Community

The communities within which children live, learn, and play impact their health significantly. The conditions surrounding children should enable them to make healthy choices and allow them to thrive. Healthy communities develop members to identify and impact policy and change.

Strategies

Strategy 1

Prohibit the marketing and advertising of non-nutritious foods and beverages where children live, learn or play.

Strategy 2

Engage residents to participate and/or lead community driven policy, systems, and environmental strategies. [Link to case study]

Strategy 3

Increase understanding that a community’s design, its access to healthful foods, and its physical activity environments are directly linked to resident’s health.

Strategy 4

Support local or state policies that require restaurants which serve a meal primary targeted and marketed to children, to make the default drink option served in bundled meals a healthy beverage.

Strategy 5

Foster the development of health leaders by engaging youth in health advocacy efforts.

Strategy 6

Support and promote walking and biking policies that increase physical activity, improve infrastructure, improve safe routes to school and crease more walkable and bikeable communities. In addition, educate residents about bicycle and pedestrian safety.

Strategy 7

Increase the utilization and redemption of CalFresh, Market Match, WIC vouchers at local Farmer’s Markets.


Resources


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Create healthy food environments
Reduce access to and consumption of sugar sweetened beverages
Increase participation in safe physical activity
Promote breastfeeding
Focus on early childhood

Develop and engage youth, families and communities
Partner with land use & regional planning efforts
Collaborate with food and nutrition programs
Focus on Policy & Advocacy