing various aspects of community food security. It includes a general guide to community assessment and focused materials for examining six basic assessment components related to community food security.

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.

Edible Connections–Changing the Way We Talk About Food, Farm, and Community

"Edible Connections: Changing the way we talk about food, farm, and community" is a food communications forum that brings together the media, the public, and many food system stakeholders from within the community to increase awareness and understanding of the local food system, strengthen connections among food system stakeholders, and initiate programs and activities to address food system probl

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

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 Food System: Building Youth Awareness through Involvement

"The Food System: Building Youth Awareness through Involvement" is a guidebook for parents and educators of youth in grades 4 through 12 who are enrolled in 4-H clubs or other youth programs. The 142-page guidebook introduces educators and youth to the concept of the food system, emphasizing interactive learning, skill building and using the community as a classroom.