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Children & Youth Interventions

The Children and Youth Programs under the California Department of Public Health’s Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Branch (NEOPB) represent a compilation of statewide public health initiatives whose efforts are aimed at improving the nutrition and physical activity levels of children and youth from low-income families.


• 4,000 schools in California qualify for SNAP-Ed funded nutrition education and obesity prevention programs.
• Close to one-third of California’s children are obese or overweight.
• Research supports the idea that healthy kids make better learners.

Early Care and Education
Early childhood (zero to five age group) is an important time to help establish healthy habits and to expose children to a variety of healthy foods. Education can also be focused on parents and other adult caregivers (such as child care providers, pre-school teachers, aides, afterschool program leads, etc.).

Power Play! Campaign and School/Afterschool Support
The Power Play! Campaign uses activities and messaging in environments where children live, learn, and play. Low-resource sites can use its school and afterschool models to provide nutrition education lessons and physical activity energizers, cafeteria-based promotions, and youth engagement projects.

Youth Engagement Initiative
The Youth Engagement Initiative is a public health initiative that works with youth ages 12-18 in low-resource areas. Youth leaders have been successful in showing stakeholders, community leaders, teachers, parents, and policy makers that youth should be a key part of the discussions and solutions development regarding the health and well-being of their communities.

NEOPB Youth Focused Materials Survey

Contact us

For more information, please contact NEOPB at (916) 449-5400.   

Last modified on: 3/22/2016 9:18 AM