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Obesity Prevention Strategies

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Published on December 23, 2016. Last modified on December 06, 2019

Funded by the Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Branch (NEOPB) of the California Department of Public Health, the mission of CDPH/NEOP Branch is to create innovative partnerships that empower low-income Californians to increase fruit and vegetable consumption, physical activity, and food security with the goal of preventing obesity and other diet related chronic diseases.

 Nutrition Education Obesity Prevention Grant

The Nutrition Education Obesity Prevention Program (NEOP) is part of the Nutrition Services Branch of the Monterey County Health Department, working to increase health, reduce obesity, and educate the community to adopt and maintain healthy eating, activity, and lifestyle choices.

Locally known as Champions for Change, the initiative brings together a broad range of community partners to implement comprehensive nutrition education and obesity prevention strategies, and empower families and communities with information and resources to create healthier environments.    Champions for Change works to reduce the prevalence of overweight and obesity among low-income families by increasing knowledge of healthy eating and active living where people live, learn, work, plant,  pray and shop.  For more information visit:  http://cachampionsforchange.cdph.ca.gov/Pages/default.aspx  

Health Disparities in Monterey County

In Monterey County, the prevalence of overweight and obesity is higher among low-income adults.  Social determinants related to obesity include, but are not limited to, economic factors, access to healthy food and physical activity opportunities. 

  • In 2007, Monterey County had the highest rate out of all California counties of adults in households where healthy food was not readily available and accessible. (Source: CHIS 2007)
  • In 2009 and 2011-12 combined, 40% of Monterey County adults ages 18+ were overweight and 23% were obese.
  • According to the California Health Interview Survey (CHIS), 9.5% of Monterey County children and teens do not have a park or open space within walking distance. (2009)

Mission:  To promote and advocate for policies and environmental changes that foster healthy lifestyle behaviors, with an emphasis on nutrition and physical activity, to prevent the rising trend of obesity and related chronic disease in Monterey County.


Join Champions for Change! Eat healthy, be active, and help give your kids a healthy future.
Welcome to the Champions for Change community
Join the movement of Californians who are becoming Champions for Change. You can join too, by:
  1. Eating Healthy.
  2. Moving More.
  3. Drinking more water and fewer sugary drinks.
  4. Using CalFresh benefits to help buy healthier foods for your family. 
  5. Connecting with other Champions for Change!
 We know these are not always easy steps to take.  It takes time and effort.  But there are a lot of people--just like you--who are doing it every day!
We have tips, tricks and tools to help you and your family:
 Eat Healthy  Get Moving

Tools for ChangeToolkit

 Fam-Meal  Basketball  Join the Movement
 Rethink Your Drink  Water  Movement-300x116

MyPlate, MyWins: Meet Bryan & Keah

New MyPlate, MyWins Video!

The third family video in the MyPlate, MyWins video series features Bryan, Keah and their 6-year old daughter. From eating at their favorite restaurant to preparing a meal at home, follow this family as they make healthy eating work for them.

It’s all about finding small wins that help you and your family become healthier. Want more? Check out the full video series


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