Resources for Faith Communities


The San Diego County Childhood Obesity Initiative teamed up with icansandiego, a local diabetes prevention campaign, to equip faith communities with tools and resources for promoting nutrition and physical activity changes. This guide provides faith leaders with faith-based wellness policy templates and implementation tips, instructional guides, and other useful resources emphasizing the connection between faith and health.

COI Staff Contact:

JuliAnna Arnett, Food Policy Manager, 858.614.1544, email
Erica Salcuni, Coordinator, 858.614.1549, email


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.



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Quick Facts

  • 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).
  • In 2006 alone, overweight; obesity; and physical inactivity cost California $41 billion in healthcare and productivity loss
  • 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).

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