Online Regional Resource Directory
In an effort to provide improved nutrition education and physical activity promotion to all sectors of the population in the region,
the HEAL Collaborative has partnered with the Community Services Planning Council (CSPC) to create an online Resource Directory which will serve all 14 counties in the Gold Country Region. The directory will be a part of CSPC's Sacramento InfoLine Sacramento 2-1-1 services.
2-1-1 Sacramento's resources database containing information on more than 2,400 programs and services is available online. You can search this user-friendly site for information about services by program, agency name, ZIP Code, and specific service. You can access this resource in the Get Help section of the 2-1-1 Sacramento website, http://www.211sacramento.org
Network for a Healthy California - The Network represents a statewide movement of local, state and national partners collectively working toward improving the health status of low-income Californians through increased fruit and vegetable consumption and daily physical activity.
Fruits and Veggies More Matters: A health initiative that offers expert cooking advice, nutrition information and shopping tips. Most importantly, this program demonstrates that eating MORE fruits and vegetables does matter to all of us. It's a great way to stay healthy and a perfect fit for busy lives.
Champions for Change are committed to helping their families eat more fruits and vegetables and be more physically active. They are also involved in making healthy changes in their neighborhoods.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) - helps families by providing checks for buying healthy supplemental foods from WIC-authorized vendors, nutrition education, and help finding healthcare and other community services.
Educational Tools for Getting Kids Involved: Give your kids some hands-on experience in the kitchen, and let the Fruit & Veggie Color Champions- teach them about the importance of eating a colorful variety of fruits and veggies.
CDC Nutrition Resources: Want more good information on how fruits and vegetables affect health and more tips on getting them into your daily diet? Download these free resources from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Dairy Council of California, Healthy Eating Made Easier: Helps to improve the lives of millions of Californians through nutrition education. Dairy Council of California is a state government entity that is funded by California's dairy producers and processors.
HealthierUS.gov: Eat a Nutritious Diet: The HealthierUS initiative is a national effort to prevent and reduce the costs of disease, improve people's lives and promote community health and wellness. The site provides credible, accurate information to help Americans choose healthier habits.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in conjunction with the United States Department of Health & Human Services, has put out a publication that easily explains how to put more fruits and vegetables into a daily diet. The full color, two-sided publication uses three simple steps to help individuals get the right amounts based on their gender and age. These easy-to-read handouts are available in English and in Spanish.
Producepedia is brought to you by Western Growers, an agricultural trade association whose members grow, pack and ship nearly one half of the nation's fresh fruits, vegetables and nuts. Our members grow the best medicine in the world!
(NEW!) LOCAL FOOD EDUCATION LINKS - SACRAMENTO COUNTY
Free Cooking Classes - Flyer
E.A.T. from the Garden - Free cooking class information
Network for a Healthy California Cookbooks - Please see information in your toolkit for contact information to obtain more
Farmer's Market/ Farm Stand (By County)
San J. English
San J. Spanish
Food Storage/ Processing
Master Food Preserver Class information-
Selecting and Storing Fresh Produce
Preserving the Harvest
Home Gardening/ Planting
Garden in a Pot
Placer Grown Seasonality Chart
Seasonal Availability of Produce in California
Produce Harvest Calendar
Other Support Services
Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services-Food Assistance Program Schedule
Sacramento Area Dental Clinics
Sacramento Area Hot Meal Locations
Sacramento Area Free/Low Cost Health Services
Why Buy Local?
Where Does Your Food Come From?
The ABC's of Hand Washing
A Public Health Professional's Guide to Key Land Use and Transportation Planning Policies and Processes: This document is an introduction to the major policies and processes in land use and transportation planning and the ways in which public health professionals can shift them to address health and integrate health-promoting community design.
Strategic Alliance Local Policy: This online resource is a searchable database designed to provide community advocates, health professionals, policymakers, and those working in related fields with concrete examples of local-level policies that have been adopted and/or implemented to improve nutrition and physical activity environments.
UCLA Center for Health Policy Research: Health DATA Program "Turning Knowledge into Action!" Builds the capacity of advocates, organizations, and coalitions to use health research data to address public health policy issues important to the communities they serve.
