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Leaders Encouraging Activity and Nutrition
This edition of California Project LEAN's enews highlights the Governor's 2010 Summit on Health, Nutrition and Obesity that took place February 24, 2010 in Los Angeles. We've included links to the conference video, as well as an opportunity for you to share any model policies or activities in the priority areas. Read on to learn more about innovative work being done around the state in the areas of Joint Use and Safe Routes to School.
Governor Schwarzenneger Announces Action to Fight Obesity, Promote Healthy Living 
California Project LEANThe Governor's 2010 Summit on Health, Nutrition and Obesity took place February 24, 2010 in Los Angeles with President Bill Clinton. The Governor and President Clinton discussed important public health issues and approaches with input from a cross-section of public health, education, community and local government leaders from around the state who have been active in promoting healthy eating, physical fitness and community-level health efforts. The Governor announced eight specific actions he will pursue to support healthy living in California. The actions will fight childhood obesity and encourage all Californians to live a healthy, active lifestyle through promoting healthy beverages, increasing physical activity and incorporating the idea of "health in all policies." Priority areas include: 
  • Promote the Consumption of Healthy Beverages in Schools
  • Increase Moderate to Vigorous Physical Activity in Educational Programs
  • Incorporate Healthy Living Options through "Health in All Policies"
If you have any great examples from school or communities working in these areas, please email We are looking for spokespeople and model programs to demonstrate positive changes in these areas.
Click here for video and press release outlining the full set of policy initiatives that have been proposed.  
Joint Use - Bring Out the Best in Your Community

PixleyCommunities across California and the Nation are bringing together diverse stakeholders from schools, public works departments, parks and recreation, and city administrators to re-invent the way citizens work, live, and play in order for adultse and children to be more physically active. The community of Pixley is just one inspirational example of how communities can be transformed so physical activity is easier, safer, and more convenient.  Click here for a video.

California Project LEAN and California Active Communities, programs of the California Department of Public Health, have been awarded American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) funding to partner with other leaders in this effort to provide tools, sample policies, and technical assistance on joint use of school facilities, as well as to provide community funding to help aid in the transformation of more communities. Click here for a policy brief developed by CPL and the California School Boards Association on joint use agreements. This initiative will help lay the ground work to advance state and local policies that increase equitable access to safe and attractive school facilities outside of the school day for physical activity and recreation.   
Click here for more information, resources, and a toolkit on joint use.
5 Steps to Easy, Safe and Fun Routes to School  

California Project LEANSchool districts can begin developing Safe Routes to School programs by partnering with parents, students, staff, law enforcement, city planners and others to develop a plan for active transportation around schools.  California Project LEAN has developed a policy brief that provides details on the following aspects of a successful program:
1.  Education - increase awareness of the health and environmental benefits of active transportation; provide instruction in pedestrian and bicycle safety; launch driver safety campaigns.
2.  Encouragement - create events and activities to help focus attention and build excitement around walking or bicycling to and from school.  Ideas include starting a "walking school bus" or building support through parent newsletters. 
3.  Enforcement - ensure that drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians are obeying traffic laws and sharing the road safely.
4.  Engineering - organize or support infrastructure improvements around school sites by identifying needs through a walk or bike audit, and address issues by seeking out resources or proposing solutions.
5.  Evaluation - assess your program implementation and progress though surveys, tallies of the numbers of students using various modes of travel to and from school or records of student attendance and on time arrival.
Click here for a new Safe Routes to School sample school district policy created by CPL and the California School Boards Association.
For technical assistance contact

California Project LEAN | PO Box 997377, MS 7211 | Sacramento | CA | 95899
Tel: (916) 552-9907 | Fax: (916) 552-9909 |

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Engaging youth in your effort to improve the food and physical activity environment of your community is a great opportunity for adults and young people to learn from each other.  Youth leaders can lend credibility to your efforts, as well as provide an opportunity for young people to connect with adults in their community in a positive way.  California Project LEAN has a long history of working with youth, and has developed a number of tools on successfully engaging youth in the effort to improve their school food and physical activity options. 

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