Nutrition & Diet
The Public Health Institute views nutrition and diet as fundamental building blocks to good health. We are committed to reducing obesity and improving diets 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 addresses nutrition and diet related public health concerns through the lens of health equity and social justice. We know that a one-size-fits-all approach is not likely to be sustainable or as effective as interventions that are in tune with community needs and backed by research and data. 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 nutrition policies.
Our expertise includes:
- Implementing program and policies designed to support healthy nutrition: PHI works with schools, communities and farmers to implement nutrition standards, physical activity promotion, safe routes to school and more, incorporating well-tested methods for parent and student engagement.
- Designing worksite wellness programs: PHI has partnered with over 200 worksites to introduce nutrition education and positive environmental changes, with a focus on low-wages industries like agriculture, manufacturing, hospitality and retail.
- Engaging the food retail industry to improve access to healthy foods: Over 800 retailers have partnered with PHI to reach low-income consumers through merchandising, food sampling, store tours and environmental strategies.
- Developing, producing and disseminating your work: PHI's award-winning materials, Web Forums, and production platforms target a diverse group of consumers and intermediaries, including low-literacy and non-English speaking audiences. PHI can help you develop print, audio, video, and digital products, and disseminate them to targeted audiences through on- and offline channels.
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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
California Project LEAN
Center for Wellness and Nutrition
Central California Regional Obesity Prevention Program
Cultiva La Salud
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.
Project LEAN Survey Spurs Legislation to Ban Junk Food in Schools
A survey from PHI's California Project LEAN stunned the public when it disclosed that 95% of high schools that responded were selling fast food from restaurants like McDonald's and Domino's Pizza as a la carte items.
The "2000 California High School Fast Food Survey" and the media campaign that accompanied it drew widespread news coverage and galvanized the movement to improve school nutrition. Most important, it contributed to the passage of legislation that today bans the sale of junk food and soda in California schools.
Protecting SNAP-Ed During Federal Farm Bill Negotiations
During the last round of federal Farm Bill negotiations critical funding for SNAP-Ed, the health education component of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps), was on the verge of getting cut. PHI's advocacy team helped lead a national effort that protected SNAP-Ed programs not only in California, but across the U.S. Today, these programs continue to provide vital nutrition education to support low-income families in living healthy lifestyles.
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