Gateway to Health

Learn about some of the local resources available to help you and your family make healthy lifestyle choices.   


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Healthy Food
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Physical Activity
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Mental & Emotional Well-Being
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Tobacco-Free Living
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Additional Information




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    Healthy Food

Central Coast Ag Network, also known as Central Coast Grown, supports local food production and is a resource to find, purchase, and prepare local food.
SLO County Dept. of Agriculture provides information about agriculture as well as schedules and locations for local Farmers' Markets.
HEAL-SLO provides a list of local resources for healthy eating and children's nutrition.
Horsepower is a virtual farmers' market where local farmers sell their products online directly to consumers. There are no fees for this service.
SLO County Farmer's Market and the North County Farmer's Market offer several Farmers' Markets various days of the week and locations around the county where consumers can buy fresh, healthy foods direct from the farm.
Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program is a nutrition program for low-income families that helps pregnant women, new mothers, and young children eat well and stay healthy through education, support, and food vouchers.  
Cooperative Extension of SLO County includes a Nutrition, Family and Consumer Sciences Program focusing on the nutritional and physical needs of children and limited-resource families, as well as food safety programs and many publications and resources. The Agriculture programs provide information and assistance on local crop production. UC CalFresh Nutrition Education Program (UC CalFresh NEP) provides evidence-based nutrition education to Cal Fresh recipients and other low-income individuals and families in collaboration with local partners. UC Master Gardener Program provides community education on growing healthy foods, as well as personal helpline assistance.
Senior Nutrition Program of SLO County provides nutritious meals to seniors at various lunch sites throughout the county or may be delivered to home-bound seniors
CalFresh (Food Stamps/SNAP) is a benefit program to assist low-income individuals and families buy the food they need for good health. Apply for the program through the County Department of Social Services.
Food Bank Coalition is a countywide source of nutritious food for people in need and distributes through several local food assistance programs.
Five Cities Meals on Wheels is a senior nutrition program based out of Pismo Beach providing nutritious meals to seniors. Contact them at 805-773-4803.
Overeaters Anonymous provides support towards recovery within the Twelve Step process. This site provides a search tool to find local meetings. Back to Top

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    Physical Activity

Let's Move SLO is a community-wide effort from HEAL-SLO to encourage all of us to commit to a month of increased physical activity and/or healthy eating.
State Parks of SLO County has lots of activities at various State Parks all over the county. Be sure to check out the Prescription Trails for kids. 
SLO County Parks offers a variety of programs, services, and facilities to help residents get moving, including Ranger-Led Hikes at Lopez Lake and at Santa Margarita Lake.
City of SLO Parks and Recreation offers a wide variety of recreation programs and facilities, and be sure to check out their latest Activity Guide for a full listing of current programs.
City of Arroyo Grande Parks and Recreation has several parks, including a Health Fitness Park with jogging trails, exercise stations, and a heart check.
City of Atascadero Community Services Department includes parks, sports leagues, an aquatics program, and more. Be sure to check out the Magazine & Activity Guide.
City of Grover Beach Parks and Recreation Department offers a full range of activities, and be sure to check out their Activity Guide. 
City of Morro Bay Recreation and Parks Department offers lots of recreational services, facilities, and parks, including the Junior Lifeguards program.
City of Paso Robles Recreation Services offers a full range of activities, and be sure to check out their Activity Guide. 
City of Pismo Beach Recreation Department has a wide variety of parks, activities, special events, and programs.
Point Buchon and Pecho Coast Hiking Trails require reservations and a signed waiver as they are on the property of the Diablo Canyon Power Plant. 
The Bike Happening is a social on wheels where cyclists come together on the first Thursday of the month for a fun ride through downtown SLO. The group meets at 9:30 PM at Mission Plaza.
SLO County YMCA offers a variety of fitness activities and programs for every age.
SLO Bicycle Club promotes safe and legal bicycle riding for recreation and transportation. The group sponsors a variety of weekly rides and special events.
Cuesta College Community Programs include fitness and recreation activities.
San Luis Coasta Adult School offers a wide variety of fitness classes, including the Seniors Lifelong Fitness Program.
Lucia Mar Adult Education offers a wide variety of fitness classes, including a Summer Swim Program.
Outdoor Fitness Zone at French Hospital features 11 exercise stations and a starting point for a one-mile walking trail around the hospital grounds. Open from sunrise to sunset for all community members and is free of charge. Back to Top 

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    Mental & Emotional Well-Being

