The Community Domain brings together community organizations and residents in developing solutions for change that improve neighborhood food and physical activity environments.

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About the Community Domain:

Next meeting:

Meetings are generally held the second Thursday of each month from 1:00-2:30 p.m. at Community Health Improvement Partner (5095 Murphy Canyon Road, Suite 105, San Diego, CA 92123). For information on attending these meetings, please contact the San Diego County Childhood Obesity Initiative at 858.609.7964 or email.

Visit the San Diego County Childhood Obesity Initiative Calendar for a complete schedule of upcoming meetings.

Domain Champions:

Katie Judd, County of San Diego Health & Human Services Agency
Blanca Melendrez, UC San Diego Center for Community Health

COI Staff Contact:

Dan Fesperman, Director, San Diego County Childhood Obesity Initiative, 858.609.7982, email
Nina Ghatan, Coordinator, San Diego County Childhood Obesity Initiative, 858.609.7964, email
Lyndsey Tapia, Assistant, San Diego County Childhood Obesity Initiative, 858.609.7963, email

Domain Summary:

The Community Domain is comprised of community, faith, youth, grassroots, and public organizations committed to the prevention and reduction of childhood obesity. This domain enlists and empowers community residents and local organizations to engage in creating healthier environments in local neighborhoods. For a complete overview of the Community Domain, click here.

Community Domain Strategies:

The following is a partial list of strategies that aim to engage the community to prevent childhood obesity. A complete list of strategies can be located in Call to Action: Childhood Obesity Action Plan.

  • Participate in training programs designed to enhance health advocacy and leadership skills (e.g., Resident Leadership Academy, CX3 [Communities of Excellence in Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity Prevention], youth engagement programs, etc.).
  • Increase understanding that a community's design, its access to healthful food, and its physical activity environments are directly linked to residents' health.
  • Provide leadership and advocate for healthy environments in settings such as workplaces, schools, businesses, faith communities, government, and neighborhoods.

For a complete list of the Communities Domain strategies, please see the Call to Action: Childhood Obesity Action Plan.

Partners participating in this domain workgroup support community residents and local organizations in adopting these changes through the following activities:

  • Engaging community, faith, youth, grassroots, and public organizations to support and advocate for healthy policy and environmental change.
  • Providing resources, technical assistance, and support to organizations in making policy and environmental changes.


This document outlines the domain's current activities.


These common ambitions and commitment to local policies and planning efforts have provided domain partners with the right tools for success. Recent accomplishments include:

  • Developed and launched the COI Mini-Grant Program to support environmental-change projects that align with the COI priority strategies throughout San Diego County. Through the first round of mini-grants we invested $5,700 to support a biking for health program at two schools in National School District and an intersection mural near the Linda Vista Elementary School in Linda Vista.
  • Launched the Community Health Action Map Partners (CHAMP) to map community engagement groups that empower and train residents to make positive changes in their neighborhoods. The map currently features 19 groups throughout San Diego County.
  • Began exploring opportunities for youth involvement in the COI. Members of the UCSD Center for Community Health Youth Advisory Council spoke at the COI press conference during the release of the State of Childhood Obesity in San Diego County report and were featured on several news outlets.
  • Supported the advocacy forum, Activate Change: Stand for Health in Today's Challenging Landscape.

Obesity Prevention Activities for Children Age 0-5:

The following activities impact San Diego County children ages 0-5:

  • Training youth to conduct neighborhood assessments and advocate for healthier food and physical activity environments in their communities.
  • Educating youth and adults on sugar-sweetened beverage policies that ultimately impact all age groups, including children aged 0-5.




Community Health Action Map Partners (CHAMP) This tool identifies community engagement efforts to increase access to healthy food and beverages, opporunities for physical activity, and safe routes to healthy places. To add your community group to the map, please complete this survey, or contact Nina Ghatan.

Power Up for Sports & Health (PUSH) Toolkit

The PUSH Toolkit provides ideas, tools and support to make healthy nutrition part of the athletic experience for children and families engaged in organized sports.

Youth Engagement & Action for Health (YEAH!) Manual

To learn more about the YEAH! program, contact us.

The YEAH! Manual trains community stakeholders to work with youth and adult volunteers on community nutrition and physical activity improvement projects.

Farmers' Market Map


The online version of the Union Tribune provides an interactive map that displays the location of all farmers' markets and community gardens in the county.

Federal Policy Advocacy Handbook

This document provides readers an overview of the federal policy process and the basics of legislative advocacy related to community food security.

Food Atlas


This new online tool allows for you to get a spatial overview of your community's ability to access healthy food-grocery stores, farmers' markets, food prices, restaurants, food insecurity.

icansandiego Resources for Faith Communities


The icansandiego Resources for Faith Communities Toolkit is designed to help faith leaders ensure a healthier future for its congregants and community-at-large by creating environments that support healthy habits.

Community Perspectives on Obesity Prevention in Children

Establishing healthy eating and physical activity habits in preschool-aged children is critical to developing their life-long habits for healthy eating and physical activity.  With such large numbers of U.S. children in child care, child care providers are in a unique position to support and facilitate healthful eating and promote physical activity among young children.  Duke University School of Medicine examined state child care regulations from the fifty US States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands.  Findings are available by state.

Healthy Family Home

This YMCA toolkit provides families simple strategies for incorporating healthy habits into their daily lives and homes with resources, newsletters, tips, downloads, and other useful tools.

Community Toolbox: Bringing Solutions to Light

This toolbox is designed to promote positive community health and development by equipping community members with the skills needed for civic change- community assessment, planning, community mobilization and intervention, advocacy, evaluation, and marketing.

How to Talk about Food and Physical Activity

This guide provides youth with simple key points for talking about the systems that impact healthy eating and physical activity and the need for healthy community environments.

School's Out...Who Ate?

This report tracks progress and trends in summer nutrition over the past year for low-income children in California.  Report was prepared by California Food Policy Advocates using data provided by the California Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Resident Leadership Academy The Resident Leadership Academy (RLA) is 10-week specialized, comprehensive curriculum empowering community residents to make improvements to their communities that will encourage healthy eating, physical activity and safety.
Walk Scorecard Circulate San Diego relesed a Regional Walk Scorecard to measures how San Diego's regional cities are doing to respond to the call for more walkable neighborhoods. There are many walks to meausre walkability, the Scorecard emphasizes two of these: current walking conditions and policies and projects in place to improve walkability in the future.

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Quick Facts

  • Walking and biking have decreased more than 40% during the past 3 decades, partly because of unsafe routes and poor walking conditions (Active Living Research, 2009).
  • If today‚Äôs current trend continues, it is anticipated that 1 in 3 children born in the US after the year 2000 will develop type 2 diabetes (American Diabetes Association, 2009).
  • More children are being diagnosed with diseases linked to overweight and obesity previously seen only in adults, such as Type 2 diabetes and heart disease (The Obesity Society, 2009).

News & Upcoming Events

See our latest newsletter and the COI calendar for upcoming events.

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