Childhood Obesity Prevention & Advocacy Program (COPA)

Childhood Obesity Prevention & Advocacy Program (COPA)

One of the best strategies to reduce childhood obesity is to improve the food and physical activity environments of a neighborhood while also improving the nutrition and exercise habits of entire families. Established in 2007, the City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services Childhood Obesity Prevention and Advocacy (COPA) Program is aiming to do just that.

The COPA Program and activities are currently focused on:

· The North Long Beach HEAL Zone Initiative

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What is the North Long Beach HEAL Zone Initiative?

The City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services recently received a $1 million 3-year Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) Zone initiative grant from Kaiser Permanente to promote the public's health in targeted areas of North Long Beach. The Health Department has been granted the funds as the coordinating agency of the Coalition for a Healthy North Long Beach, an alliance of community groups focused on improving health for all residents in North Long Beach.

The HEAL Zones are designed to help make healthy choices accessible to more people in underserved communities - and in turn to prevent diseases such as diabetes and heart disease that often result from obesity. The overall vision of the HEAL Zone initiative is to support people to eat better and move more as part of daily life.

The Coalition for a Healthy North Long Beach meets regulary.  To learn more or get involved in the Coalition, please email healthynorthlb@gmail.com

NUTRITION RELATED RESOURCES

DHHS Healthy Active Long Beach

www.longbeach.gov/health/health_promotion/healthy_lb.asp

DHHS WIC Program

www.longbeach.gov/health/mcah/wic.asp

Cal Fresh Program (formerly Food Stamp Program)

www.ladpss.org/dpss/calfresh/

We Can!

www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/public/heart/obesity/wecan/

My Plate

www.choosemyplate.gov/

Fruit & Veggies Matter

www.fruitsandveggiesmatter.gov/benefits/index.html

Nutrition and Fitness

www.healthfinder.gov/prevention/category.aspx?catId=1