Turning great ideas into healthier communities

Susan Foerster, MPH

Susan Foerster, MPH, is based at the Network for a Healthy California, at the California Department of Public Health. Working through the US Department of Agriculture's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the Network helps 7 million low-income parents and children eat more fruits and vegetables, get daily physical activity, and increase access to healthy food and safe daily physical activity, to help reduce obesity.

Formerly, Foerster coordinated nutrition services in the Allston-Brighton neighborhoods in Boston. She joined the California Department of Health in 1973, where she has worked in certification, aging, hypertension, diabetes control, health promotion and cancer prevention. In 1988 Foerster began her first large initiative with the California 5 a Day—for Better Health! Campaign, which was adopted by the federal government in 1991 and has been emulated by at least 25 countries. In 1996, she started the California Nutrition Network for Healthy, Active Families (now the Network for a Healthy California).

Foerster served on the board of the American Cancer Society and with the Institute of Medicine's Committee on Progress in Preventing Childhood Obesity. She was selected as a "Healthy School Hero" by the White House Conference on Healthy School Environments.

Foerster received her bachelor's and master's of public health degrees from the University of California, Berkeley.

Using an Opinion Poll to Build an Obesity-Prevention Social Marketing Campaign for Low-Income Asian and Hispanic Immigrants: Report of Findings (2011)

Using a random digit-dial survey to poll 905 Hispanic, Chinese, Vietnamese, Hmong, and Korean Californians adults with an income les...

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Changing Lives, Saving Lives (2010)

A Step-by-Step Guide To Developing Exemplary Practices in Healthy Eating, Physical Activity and Food Security in Afterschool Programs Helping s...

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Inspiring Youth as Partners (2009)

All over the country, from parents to communities to government, people are asking, why are young people so overweight? The Network for a Healthy C...

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Local Network Success Stories (2009)

This brief is a California statewide compilation of FFY 2009 Success Stories from local Network for a Healthy California (NETWORK) projects. This c...

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Networking to Inspire Healthy Change (2009)

This document provides information about nutrition services at select school-based networking sites that inspire healthy change.

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Psychosocial, Socioeconomic, Behavioral, and Environmental Risk Factors for BMI and Overweight Among 9- to 11-Year-Old Children (2009)

This study explored the risk factors for higher BMI and overweight in 9- to 11-year-old children using the 2007 California Children’s Healthy...

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