Turning great ideas into healthier communities

Melody Steeples, MPH, RD


Melody Steeples has been the director of CAN-Act - the California Association of Nutrition & Activity Programs - since its inception in 2006. CAN-Act was established to address the administrative and policy advocacy needs of local projects funded through the Network for a Healthy California. CAN-Act's inaugural board adopted the mission of support for healthy eating and active living in low-income communities through provider leadership, client empowerment and vigorous support for effective publicly funded nutrition improvement programs.

CAN-Act continues to be active around policy issues that bear on healthy diets and physical activity practices at the federal and state levels, such as the federal Farm Bill and California legislation related to diet quality and food access. The organization also continues to provide technical support and administrative advocacy to providers of nutrition and physical activity promotion programs.

Before establishing CAN-Act, Steeples managed nutrition and food security projects for Contra Costa Health Services for 12 years. Steeples has a master's degree in public health from the University of California, Berkeley, and is a dietitian registered with the American Dietetic Association's Commission on Dietetic Registration.