The Health Education Council’s HEAL Zone is a place-based initiative that aims to increase healthy eating and enable active living for over 13,000 residents living in the South Sacramento Valley Hi neighborhood.
Funded by Kaiser Permanente, the initiative aims to transform both the physical and social environments to allow for and support healthy behaviors and reduce obesity and the related serious health problems. Through an innovative, multi-sectoral and collaborative approach, the Valley Hi HEAL Zone and its partners are dedicated to driving a culture of change towards access to healthy food, physical activity opportunities, safe streets, and educational resources to create a healthier and happier community for everyone who lives, works, plays, prays and shops in the Valley Hi neighborhood.
Valley Hi HEAL Zone priority goals:
Decreasing the number of calories consumed by residents;
Increasing the amount of fruits and vegetables consumed by residents;
Increasing physical activity in community settings, such as parks and safe routes for walking and biking;
Increasing physical activity in institutional settings such as schools, work sites and churches
The HEAL Zone goals are achieved through policy development, assessment of organizational practices, and improving the built environment. Additionally, the community is directly involved and educated in order to promote and transfer health education information to increase individual and collective skills and knowledge.
For information on the Valley Hi Community H20 is the Way to Go campaign, please click on the appropriate tab to the right.