Children and Youth
The Children and Youth initiatives 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.
PowerPlay! Program and School/Afterschool Support
The Power Play! Program 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.
For more information regarding the PowerPlay! Program, contact Katharina.Streng@cdph.ca.gov or 916.449.5371.
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.
- Inspiring Youth as Partners (PDF)
- This document provides an overview for anyone interested in learning more about youth-led processes, youth-adult partnership, and/or the impacts of YPAR on youth, adults, and communities.
- Inspiring Youth, Growing Change (PDF, 3.6MB)
- This report documents successes and challenges resulting from the local YPAR projects.
- CalTeen 2010: Creating Change with Youth Voice (PDF, 3.5MB)*
- The information provided in this report highlights barriers California teens face when trying to achieve a healthy lifestyle. The report also provides promising opportunities for interventions.
*We are currently in the process of converting these documents to ADA web accessible formats.