Community Food Security
Each of HEC's programs is an innovative and visionary response to the needs of a diverse population.
Network for a Healthy California-Gold Country Region - The Health Education Council provides coordination and support for community based nutrition and physical activity education and program development to achieve the goals of the Network in Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado, Mono, Placer, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Solano, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tuolumne, Yolo, and Yuba counties. The Network includes targeted campaigns serving diverse, low income communities.
- Children's Power Play! Campaign - Partnering with schools, after school programs, community agencies and other groups to reach 9-11 year old children and families to consume the recommended amount of fruits, vegetables and physical activity.
- Latino Campaign - Designed to improve the health of low income Latino adults and their families through education, tools and training to empower Latinos and their families to consume the recommended amounts of fruits and vegetables and physical activity and reduce chronic conditions such as diabetes.
- African American Campaign - Improves the health of low income African Americans by offering education, tools and training for advocacy that empower African Americans and their families to consume the recommended amounts of fruits and vegetables and physical activity.
- Worksite Program - Promotes healthy worksites that support health promotion programs, healthy eating consumption and physical activity for low wage workers.
- Healthy Eating Active Living Collaborative - a collaboration of agencies working toward similar goals in the Gold County region. The vision of the collaborative is that the Gold Country Region has an informed population that eats healthy foods and is physically active within communities that support healthy lifestyles. Administers a 'mini grant' program to nurture and support emerging obesity prevention programs in low income communities.
- Physical Activity Campaign - Integrates physical activity lessons, workshops and curricula into all nutrition education and outreach programs.
- Retail Program - partners with California supermarkets, small chains, and independent grocery store to increase the purchase and consumption for fruits and vegetables among low-income families. Working with the Retail Program may help stores reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and cancer in our communities.
In the Grow - A childhood obesity prevention program for children ages 0-5 and their families. Provide garden education, nutrition and physical activity curriculum training for teachers and parents in the classroom, at Head Start and many other sites serving low income children and their families.
CX3 Youth Engagement Afterschool Leadership Project - Offers training and support for high school after school programs to actively engage youth in changing the food and physical activity environment in their neighborhoods.
H.E.A.L. Zone Valley Hi - The Valley Hi HEAL Zone initiative aims to improve healthy eating and enable active living within the South Sacramento neighborhood of Valley Hi. The vision of Valley Hi HEAL Zone is that by the end of the three-year initiative, people "eat healthier and move more" as part of daily life. We will achieve this vision by increasing the opportunities for residents to engage in healthy behaviors and acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to make healthy lifestyle choices. This project is funded by Kaiser Permanente and coordinated by the Health Education Council.
Fit Kids conducts garden based nutrition and physical activity education and training for at risk youth and their parents in an effort to increase numbers of youth in the Healthy Fitness Zone.
Community Food Security Programs
Ethnic American Treasures-EAT from the Garden
Connects high school age youth, community residents, and partners to understand the process of preparing healthy meals through nutritional hands on cooking education. A unique and model program established over 5 years ago in order to meet the needs of Sacramento's low income populations at greatest risk for diet-related illnesses.
Stone Soup Community Gardens - A multi site community garden project in the Del Paso Heights
neighborhood of Sacramento, California that allows community members,
many of who are Hmong immigrants, a place to grow native vegetables and
Tobacco Prevention ProgramsBreak Free Alliance - ending the cycle of tobacco and poverty - A national network of stakeholder organizations to decrease tobacco use and its impact among poor, low socioeconomic status communities; creates a variety of policy papers; convenes expert panels on emerging issues such as dual tobacco use, tobacco use among the homeless; hosts a national prevention conference on "Promising Practices" serving low income communities.
National African American Tobacco Education Network (NAATEN) - Creates and disseminates resources to decrease tobacco use within African American communities such as "Be Free Indeed" tobacco prevention tools for the African American church; 40 Days to Freedom- a guide and daily devotional to quit tobacco use.
Tobacco Cessation for High Risk Youth and Young Adults - Aims at reducing the tobacco-use prevalence rates among at-risk youth and young adults through education and training.