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CA4Health: Bringing Community Transformation to Life

Safe Routes to School and Walkable Communities

The absence of safe, walkable communities is a leading cause of physical inactivity. This is compounded in rural communities that lack sidewalks and other infrastructure to support walking and bicycling, and where people often have to travel long distances to schools and other destinations. CA4Health counties will work to implement Safe Routes to School practices and supporting strategies such as Complete Streets principals that connect children and families by foot and bicycle to their schools and communities at large. Read More

Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP)

High blood pressure, impacts almost 1 in 3 adults, and is pre­ventable, treatable, and manageable. For individuals with high blood pressure, daily self-care includes monitoring and management of health behaviors. Chronic Disease Self-Management Programs help adults with high blood pres­sure, diabetes, heart disease, asthma, arthritis, and other conditions, learn tech­niques to improve self-management skills. CDSMP workshops complement and support clinical care. In CA4Health counties, Community Health Workers lead workshops and improve connections between clinics and healthier environments. Read More

Reducing Consumption of Sugary Beverages

Sugary drinks provide the single largest source of added sugar in the American diet and may lead to obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease and other chronic illnesses. Consumption is especially high among children and teens. CA4Health counties will reduce consumption of this major contributor to childhood obesity by making healthier drinks more accessible through such actions as the adoption of healthy meeting, vending and procurement practices in places like schools, community organizations and government. Read More

Smoke-Free Multi-Unit Housing

Approximately 11 million Californians live in apartments or other multi–unit housing, putting them at risk for exposure to toxic secondhand smoke from neighboring units and outdoor areas. An estimated 49,000 Americans die each year as a direct result of secondhand smoke exposure. CA4Health will protect residents through approaches that create smoke-free environments where people live and increase the availability of smoke-free housing for residents regardless of their socioeconomic status. Read More