The Marin County Department of Health and Human Services, the Nutrition Wellness Program, and Marin City Community Services District have launched the Communities of Excellence in Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity Prevention (CX3) program to assess community resources and address gaps in Marin City.
This program is a community-planning framework developed by the California Department of Public Health to help Californians improve access to healthy foods and physical activity, engaging community members to measure assets in the neighborhood that promote good nutrition, food security, and opportunities for physical activity.
“We are excited to be part of the CX3 process with Marin County. This process will allow us, through our program staff, to assess the community’s access to healthy fruits and vegetables,” said Jonathan Logan, general manager of Marin City Community Services District.
In Marin County, the CX3 effort will be a four-year process, designed to engage residents and policy makers to identify priority needs for the community and develop relevant solutions in support of healthy living.
Some of the questions that the program will explore are: Does Marin City support an active lifestyle, with safe walkable streets and easy access to affordable, healthy foods? How well do the farmer’s markets and community gardens flourish? Is there a nourishing environment that sustains physical well-being?
The link between the built environment and health is becoming more evident, and communities across the country are organizing to transform their neighborhoods.
Public health institutions and communities are working together to make neighborhoods greener and healthier. Community members are leading the charge and implementing innovative solutions to overcome obstacles to health.
Some of these initiatives include transforming vacant lots into community gardens; creating safe jogging and walking paths in non-traditional venues, expanding CalFresh (Food Stamps) acceptance at farmers markets and working with corner stores and food outlets to offer healthy alternatives.
The CX3 program was launched on Friday, May 3 at the Marguerita C. Johnson Senior Center in Marin City.
Come and learn more about the CX3 program. For information, contact Elaini Negussie at (415) 473-2612 or firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information on the program, visit www.cdph.ca.gov/programs/cpns/Pages/CX3_Main_Navgation.aspx