World Hunger Year's Food Security Learning Center's resource on Land Use Planning. A good overview of strategies used in a variety of communities.
Home Care of Rochester (HCR) has released a seven-day, bilingual meal plan for people coping with diabetes. The booklet is part of EXITO! - a pilot project funded by the Greater Rochester Health Foundation to improve health outcomes for Hispanic adults receiving home care. The team recognized that many of the recipes and meal plans designed for people with diabetes do not consider the food preferences of Hispanics. This meal plan contains a week's worth of ideas for breakfast, lunch, and dinner including recipes and healthy tips.
California Diabetes Program: As a coordinating leader for diabetes prevention and control in California, the California Diabetes Program is guided by national initiatives and statewide goals, as well as community input. Their work ranges from supporting system-wide improvements in health care delivery systems, to developing peer-to-peer education programs led by community volunteers. They promote proven methodologies including the Chronic Care Model and the team approach to care.
Empowering Youth with Nutrition & Physical Activity: Empowering Youth is a manual for use in after school programs and classrooms with youth 11-18 years old. It contains current nutrition and physical activity information to enhance leader knowledge; fun, hands-on activities that teach nutrition concepts; ideas to include nutrition education and physical activity into youth programs and events; resources to help youth develop a nutrition or physical activity related community project; tips, worksheets, handouts, discussion prompters and more!
The USDA Food and Nutrition Services has a series of virtual training fact sheets available which specifically focuses on the USDA project, Loving Your Family Feeding the Future: Nutrition Education through the Food Stamp Program. These tip sheets inform and reiterate to nutrition educators what materials are available in the Loving Your Family initiative.
Nutrition Essentials: Nutrition Essentials is a series of lessons will help you make healthful eating and physical activity choices. It provides several tools which give you information you need to make educated choices. Nutrition Essentials contains 5 posters: Food for a Day, How Much Do You Eat, Move It, Choose my Plate, and Read It. Nutrition Essentials also includes an interactive CD, NutritionDecision, with games and nutrition education information.
Prevention Institute is pleased to announce new sustainable food system strategies in the Environmental Nutrition and Activity Community Tool (ENACT)! With funding from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Prevention Institute has updated ENACT to include strategies that promote both health and a sustainable food system.
CATCH is a research-based school and community program implemented to decrease childhood obesity and diabetes. You can visit www.catchinfo.org, click "watch video" (lower left), and get a 10 minute overview.
CDC announces the initial release of the Health Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (HECAT) available at CDC's website. The Health Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (HECAT) can help school districts, schools, and others conduct a clear, complete, and consistent analysis of health education curricula based on the National Health Education Standards and CDC's Characteristics of Effective Health Education Curricula. The HECAT results can help schools select or develop appropriate and effective health education curricula and improve the delivery of health education. The HECAT can be customized to meet local community needs and conform to the curriculum requirements of the state or school district.
Captive Kids: Selling Obesity at Schools: An Action Guide by California Project LEAN to Stop the Marketing of Unhealthy Foods and Beverages in School.
Kaiser Permanente and the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at Yale University have partnered on a project related to weight bias. The partnership has produced a toolkit designed specifically to combat weight bias in health care.
How to Create and Implement Healthy General Plans: From Planning for Healthy Places and Raimi + Associates: The toolkit focuses on strategies that can be worked into a general plan, the key land use policy document in California, and includes model policy language that can be incorporated into general plans or other land use plans.
New Fact Sheets Available! Planning for Healthy Places has developed several fact sheets that complement the material in our toolkits. Advocates, practitioners, and community members can use fact sheets to inform their own work and to develop cross-disciplinary relationships. Visit here to download fact sheets on built environment and health research, healthy food retail, complete streets, zoning, and safe routes to school.
Glean the Planet: Internet-based maps transform how communities share food resources. Glean the Planet is a web site designed to facilitate the redistribution of community and individual food resources. The site-www.gleantheplanet.com- offers both discussion forums and open source mapping software from Google maps and Platial.com. By allowing users to map specific locations and illustrate them with pictures and additional detailed information, this mapping software helps people facilitate the local sharing of food outside of monetary-based economies.
