Overarching Strategies


In 2013, the Childhood Obesity Initiative adopted two overarching strategies to guide our work over the next three years: reducing access to and consumption of sugary drinks, and increasing safe routes to healthy places.

Sugar-Sweetened Beverages
On September 26, 2013, the Childhood Obesity Initiative held an event to engage partners in the overarching strategy related to sugary drinks. Partners committed to take action to reduce sugary drink consumption in the following four commitment categories: promote smarter lunchroom strategies in schools, make personal resolutions to reduce consumption, promote healthy beverages through worksite wellness programs, and create organizational policies that promote healthy beverages. This page offers some resources to guide our partners and others to reduce sugary drink consumption in these categories.

Safe Routes to Healthy Places

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  • 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).
  • One in four children in San Diego County is overweight or obese; this is slightly higher than the national average (California Center for Public Health Advocacy, 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).

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