Community Wellness Initiatives
What is this service?
Where we live, work, shop and play profoundly impacts our ability to be healthy. In addition to providing free nutrition education for community groups, the Public Health Department partners with schools and community-based organizations to make healthy choices easier for all residents across our community.
HEAL SLO is a community coalition addressing complex and overlapping health challenges through integrated solutions. The coalition encourages policy, environmental and behavior changes that promote the health and wellbeing of all San Luis Obispo County residents. This coalition meets quarterly. Visit www.healslo.com for more information.
Healthy Communities Workgroup
Mission: to improve health and wellness of current and future San Luis Obispo County residents through collaboration, education and policy guidance as it relates to health and the built environment. This group brings together local planning and transportation officials, the Public Health Department, Cal Poly, and community members. Healthy Communities is a workgroup of HEAL SLO and meets monthly – visit the Healthy Communities Workgroup site for more information.
San Luis Obispo County CalFresh Alliance
Mission: to reduce hunger and improve health in San Luis Obispo County by reaching an 85% participation rate for CalFresh among residents who are eligible for this food assistance. (CalFresh in the program formerly called food stamps, known at the federal level as SNAP.) This group meets quarterly. For more information, call 805-781-5564.
Food System Coalition of San Luis Obispo County
Mission: Promote a sustainable food system that is equitable, profitable, resilient and health-promoting in San Luis Obispo County. Workgroups include: EBT at Farmers’ Markets, CalFresh Alliance and Food Waste. The Food System Coalition meets quarterly. For more information, email [email protected]
Safe Routes to School Task Force
Mission: To educate and empower school communities with data on safety, how-to tools and incentives for K-12 students and parents so as to encourage the use of active transportation choices and create change in family/student commuter habits. To learn more and get involved visit the Ride Share website.
Resources for Community Members
- ReThink Your Drink Campaign: provides educational materials around making healthy beverage choices and reducing added sugars.
Dairy Council Workplace Wellness Toolkit: Free printed resources for CA businesses, wellness program guides and tools, monthly employee newsletters, nutrition and physical activity challenges, and more.
Healthy Living Tools
EatFresh.org: provides tools for eating healthy on a budget: recipes, meal plans, nutrition education, and a dietician that is available to answer questions.
Mini Courses: Learn to eat healthy, save money, and cook tasty meals with this free, online course of self-paced lessons.
Farmer’s Market Finder: Find local Markets that Accept EBT & participate in “Market Match”.
Champions for Change: Website of tips, videos, and tools for healthy eating and active living.
Healthy Eating Planner: Use this tool to assess your eating habit, set a goal, make and print a plan, and receive option email reminders to stay on track.
My Fitness Pal includes a calorie counter, food and exercise tracker, discussion forums for extra support and motivation to help you reach your goals.
Lose It! tracks your food and exercise and allows you to connect with family and friends to keep you motivated to meet your goals.
Local Food Access
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