Congratulations to our Bureau of Nutrition and Physical Activity for their grant award announced this month from the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials Leadership for Healthy Communities program.  Over the coming year, we’ll be strengthening our capacity to make a dent in childhood obesity by conducting a health impact assessment to prevent childhood obesity in Arizona.

We’ll be working with Maricopa County to develop a health impact assessment that locals can access in their land use decisions- helping communities to make development and land use decisions that better support healthy eating and active living.  Communities will be able to voluntarily sign up for the process which will help them look at options like sidewalks, bike paths and green areas to promote physical activity and community gardens to increase access to fresh locally grown fruits and vegetables.