Safe Routes to Healthy Foods Toolkit
What Counts as a Serving?
Healthier Eating: Getting Where You Need to be –
The Colors of Health
In collaboration with CPNS the Center for Advanced Studies in Nutrition and Social Marketing has compiled a collection of evaluation tools (measure both environmental and individual behavior), which are available on the centers website.
FARM TO SCHOOL INFORMATION
National Farm to School connects schools with local farms with the objectives of serving healthy meals in school cafeterias, improving student nutrition, providing health and nutrition education opportunities that will last a lifetime, and supporting local small farmers.
Community Alliance with Family Farmers is building a movement of rural and urban people to foster family-scale agriculture that cares for the land, sustains local economies and promotes social justice.
Community Food Security Coalition: This site presents information about farm-to-college programs in the U.S. and Canada collected by the Community Food Security Coalition. It also provides links to resources for starting and maintaining farm-to-college programs.
Local Produce Link: A tool to assist in finding local farms to be utilized and promote farm to school.
HEAL Collaborative Mini-Grants: The Healthy Eating Active Living Collaborative funds mini-grants for short term projects which address childhood obesity, food security, physical activity, or increased fruit and vegetable consumption for low income populations in the following California counties: Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado, Mono, Placer, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Solano, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tuolumne, Yolo, and Yuba Counties.
Sacramento Region Community Foundation is a nonprofit organization established in 1983 to help people connect with the causes they care about. Our mission is to serve as a leader and trusted partner in expanding philanthropic activity and enhancing its impact for the betterment of our communities. In addition to providing financial assistance, the Foundation also works in partnership with other local organizations to encourage charitable giving and meet community needs.
Champions for Change are committed to helping their families eat more fruits and vegetables and be more physically active. They are also involved in making healthy changes in their neighborhoods.
Fruits and Veggies More Matters offers expert cooking advice, nutrition information and shopping tips. Most importantly, this program demonstrates that eating MORE fruits and vegetables does matter to all of us. It's a great way to stay healthy and a perfect fit for busy lives.
Healthy People 2010 Healthy People 2010 challenges individuals, communities, and professionals indeed, all of us to take specific steps to ensure that good health, as well as long life, are enjoyed by all.
Updated Network Toolkit with the Champions for Change videos in English & Spanish.
HEALTHY RETAIL AND LOCAL PRODUCE
Building Local Food Networks is a peer-to-peer forum for food system organizers. It's a place to exchange ideas with organizers like you who are working to establish local food networks around the country and the world.
California Federation of Certified Farmer's Markets: Search all of California by city, county, or region for a Farmer's Market in your area.
The Healthier Corner Stores Network (HCSN) will bring together people from across the country to share information about best practices and lessons learned, and to brainstorm about how to address common challenges. If you are working to bring healthier foods into corner or small-scale stores in underserved communities, or just considering getting involved with this work, we welcome your participation in this network.
Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op is dedicated to providing the highest quality natural foods and products to our shoppers and being a trusted resource for consumer information.
San Diego and Imperial/Bay Area Regional Nutrition Network Vending Machine Toolkit provides tools to help you begin the process of adopting a healthy vending machine policy. These tools will help you to assess, strategize, and implement a healthier way of eating in your organization and community.
UC Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program: Sustainable Community Food Systems: A resource for research and information to help strengthen connections between farmers, consumers, and communities.
Whole Foods Market is highly selective about what they sell, dedicated to stringent Quality Standards, and committed to sustainable agriculture. Whole Foods Market believes in a virtuous circle entwining the food chain, human beings and Mother Earth: each is reliant upon the others through a beautiful and delicate symbiosis.
Planning for Healthy Places introduces "Funding Sources for Healthy Food Retail" a new online searchable guide to California and federal funding programs. To help communities establish healthy food retail outlets such as grocery stores, farmers markets, and food co-ops, our new online guide describes a variety of funding programs.
For those of you who are on the lookout for more small-scale, local sustainable food producers (as well as markets, restaurants and other local businesses that sell their wares) try the Eat Well Guide. This online directory currently lists tens of thousands of sustainable food outfits throughout the US and Canada.
