Nutrition & physical activity

the factors that influence eating and activity, including the characteristics of the environments in which we live, play, work, and learn, are increasingly beyond an individual’s control. prevention institute helps identify ways to improve community environments so that healthy eating and physical activity become the easy choice.

increasing evidence shows that the characteristics of the physical environment, from the presence of parks to the availability of healthy foods in neighborhood stores, are directly linked to eating and activity behavior. low income communities and communities of color often face particularly significant environmental barriers to optimal eating and activity.

prevention institute designs prevention-oriented strategies for improving nutrition and physical activity in underserved neighborhoods. our efforts include synthesis of research, facilitation and training, coalition building, media advocacy, and strategic planning for government and community organizations.

selected highlights

new website helps create safe places for all kids to play

prevention institute joins in launch of

a stimulus for better health: realizing the vision for a healthy california

manal aboelata, program director at prevention institute’s article on using stimulus finds to improve health and well being.

leslie mikkelsen awarded the catherine cowell award

congratulations to prevention institute’s leslie mikkelsen, recipient of the american public health association, food and nutrition section, catherine cowell award. this esteemed award honors achievement in the areas of leadership, planning, administration, and mentoring in public health nutrition, with emphasis on the unique needs of urban populations and young children.
new california passes menu labeling law

california is the first state in the nation to require nutritional menu labeling, following governor schwarzenegger’s signature of sb 1420 (padilla) on september 30, 2008.

new abc news highlights link between the rising cost of food and poor diet

leslie mikkelsen, managing director at prevention institute, was interviewed on the links between disparities in health and the rising cost of healthy food in this may 15th abc news story.