Success Stories

CX3 Youth Spend Summer Creating Positive Change in Southeastern San Diego

Mayra, a senior at Lincoln High School, walked to school every day for several years on narrow and broken sidewalks, passing faded crosswalks and bike paths. During the summer of 2014, she decided to do something about it.

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Linda Vista Community Garden: On-site Sales

The Linda Vista Community Garden was created in summer of 2011 as a community-driven effort to increase resident access to fresh, local produce.

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Kelly Park Lighting Project

In April 2013, San Diego’s North Central CX3 team surveyed over 100 community members in the City of San Diego’s Linda Vista neighborhood to identify barriers to physical activity and healthy eating.

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San Marcos Creates Safe Routes to Three Schools

An important way to support student health and healthy school environments is by improving walkability and accessibility of the routes children and families use to travel to school.

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Harvest of the Month: Building Local Procurement Practices in San Diego County School Districts

In Southern California, agencies supporting school initiatives began collaborating to strengthen the Farm to School movement through the Harvest of the Month (HOTM) program.

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Mission Middle School Empowers Parents in School Health

With promising school health efforts already taking place, Mission Middle School leveraged the work of the North Inland Communities of Excellence in Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity Prevention (CX3) team to build sustainable success.

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The Wellness Champion Program

The YMCA-CRS developed a program that helps child care providers improve the nutrition and physical activity environments in child care settings, and provides incentives and support for those providers that are able to meet all program criteria.

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Wyndham San Diego Bayside: Supporting Employees to Live Well @ Work

In 2013, Wyndham was recruited to focus on establishing workplace environments that support healthy eating and active living with particular focus on their low-wage employees.

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Health Ministry: An Essential Component of Every Church

The Faith-Based Wellness Program has partnered with seven African-American churches in a variety of San Diego County communities with health disparities to create health ministries.

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Bikes Count:  Pedaling to Better Health

Bikes Count is the largest active-travel counting system in the country. The goal is to have cyclist numbers that can inform future decisions on transportation investments, such as bike paths, in jurisdictions throughout the county. 

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A Policy That Connects People to Their Streets

Complete Streets are streets that everyone can use. To be considered complete, streets should be accessible to people of all ages and physical abilities, and accessible to people using different modes of transportation, including walking and biking.

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In Chula Vista, Students Are on the Move

Recent studies have shown that healthy and fit students make better learners. In Chula Vista schools, students have more opportunities than ever to stay active. 

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Public Health Nurses Make Strides in Chronic Disease Prevention

Within the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency, Healthy Works has partnered with Public Health Nursing to ensure the presence of physical, social and emotional wellness for hundreds of vulnerable families through the PHN home visitation programming.

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“Free” School Lunch: Free-Range, Hormone-Free and Antibiotic-Free

Starting in 2013, students attending schools within the eighth largest school district in the nation were given the option to enjoy some of the highest-quality chicken on the market without increasing the price of school meals.

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Sodium Reduction in School Meals

By placing an emphasis on buying whole foods that are not pre-processed, and working with food suppliers on the highest quality foods, the food that San Diego Unified students eat at school every day contains less sodium.

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Enhancing Worksite Wellness through Live Well @ Work

Good health is important in the workplace. When employees enjoy good health, they are happier and more productive, which leads to a healthy, thriving business.  Since 2012, Healthy Works has worked with employers to create better health and wellness opportunities for employees through its comprehensive worksite wellness initiative, Live Well @ Work.

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Residents find smoke-free policy at ‘PJAM’ a breath of fresh air

When Vivian Simpson and her 10-year-old grandson Jonathan heard that their apartment complex in the Oak Park neighborhood of San Diego would go completely smoke-free...

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New farm-to-school procurement strategy brings more healthy food to schools

It’s not always easy for school districts to secure and serve the most fresh and healthy food in school meals. The process is often hindered by outdated policy...

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A successful farmers market sprouts economic, community improvement

Since its opening in Summer 2011, the Linda Vista Farmers Market (LVFM) has become a community hub for social interaction, health choices, and neighborhood resources.

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"Cilantro to Stores” brings fresh produce to corner stores

For many families in San Diego County, walking to the local convenience store for groceries is not only commonplace, it's the only choice...

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SchoolPool expands, promotes healthy lifestyles for students

Through the Healthy Works initiative, the SANDAG regional SchoolPool program was able to grow and expand during the 2011-12 school year.

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Community members lead by improving their neighborhoods

In four neighborhoods spanning San Diego County during the last year, residents participated in projects that taught them about public-health issues through a comprehensive curriculum.

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Walk, Ride, and Roll winners show school pride

With school bus transportation funding being cut at the district level and childhood obesity rates at an all-time high, the San Diego regional carpooling matching service for parents was expanded...

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Food Day proves nourishing for all who participated

As chickens scratched the ground nearby, 40 "farm-foodies" met the morning of October 21, 2011, at Olivewood Gardens and Learning Center in National City to watch a selection of short films produced by...

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Master Gardener program plants path to healthy communities

For recess at Cajon Park School in Santee, youngsters can choose to get dirty on the playground - or while gardening.

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Students create, promote healthy food campaigns in schools

Nutrition Advisory Councils (N.A.C.s) are student-based focus groups that enhance the wellness environment on elementary, middle and high school campuses throughout San Marcos Unified School District.

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Workplace lactation program benefits returning mothers at SPAWAR

Breastfeeding benefits mother, baby and society. However, many new mothers never initiate breastfeeding or stop prematurely because they know they will have to return to work shortly after their baby is born.

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