SLO County Mental Health Services offering mental health treatment services for county residents. To access services, or for immediate help, please call 1-800-838-1381. This emergency number is available 24/7.
Transitions Mental Health Association is a nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating stigma and promoting recovery and wellness for people with mental illness through work, housing, community and family support services.
SLO the Stigma is part of a broad effort to decrease stigma and raise public awareness of mental health and treat resources in SLO County. This website includes a comprehensive list of mental health resources, as well as family services, and crisis assistance.
SLO Hotline 1-800-783-0607 is a 24/7 suicide prevention and mental health crisis line, also available for emotional and mental health support for yourself or someone else. SLO Hotline is a Transitions Mental Health Association program.
Community Counseling Center is a non-profit, community organization providing short-term psychological counseling services and counseling information to SLO County residents whose circumstances are not appropriate for existing public mental health resources or who cannot afford private services.
NAMI-SLOCO: National Alliance on Mental Illness - San Luis Obispo County provides services and support groups for individuals as well as families and friends of people with severe mental illnesses.
Network of Care is a comprehensive online directory to find additional mental health services or information located in SLO County and elsewhere.
Cal Poly Counseling Services provide individual, couple, and group counseling for currently enrolled students. Back to Top

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    Tobacco-Free Living

SLO County Tobacco Control Program provides education, prevention, and stop-smoking programs. Call 805-781-5564 to inquire about the many free services to help people who want to quit smoking.
Smoker's Helpline (1-800-NO-BUTTS) is a free program providing assistance over the telephone to help you quit smoking. The online site also includes a directory of local resources.
Nicotine Anonymous is a nationwide website with a search tool to find local meetings.

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    Substance Abuse Prevention

SLO County Drug and Alcohol Services offers a variety of services and programs, including walk-in clinics, prevention programs, youth and adult programs, court-mandated programs, and links to additional resources.
Friday Night Live (FNL) is a youth development program providing support and opportunities for young people to develop meaningful skills and to address issues, such as alcohol, tobacco, drugs, and violence. FNL clubs are on school campuses throughout SLO County, including Cal Poly.
Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of members who share their experience with anyone seeking help with a drinking problem providing support towards recovery within in the Twelve Step process.
Narcotics Anonymous provides support towards recovery within in the Twelve Step process. This site provides a search tool to find local meetings.
Alano Club provides a safe and sober environment supporting those recovering from drug and alcohol addiction.
Al-Anon provides help to families and friends of alcoholics. Al-Ateen is part of Al-Anon and is for young people affected by another's drinking.
Lifestyles Recovery Center provides free group sessions and individual counseling to individuals who are dealing with the problems of drug and alcohol addiction, HIV prevention and anger management.
North County Connection is a community resource center in Atascadero hosting recovery meetings, providing support, referral services, and more.
The Cambria Connection  is a community resource center hosting meetings in the Cambria area for various recovery programs.  Back to Top

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   Additional Information

SLO County Department of Social Services provides many services to assist residents in need. See the Quick Links section for their comprehensive resource lists!
HEAL-SLO works to prevent childhood obesity and increase healthy eating and regular physical activity among children in SLO County by working at each level of the socio-ecological model, such as through policy, behavioral and environmental changes to promote and support a healthy lifestyle.
2-1-1 SLO County is a non-emergency telephone number that connects individuals and families with information and community resources. This is a free program provided by United Way of SLO County that is a one-stop way to get timely access to health and human services information and referrals 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The phone line is free, confidential, and provides bilingual assistance. To get help, simply dial 2-1-1 to speak to a call specialist. 
Breastfeeding Support is accessed through French Hospital Medical Center and by clicking on Classes, then Breastfeeding. Support is also available by phone consultation through the Warmline: 805-541-2229.
Central Coast Commission for Senior Citizens - Area Agency on Aging coordinates and monitors a system of services for seniors that provide support, nutrition, and health services to older adults in SLO and Santa Barbara Counties. Publishes the free Senior Information Guide providing information about programs and services available for seniors and caregivers throughout the county. This site includes lots of great information and resources for seniors.
Action for Healthy Communities 2010 Report is a study performed every two years measuring the quality of life in SLO County by specific key indicators. Highlights about Healthy Living including rates of obesity, eating habits, and physical activity.
My Heart. My Life. from the American Heart Association is a comprehensive new health, wellness, and fitness platform to empower Americans to get healthier. This site includes lots of tools, such as My Life Check, a customized heart health assessment and plan; Life's Simple 7, with information and strategies to manage your health in seven key areas; a free Walking Path App to help find local walking paths; and many more unique tools to support your healthy lifestyle. offers online health information for a broad range of health topics. provides easy, online access to government information on food and nutrition. promotes physical fitness and the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. offers information and tools for better health.
Network for a Healthy California is from the California Department of Public Health and is a statewide network local, state, and national partners all working toward improving the health status of low-income Californians through healthy lifestyle choices.
American Diabetes Association offers useful information about food and fitness for everyone, including a wellness program that translates your healthy lifestyle changes into donations for your favorite causes.
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