Nutrition & Food Security
The Public Health Institute views nutrition and diet as fundamental building blocks to good health. We address nutrition, food security and the food system through a multitude of proven wellness strategies, including behavior change interventions, policy and advocacy, place-based approaches, school wellness programs, and working in tandem with community development and other sectors to increase access to affordable and local healthy fruits and vegetables. PHI uses research and evidence-based approaches through the lens of health equity and social justice. We provide expertise in capacity building, curriculum design, school-based wellness, health in all policies, food security, and programs to strengthen local leaders to advocate for better policies.if($topic['resources_tools']) : ?>
Resources and Tools
- CA4Health Kids Implement School Water Stations
- California Project LEAN: 2016 Training Catalog
- Dialogue4Health Web Forum slides and recording: Food is Medicine: Integrating Food Programs into Health Care
- Food and beverage marketing to children and adolescents: Limited progress by 2012—Full Report
- Health of California Women Receiving Food Stamps, 2006-2007
- 2016 Training Catalog: PHI's Center for Wellness and Nutrition
- California’s Central Valley: Addressing Disparity in a Region of Abundance—Creating Healthy Communities through Community Leadership Development
- California Field Research Poll: Obesity in Rural California Counties
- Prevention Means Business infographic and brief
- Promoting Healthier After School Environments: Opportunities and Challenges
- A Place to Grow: Nutritious food, better health, stronger communities
- Camino Hacia el Mejoramiento de los Ambientes Dedicados a la Alimentación y la Actividad Física
- Community Food Security Coalition Recommendations for Food Systems Policy in Seattle
- Roadmap to Improving Food and Physical Activity Environments: Tips and Tools for Community Change - 2nd Edition
California Project LEAN
Center for Wellness and Nutrition
Cultiva La Salud/Central California Regional Obesity Prevention Program
Network for a Healthy California, Supplemental Nutrition Education Program Education (PHI program 1997-2015)
Public Health Alliance of Southern California
Roots of Change
Here's How We're Making a Difference
Changing Health Behaviors
The Network for a Healthy California, the innovative nutrition education partnership with PHI and the California Department of Public Health, helped to drive a 92 percent increase in the number of low-income Californians eating recommended levels of fruits and vegetables, which is critical to prevent diet-related illness.
The Network’s work lives on as PHI’s Center for Wellness and Nutrition.
Helping Hospitals Tackle Hunger
Community health needs assessments (CHNAs) are conducted every three years by nonprofit hospitals. The CHNA presents an opportunity to identify and address a broad spectrum of factors that impact health and well being in local communities. Our guidance helps hospitals assess one these factors: the community food environment.
With examples from food policy councils, food banks and health departments, the Making Food Systems Part of Your Community Health Needs Assessment guide points to existing sources of data and case studies of collaborations between hospitals and food system stakeholders.
The guide is designed to support a local dialogue that encourages stakeholders to share experiences and identify existing tools, data, and resources. This process will create synergistic linkages and an ethic of shared ownership of the community’s health and well-being.
PHI Wins U.S. Obesity Data Challenge
How can data and communications help communities reverse the obesity epidemic? In August 2015 HealthData+, a partnership between PHI and Live Stories, won top prize at the U.S. Obesity Data Challenge. The HealthData+ tool is a simple, curated dashboard to help health officials tell a powerful story about the root causes of obesity. The dashboard provides customizable data visualizations at the national, state, and local level as well as an interactive map, national benchmarks, and written content to contextualize the data.