California Association of Food Banks, Building a Well-Nourished California: A complete listing of California Association of Food Banks members by county.
The Community Food Security Coalition (CFSC) is a North American organization of social and economic justice, environmental, nutrition, sustainable agriculture, community development, labor, anti-poverty, anti-hunger, and other groups.
The Sacramento Hunger Coalition is a member voting body comprised of diverse representatives of the Sacramento community. The goal of the Hunger Coalition is to eliminate hunger and food insecurity by assuring that all people are able to provide themselves adequate food for an active and healthy life.
USDA Nutrition Assistance Programs: No one should go hungry in America. FNS provides children and low-income people access to food, a healthful diet, and nutrition education. We help nearly one in five people. Check out our programs to see if we can help you or your family.
Top Ten Barriers to Local Food Access for Low-Income Individuals
California Obesity Prevention Initiative: The mission of the California Obesity Prevention Initiative (COPI) is to reduce the prevalence of obesity and its associated health risks in California through promotion of physical activity and health eating, as well as address the societal, technological, and environmental influences on obesity.
Article: Food Retailers Partner with Low-Income Communities to Fight Obesity Solutions in Local Access to Fresh, Healthy Food- Oakland, CA (October 12, 2005):
The Practical Guide to Healthier Living: Inspirational videos showcasing a food literacy program for kids.
The Great Plate: a practical guide to eating healthy. Includes the ability to enter the ingredients you have available and receive nutritious recipe ideas! http://www.mealsmatter.org/
First 5 County Commission Nutrition & Physical Activity: Nutrition and Physical Activity Resource for children 0-5 and their families.
Michigan BCBS Releases Toolkit to Help Physicians Prevent Childhood Obesity: Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) of Michigan began deploying a new pediatric healthy weight toolkit designed to help physicians reduce the prevalence of childhood obesity and related diseases, the Grand Rapids Press reports.
The Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health has just expanded their www.kidsdata.org Web site to include statewide data on everything to do with children's health and well being (autism to weight) in addition to detailed information for the six Bay Area counties and Santa Barbara. Unfortunately they don't include currently San Diego.
EAT RIGHT WHEN THE BUDGET'S TIGHT RESOURCES
Be a Wise Shopper- This document is an overview of shopping tips to help save money when making healthy purchases. Great to use as talking points with your target populations (source: Los Angeles Collaborative for Healthy Active Children)
Shopping for Health AND Budget- Breakdown of benefits of shopping healthy for both your health and your wallet. (source: Food and Health Communications, May 2008)
Food Shopping Problems and Solutions- Brochure and worksheet to help explain common healthy food shopping problems and matching those problems with shopping solutions. (source: UC Cooperative Extension- LA)
Ideas for Planning Thrifty Meals- Tips on how to choose low-cost foods, use smaller amounts of meat, feature grains, alter and substitute in recipes, avoiding waste, and convenience mixes. Offers sample menu ideas. (source: University of Maine Cooperative Extension)
Making Ends Meet Fact Sheet- Budgeting, shopping and planning tips for eating right when the budget's tight. Also links to other useful resources on the same topic. (source: USDA, Food and Nutrition Service)
Squeezed by Rising Food Prices- Adapted from University of Missouri Extension, this document provides checklists and ideas for before going to the store, at the store, when you get home, eating out and at home, preparation tips, before and at work as well as creative solutions for eating on a budget.
WIC Comparing Prices with Coupons and Shopping Tips- In both English and Spanish, this worksheet provides tips for making your wallet (and WIC vouchers) stretch at the store [English/Spanish] (source: CA WIC, Market to Meals Healthy Eating Active Living Campaign)
Sacramento Farmers Markets and Farm Stands Flyer This flyer, soon to be replicated for all counties in the Gold Country Region, gives details on Sacramento County Farm Stands and Farmers Markets that accept EBT/Golden State Advantage Card.
Increase daily consumption of fruits and vegetables to the recommended amount,
Increase daily physical activity to a minimum of 30 minutes for adults and 60 minutes for children,
Improve food security, including participation in Federal nutrition assistance programs, especially Food Stamps,
Work toward obesity reduction.