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.

Increasing Physical Activity: A Report on Recommendations of the Task Force on Community Preventative Services

The Task Force on Community Preventive Services (DHHS) has conducted systematic reviews of community interventions to increase physical activity, and either strongly recommends or recommends six interventions: two informational approaches, three behavioral and social approaches, and one intervention to increase physical activity by using environmental and policy approaches.

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.

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:

Generation Fit: Today’s Generation Advocating for Good Health

Through Generation Fit, students ages 11 to 18 take part in community service projects that promote more physical activity and healthier eating among their friends and families, and in their schools and communities. The young activists themselves come away better educated about good nutrition and the need to stay physically active.

Guidelines for Comprehensive Programs to Promote Healthy Eating and Physical Activity

"Guidelines for Comprehensive Programs to Promote Healthy Eating and Physical Activity" shows how to create or improve nutrition, physical activity, and obesity control programs. Learn how others are successfully combating the disease risk factors of poor diet, inactivity, and obesity.

Find ideas and practical resources such as:

Healthy Counties Database

The Healthy Counties Database allows you to search for model policies, programs, and initiatives that counties nationwide have enacted to promote wellness and help prevent childhood obesity. No need to reinvent the wheel! Find out what your peers in local government have done to enable and encourage nutritious diets, physical activity, and healthy built and social environments.

Healthy Kids Challenge

Healthy Kids Challenge (HKC) is a nonprofit, dedicated to helping schools, programs, and communities with solutions to support kids and families with making healthy eating and physical activity choices. With evidence-based assistance and resources, HKC’s impact is two-fold:


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.

National Osteoporosis Foundation

Established in 1984, the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) is the nation’s leading voluntary health organization solely dedicated to osteoporosis and bone health.