Communities for Healthy Kids

Communities for Healthy Kids is an initiative aimed at reducing childhood obesity in the Central Valley by prioritizing upstream strategies that have a long-term, sustainable impact. We have a vision that all children will enjoy health and wellness where they live, learn, and play.

About us

Õ The Issue Ò

Children in the Central Valley have some of the worst health outcomes seen anywhere in the country. Almost 42% of 5th graders in the Central Valley are overweight or obese and about 20% of children are diagnosed with asthma. Childhood obesity is impacted by social determinants of health: 1 in 3 children lives in poverty, 1 in 4 experience food insecurity, and 1 in 5 have experienced two or more adverse experiences. The childhood obesity epidemic is a complex issue caused by a multitude of factors and in order to move the needle on this issue, we must identify the upstream root causes utilizing a health equity lens.

The Issue


Within the Central Valley


42% of 5th graders are overweight or obese

47% of children drank one or more sugar-sweetened beverages per day

41% of children ate fast food two or more times in the previous week

22% of 5th graders met all physical activity fitness standards

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Õ The Partnership Ò

Communities for Healthy Kids was developed by stakeholders in Fresno, Madera and Kings County. The Steering Committee was created in 2017 to develop the Regional Agenda and an Advisory Council was identified in 2019 to guide this work through 2028. The goal is for all Central Valley communities, and beyond, to utilize the tools, resources and information we have available.

The Partnership

Our Strategies