COI Highlight: Introducing Cheri Fidler


With a background in education and planning, Cheri was always passionate about supporting children and improving their lives. She began her career at Rady Children's Hospital as a director of Community Health (now the Center for Healthy Communities), and she has been a member of the Rady Children's Hospital team for 28 years. The Center for Healthy Communities uses evidence based practices derived from the community needs assessment, the Children's Report Card and other sources to help promote healthy living for children. Cheri's work involves an array of projects including injury prevention, immunization, tobacco, oral health, nutrition and healthy lifestyles and youth development. When Cheri is not working to improve childhood health she is either practicing yoga, spending time with family, refining her gardening and cooking skills, or practicing holistic health.

How did you become involved with the San Diego County Childhood Obesity Initiative?

I was involved with the COI before it began under the leadership of supervisors Ron Roberts and Pam Slater Price. Rady Children's saw the rise in childhood obesity early on and were ready to help with obesity prevention. I have been involved in Leadership Council, Action Plan Development, and Healthcare Domain since the beginning of COI.

What do you love most about your job?

A lot of things. One of the most significant [aspects] is the ability to do work that helps to benefit kids, which is my strongest passion. I get to work with the most wonderful people who share the same passion and desires, and test out creative approaches to improving community health.

What is your favorite place in San Diego? What do you do for fun?

I love to walk and so my favorite place is along the coast and Mission Trails. I like to walk from South Mission Bay to La Jolla, and have even walked from Oceanside to Solana Beach.

What is your proudest accomplishment?

Probably raising kids, and then creating and guiding the Center for Healthier Communities. In 2003, I went back to school to become a holistic health practitioner and try to integrate that profession into the work I do at Rady Children's Hospital.

What are some of your strongest passions?

Family (including dog), work, and self-care (involving yoga and walking).

Where are your favorite places to travel to?

Ireland countryside is beautiful. In the US, it's New England.

If you could describe yourself in three words what would they be?

Energetic, mindful, and people-person.

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