Faith Advisory Councils act as a forum for faith leaders to come together to learn about childhood obesity, network and partner with other faith communities and agencies, connect to and share resources, and develop community-based, policy and environmental solutions to childhood obesity.

About | Past Meeting Minutes | Council Summary | Resources

Meeting Information:

Next meeting:

North County

South Bay (Cambios con Fe)

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

COI Staff Contact:

Cheryl Moder, Director, 858.609.7961, email
JuliAnna Arnett, Senior Manager, 858.609.7962, email

Meeting Minutes:

North County

South Bay

Council Summary:

Faith Advisory Councils are comprised of faith leaders and community agencies from throughout San Diego County.  These regionally-based workgroups operate within the framework of the Community Domain, and currently convene in the North County and South Bay. Faith Advisory Councils are designed to support faith leaders in modeling healthy practices and advocating for improvements in the food and physical activity environment. Regular meetings provide faith leaders a venue for learning about childhood obesity, networking, connecting to and sharing resources, and developing community-based, policy and environmental solutions to childhood obesity.

In alignment with the Community Domain (Domain), Faith Advisory Councils work cooperatively with COI partners to promote the adoption of healthy policy and environmental changes recommended as part of the Community Domain strategies. For a complete overview of this domain's objectives and activities, click here.


  • Creating faith advisory councils.
  • Providing tools to enhance the community's role in obesity prevention and building healthier communities, including a faith-based wellness policy template and implementation tip sheet.
  • Providing a forum for faith leaders and city representatives to come together to promote healthy community development and safety enhancements in the built-environment.



The Faith & Health Connection


Importance of Faith Communities in Addressing Childhood Obesity

This document provides an overview on the link between faith and health and the role faith communities can play in addressing childhood obesity.

The Initiative & Faith Advisory Councils

This one-pager provides a quick synopsis of the Initiative and its Faith Advisory Councils, designed to bring faith leaders together in shaping a healthy future.

Tools for Shaping a Healthy Future


Faith Communities as Community Space

This resource highlights opportunities in which faith communities can transform their existing space into thriving places for nutrition and physical activity.

Fresh Fruits & Vegetables at your Finger Tips: How to Start a Community Garden

This document outlines steps for establishing gardens that promote community and health.

Fuel for a Healthy Body, Mind & Spirit: Nutritious Breakfast & Snack Alternatives for Faith Communities

This quick guide provides helpful tips for starting the morning off right and snacking healthfully throughout the day.

Gleaning: Working Together for the Health of the Community

This document offers an overview of gleaning and the opportunities to support healthy eating through existing food sources.

Live Healthy In Faith: A Brief Overview

This document provides a synopsis of the Live Healthy in Faith: A Faith Community Guide to Promoting Nutrition and Physical Activity and assistance available to faith communities through the Initiative.

Live Healthy in Faith: A Faith Community Guide to Promoting Nutrition and Physical Activity

This guide provides faith communities step-by-step instructions on making wellness improvements in their faith community.

Ordering Farm Fresh Produce

An easy-to-use informational sheet on purchasing fresh fruits and vegetables delivered directly to your faith community.

Step-by-Step: Instructions for Starting a Walking School Bus

This instructional resource offers an overview on walking school bus programs and how to get started.

Wellness Policy Template

This sample policy provides faith communities draft guidelines for encouraging stewardship of the mind, body, and spirit.

Wellness Policy Implementation Tip Sheet

This tip sheet supplies faith communities with a number of ideas for successfully implementing wellness initiatives and policies.

Resources & Services


Food Link: Food Assistance Resources in San Diego County

This resource highlights nutrition assistance programs, food banks, farmers' markets, and other sources of healthy, low- and no-cost food.

Healthy Living in the Faith Community: Resources for a Bright Future


This one-pager lists services, resources, and educational materials available to faith communities to support wellness.


Become A Partner Subscribe to E-News Quick Facts

Quick Facts

  • 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).
  • 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).

News & Upcoming Events

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

facebook-logo Twitter Logo youtube

Follow our latest work!

211 San Diego Logo
211 San Diego
Physical Activity and Nutrition Database

A free "one stop shop" for programs and services in nutrition, healthy weight, physical activity, and diabetes.

Core funding provided in part by:

Kaiser Permanente County of San Diego

A project facilitated by:

California Health Improvement Partners

San Diego County Childhood Obesity Initiative
5095 Murphy Canyon Road, Suite #105, San Diego, CA 92123
(p)858.609.7964 - (f)858.609.7998
© 2013. All Rights Reserved.