Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) Initiative for the Monument Neighborhood
The vision of the Monument HEAL Zone is for residents living in this diverse community to be able to eat well and be physically active as a part of their daily lives. A program of Kaiser Permanente’s Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) initiative, Monument HEAL brings together a robust coalition of partners to work towards four principal community goals. As a founding partner and member of the Steering Committee, the Wellness City Challenge has been actively involved in the Monument HEAL Zone since the grant’s (initiative’s) inception in 2011.
For more information, visit: http://healzones.org/communities/northern-california/monument-concord
Our goal is to work within the community, through education in the schools. We work to bring together local businesses and restaurants to support and encourage the whole community to gain better health. Our focus is on teaching healthy cooking and nutrition in our new classroom kitchen at Mt. Diablo High School, training the next generation and providing a resource for the community.
Our Current Projects:
- Teaching the local Promotoras (needs some explanation) healthy foods and cooking skills through hands-on cooking classes
- Offering healthy cooking classes to the teachers, staff and PTA from the local elementary schools
- Teaching after-school healthy cooking classes to students, staff and parents of Mt. Diablo High School
- Training Mt. Diablo Seniors from the Food for a Healthy Community Program to reach out to the local elementary schools and present the workshop “Sugar Savvy”. In addition, they will be trained to demonstrate cooking classes and provide nutrition education lessons.
- Taught healthy cooking classes to: local restaurants, food service workers (including school food service), high school students from local high schools
- Started the Food for a Healthy Community Program at Mt. Diablo High School (program supported by HEAL)
- Maintained and expanded our school market-garden that is now Ag Certified (needs explanation) by the County
- Worked with El Molino Tortilla Factory to produce whole grain spinach and tomato tortillas as an effort to provide healthier options for the local community
- Designed nutrition education materials for high school education classes, allowing the program to be rolled out to a wider audience.