Communities of Excellence in Nutrition,
Physical Activity and Obesity Prevention (CX3)
Neighborhood assessments designed to provide data and set priorities to improve the food and physical activity landscape for low-income neighborhoods. Eight neighborhoods have been assessed in the Downtown and Central Long Beach area. Key findings include: markets and fast-food restaurants in the CX3 neighborhoods do not meet "healthy standards" ; stores selling liquor are in violation of the Lee's Signage Law creating potentially unsafe store conditions while promoting unhealthy food options; in CX3 neighborhoods, residents pay more than 10% above the county average for fruits and vegetables. Long Beach has many strong, active neighborhood and community groups who can use this data to make positive changes such as small market conversions, removal of signage and promoting opportunities for locally grown food to increase access and lower food cost for residents.
The City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services Healthy Active Long Beach Program, in collaboration with the City’s Planning Bureau, Public Works Department, and City Fabrick have developed the Communities of Excellence in Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity Prevention (CX3) Pedestrian Plan. The draft plan was shared with the Planning Commission for a study session on September 1, 2016. The final version will be presented to the Planning Commission on Thursday, November 17, 2016.
The draft plan, which was developed with input from the community and funded by a grant received by the Health Department, includes the following chapters:
- CX3 Neighborhood Snapshot
- Existing Conditions
- Pedestrian Toolkit
- Streets for People
- Community Voice
- Making Long Beach Walkable
2009 CX3 Neighborhoods
2010 CX3 Neighborhoods