Healthy Communities

County Nutrition Action Partnership

 
In 2012, the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency division of Public Health Services established a County Nutrition Action Partnership (CNAP) under Healthy Works to increase healthy food and beverage consumption, and to increase physical activity levels among SNAP-Ed eligible individuals in San Diego County.  This built upon the existing regional collaborative that was established as part of the Network for a Healthy California and facilitated by the University of California, San Diego. The CNAP is a group of diverse public health professionals and community stakeholders focused on reducing obesity, health disparities, and food insecurity within San Diego’s low-income communities by coordinating nutrition and physical activity education, providing nutrition education and obesity prevention resources, and coordinating upstream obesity prevention strategies targeting SNAP-Ed eligible individuals.  As an outcome of recent strategic planning, the San Diego CNAP is now focusing its efforts on working collaboratively to identify and implement Farm to Fork (F2F)/Harvest of the Month (HOTM) strategies in various settings countywide. This leverages the local procurement successes of–and will be coordinated with–the work of the larger San Diego County Childhood Obesity Initiative (COI). All SNAP-Ed LIAs participate in the CNAP, along with other USDA Food and Nutrition Service funded programs and community organizations, including: 
 
  • Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (administered by the University of California Cooperative Extension) to coordinate nutrition education
  • Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) to coordinate messages and referrals to the programs
  • Feeding America San Diego and San Diego Food Bank to leverage CalFresh outreach and provide nutrition education classes at food distribution events 
  • Senior, school, and summer meals programs to cross-promote HOTM featured produce 
  • Eat Fresh (eatfresh.org - a nutrition education web-based tool) is being utilized by funded and non-funded partners, such as County libraries to improve computer literacy and to provide nutrition education 
 
Through these coordinated, complementary efforts, the County of San Diego’s CNAP will continue to effectively provide nutrition education and obesity prevention services to the SNAP-Ed eligible population and advance policy, systems, and environmental changes that create healthier environments for these residents. 
 
For more information on CNAP, contact JuliAnna Arnett.